By HoliBlogger Tara S.

It might be the holiday season all year long in Santa Claus, Indiana, but Christmas in July has finally arrived at Holiday World and it’s the perfect time of year to begin a new family tradition.

This tradition is simple to start and one that will spread even more holiday cheer each year as you are putting up Christmas decorations. It’s a fun way to add to your display of Christmas ornaments, too!

HoliBlogger Tara and her kids celebrate Christmas in July at Holiday World

Christmas Ornaments in July

My family has been getting Christmas ornaments when we travel for many years now. We have ornaments from places all over the country and even some from across the pond. Basically whenever we go on vacation we find a new ornament for our tree. Then we create a holiday display to highlight and remember our travels throughout the year(s). Our ornaments are either placed on our main tree (with all of our other ornaments), or some years we even have all of the travel ornaments displayed together on a separate tree.

A travel tree!

How to Start a New Family Tradition at Holiday World

Holiday World actually makes it really easy to begin this family tradition so I think that it’s the best place to start collecting. After all, Holiday World is all about Christmas so naturally you will find a large variety of the best Christmas ornaments. I’m willing to bet you can find the perfect ornament for your tree at Holiday World!

When you arrive through the theme park gates you’ll find St. Nick’s Trading Company off to the right. This gift shop is divided up into 3 rooms of souvenirs. From hats and t-shirts with the Holiday World logo to holiday decor, it’s the right place to find some really great best sellers when it comes to holiday swag. You’ll also be able to spy a special gift or two so be sure to get some of your holiday shopping down early. Even perfect stocking stuffers and other great gift ideas that you won’t find anywhere else!

In the first room of the shop you’ll find so many holiday ornaments hanging on artificial Christmas trees. Holiday World has so many unique Christmas ornaments for family members to choose from. There are cute ornaments with woodland animals, ones with just a little sparkle, rustic look wooden ornaments, glass Christmas ornaments, baubles to match any color scheme and even throwbacks to Old World Christmas style.

We all picked out a new ornament for our tree to remember our time at Holiday World.

During your time at Holiday World make a point to find Christmas ornaments to commemorate the trip in your favorite style. Our family personally likes to have an assortment of different types of travel ornaments, making our tree unique and eclectic.

HoliBlogger Tips

Did you find the perfect Christmas tree ornaments right when you walk into Holiday World but not quite ready to leave the park? You can have your purchases left for you at Guest Services and simply pick up the items at the end of the day as you are heading home. Guest Services is at the front of the park and directly across from the St. Nick’s Trading Company. So it’s really quite convenient!

Didn’t get a Holiday World ornament while in the park? You can actually purchase the in shop ornaments online in the HoliShop.

Combine your vacation keepsake ornaments with other special occasions that you are celebrating. Be it an ornament to commemorate your new home, baby’s first Christmas or just something to get you into the holiday spirit in advance, you’ll find that special tree decoration at St. Nick’s.

Time to Decorate!

A tree filled with Holiday World Christmas ornaments. I envision displaying this tree each year with only our Holiday World collection on its branches. A beautiful reminder of our family’s season as HoliBloggers.

I absolutely love the vintage style of this ornament.

Merry Christmas in July!

Be sure to have the best time ringing in Christmas in July at Holiday World! I hope that this new family tradition helps to add a beautiful addition to your Christmas season each year!

Be sure to follow the adventures of all the HoliBloggers this summer. Each blog post will have a sweepstakes where you can enter to win two tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

Entries accepted through Sunday, July 31 at 8pm CDT.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Tara S.

Tara Smith has a degree in psychology with emphasis in community health, but has been a mom blogger for over a decade and lives in St. Louis, MO. You can find her blog at As a busy mom of 4, she likes to do fun activities with her family and travel. She also likes to sew, craft, make recipes and inspire others in motherhood. Tara and her blog have been featured on News 4 Great Day, Show Me St. Louis and in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.

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19 Responses to “Christmas Ornaments in July”

  1. Amanda Chapman

    I LOVE going in to check out all the Christmas stuff in shops. Holiday world is one of my favorite places to check out decor!!

  2. Sarah Workman

    We always get an ornament from our vacations! We were excited to add Dollywood and Disneyland to our collection this year. Holiday World would look awfully nice with those, don’t you think?

  3. Shawn Boswell

    My favorite Holiday Tradition is setting up my Christmas Village every year!!

  4. Laura

    Favorite tradition is reading a new christmas story to my kids and giving them their christmas morning pjs!

  5. Shawn Boswell

    My Fav Holiday Tradition is getting to spend time with Family you don’t see as much throughout the year.

  6. Jan DeKlavon

    Our favorite happy place in the world! So many memories for over 33 years!

  7. Shawn Boswell

    Adding a new Hallmark North Pole Tree Trimmer Elf to my Collection!!!!