Make it a getaway!

Katie Stam Irk on Star Spangled Carousel

Every time I read a comment from someone who squeezed a lot of fun into a single “day trip,” I want to ask, “What’s your hurry?!” I have a feeling they didn’t realize how many other fun activities there are to enjoy in our area. Katie and her family figured it out: Does Katie look familiar…

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On this date in 1955

Reagan, Santa, L.J. Koch

Ronald Reagan at Santa Claus Land? We have proof! From the Holiday World archives: Actor (and future president) Ronald Reagan visited @SantaClausLand on this day in 1955. #HW70 pic.twitter.com/hDsNk9mbgt — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) March 29, 2016 The Gipper is pictured above with our founder, Louis J. Koch, and Santa Jim. The trio toured the park (which was…

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Enter our Lots o’ Lights Sweepstakes

Congratulations to Kris T., from Gosport, Indiana, whose entry was chosen at random. She and her family will enjoy two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort plus a day for four at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari! Thanks to all who entered! By the way, how many light bulbs…

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Remembering our heroes

You don't have to be a history nut to be a fan of our 16th President. Abraham Lincoln, who was raised on a farm just four miles west of this park, appeals to just about everyone. Did you know we have a Lincoln collection in the building that also houses Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen and the…

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Life is like a box of …

I’ve teased Mrs. Koch that she’s a bit of a Forrest Gump. No, she hasn’t suddenly become a ping-pong fanatic, but she’s taken part in a few moments of national importance. This photo is from 1941, when she helped place the cornerstone for what is now the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: And today, in honor…

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“Whatever you are, be a good one”

One of those funny little coincidences in life — when I gave Will a plaque bearing that Abraham Lincoln quote for Christmas a few years ago, I had no idea it was his favorite. Will was such a fan of our 16th president. In fact, he was a bit fanatical. I'll never forget the year…

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It’s not just Abe …

Snowy Raven station

…who is putting 200 candles on his cake this year. So is Edgar Allan Snow … er, Poe. In fact EAP has the same birthday as Will’s wife, Lori (not the same year, though – stop trying to get me in trouble!). So in honor of Poe’s bicentennial …   … we put a little icing…

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Rudolph’s nose would come in handy

Little Girl with Hands Up on Reindeer Games

My, my, how it does snow, sleet and rain here in Santa Claus. What a mess. Before chipping the ice off my car and heading for home, here — as promised — are photos of the newly arrived Reindeer Games: Closer to opening, this will go vertical, of course, in Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch. And here…

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