Today in Holiday World history

This is quite a day in our history. May 19, 1990:   #ThrowbackThursday to May 19, 1990 … and the premiere of Raging Rapids! #YouWillGetWet — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld)…

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“Carry the church around the village”

When Nathan started posting photos of the town's 132-year-old church moving to its new home one-half mile away on the Santa Claus Museum's Facebook page, Sabine from Germany commented, "……

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A Halloween tale

Raven Pin | HoliShop

Back in 1994, it was such a thrill to take part in naming our first big roller coaster. We knew it was going to be built in our Halloween section,…

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Pasta perfect

Bill Koch meeting the creator of Fettuccine Alfredo

When a family-owned business has been around for 65 years, there are always new discoveries. By that I mean … we’re forever finding precious old photos and mementos tucked away…

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“Oh, heavens!”

Joe Hevron, Army photo

If, in the past 65 years, you worked at Santa Claus Land or Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, you will no doubt recognize that phrase. And who said it. Oh,…

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Yum, yum, yum!

Santa selling Jell-o and cereal

Anyone else out there a cornball who loves to listen to old radio shows from the ’40s? I grew up hearing my folks talk about Fibber McGee‘s closet, Jack Benny‘s…

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Who was our mayor in 1959?

Mayor of Santa Claus Land

Thanks to Hilton for emailing me about an interesting story from our Santa Claus Land days. Hilton won a nation-wide contest. His prize? He was named Town Marshal of the…

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