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 Making Memories Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to our winner – Jami W. from Bedford, Indiana – who wins four one-day admission tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and two nights next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, in one of their Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins. Thanks to all who entered! ——————– If you’re a loyal HoliBlog reader or a new…

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Crowdsourcing memories

As part of our 70th Birthday Season, we’re going to create … a Memories Mosaic. A gigantic mosaic of photos taken in the park over the past seven decades. And that’s where you come in – would you like your family photos from Santa Claus Land, Holiday World, and Splashin’ Safari to be included? We sure…

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“I watched your podcast”

^ Been hearing that phrase a lot lately. (Thanks for tuning in!) Until I realized I was being obnoxious and stopped, I had corrected several “viewers” to remind them that a podcast is audio only. (In a nutshell, our podcast is an online on-demand talk radio show.) Then Stephen came up with the idea to create…

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Back on track

Celebrating our 70th Birthday!

What do you give a park for its 70th Birthday? That an easy one! You bring back its original ride to put on display for generations to see and reminisce. Whether you remember it as the Freedom Train, the Mother Goose Land Train, or the Santa Claus Land Railroad (thus nearly equaling Sean Combs in the “most…

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Oh, heavens – what a cookbook!

Did you get a chance to browse through Hevron’s Mercantile this season? If you’re a regular HoliBlog reader you’ll recognize our new shop’s name as belonging to our longtime employee (and dear friend) Joe Hevron, who passed away in 2011 after working at the park since we opened in 1946. That’s right. Joe began his career…

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Magic in the air

When you visit us for Happy Halloween Weekends, be sure to include our Halloween Magic Show on your don’t-miss-it list. Unless, of course, you don’t like to laugh. Or hear children laugh. Don Baggett’s magic skills extend far beyond sleight of hand. He has the gift of extracting giggly, irrepressible laughter from youngsters. You know,…

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Your daily floss

Long ago, my oldest son explained to me the difference between a “geek” and a “nerd.” Tom now works at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (which you may recognize from The Big Bang Theory), so whatever he told me then was no doubt correct. Thing is, I don’t exactly remember what he said … But whether you’re…

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Santa: As seen on TV

So what’s the deal with Santa in our new television commercials? You know, this guy: He gives a tour of our headquarters … … he chairs the boardroom meeting … … and holds his sizable head in his hands when the Pilgrim suggests offering Free Butter Churning Lessons at the park: What’s the deal? The…

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Stalwart Santa

Our Santa statue has proudly waved (from two different locations) for decades. Do you have any family photos with our Santa statue?

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A two-for-one admission

This week's #TransformationTuesday photo shows our admissions gate from long ago and today. Do you remember this Santa Claus Land front gate?

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