Please remove your sunglasses before riding, sir…

  If you follow us on Twitter, you know I'm a member of the IAAPA Communications Committee. Chair, actually, as of this week. We had our first teleconference yesterday afternoon and I must say it was great fun. Although we did our best to be strategic, forward-thinking and professional, an occasional pun or park story…

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Now … and then

Well, actually, then and way back then. These photos have been in my "HoliBlog photos" folder since last summer. Oops. What a sweet family photo, taken in August. Siblings who now live in Indiana, Ohio and Mississippi. Want to see something even sweeter? This is the same family back in 1970. Clockwise from top: Robin,…

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You betcha!

It didn't take too long for our readers to recognize Baked Alaska. Here, as promised, is a peek at one of the very early menus from The Christmas Room at Santa Claus Land: …along with the pricing: Does anyone remember ordering Baked Alaska long ago? Joe remembers it was quite a challenge to make. (Thanks…

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Christmas dining, long ago

Baked Alaska

Sylvia is plowing through all our old photos as she doggedly, determinedly works on getting our archives organized. She makes discoveries. Every so often I hear her laugh. It’s a great laugh. Sort of like a bell pealing. Or a gong. Today, it was the discovery of this photo that got her going. “What’s this?!”…

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Any clues to this Claus?

This is the new background photo for our Twitter page. I guess I watched too many episodes of Monk this weekend. I'd love to figure out what year this was taken: Okay. So we know this was shot before we became Holiday World, so it's 1983 or earlier, right? I think two clues are the…

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Collect much?

We occasionally hear from folks who collect Santa Claus Land memorabilia. Mrs. Koch is always interested to find out what's out there, and has even been known to place a bid or two on eBay to add to her collection on display in the Santa Claus Museum here in town. The one thing that galls…

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Here it comes

There is a sigh of relief around here as we complete our last day of "daily" operations. We're still open weekends, of course, but not Monday through Friday (with the exception of Labor Day Monday). The sighs continue as we start receiving phone calls, emails, and even an occasional visit from folks who are nearly…

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Ben there, done that

This is Ben: This little fellow, from Berea, Kentucky, just enjoyed his first visit to Holiday World. His mom, Missy, was just a little bit older than Ben when she rode the same ride back in 1982, when we were still Santa Claus Land. We just love these generation-to-generation photos. Does anyone have a three-generation…

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Photo i.d.

It's always a delight when someone emails an old photo asking if it was taken at Holiday World. …or, in this case, Santa Claus Land: Indeed, this ride was in the Pleasureland section of Santa Claus Land (in the area where Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch now exists).  

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Photographic memories

A lovely email from longtime friends: My family has been going to your park for many, many years. My grandparents used to visit back when you were called Santa Claus Land. Generations have come and gone to your park. For the second time we will be taking my daughter to your park to celebrate her…

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Three score

We're not quite to Four Score and Seven yet, but a 60th Anniversary is nothing to sneeze at these days. It was on August 3, 1946, that Santa Claus Land opened in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana. Louis J. Koch (Will's grandpa) had purchased the land in the 1930s and waited until World…

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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 squeaky violin, and Baby Snooks’ antics. Thanks to satellite radio those shows are available again, 60 years later. And the commercials are a hoot Either…

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