Of course you do! It's been a mystery for eons, and that's only because it was reported many years ago that Mr. Claus was not at home on his ranch at the North Pole when one particular group of visitors traveled there in July. It was quite scandalous at the time, as Mrs. Claus had stayed back that summer to train some new elves. For the most part, locals at the pole thought that it to be a made up story, assuming instead that she had taken up with one of the lead elves because Santa had really let himself go physically and was spending far too much time in his workshop.
In the end, however, it was confirmed by Santa when he returned that September that Mrs. Claus had simply not taken the trip south that summer due to the needed elf training and the fact that her mother (who Santa didn't much care for) wanted to spend some time with Mrs. Claus while Santa was away. For years, Santa and Mrs. Claus had been MIA from the North Pole during the summer months. No one knew where they went, and no one really asked questions as long as toy production stayed on point. But during this one summer with all of its innuendo and suspicion, the truth behind the Claus's summer travels was revealed.
It turns out that Santa and the Mrs. had been running an amusement park in Southern Indiana for years! In fact, it happens to be the oldest theme park in the world, dating back to 1946. It started out small, but has blossomed into one of the great summertime destinations for people from all over the Tri-State Area. Santa decided to call his new summer retreat Holiday World, to remind him of his life back at the North Pole. As Holiday World continued to grow, he and Mrs. Claus decided it would be best to divide the park into sections, and they gave each section a name. So now there are parts of the park dedicated to Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, and even July 4th!
Santa is nothing if not brilliant, and his ability to turn Holiday World into a heart-warming retreat where nostalgia flows like warm caramel falling off an apple was a stupendous feat. There are incredible wooden roller coasters here, taking you back to the earliest days of fairs and midways. On the flip side, there is a state-of-the-art water park that uses modern technology (and plenty of water!) to create a wet paradise for kids of all ages. And mixed in throughout the park is some of the best food you could ever imagine finding at a theme park. Sure, Holiday world has the items you'd expect to find like pizza, fries, and funnel cakes. But tell me...have you ever enjoyed a full Thanksgiving dinner at an amusement park before? I thought not. And does your favorite park have soda stations dotting the entire place, where you can drink for free all day long? Nope, it doesn't. Fret not, friends, because all of that can change when you take a trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. That's right, I said Santa Claus, Indiana. The head elf actually named the town after himself. I'm telling you, the guy's a marketing genius! When you walk around town, it is all things Santa. Streets have North Pole-inspired names, businesses are named and decorated to match the holiday theme. In Santa Claus, to say 'Christmas In July' doesn't tell half the story!
You now know where to find Santa Claus all summer long. He's spending his time in Southern Indiana at a place he likes to call Holiday World, in a town he likes to call Santa Claus. It's an amazing place to spend a day (or two), regardless of whether you're a kid of 10 or 110. And it's Santa's story, of course, but he got a BIG push in the right direction from Louis J. Koch, who was with Santa when the park opened way back in 1946. In fact, the Koch family has operated the park for Santa all along, and continues to do so today. Talk about some incredible elves! If you'd like an inside look at Holiday World, tune in to this week's episode of The Hungry Cowboy, and then get to planning your trip to Santa Claus, Indiana. Me and Santa will see you there!