News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 7, 2012

Travel Channel to film Santa Claus, Indiana

Associated Press

Santa Claus, Ind. — The Travel Channel will film the famous town of Santa Claus, Indiana, during the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration this month, for a new special called “Christmas Showdown.”

While in town on Saturday, Dec. 8, producers for the Travel Channel plan to visit the town’s two original attractions – the Santa Claus statue and Santa’s Candy Castle – which both opened in December 1935. The historic 22-foot Santa Claus statue, which was recently restored, is part of the Santa Claus Museum & Village. The nearby Santa’s Candy Castle will host a fruitcake-eating contest that day as part of its special activities. The crew will also capture the Santa Claus Land of Lights after dark at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort as well as other Christmas-themed attractions and events in town.

“Being featured on the Travel Channel is an exciting opportunity for the town,” says Melissa Brockman, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to sharing our festive Christmas attractions, activities, and traditions with their viewers.”

Travel Channel’s “Christmas Showdown” will highlight the best holiday events and traditions in America. Two destinations will be featured in a variety of categories such as Christmas Towns, Off-beat Parades, Neighborhood Lights, and more. Viewers will be asked to go online and vote for their favorite destination.

“Christmas Showdown” will air next year. Travel Channel is available in nearly 96 million U.S. households.

The Santa Claus Christmas Celebration takes place the first three weekends in December in Santa Claus, Indiana. Events include a traditional Christmas Dinner with Santa, Writing a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, the annual Christmas parade, and much more.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, lodging specials, and a schedule of events, call 888-444-9252 or visit