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Santa Claus Land of Lights in Southern Indiana

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to pile the kids into the car after dinner and drive around admiring Christmas lights. Such a simple way to enjoy time together as a family away from the crowds and the rushing around.

If you’re looking to take your annual drive up a notch or two, then head to Santa Claus, Indiana. With a name like that, you know they’ve got a lock on extreme Christmas fun. And elaborate Christmas lights are no exception.

Santa Claus Land of Lights Tunnel

Santa Claus Land of Lights Tunnel

Point your sleigh toward the Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, where you’ll find Santa Claus Land of Lights, a 1.2 mile Christmas light show that tells the story of Rudolph the Reindeer. It is open nightly, rain or shine, through New Year’s Eve (but closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Cost is $15 per vehicle, but $4 off coupons are available at McDonald’s in Clinton, Spencer, Sullivan, Brazil, Linton, Vincennes, Ferdinand, Washington, Terre Haute, Loogootee, Boonville, Evansville, Jasper, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Petersburg, Princeton and Tell City.

This is the largest light display you’ll find at any North American campground, with some of the scenes measuring 30 feet high and 100 feet wide.

You could even make a weekend of it and stay in one of their Christmas cabins.

For directions to the Santa Claus Land of Lights, click here.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.