Economic Development

Public Hearing Scheduled


On June 10, 2019, the Town of Santa Claus will hold a public hearing at 5:15PM (Central) at its Town Hall, 90 N. Holiday Blvd., Santa Claus, IN 47579 for the purpose of gaining public input on a proposed trail enhancement project in Jim Yellig Park.

80% of the funding for this project is proposed to come from the federally funded Indiana Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trail Program. The balance of funding is coming from private donations and operational expenses of the town.

Dated this 22rd day of May, 2019

Town of Santa Claus Town Council

The Town of Santa Claus is in the process of applying for a Recreational Trail Program Grant to upgrade several trails and parking areas in Yellig Park. The project has an estimated cost of $188,723.70. Trails of Santa Claus, Inc. has committed $30,000 as part of the 20% match needed for the grant. If approved, the town would receive $150,978.96 in federally funded grant monies.


Draft Comprehensive Plan Now Available

At its March 25th meeting, the Advisory Plan Commission was presented with the updated plan from Morley & Associates.

The plan, based on input from residents and and town officials, is currently being reviewed by that board.

Last updated in 1995, the Comprehensive Plan is a statement of the objectives and policies for future growth of Santa Claus along with a map showing the geographic land use concepts. The plan attempts to look twenty years into the future. This plan is a document that should be reviewed and considered for revision every five years so that it may continue to reflect the objectives and goals of the Town. The plan also serves as a basis for making planning and zoning decisions by Town officials.

It will be the subject of a public hearing on April 22, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Town Hall.

If approved at that meeting, it will be presented to the Town Council for approval at its May 13, 2019 meeting,

The draft report updated on 4/2/2019 is available here for review.


Have you taken the survey?

There’s still time to provide your input into the future of the Town of Santa Claus.

Click here for more info

The  Town of Santa Claus Comprehensive Plan was adopted nearly a quarter of a century ago. Certainly, many things have changed since that time. The Plan acts as a guide for future decision making and is a required element in many grant and other funding initiatives.

The Town is currently updating that plan and wants to incorporate the thoughts of residents regarding the town’s future.

Survey closes January 31, 2019 at 4:00PM.


If you are a resident of the Town of Santa Claus your input is needed.

The  Town of Santa Claus Comprehensive Plan was adopted nearly a quarter of a century ago. Certainly, many things have changed since that time. The Plan acts as a guide for future decision making and is a required element in many grant and other funding initiatives.

The Town is currently updating that plan and wants to incorporate the thoughts of residents regarding the town’s future.

A survey to gather information has been prepared by Morley & Associates and is available now for all town residents to access online.

The link for that survey is here.

Alternatively, a paper version can be obtained by downloading it from the town’s website or you may pick up a copy at the Town Hall, The Christmas Lake Village Office or the Community Center.

Download a paper copy here.

The survey will close January 31, 2019 at 4:00pm.

Town of Santa Claus Certified as Broadband Ready

Town notified that we are one of eleven Certified Broadband Ready Communities in Indiana.

Certified Broadband Ready Communities
The following local units of government have established the necessary procedures to be certified as Broadband Ready Communities. Click on each Broadband Ready Community below to view its certification letter, point of contact for broadband infrastructure projects, and established process.

1. Town of Nashville
2. City of Rushville
3.  Brown County
4.  Town of Richland City
5.  Town of Merrillville
6.  City of Boonville
7.  City of Vincennes
8.  City of Cannelton
9.  City of Muncie
10. City of Mitchell
11. Town of Santa Claus

Broadband Ready Community Certification

The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment. While investment in broadband infrastructure is not guaranteed to follow once a community obtains the certification, reducing the regulatory hurdles that deter investment is a key step towards creating an environment ripe for broadband investment.

A local unit of government will be certified as a Broadband Ready Community if it has established a broadband deployment procedure that complies with the statutory requirements listed in IC 5-28-28.5-7.

See the certificate here.


Want to be a part of THE Christmas Celebration in Santa Claus?

It’s becoming quite an event…and you could be a part of it!

The Spencer County Visitors Bureau and the Christmas Celebration Committee in Santa Claus would like to invite anyone who has a business offering something special during the holidays, or works with an event that takes place, or just loves Christmas and their community to come to our next meeting.

The group will be discussing the upcoming Santa Claus Christmas Celebration — what’s going on, changes from last year, ways to improve, etc. and would like to find more ways to get the community involved.

We will meet on Wednesday, October 10, at 6:00 pm at the Santa Claus Museum & Village.

Come hungry as there will be soup with the fixin’s and something sweet for dessert!

Please help us spread the word and invite anyone who may be interested in helping with the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration.

For more information contact:

Melissa Arnold, Executive Director 
Spencer County Visitors Bureau
Office: (812) 937-4199


What’s happening on the west side of town?

Here are the details.

Santa Claus, Indiana is adding a new road to connect Hwy 162 with Hwy 245.  The road, to be named Philip J. Koch Drive, is located approximately ½ mile west of Louis J Koch Blvd. and will allow residents an alternate route to avoid heavy traffic and add a new biking and hiking path to the town’s inventory of trails.

The new .33 mile three lane road will incorporate a biking and hiking trail which connects to the existing trail system and will eventually connect to an additional trail to Lincoln State Parks.

Looking north from IN 162

The contract for the $1.3 million project was awarded to Ragel Construction of Newburgh in February of this year and construction is anticipated to be completed in late fall to early winter. Utilizing federal grant money, the town’s construction cost on this project is $264,174.90.

The land for this project was donated to the town by the estate of Philip Koch and that organization has engaged a realtor and engineering company to market the property

Looking south from the Fire Station

Gov. Holcomb Presents Check to Santa Claus

Town of Santa Claus receives it’s share of Community Crossings Grant From INDOT!

At a late afternoon meeting in Jasper, a room full of officials from Southern Indiana met to learn the results of the Community Crossings grant applications made earlier this year.

The Town of Santa Claus submitted five grant requests and all were approved by INDOT!

Work will  be accomplished in the next construction season. Most will be in the Holiday Village Subdivision.

This money represents 75% of the cost of those improvements and the town will pay the balance from local funds.

This grant brings the total received from the state from this program to nearly $250,000 over the past two years.

List of grants.