Santa Claus, Indiana: World's Oldest Santa Statue
22 feet tall and slightly frightening. Dedicated on Christmas Day, 1935, it's the sole survivor of an attraction named Santa Claus Park. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [12/15/2008]
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The once-creepy old Santa statue has been restored to its former glory. In fact, it may have been restored to a better glory than it has ever experienced. The site is now home not only to Santa, but to a Santa Claus Museum, an old post office, and an historic church. If you go at the right time of year you can find "elves" answering Santa's mail in the post office. While the newly-restored Statue isn't painted and lacks the creepy factor of the original, it's still a sight to behold.[Faye Travis, 12/18/2012]
We're digging the alabaster white, ancient Greek statue look that Santa has now. It's as if he just arrived after flying through a North Pole blizzard....
Recently acquired by the Koch family of Holiday World. The Santa statue will be restored in 2011.[H Grant, 07/15/2011]
Oblivious to the melancholy charm of the crumbling World's Oldest Santa Statue, the owners of Holiday World (a theme park across the street) have announced that Santa will get a makeover. Beginning in May 2011, and lasting for two months, Santa will be patched up and sandblasted clean so that he once again resembles the snow white cement Santa that was unveiled in 1935. Holiday World also announced that the 40-ton statue may be moved afterward to a "more visible" location.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/09/2011]
I reported this statue a few years ago, and returned in December 2009 for another look. Really pretty bad that a town named Santa Claus would allow the original statue to rot away in favor of a bunch of fiberglass cheapies...[derek cohoon, 01/16/2010]