Brightly colored lights glisten in the winter night. A Christmas tree, garland and other Yuletide décor fill the cabin. A fireplace adds a warm glow.
It’s the holiday season in the tiny town of Santa Claus where 25 new Christmas cabins at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort are waiting to help create family memories. For the special event, the campground will be open for cabin guests from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day.
“This is something new for us. We close the campground at the end of October but the new cabins are a great way for families to celebrate the holidays,” said Dave Lovell, marketing director for Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.
Decorated for Christmas year round, the cabins were added in June and July with another 25 cabins planned for 2012. “These are more upscale cabins with more amenities,” Lovell said. “There is so much going on in Santa Claus during the holidays and we thought the cabins would be a great way for families to stay here and enjoy the attractions.”
Located in a hillside section of Lake Rudolph Campground, the cabins feature a bedroom with a king-size bed, as well as a large loft with four twin-size mattresses on one side and a queen size on the other. “The cabins can sleep up to four adults and four children comfortably,” Lovell said. Holiday rates are $140 a night plus tax.
The cabins have central air conditioning and heat, plus an electric fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, three large flat-screen TVs with free cable service and free Wi-Fi, and a big deck with deck furniture and a built-in gas grill.
“When you see the cabins up on the hillside with all the trees, it reminds me of something you would see in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg,” Lovell said. “We are getting really good response to them.”
Opened in 1958, the campground has undergone several name changes and major expansions over the years. Located next to Holiday World Theme Park and Splashin’ Safari Water Park, Lake Rudolph offers 244 family rentals – 108 standard rental RVs, 76 king-size rental RVs, 16 super king-size rental RVs and 44 cabins. The campground also includes 188 full hookup RV sites plus 40 tent sites with water and electric.
Other campground amenities include a family pool, kiddie pool, miniature golf, fishing lake, paddleboats and kayaks, playgrounds, gem mining sluice, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, camp store, outdoor pavilion, four modern air-conditioned bathhouses, game room, two laundromats, 200 rental golf carts and a pizza and ice cream shop. A free shuttle operates between the campground and Holiday World.
Constructed in 2009 as the largest campground holiday light show in North America, the $350,000 Santa Claus Land of Lights tells the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The 1.2-mile driving route through the campground features more than 300 light display pieces – 35 percent of which are fully animated, plus 11 giant Rudolph story scenes, some 30 feet tall and over 100 feet wide.
“They tell the story of how Rudolph learned to fly and eventually led Santa’s sleigh on that foggy Christmas Eve,” Lovell said. Guests who stay in the Christmas cabins have free admission to the light show. Nearly $16,000 in admission proceeds from the 2010 show was donated to Ronald McDonald House charities.
Of course, the town of Santa Claus also offers numerous holiday activities and attractions, including The Santa Claus Christmas Store, Santa’s Ornament Shop, Santa’s Candy Castle, Santa’s Great Big LED Tree of Lights and much more.
“With today’s economy, we think the new Christmas cabins provide a great alternative to stay more local,” Lovell said. “People can drive here and have a wonderful family getaway without spending a lot of money.”
For more information: Contact Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort at www.LakeRudolph.com or the Spencer County Visitors Bureau at www.SantaClausInd.org.