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International Santa Claus Hall of Fame (Santa Claus, Indiana)

Santas are celebrated at the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. Santa’s Candy Castle, home of the Santa Claus Hall of Fame; Santa Claus HOF

This facility is located in — where else? — the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana. Not just any shopping mall Santa with a few years of service can make the cut for this hall of fame founded in 2010. Just take a look at the credentials of some hall members. Charles W. Howard, one of the inaugural inductees, earned the nickname “Dean of Santa Clauses,” thanks in part to his longtime role as old St. Nick in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Another of the inaugural inductees, James Edgar of Brockton, Mass., earned fame in 1890 as the first department store Santa in history. And we can’t forget honoree Edmund Gwenn, who collected an Oscar for his portrayal of Santa in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street. So clearly, the bar has been set very high for potential HOF Santas. The hall accepts nominations from the worldwide Santa community and a panel of journalists from North America makes the final decisions

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