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All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace

One glance at the 2021 Christmas Event Guide will tell you that Santa Claus is a hopping place in December!

2020 proved to be a VERY busy year in our magical town full of Holiday activities.
We wanted to give festive fun-seekers an additional option for dining, so the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace was created!

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When will the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace take place?

On December 4 and 11, from 3-7 pm CST, Santa’s Merry Marketplace will be serving favorite food items that we regularly offer there!  Our team planned the buffet to work well with other events going on in town, like the Santa Claus Town Fireworks on December 4 and the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11. Be sure to check the Santa Claus Tourism page for details about all the activities in Santa Claus!

How does it work?

Guests will pick an hour-long time slot that their group would like to eat. You can arrive as early as 3 pm to shop and play, but make sure you are in line at Santa’s Merry Marketplace for the start time of your dinner. Guests should plan to arrive early to take full advantage of their time slot, do some shopping, and enjoy activities like face painting that will be available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance at

How much does it cost?

Adult meals will be $19.99, Children 4-10 years old are $14.99 and include a take-home cookie kit, and Children three and under eat for free.  Cookies kits will be available at Candy Cane Confectionary for purchase. Tickets are on sale now, click here to reserve your time slot now! We’ll be limiting the number of guests per session, so if you have your heart set on a session, be sure to purchase early!

What’s on the menu?

We plan to serve a true taste of Holiday World, featuring favorites from Santa’s Merry Marketplace and Plymouth Rock Cafe! Expect to see items from Santa’s Merry Marketplace like pizza and breadsticks, chicken tenders, and orange chicken. The menu will also include Plymouth Rock Cafe favorites like green beans, mac n cheese, and chicken and dumplings. Of course, guests won’t leave without a sweet treat! We plan to serve items like brownies, sugar cookies, jello cups, and dirt pudding.

Will the rides, shops, or games be open?

Rides will not be opening, but we’ll have a Santa letter-writing station, face painting, Saint Nick’s Gift Shop, and fudge available for purchase in the park. Weather permitting, Skee Ball will be available in the Christmas Plaza.  If you choose a 6 pm time slot and plan to use that full time for eating, be sure to arrive early to get your shopping done before they close at 7 pm when all games and shops will close.

Where should I park?

Please park in the Raven Parking lot, it will open at 2 pm.  

How can I get my tickets?

Tickets are available online now! Click the button below to reserve your time slot. Now is a great time to browse the Spencer County Tourism page to maximize your time in Santa Claus this Christmas season!

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