Visions of sugar plums will dance in your head when you visit the Santa Claus Museum in Columbus, Texas….

the only Santa Museum in the South!

An easy drive from San Antonio, Austin, or Houston, Columbus has plenty of comfy lodging accommodations, delicious restaurants, and unique shops where you can knock out your holiday shopping list.


With nearly 3,000 Santas decking its halls, the Santa Claus Museum is a Christmas lover’s dream come true!

Make plans to jingle all the way to Columbus this holiday season to visit the Santa Claus Museum!


About the Museum

The Santa Claus Museum in opened in 1990. The building was donated by Mrs. Laura Ann Rau, founding member of the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust, Inc. (CHPT). The museum currently houses three major collections featuring Santas from all over the world.


The Hopkins Collection

Mary Elizabeth Youens Hopkins was born in 1913 and was given her first Santa Claus when she was 6 months old. She began collecting in the early 1970s and her extensive collection includes Santas made from a variety of materials such as cast iron, china, basket weave, com shucks, bottle glass, magazines, fabric, dough, and wood.

An almost life-sized Santa Claus, formerly displayed in the Priesmeyer Department Store in Garwood during the 1950s is one of the most popular Santas in her collection. The Hopkins collection features Duncan Royal Santas from around the world, artwork by Norman Rockwell and Thomas Nast, as well as a complete collection of Haddon Sundblom Coca-Cola Santas. Also on display are Mrs. Hopkins’ personal needlepoint pieces, inspired by artwork and magazine covers she’d seen throughout her life.

After her death in January 1990, the Hopkins family donated the entire collection of more than 2,500 pieces to CHPT. It was Mrs. Hopkins’ collection that launched the Santa Claus Museum.

The Luman Collection

Elaine and Merle Luman have been collecting Santas throughout marriage. The Lumans have traveled the world, which is reflected in the Santas they’ve collected over the years. Russian nesting Santas and an Asian interpretation of Santa are highlights in their unique collection. Exquisite needlepoint, handmade by Mrs. Luman, and vintage cooking molds are rare pieces.

The Luman collection consists of a large number of Yadra ceramic Santas as well as many Santas in sleighs, ready to deliver gifts to all of the good boys and girls across the globe. Also included are Santa socks, matchsticks, vintage celluloid, and mechanically-animated Santas.

The Lumans donated their collection to CHPT in 2019, prompting the expansion of Santa Claus Museum to include a second room.

The Hubenak Collection

Neva Lou and Al Hubenak moved to Columbus after passing through town one spring and falling in love with its charm.  Al was a member of the CHPT Board of Directors for eight years and conducted city bus tours and historical site visits for CHPT for 10 years.

The Huenaks began collecting Santas in the late 1990s. Their enjoyable hobby quickly grew and after 20 years, the Hubenaks amassed a collection of more than 400 Santa figurines, dolls, artwork, and other collectibles. The Hubenaks donated their expansive collection to the Santa Claus Museum in 2019. Along with the Hopkins and Luman collections, it brings joy to all those who seek the Christmas Spirit.

Hours and Admission

The Santa Claus Museum is open to the public every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout December. CHPT is proud to offer free admission to all guests who visit on these days.

On other dates, the museum is open by appointment only. Admission is $3 per person. Contact the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to schedule a visit.

Santa Soiree

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Please join us for the Grand Re-Opening/Ribbon Cutting of the newly remodeled Santa Claus Museum, proudly featuring two brand new Santa collections. Tickets are $50 (adults only, please) and will be available through Friday, November 29. Purchase online or stop by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce office (425 Spring Street) during regular business hours to secure your tickets.  

Holly Jolly Festive Fun!
  • Mix and Mingle with Santa
  • Christmas Caroling by the Columbus Community Choir
  • “12 Days of Christmas” Door Prize Drawings
  • Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktails
Proceeds will fund renovations of the Santa Claus Museum…the ONLY Santa Claus Museum in the South!
Help CHPT preserve our charming hometown treasure!

From our Guests...

  • Traci S.
    The Santa Claus Museum is a wonderful place to remember the delight of Christmas all year long. It is truly a family destination as not only did mom, dad, and tween girl enjoy it but even teen boy cracked a few smiles. It's definitely on our list for next year!
    Traci S.
    Galveston, TX
  • Darlene M.
    We were surprised and amazed to see such a large collection of Santa Clause memorabilia all together in one place right here in Texas. Our kids want to come back again next year!
    Darlene M.
    Plano, TX
  • Melissa H.
    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is visiting the Santa Claus Museum in Columbus! There are so many interesting things to see and I pick a new favorite Santa every time we go. We love it!
    Melissa H.
    Katy, TX