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 more than 2,000 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!

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About the Museum

The Santa Claus Museum was created in memory of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, an avid collector of Santas of every shape and size. Mrs. Hopkins was born in May 1913 and received her very first Santa at 6 months-old. Her extensive collection includes Santas made from a wide variety of materials. She collected Santa music boxes, Santa containers, Santa dolls, Santa dishes, Santa ornaments, and Santa photos.

Her love of Old St. Nick was well known and Mrs. Hopkins received many, many Santa gifts from friends and family throughout her life. After Mrs. Hopkins’ death in 1990, her husband and children donated her entire collection to the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust (CHPT). Founding member of CHPT, Mrs. Laura Ann Rau, donated the house now housing the collection, allowing the Santa Claus Museum to bring joy all year long to 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.

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