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Holiday Cheer & Lights at these Indiana Festivals and Events

Martinsville Candy Kitchen in Indiana Where You Can Watch Candy Canes Get Made
Martinsville Candy Kitchen in Indiana Where You Can Watch Candy Canes Get Made
Worried about getting everything done for the holidays? Are you already stressing over gift lists and menu planning, untangling Christmas lights, or wondering where to put the inlaws? You need some time to decompress. Hello, Indiana festivals and events. No one can go, go, go nonstop. Nor should you try. It will all get done–or maybe it all wasn’t worth doing in the first place? Your family might just enjoy paying a visit to one of these special events or celebrations below. Make memories, not stress. Oh, and don’t forget that you can watch candy canes getting made any Saturday in November or December, up to Christmas, at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen!

This list is a highlight. I randomly pulled some items off of my action-packed Indiana Festivals and Events calendar. I know, it is humongous and full of fun! It is also open to your additions. Holiday events, downtown First Fridays or Second Saturdays, town-wide yard sales, or church chicken dinners…let’s do this. Send in your tidbits and I will promptly add them in to the calendar (or you can use the comment form below).

With so many things happening at all times across the state, please know that I am one person. There is no “team” on Little Indiana! If I omit a festival or event, and you don’t see it on the calendar, it is not a personal attack. Just let me know and I will add it right in. Together, we can show everyone that there is more than corn in Indiana.

Indiana Festivals and Events

For 38 years, the annual Tree City Run has kept folks doing something they don’t typically want to do when the weather gets cold: get moving! At 10 AM on November 21, join the Decatur County Family YMCA and have fun.

Get away from the stress of the holidays and lose yourself in the stars with the November 21 Public  Program at Link Observatory. It’s the 100 public program and they are going to celebrate. First meet at the Mooresville Public Library Community Room for the slideshow and tons of information and then head to the observatory to scan the skies.

Five states + 180 artists = Thousands of items for sale at the Holidaze Arts and Crafts Show in Valparaiso. It’s November 21 and 22 at the Porter County Expo Center.

There are times you want to stay at home and there are times when you want to be a part of the action. Be a part of the action at the charming Christmas in Coatsville event. It’s a day of shopping and community with special treats in the downtown shops and vendors in the community center. Of course, there’s caroling, tree lighting, and plenty of holiday magic.

It’s a juried show, so you can expect top quality handcrafted products at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in Avon. Artists work represents all kinds of fields. Don’t give gifts that are just like what everyone else has. Make it special.

Bedford folks are preparing for a bit of shopping fun at the Holiday Village Extravaganza. Food, fun, Santa, and vendors are waiting at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

Have you seen my giant list detailing the locations of every Indiana tree lighting ceremony I could find? It’s massive–and includes a map for easy planning. Just know that Carmel, Crown Point, Evansville, French Lick, Greenwood, Metamora, Valparaiso, and Wabash are all lighting up their downtown with festive celebrations this weekend. You’ll find more details on my tree ceremony guide (and I am always open to additions). There’s plenty more also happening during the week so please do check that out.

More than a tree lighting ceremony (although that is in there too), Winter Night Lights in Valparaiso has an afternoon of incredible activities! There food, contests, visits with Santa, games, and a way to really start the season off with a bang: a giant fireworks show!

You don’t have to be a kid to still find miniature trains neat. See plenty at the 3rd Annual Christmas Holiday Train Show in Rising Sun, Indiana at Heritage Hall. Reasonable admission for a buck–service members, police officers, fire fighters, and rescue workers get in free.

More trains! It is National Model Railroad Month. Toodle on over to Danville for the Danville Train Show at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds for vendors, door prizes, and even clinics.

I love looking inside of people’s houses. I admit, that sounds a little creepy. But I love to see the creative ways people decorate their homes. You can too at the 31 Annual Auburn Classics Lions Club Christmas Stroll.

Combine shopping and holiday cheer with Christkindlemarkt in Ferdinand. Who knew that a small town could put on such a grand display? Feel the awe.

Zip to the International Friendship Gardens in Michigan City on November 26 for the yearly Turkey Walk at Friendship Gardens and Native American Heritage Day. Do bring a canned food donation (and remember, it is okay to think outside of the canned food box!).

Head Out on the Highway

Sometimes you just get a song stuck in your head. It’s even worse when you only know a few phrases. I bet you can guess what song that is! Hint: look at the header above. Whatever your travel playlist, at least you know that the destination is so worth the drive. Happy Travels, Indiana.

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

Just don’t forget to tell ’em that  little Indiana sent you!

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a PBS segment on the state-wide program "The Weekly Special," a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper, and a book. Look for "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" published by Indiana University Press in April 2016--just in time for Indiana's BIG 200th Birthday Celebration.

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