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Where’s the Best Indiana Christmas Festivals and Events? Here!

 Indiana Christmas Festivals and Events
Indiana Christmas Festivals and Events
It’s Christmas in Indiana! Last week it seems there were holiday festivals that ranged:

from Zionsville to Aurora. This week:

the festivals and events in Indiana list is still pretty full. If you are visiting Indiana this week for a vacation or just want a bit of weekend fun, I’ve got it all right here. Of course, these are just a few highlights.

The rest of the fun can be found here:

Little Indiana Festivals and Events Calendar.

That’s the best place to go to snag great activities to do across the state! From church beef and noodle suppers to Christmas events and holiday parades, there’s so much to see and do.

If you have something to add to this supremely useful calendar, please let me know. I will get it added to the calendar as fast as I can.

Indiana Christmas Festivals and Events

I know you. You are already looking for another reason to visit Parke County, aren’t you? I figured. I also figured you would probably be thrilled to know that there’s the Parke County Covered Bridge Christmas in Rockville. It sounds like a great day of shopping at the 4H Fairgrounds, a tour of homes (you know I’m all over that), and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. You didn’t think those were all over, now, did you? It’s also the kick-off for the downtown New Harmony event:

Christmas in New Harmony.

Did you make it to any of the Indiana Tree Lighting Ceremony events on my big list? I sure hope so! But if not, don’t worry–there’s still a few going on. Other towns and cities gearing up for their tree lighting ceremonies this week include:

Elkhart, Hobart, Lowell, New Harmony, Roanoke (where Santa enters on a fire truck), South Bend, and Vevay (as well as the Rockville ceremony mentioned above). Christmas in Converse is this weekend as well! Now that’s a sweet small town event.

Magical Christmas on the Square in Covington features a charming range of holiday cheer. Look for a parade, a queen contest, shop windows decorated with vintage style, and only $5 admission to the fantastic:

Indiana indoor beach!

Downtown Valparaiso will be lit up with holiday cheer as free train rides are offered while carolers sing during Holly Days. It’s all around the courthouse square. Great deals in shops AND restaurants are waiting!

Bring food donations for the food pantry during the Cookies and Cocoa event at Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg. Snacks, story time, and photos with Santa are all a part of the happy holiday fun.

Dec 5, 6 Indiana Wine Trail Nouveau Noelle Wine Tasting with mulled wine and holiday shopping all along the fabulous Indiana wine trail. Don’t miss the 11 AM – 6 PM event.

The six wineries on the trail are:

  • Ertel Cellars Winery – Batesville
  • Stream Cliff Farm Winery – Commiskey
  • Lanthier Winery – Madison
  • Madison Vineyards Estate Winery – Madison
  • Thomas Family Winery – Madison
  • The Ridge Winery – Vevay

Tours are still continuing for the Christmas at Seiberling Mansion event. If you have ever wanted a peek inside this gorgeous Kokomo building, this is your chance to see the halls all decked for the holidays. Tours run through December 22.

If you love Madison, like I love Madison, you should take a look at the Night Before Christmas Candlelight Tour is Homes in Madison. Does that sound amazing or what? You can step inside some of those gorgeous homes. If you want to see more about Madison, please use the search bar above to view a lot of small businesses where you can stay, play, and eat! For a more personal look, from someone who lives there, visit the blog of author Robyn Riles:

You Think Too Much.

That’s not the only home tour! Yay! LaPorte also offers up their Candlelight Tour of Homes.

I know you will enjoy it. I know you will also enjoy Jasper O’Tannenbaum Days! Who can resist the work of twenty artists and artisans? Probably not me, and since you are already on a website devoted to shopping locally, probably not you, either. Resist the urge to give mass-produced, boring gifts. Make it one of a kind and personal. There will be carriage and train rides, snacks, and more around the courthouse square.

Oh, and there’s also Christmas Under the Stars, a downtown Brownsburg night-time parade. The sparkling parade begins at 6 PM. Afterwards, head to town hall for Christmas carols and the tree lighting ceremony.

Elkhart has an event that sounds so cute! The Where’s Santa Holiday Event is December 4 at the Wellfield Botanical Gardens. Search the gardens for Santa and make memories. It’s also the start of Winterfest.

Michigan City Festival of Lights is a beautiful event-filled way to kick-off the holidays. There’s a bonfire, singing, horse and buggy rides, a chili cook-off, and so much more. Don’t miss it at Washington Park.

Visit Indiana’s Christmas Events

If you feel like you are getting so caught up in the stress of the season, and are forgetting those warm, fuzzy feelings of family, togetherness, and community, visit any of these Indiana festivals or events for a heaping dose.

There’s always something to do in Indiana–even when it’s cold out. Look for fun things to do all around you:

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.

2 comments

  1. That sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  2. There is also the Festival of Trees and Host of Angels at Lanthier Winery always starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 24th. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission and free wine tastings of Lanthier Winery’s award-winning hand-crafted wines. Also during this time is the limited release of Lanthier Winery’s holiday wines – St. Nicholas Blush, Snowflake White and Rudolph Red. Also annually is the Sugarplum Celebration that is held the Second Saturday of December every year.

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