Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Explore! Events!

Nov 3—Dec 30—Festival of Trees. Eight weeks of music, lights and fun.
Entertainment every weekend until Dec. 18th. Designer trees in the banquet room. Other trees throughout the museum.  Brand-new collection of Santas will be displayed for the 2011 season.

Dec 3 & 4O’Tannenbaum Days Entertainment both days, Santa on a golf cart, gingerbread cookies and stringing popcorn or beads.
French Lick and West Baden:
Story Time with Mrs. Claus
Fridays and Saturdays (November 25 - December 17) ● 7pm - 7:30pm
Grab a cookie and grab a seat near Mrs. Claus as she reads classic holiday stories in the French Lick Springs Hotel Mezzanine.

Photos with Santa Claus
Saturdays (November 26 - December 17) ● 2pm - 5pm
Every child dreams of meeting Santa in person. Bring the kids to Santa’s Village (2nd level of the French Lick Resort Events Center) and remember the moment for years to come with a keepsake photo.

Classic Dickens Carolers
Saturdays (November 26 - December 17) ● 2pm - 5pm
Hear all Christmas favorites sung by a professional Victorian caroling group. Dressed in period costumes, these a cappella songsters will transport guests to Christmas in another time.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Sundays (November 27 - December 18) ● 8am - 11am
What says the holidays more than breakfast with Santa? The young and young-at-heart will enjoy this holiday tradition offered every Sunday in the Grand Colonnade Family Restaurant. 

Holiday Choirs
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 2 through December 18 (except 12/16)
Listen to the sounds of the season every weekend at West Baden Springs Hotel. Area choirs will perform to set the holiday mood.

Lawrence County:
Dec. 2-3 - Christmas in the Pioneer Village, Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, 5-9 pm. Stroll the candlelit village, shop for Christmas gifts at the Mercantile, and meet Father Christmas. $5 gate fee. Details 812-849-3534.

Dec. 3 - Bedford Christmas Parade and Festival of Lights, downtown Bedford square, 6 pm parade starts. Horse & buggy rides, chili supper, live music concert, illuminating the downtown lights, "Christmas Lights the Heart" parade. Free admission. www.bedfordchristmasparade.com
Dec. 8-10 - Evening With Santa & Holiday Bazaar, Otis Park, Bedford, 5:30-9 pm. Take a sleigh ride to the top of the hill and visit with Mr & Mrs Claus, storytelling, shopping bazaar with baked goods, arts & crafts, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Usborne Books, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Boyd's Bears,Twisted Pens, Mary Kay, Scentsy Candles, wreaths, ornaments, & more. Free admission. Details 812-275-5692.

Dec. 9-11, 16-18 - "A Christmas Carol", Little Theatre of Bedford, 8 pm ( 2 pm on the 18th). Come follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he meets the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. Tickets $12/adult; $9/students. www.ltb.org

Crawford County:

Holiday Gift Show to be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 9am-4pm at the Crawford County 4H Community Park

Orange County: 

December 8, 2011
All day
Orleans Christmas on the Square – Orleans Congress Square
Twinkling lights, Santa’s workshop, storytelling, children’s crafts, live nativity, musical entertainment, food and so much more!

December 23rd – 25th, 2011
Tropical Christmas – Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort
Celebrate Christmas with the entire family! Story time, holiday contests and activities throughout the Resort!

December 25, 2011
Christmas Celebration – French Lick Resort
At French Lick Resort, experience a sparkling Holiday Wonderland, take in the sounds of the season, create memories to last a lifetime and indulge in special Christmas Day feasts available through a variety of venues.

December 26th – 31st, 2011
3rd Annual Vacation with Santa Claus – Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort
Join Santa Claus as he relaxes on his post-Christmas vacation in one of our largest suites! Santa will be flying down the water slides instead of around the world in one night!

December 31, 2011
Splash into New Year’s – Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort
Ring in the New Year at either of our two celebrations intended for families of all ages.  Food, prizes and entertainment as one year ends and another begins.  Call to make your reservation today!

December 31, 2011
New Year’s Eve Celebration – French Lick Resort
Whether seeking a luxurious, festive party or something just for the kids, New Year’s Eve activities at French Lick Resort will help you ring in the New Year.

Spencer County

The Santa Claus Land of Lights: Family Christmas Light Adventure begins Thanksgiving night. The display will be open Thanksgiving night through the Sunday after Thanksgiving and then nightly from December 2 through 23 and again on December 26 through January 1.

Every Friday during Christmas Celebration -- Christmas Dinner with Santa: Enjoy a traditional family-style Christmas dinner with Santa in the Celebration Room at Santa’s Lodge on December 2, 9, and 16. Doors open at 5:30 CST with festivities starting at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be at 6:30. After dinner, families will have time to get their picture taken with Santa and visit. Reservations are required by calling (812) 937-1902.

Every Saturday & Sunday during Christmas Celebration -- Santa Claus Arts & Craft Show: Shop for special handmade items and all sorts of crafts on Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm CST and Sundays, December 4, 11, and 18, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Santa Claus American Legion and Santa Claus Community Center.
Every Saturday -- Chestnuts roasting on an open fire: Experience and learn about the tradition of roasting chestnuts at Santa’s Candy Castle on Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17, from 6:00 – 8:00. Enjoy a delicious cup of gourmet hot chocolate while you visit.

Miss America’s Christmas Hometown Pageant: Pageant begins at 6:00 at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City. See the crowning of Miss Santa Claus, Indiana.

Saturday, December 10:
Rudolph’s Holiday Hustle 5K Run/Walk: Gather your favorite Christmas gear for a fun 5K Run/Walk in America’s Christmas Hometown.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa: Scrumptious pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage links, and more await you at the Santa Claus United Methodist Church from 7:00 to 10:00 am CST. Get your photo with Santa, too! Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under.

Santa Claus Christmas Parade: See if you can spot Santa in the annual Santa Claus Christmas Parade as it strolls through the magical town of Santa Claus at 1:00 pm CST.

Buffalo and Mistletoe: Ever wonder how the pioneers celebrated Christmas in the 19th century? Bring the family to learn at Buffalo Run Farm, Grill & Gifts on Saturday, December 10, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm CST.

Holiday Wine Tasting at Christmas Lake Golf Course: Enjoy tastes from local wineries from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm CST on Saturday, December 10. Admission is $10 per person and participants must be at least 21 years of age.

Christmas Lake Village Festival of Lights: Drive through 9 miles of themed residential light displays in Santa Claus, Indiana, on Saturdays, December 10 and 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm CST.

Holiday Open House: Experience the sights of a true pioneer Christmas at Buffalo Run Farm, Grill & Gifts in Lincoln City from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm CST on Saturdays, December 3 and 17. There will be menu specials, prize drawings, and demonstrations. Don’t miss your opportunity to feed the buffalo at 11:00 am.