Where holiday cheer comes naturally...
This year, make the holidays extra special for the entire family, by planning a trip to unique and magical Brown County for the holidays. Christmas in Brown County features a variety of old-fashioned delights.
The quaint Village of Nashville twinkles with holiday lights. Festive songs fill the air from carolers decked out in Victorian costumes. Artisan galleries, craft studios, shops, and boutiques beckon shoppers. Old fashioned candies and homemade treats fill the air. Board the Little Nashville Express Train for a fun and free ride, and discover picturesque photo opportunities throughout town. Don’t forget to visit Santa and his elves while you're here! Santa's schedule is in the holiday brochure.
Don't miss the official Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Brown County History Center on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Santa Sightings are at the History Center this year!
Bring your camera and take advantage of free picture opportunities with Santa! More Santa sightings are listed in the Holiday Brochure.
Looking for a cozy place to stay? Check out our Places to Stay section.
Celebrate Christmas in Brown County
Holiday at the Farm
TBD | TBD | Shireman Homestead
Take a lighted wagon ride to the holiday village, visit Santa, the holiday treat house and the holiday work shop. Have your letters ready for Santa's mailbox so you can get a letter back!
Believe, A Brown County Christmas
November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22, 23, 2017 | Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm | Brown County Playhouse
A one of a kind live holiday show featuring Christmas songs and Broadway classics and some comedy!
December 2, 2017 | 1 p.m.
Grab your shoes and participate in the 17th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8k run or a 5k run/walk at the Brown County State Park. Bring your family and friends, grab your reindeer antlers and participate in this fun event for a great cause!
Creekside Holiday Open House
December 8, 2017 | 5pm - 7pm | Creekside Retreat
Ride the Nashville Express Holiday Train, visit with and have your picture taken with Santa and the Grinch, decorate cookies, have s'mores around the fire pits, and enjoy some tasty refreshments!
TBD | Time TBA | Helmsburg
The Indiana Rail Road Company proudly presents the Santa Train. Come out and get into the spirit of the season when Santa's train makes a stop near you. See St. Nick in Helmsburg!
Children's Christmas Benefit Auction
December 1, 2017 | 6pm | Out of the Ordinary
Proceeds from the auction items ensure that children in need have a new clothing item for Christmas.
Breakfast with Santa
December 2, 3, 2017 | 8:30 - 11:00 AM | Brown County Inn
Enjoy the Brown County Inn's hearty breakfast buffet while the kids visit with good ol' Saint Nick. Drawings for gifts, a hot chocolate bar, and more!
Holiday Lights Parade
December 3, 2017 | 6pm | Village of Nashville
The Christmas Light Parade offers a variety of unique and brightly lit floats traveling through the Village of Nashville. Join us for an evening of parade fun!
Steele's Country Christmas
December 3, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm | T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Go back in time to the early 1920s, when the Steele's celebrated the holidays at the House of the Singing Winds, inviting neighbors and friends into their home.
Stuff a Stocking
December 2, 2017 | 11am - 5pm | Village of Nashville
Children are invited this Christmas to follow a map to over 25 local Brown County merchants to gather treats, ornaments, toys and more to stuff their Christmas stocking provided by the Brown County Community Foundation. Polar Express (the movie) starts at 1 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse.
Victorian Candlelight Holiday Dinner
TBD | TBD | Story Inn
Story Inn offers a very special dining experience this holiday season. Its dining room will be illuminated with candles and oil lamps, the staff will be dressed in authentic Victorian garb and live traditional Christmas music will be playing from the piano.
Christmas Music Sing-Along
December 9, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Brown County Inn
Listen to beautiful voices and guitar, but don't be shy about singing out loud to your favorite holiday tunes!
Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2017 | 8am | Brown County State Park Nature Center
Canvas the park's natural areas, trails, lakes and shores to estimate the numbers and kinds of birds spending their holidays in Brown County. Beginner birders welcome. Please bring binoculars.
Breakfast with Santa at the Abe Martin Lodge
TBD | TBD | Abe Martin Lodge in the Brown County State Park
Join Santa for breakfast at Abe Martin Lodge and celebrate the holidays in the beautiful Brown County State Park! Call today to make your reservation!
Santa's Zip n Sip
December 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-23, 27-30, 2017 | eXplore Brown County
Santa is here at eXplore Brown County to zip with your family and find out if you've been good.
There are many festivities happening throughout the holidays!
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