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. Christmas in Brown County features a variety of old-fashioned delights. The quaint village of Nashville twinkles with holiday lights. Festive songs can be heard from singing carolers decked out in Victorian garb. Artisan galleries, craft studios, shops, and boutiques beckon shoppers. The scent of old fashioned candies and homemade treats fill the air. Discover picturesque photo opportunities throughout town.
Santa Sightings are at the History Center this year! Don't forget to visit Santa and his elves while you're here! Bring your camera and take advantage of free picture opportunities with Santa!
Friday, November 23
Brown County History Center
12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
|Saturday, November 24||Brown County History Center||12 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Saturday, December 1||Brown County Inn||8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.|
|Saturday, December 1||Brown County History Center||12 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 2||Brown County Inn||8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.|
|Sunday, December 2||T.C. Steele State Historic Site||1 p.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Saturday, December 8||Brown County History Center||12 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Saturday, December 15||Brown County History Center||12 p.m. - 5 p.m.|
Christmas Events in Brown County
Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Brown County History Center
Enjoy live holiday tunes and refreshments at the History Center for the official tree lighting ceremony.
Holiday Art & Craft Show
November 23 & 24 | Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Seasons Lodge & Conference Center
Juried show featuring paintings, jewelry, baskets, clothing, soaps, woodworking, candles, quilts and more.
Believe, A Brown County Christmas
November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 | Friday/Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. | Brown County Playhouse A "one of a kind" live holiday show for all ages featuring Christmas songs, Broadway classics, plus some comedy including a finale with Santa Claus! The show fills the Playhouse with singing, laughter, and special effects lighting!
November 30 | Time TBA | Helmsburg
Come out and get into the spirit of the season when Santa's train makes a stop near you.
Christmas Log Cabin Tour
December 1 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Town of Nashville
Discover the beautiful log homes Brown County is known for on this self-guided tour. Admire their charming holiday decorations and learn the history of each of the log homes from its owner. You'll even see an old log church and a home once owned by famed Brown County artist, Marie Goth.
Breakfast with Santa
December 1 & 2 | 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. | 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! Reservations required.
19th Annual Reindeer Romp
December 1 | 1 p.m. | Brown County State Park Nature Center
Grab your shoes and participate in the 19th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8K run or a 5K run/walk, at the Brown County State Park.
Holiday Light Parade & Toy Drive
December 1 | 6 p.m. | Village of Nashville
The Christmas Light Parade offers a variety of unique and brightly lit floats traveling through the Village of Nashville. Sponsored by The Brown County Chamber of Commerce. Bring a new, unwrapped toy as a donation to the Salvation Army.
Stuff a Stocking
December 1 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Village of Nashville
Children are invited to follow a map to local Brown County merchants to gather treats, ornaments, toys and more to stuff their Christmas stocking.
Uplands Holiday Wine Marketplace
December 1 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Brown County Art Gallery
Wine tasting and holiday shopping in the heart of beautiful Nashville, featuring the 9 wineries of the Indiana Uplands wine trail.
Steele's Country Christmas
December 2 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Celebrate Christmas the way the Steeles did, one hundred years ago! The Studio and House will be decorated for the holiday, and Christmas cookies, cider, crafts and live music will be part of the festivities! A visit from St. Nicholas and Belsnickel completes this family tradition.
Children's Christmas Benefit Auction
December 7 | 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) | Out of the Ordinary
Proceeds for auction items ensure that children in need have a new clothing item for Christmas.
Creekside Holiday Craft Show
December 8 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Creekside Retreat
Arts and craft show featuring a wide array of pieces by local artists and craftsman. Portion of proceeds benefit Brown County Schools Backpack Program.
Victorian Candlelight Holiday Dinners
December 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 | Friday/Saturday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Story Inn
Enjoy a special dining experience where the dining room is lit with candles and oil lamps and the staff dresses in authentic Victorian garb.
Christmas Bird Count
December 15 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 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. Bring binoculars! Then afterwards meet at the lodge for lunch to tally up the list to be submitted to the National Audubon Society.
Santa's Zip & Sip
December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | eXplore Brown County
Santa is at eXplore Brown County to zip with your family and find out if you've been good this holiday season. Groups please call to arrange hours.
First Annual Christmas at the Bean
November 23-25, 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-31 | Fridays/Saturdays, dusk - 11 p.m.; Sundays-Thursdays dusk - 10 p.m. | Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
Christmas at the Bean is a faith-based, interactive, drive-through light extravaganza to celebrate the birth of Jesus! This light show promises to leave you breathless. After you are finished driving through, park the car and let the kids sit on Santa’s lap and get a professional photo taken. There are many festivities happening throughout the holidays!