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 official kick-off weekend 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 at the Brown County Visitors Center Patio!
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Christmas in Brown County
Brown County Visitors Center Holiday Open House
The official Holiday kick off event in Brown County, Indiana.
November 27 | noon - 5pm | Visitors Center Patio
Join the Visitors Center on the patio for delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Bring the family and your Christmas list and visit with Santa and his elves and maybe even Mrs. Claus in the official kick-off of the holidays in Brown County. As you wander throughout the Village you'll see strolling carolers.
Create it with Gingerbread Log Cabin Competition
November 21-28 | Time TBA | Brown County Inn
This competition offers the opportunity to showcase one's artistic and imaginative ability by building a structure of gingerbread logs and decorating with edible materials - a culinary challenge, lots of fun and smells good too!
Holiday at the Farm
November 27-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-23 | 5-7pm | 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 27-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 | Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm | Brown County Playhouse
A one of a kind holiday show featuring Christmas songs and Broadway classics and some comedy!
December 4 | 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!
Breakfast with Santa
December 5 & 6 | 8:30am - 11:00am | 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 and Toy Drive
December 5 | 6pm | Village of Nashville
The Christmas Light Parade offers a variety of unique and brightly lit floats traveling through the Village of Nashville. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided along the parade route. Join us for an evening of parade fun!
Steele's Country Christmas
December 5 | 12pm - 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 5 | 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.
Christmas Music Sing-Along
December 12 | 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!
Charlene Marsh Christmas Open House & Weekend Exhibition
December 12-13 | 10am - 5pm | Charlene Marsh Studio and Gallery
Enjoy seasonal cheer, new paintings, organic refreshments, and the studio and gallery decked out in holiday finery.
Christmas Bird Count
December 13 | 8am - 3pm | 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.
Santa's Zip n Sip
December 1-25 | 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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