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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Brown County

November 4, 2014

Christmas is a magical time of year, especially in Brown County. From strolling carolers and Santa sightings to a holiday light parade, Christmas is a time to enjoy and celebrate with those who mean the most, as well as a time to give back to those in need. This year, give the gift of togetherness, make lasting memories, and celebrate the holiday season in Brown County.

With its fun holiday events, unique shopping, and quaint holiday charm, Christmas in the Village of Nashville is definitely worth checking out. From late November throughout the month of December, the holidays will be in full swing in Brown County, with several holiday events taking place November 28 through December 6.

Experience the buzz of the holiday season beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Kick off the holidays at the Visitors Center Holiday Open House on November 28. Join Santa and his elves at the Brown County Visitors Center from 12-6 p.m. and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Strolling carolers will also be spreading holiday cheer throughout the Village of Nashville and kids can even enjoy a petting farm located at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets.

Suzanne Vornholt, Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Services and Sales Manager, encourages everyone to check out the Holiday Open House, “Stop in for your free hot chocolate, say hello to Santa, and find out what’s happening in the Village from our friendly staff.” Vornholt says Brown County is a great place to spend the holidays, “Rather than get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things, we think everyone should experience a small town, hassle-free holiday and really enjoy the meaning of the season. And, Brown County is the just the place to do that.”

Unique shopping also awaits in Brown County. Instead of battling Black Friday crowds, shop the Village of Nashville instead. Visitors can expect to find handmade creations by local artists—truly one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for anyone on their holiday lists. Shops are open daily throughout the holiday season.

Visitors can also enjoy the Brown County Winter Art and Craft Fair at Seasons Lodge and Conference Center on November 28 and 29. This fair showcases local and regional art and crafts from a wide array of artists across several disciplines.

Holiday entertainment is also slated for this weekend, including A Tuna Christmas, a live comedy play, showing at the Brown County Playhouse on November 28-30, as well as Believe, a seasonal music show featuring vocalists and members of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra. Believe can be seen at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant on November 29 and again on December 13 at 7 p.m.

The holiday fun continues the following weekend beginning on Friday, December 5 with the 37th Annual Children’s Christmas Fund Benefit Auction at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant at 6 p.m. Proceeds from this auction ensure that children in need in the Brown County community will receive a new item of clothing for Christmas.

Give back to others and get in the mood for the holidays as this weekend of giving continues with the Christmas Light Parade and Toy Drive on December 6. Enjoy brightly lit floats as they travel through the Village beginning at 6 p.m. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to the Light Parade. Donated toys will be dropped off to the local Salvation Army and will be distributed to Brown County families in need.

Ted Hayes, Light Parade Organizer, encourages everyone to come to the event, “It is my heart’s passion to see our community come together for the children and their families to let them know that there is hope.” Hayes goes on to say, “We live in one of the most unique communities in the state. We need to show others that this community loves its children and families and we will not let them wake up on Christmas without a toy.”

As if this wasn’t enough, there's plenty of other holiday events going on this weekend as well. Take a lighted wagon ride at Shireman Homestead and enjoy Holiday at the Farm on December 5-7 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Experience a magical holiday village, visit with Santa, and check out his holiday treat house and craft workshop. Holiday at the Farm will be open December 12-14 and December 19-21 as well. Children can also enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 6 and 7 from 8-11 a.m. at the Brown County Inn.

Those looking to get active can participate in the 15th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8K run or a 5K run/walk, at the Brown County State Park. The Reindeer Romp will be held December 6 at 1 p.m.

New holiday events for 2014 include Stuff a Stocking and Nibbles and ‘Nogs. Adults can sample tasty holiday food and drinks served by participating restaurants, wineries, and breweries throughout the Village during Nibbles and ‘Nogs from 5-9 p.m. on December 5 and 6. Meanwhile, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on December 6, kids can walk around town with their commemorative stockings to visit participating merchants for a stocking stuffer during the Stuff a Stocking event. Tickets for both events must be purchased in advance online at or downtown Nashville at the Brown County Playhouse.

Various other holiday events and activities continue throughout the month of December in Brown County, such as the Victorian Candlelight Christmas Dinner, Christmas Bird Count, and the Christmas Music Sing-Along to name a few. With its unique atmosphere, quaint charm, and endless holiday offerings, Christmas in Brown County is magical. Make Brown County a new holiday tradition. Plan a trip, stay the night, and create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

For more information on holiday events, attractions, and activities, please visit or call the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (812) 988-7303.

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