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Experience Holiday Magic in Brown County

November 17, 2017

Celebrate the holiday season in Brown County, where holiday cheer comes naturally. With plenty of fun and festive holiday events, unique shopping, and quaint old-fashioned charm, Christmas in the Village of Nashville is a magical experience that should not be missed!

Kicking off the day after Thanksgiving, Brown County’s holiday fun will carry on throughout the remainder of November and December. From Santa sightings and a vibrant holiday lights parade to Victorian candlelight dinners and a Christmas sing-along, there is something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season!

Get in the holiday spirit…and get a head start on your shopping on November 24. Rather than battling the chaotic Black Friday crowds at the mall, make it a “Brown Friday” in Brown County instead! Enjoy unique, eclectic stores as you fill your shopping bags with one-of-a-kind, locally handcrafted gifts. Be sure to head to the History Center at 6 p.m. on Brown Friday for the Village’s official tree lighting ceremony!

Stick around for Small Business Saturday on November 25 and keep crossing those names off your Christmas list! Select stores will even be open extended hours for your shopping pleasure!

Be sure to pick up a Pack the Sleigh Holiday Passport while you’re out and about for a chance to win big! Get a stamp each time you spend at participating businesses. Once your passport is filled out, you will be entered to win weekly gift certificates and the grand prize of $500 cash and a Brown County getaway for two. Find some great Brown County gifts and reward yourself this holiday season! The passport program runs through January 7; passports may be picked up at the Visitors Center at 211 South Van Buren Street!

The holiday fun continues the following weekend during Brown County’s annual Weekend of Giving. Making sure that everyone can experience a happy holiday season is top priority during this weekend, where festive events are not only fun, but also benefit the less fortunate.

The Weekend of Giving begins on Friday, December 1 with the 40th Annual Children’s Christmas Fund Benefit Auction at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant at 6 p.m. Proceeds from this special 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 the Weekend of Giving continues with the Holiday Lights Parade and Toy Drive on December 2. Enjoy brightly lit floats as they travel through the Village beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Lights Parade! Donated toys will be dropped off to the local Salvation Army and will be distributed to less fortunate Brown County families.

Another fun and memorable Weekend of Giving event is Stuff a Stocking. From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on December 2, kiddos will have the opportunity to follow a map to over 25 local merchants gathering treats, ornaments, toys, and more to stuff their Christmas stockings. All proceeds will benefit the Brown County Community Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Brown County area. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at or at the Brown County Community Foundation office. Tickets sell out quickly to this festive event, so act fast to ensure a spot!

As if this wasn’t enough, there are plenty of other holiday happenings slated for December. Those looking to get active this holiday season can participate in the 18th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8K run or a 5K run/walk at the Brown County State Park. The Reindeer Romp will be held December 2 at 1 p.m., with proceeds from the event benefitting the Brown County YMCA. Registration is available online at

Have some old-fashioned holiday fun during Steele’s Country Christmas at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site on December 3 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.! Step back in time to the early 1920s when legendary painter T.C. Steele celebrated the holidays at the House of the Singing Winds. Visit with St. Nicholas, make ornaments and small hand-crafted gifts, and even enjoy live music and refreshments. Steele's Country Christmas is free with regular site admission.

As far as holiday musical entertainment goes, Brown County has plenty of that too! Enjoy wonderful voices, colorful costumes, special effects lighting, and all your favorite holiday classics during Believe, a seasonal music show. Believe can be seen at the Brown County Playhouse on November 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22, and 23. Show times and tickets are available online at

Another entertaining holiday show is the Brown County Christmas Sing-Along on December 9. A home-town show that pulls the audience in on the fun, the Christmas Sing-Along will showcase the talent of local musicians, as well as include some laughter, prizes, and more. This event will be held at the Brown County Inn at 7:30 p.m. Bring along your best singing voice and join in on the action! Tickets are available online at or in-person at Weed Patch Music, The Wild Olive, or the Brown County Inn.

Various other holiday events and activities are on the docket for December in Brown County as well, such as Victorian Candlelight Christmas Dinners at the Story Inn, breakfasts with Santa at the Brown County Inn and Abe Martin Lodge, painting with Santa at Creekside Retreat, Holiday at the Farm, and the Christmas Bird Count to name a few.

With its unique atmosphere, quaint charm, and endless holiday offerings, there is no better place to be this holiday season than in Brown County. Magical, memorable, and all around original, be sure to celebrate the holidays in beautiful Brown County!

This year’s holiday fun is brought to you by Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals and oornj brandesign. For more information on holiday events, attractions, and activities, please visit or call 812-988-7303.

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