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Experience the Magic of the Holidays in Brown County

November 21, 2016

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. This year, make Brown County a new holiday tradition and create memories to last a lifetime.

From late November throughout the month of December, the holidays will be in full swing in Brown County. 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.

Kick off the holidays the day after Thanksgiving at the Brown County History Center’s holiday celebration. Share your secrets with Santa from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. before tackling your Christmas shopping in town.

Rather than battling the chaotic Black Friday crowds at the mall, make it a “Brown Friday” in Brown County instead. Get in the holiday spirit in the peaceful, picturesque Village of Nashville, where enjoying time with friends and family and the real meaning of the season is what it is all about.

Just as the unique, eclectic stores fill the streets of Nashville, you can fill your bags with one-of-a-kind, locally handcrafted gifts. Be sure to head back to the History Center at 6 p.m. for the Village’s official tree lighting ceremony!

Stick around for Small Business Saturday on November 26 and keep crossing those names off your Christmas list! You’ll even find Santa out and about on Saturday too. Make your way to the Village Pavilion at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets to see the big guy himself. Enjoy some snacks and hot chocolate while you’re there!

The holiday fun continues the following weekend during Brown County’s annual Weekend of Giving. Making sure that everyone is able to 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 2 with the 39th 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 3. 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 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 3, 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 and fun event so act fast to ensure a spot!

As if this wasn’t enough, there are plenty of other holiday events going on December 3 as well. Take a lighted wagon ride at Shireman Homestead and enjoy Holiday at the Farm from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Experience an enchanted village, visit with Santa, and check out his treat house and craft workshop at this original holiday attraction. Holiday at the Farm will be open November 26-27; December 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18

Children also can enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 3 and 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Brown County Inn, complete with drawings for gifts, a hot chocolate bar, and more.

Those looking to get active this holiday season can participate in the 17th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8K run or a 5K run/walk, at the Brown County State Park. The Reindeer Romp will be held December 3 at 1 p.m., with proceeds from the event benefitting the Brown County YMCA. Registration is available online at

You need not look any further than the T.C. Steele State Historic Site for some old-fashioned holiday fun during Steele’s Country Christmas. On December 4 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. Tickets can be purchased on site.

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 25-27; December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Show times and tickets are available online at

Another entertaining holiday show is the Brown County Christmas Sing-Along on December 10. A home-town show that pulls the audience right into 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 and will begin 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, the Brown County Inn, and the Visitors Center.

Various other holiday events and activities are slated throughout the month of December in Brown County as well, such as Victorian Candlelight Christmas Dinners, the Santa Train, and 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 beautiful Brown County this year.

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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