It’s holiday time! What are your big plans? How about spending this year in magical, memorable, and oh-so-festive Brown County! Around here holiday cheer comes naturally with plenty of fun holiday events, unique shopping, and old-fashioned charm. It’s time to start a new holiday tradition with a trip to the one-and-only Brown County.
With a long list of fun happenings from the day after Thanksgiving all the way through Christmas, there’s something for everyone this holiday season. Here’s a little breakdown of all the great things we have going on around here for the next month or so:
Calling All Shoppers…
Kick off the holidays…and get a head start on your shopping on November 23. Rather than battling the chaotic Black Friday crowds at the mall, make it a “Brown Friday” in Brown County instead! Enjoy one-of-a-kind, eclectic stores as you fill your shopping bags with locally handcrafted gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Stick around for Small Business Saturday on November 24 and keep crossing those names off your Christmas list!
Be sure to pick up a 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 prize drawings and the grand prize of $500 cash and a Brown County getaway for two! Think of it as a way to reward yourself this holiday season! You can pick up your passport at the Visitors Center.
Even better news…from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, you’ll get your passport double stamped during Double Punch Night!
There’s also the Holiday Art and Craft Show at The Seasons Lodge the weekend after Thanksgiving and the Creekside Holiday Craft Show on December 8…both are great places to find the perfect gifts for those on your Christmas list! Be sure to check out Holiday Open Houses at B3 Gallery, the Sleepy Cat Studio, and the Bird’s Nest Cafe for some awesome artsy gifts too!
Twinkly, Blinky, and Bright…Admire Some Holiday Lights
Whether they are white, colored, icicle style, or blinking, there’s just something special about holiday lights. Get your fill in Brown County!
Be sure to head to the History Center at 5:30 p.m. on Brown Friday (November 23) for the Village’s official tree lighting ceremony!
The holiday fun continues the following weekend with Brown County’s always magical Holiday Lights Parade and Toy Drive on December 1. Enjoy brightly lit floats as they travel through the Village beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Lights Parade, which will be donated to less fortunate Brown County families.
You can also admire the lights during a new event this year, Bean Blossom Lights! Make your way up to Bill Monroe Music Park for Christmas at the Bean. You’re sure to love this drive-through, interactive light show set to music. After you make your rounds, be sure to park the car and let the kids sit on Santa’s lap, hot chocolate included!
Of course, a simple stroll through the downtown Village will leave you seeing plenty of lights too!
Fun for the Little Ones
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…at least according to the kiddos it is! Well you’re in luck because Brown County has tons of great activities for the little ones.
First up…Stuff a Stocking! From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on December 1, the kiddies can follow a map to over 25 local merchants gathering treats, ornaments, toys, and more to stuff their Christmas stockings! Proceeds benefit the Brown County Community Foundation. This is always a sell out, so be sure to get your tickets fast!
There are plenty of chances to see jolly ol’ St. Nick all month long too! Stop by the History Center on select days for a visit with Santa. You can also enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Brown County Inn on December 1.
Another fun thing for the kiddos is the Holiday Train. Enjoy free rides on the Nashville Express Train, all decked out in magical holiday decorations. Board at Fearrin’s Ice Cream!
The kids will definitely enjoy Believe, a holiday entertainment show at the Playhouse. Actually, everyone of all ages will love it! Singing, dancing, laughter, special effect lighting, and lots of music, this is one holiday event that needs to be on the to-do list. Santa always makes an appearance too!
Now for the Adults…
Something for those 21+…we have a couple of fun boozy, holiday themed events that are sure to wet your whistle! Check out Brown County’s Holiday Sippin’ Trips. Fill your bag with a special holiday treat at each stop you make, including Chateau Thomas Winery, Bear Wallow Distillery, Brown County Winery, and Hard Truth Hills. Sip and sample away at each location, transportation provided. You’ll even get a lunch from the Nashville General Store and Bakery!
A new event for the 2018 holiday line-up is the Uplands Winter Wine Market on December 1. Head to the Brown County Art Gallery for an afternoon of art, wine tasting, and holiday shopping, featuring all nine wineries of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail!
Looking for Some Old-Fashioned Holiday Charm?
Step back in time to the early 1920s when legendary painter T.C. Steele celebrated the holidays at the House of the Singing Winds. That’s right…have some old-fashioned holiday fun at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site on December 2 during Steele’s Country Christmas! Visit with St. Nicholas, make ornaments and small hand-crafted gifts, and even enjoy live music and refreshments.
Another great old-timey holiday event is the Story Inn’s Victorian Candlelight Dinners. During this special experience, Story’s dining room is illuminated by candles and oil lamps only. The staff even dresses in authentic Victorian fashion and live traditional Christmas music plays from the piano! It’s a must!
Better check out the Christmas Log Cabin Tour while you’re at it! New this year, the Christmas Log Cabin tour will take you to four log homes and the Presbyterian log church all decorated for the holidays…a full history of each cabin will be provided! Proceeds from this event benefit the Brown County Historical Society. Mark your calendar for December 1!
There’s Some Outdoor Holiday Adventure Too!
Those looking to get active this holiday season can participate in the 19th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8K run, or a 5K run/walk at the Brown County State Park. Enjoy the brisk winter air, beautiful Brown County scenery, and work off all those holiday treats with this fun run on December 1!
Another holiday adventure awaits at the State Park and that’s the Christmas Bird Count! Trek the park’s natural areas, trails, lakes, and shores to estimate the numbers and kinds of birds spending their holidays in Brown County. Then afterwards, meet up at the Abe Martin Lodge for lunch to tally up the list! Be sure to bring your binoculars.
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 plan a holiday visit to beautiful Brown County this year!
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