Christmas in Brown County

Where holiday cheer comes naturally…

This year, start a new holiday tradition by planning a trip to beautiful Brown County! A truly magical experience, the holidays are extra special in charming, quaint, and cozy Brown County.

Explore the Village of Nashville as it twinkles with holiday lights. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list as you shop the one-of-a-kind, artisan galleries, craft studios, stores, and boutiques. Sink your teeth into some old fashioned treats. Let the brisk holiday air invigorate you on a hike in the State Park. Warm up by the fireplace in your very own private cabin. No matter how you choose to spend the holidays, Brown County is the perfect spot to create magical memories!

From Santa sightings and light parade to an entertaining holiday show and candlelight dinners, there’s no place quite like Brown County for the holidays!

Santa Sightings & Photo Ops

Visits with Santa
November 29 | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
November 30 | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 7 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
December 14 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Brown County History Center
Bring your camera and take advantage of free picture opportunities with Santa!

Santa Train
December 6 at 8:30pm
Jackson Township Fire Department (4831 Helmsburg Road)
Kids of all ages are invited to climb aboard and visit St. Nick on his very own express train, presented by the Indiana Rail Road Company!

Breakfast with Santa
December 7 & 8 from 8:30am – 11am
Brown County Inn
Dig in to the delicious breakfast buffet and top it all of with an oh-so-tasty hot chocolate bar! Reservations strongly recommended.

Steele’s Country Christmas
December 8 from 1pm – 4pm
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Celebrate the season in the Large Studio and the House of the Singing Winds at the site’s annual holiday program. Visitors will be welcomed into the fully decorated historic studio and house to get a glimpse of an Indiana Christmas in the 1920s!

Breakfast with Santa at the Abe Martin Lodge
December 15 from 9am – 11am
Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
Enjoy breakfast with Santa in the Brown County State Park.

Holiday Events

Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 29
Music and refreshments at 5:30pm; tree lighting at 6pm
Brown County History Center
Kick off the holidays the right way! Don’t miss the official Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Brown County History Center. Enjoy refreshments and live tunes.

Holiday Art & Craft Show
November 29 – 10am – 5pm
November 30 – 10am – 4pm
Seasons Lodge & Conference Center
Fine local and regional arts and crafts. Weaving, glass, pottery, jewelry, fine art, fiber art, quilting, knitting, photography, woodcarving, gourds, baskets and more.

Bean Blossom Lights
CANCELLED

Believe, a Brown County Christmas
December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22
Fridays 7:30pm
Saturdays 2pm & 7:30pm (no 2pm show on the 14th)
Sundays 2pm
Brown County Playhouse
This annual holiday live stage show is filled with music, songs and characters to entertain the entire family. An annual production from Golden Ticket Productions, lights, stage sets, and amazing actors fill the stage with Christmas pageantry.

Victorian Candlelight Holiday Dinners
December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 from 5pm – 9pm
Story Inn
Story Inn’s dining room will be illuminated exclusively with candles and oil lamps. The staff will be dressed in authentic Victorian garb and live traditional Christmas music will be playing from the piano. Oftentimes, the staff and dinner guests even join in on carols!

Children’s Christmas Benefit Auction
December 6 at 6pm
Out of the Ordinary
Head to Out of the Ordinary restaurant for Brown County’s 41st Annual Children’s Christmas Benefit Auction. Proceeds from auction items ensure that children in need that live in our community have a new item of clothing for Christmas. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Reindeer Romp
December 7 at 1pm
Brown County State Park Nature Center
Grab your shoes and participate in the 20th Annual Reindeer Romp, an 8K run or a 5K run/walk at the Brown County State Park.

Stuff a Stocking
December 7 from 11am – 5pm
Participating businesses in the 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!

Christmas Log and Country Home Tour
December 7 from 10am – 5pm
Various homes in Nashville/Brown County
Go on a home tour of five local homes and a Catholic church decorated for the holidays! This tour is self-guided, with homeowners at each location to provide history on the homes and church. On the tour, you will see three log homes, two country homes, and one church all decked out in festive holiday decor. A shuttle service will be provided.

Uplands Winter Wine Market
December 7 from 12pm – 5pm
Brown County Art Gallery
The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail will be gathering at the historic Brown County Art Gallery to offer a holiday shopping experience like no other. Taste wines from across the Indiana Uplands, sample specialty foods from local artisans, and shop for the best in Indiana wines, wine accessories, and more.

Holiday Light Parade & Toy Drive
December 7 at 6pm
Village of Nashville
Enjoy a parade filled with a variety of unique and brightly lit floats. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the local Salvation Army.

Creekside Retreat Holiday Arts and Craft Show
December 14 from 10am – 5pm
Creekside Retreat
This show will feature handmade items from local artisans and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Brown County Weekend Backpack Program. Perfect place to get some holiday shopping done for a good cause!

Christmas Bird Count
December 14 at 8am
Brown County State Park Nature Center
Take part in the world’s largest citizen science project put on by the Audubon Society! Meet at the Brown County State Park Nature Center before splitting up and heading out into the park to count all the birds you can!

Christmas Eve Buffet at the Abe Martin Lodge
December 24 at 2pm (reservations highly recommended)
Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
Enjoy a holiday buffet of prime rib, turkey, ham, fried chicken, all the fixins, desserts, and more!

Santa’s Zip N’ Sip
December 1 – 31
eXplore Brown County
Ho, ho, ho Santa is at eXplore Brown County to zip with you and to find out if you’ve been good! Santa will share the beauty of the winter landscape in the Brown County hardwood forest. The terrain looks so different…the vista opens and you can see for miles.

Holiday Open Houses

Holiday Open House at the Brown County Antique Mall
December 7 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
During this open house, all three buildings will be filled with special sales, refreshments, giveaways, photo ops, music, and more!

Holiday Open House at New Leaf Gallery
December 7 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy a holly jolly open house featuring local artists at New Leaf Gallery!

Holiday Open House at Trilogy Gallery
December 7 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments, special savings, and great gift ideas from hand-blown Christmas ornaments to handcrafted furniture.

Holiday Open House at Sleepy Cat Studio
December 14 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artists Monique Cagle, Rosey Bolte, Dixie Ferrer, Amy Greely, and Michele Pollock join together to host an array of unique, handcrafted fine arts.

Christmas Shows at the Brown County Music Center