December 2021 Calendar of Events
1-30: “A Victorian Christmas” exhibit. Visit Hillforest decorated for the holidays in Victorian fashion. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hillforest Museum, 213 Fifth St. Admission charged. (812) 926-0087.
3, 10, 16: Parents’ Night Out. A fun night of holiday games and crafts and snacks for the kids while the parents enjoy a night out. 6-9 p.m. at the John W. Black Community Center. $15 per child. For ages 5-8. (502) 225-0655.
4: Miracle on Main Street – Breakfast With Santa. 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Lion’s Club. (812) 926-1100.
11, 12, 18, 19: Miracle on Main Street. 17th annual event features many Christmas activities at 228 Second St. (812) 926-1100.
1-Jan. 1: All Aboard Train Display. At the Batesville Area Historical Society, 15 W. George St. (812) 689-7431.
1-Feb. 28: Winter Wonder-Batesville Sky. At the Batesville Shopping Village. (812) 689-7431.
4: Light Up Bedford. All day family fun to include Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. at the Bedford Elementary School. Hot chocolate and cookies from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Trimble County Public Library. Includes photos by the fireplace and shopping with the Christmas Vendors from 2-8 p.m. A Christmas in Bedford Family Scavenger Hunt at local businesses from 3:30-5 p.m. Christmas BINGO from 4-5 p.m. Christmas Tree Silent Auction begins at 3:30 p.m. Rotary Chili Dinner from 5-8 p.m. at the Morgan Community Center and Courthouse Lawn. A Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m. from the Board of Education office to the Courthouse to the Community Center. Entertainment on the Courthouse Lawn at 6 p.m. Santa arrives at 6:15 p.m. Light Up Bedford at 6:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn. Entertainment at 6:45 p.m. at the Community Center. Scavenger Hunt Prize Drawing at 7 p.m. Winning auction bids announced at 7 p.m. All events are at the Morgan Community Center unless specified otherwise. (502) 255-3684.
1-31: Festival of Trees. View a beautiful array of decorated trees and wreaths at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. 1-866-462-8853.
4: “A Christmas Carroll.” An old-fashioned Victorian celebration for all ages featuring horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and the Annual “Sugar Plums” baking contest. (502) 732-5713.
7: Carroll County Chamber Ornament Exchange. 5:30 p.m. hospitality and 6:30 p.m. ornament exchange in the upper lobby of the Gen. Butler State Resort Park lodge. (502) 732-7034.
1-31: “A Christmas Story the Musical.” At Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr. For ticket and times call (812) 288-8281.
1-20: “Once Upon a Snowflake.” A children’s musical theater event at Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr. for children ages 3-12. For ticket and times call (812) 288-8281.
11: Grand Funk Railroads in concert. 7 p.m. at Belterra Casino Resort CenterStage Showroom. Tickets starting at $35. Must be 18. 1-888-235-8377.
17: Sugar Plum Bake Off. 6:30 p.m. at the Hanover Park Community Building. Compete for prize money in Christmas/holiday baking categories of candy, cookies and decorated cookies. Organized by Meg Bramer. For entry information, contact parks director Scott Davidson at (812) 806-1042.
La Grange, KY
Through Jan. 8, 2022: “Winter in Kentucky.” Unique holiday gifts available at Gallery 104. (502) 222-3822.
4: "Light Up La Grange." Presented by Discover Downtown La Grange. 3-9 p.m. with ice skating rink, visits with Santa, Christmas market at CityPlace, 112 S. First Ave. Also a parade on Main Street to honor First Responders and crafts and cookie decorating at the La Grange Railroad Depot. School bands, church choirs and jazz band. (502) 269-0126 or visit www.lagrangemainstreet.org.
4: Breakfast with Santa. 8-11 a.m. at the John W. Black Community Center. Cost is a new toy donation. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. 502-225-0655 ext. 5402.
4: Breakfast With The Grinch. 9-11 a.m. with a walk-through event at the Oldham County History Center, 106 N. Second Ave. Stop at eight stations for treats, crafts and visit with characters and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets $3 per person. 9-11 a.m. (502) 222-0826.
14: Oldham Chamber Community Christmas Party. Featuring holiday Music Bingo, cookies, hot chocolate, prizes and free photos with Santa. Open to the community. Open 5-7 p.m. at CityPlace, 112 S. First Ave. (502) 222-1635.
16: Oldham County Chamber Ribbon Cutting Event. The public is welcome to attend a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. for the chamber’s newly renovated building at 204 S. First Ave. (502) 222-1635.
Through Jan. 9, 2022: Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink. In the pavilion at Todd Creech Park, 305 W. Tate St. Noon – 9 p.m. Visit www.thinkLawrenceburg.com for prices. (812) 537-4507.
1-22: “Arts Alive! Art Fair & Gift Bazaar.” The 16th annual event is presented by the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council featuring an eclectic variety of one-of-a-kind art and craft work created by local exhibitors. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Arts Council Gallery, 331 Walnut St. (812) 539-4251.
4: Winter Wonderland Parade & Activities. Breakfast with Santa at the Community Center, various activities at the Lawrenceburg Public Library, performances and parade and Santa’s arrival at Lawrenceburg Civic Park. Visit www.DowntownLawrenceburg.com.
Through Jan. 1, 2022: Light Up Louisville and 40 Nights of Lights. All along the Fourth Street corridor from Main to Liberty Streets. (502) 574-5220.
4: Bardstown Road Aglow. This 36th annual event features open house and late shopping at stores along Bardstown Road. Dusk until 10 p.m. Live entertainment, free trolley rides. Visit: www.thehighlandsoflouisville.com.
4-5; 11-12; 18-19: The Flea Off Market Indoor/Outdoor Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. - 5 each day. Booth space available. (502) 552-0061 or visit www.thefleaoffmarket.org.
10-12: Christmas Gift & Décor Show. Presented by Stewart Promotions. More than 750 quality booths, free pictures with Santa and more. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. At the Kentucky Expo Center South Wing. (502) 456-2244.
1-31: Square Deal Art Show. 12x12-inch unframed canvases by individual artists for sale. At Madison Art Club’s Art on Main gallery, 309 W. Main St. (812) 265-2923.
2-5: “A Christmas Story the Musical.” Presented by Madison Theatre at the Opal E. Sherman Auditorium, 743 Clifty Dr. 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Advanced tickets $15 adults and $5 K-12 students. Buy ?online at our.show/achristmasstory. Tickets at the door $17 adults and $7 K-12 students.
3: Music featuring Smokin’ Cinders. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Brown Gym. Presented by Madison Senior Citizens. $5 per person. (812) 265-4758.
3-4: Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes. Tour public sites and six private homes. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $20 and $5 children ages 5-12. (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956 or visit www.nightsbeforechristmas.com.
3-4: Great Cookie Caper. Homemade cookies, goodies by the pound. 4-7 p.m. Fridays, 1-7 p.m. Saturdays while supplies last at the Lanier-Madison Visitor Center, 601 W. First St. (812) 265-2956.
4: Winter Craft Show. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Autumn Trace of Madison, 1420 E. State Rd. 62. Free admission.
5-6: Madison Handmade Market. Juried show of 25 booths of handmade items and a few sweet treats. 4-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday at Little Golden Fox, 602 W. Main St. (812) 274-1080.
7: The Louisville Brass in concert. Presented by the Madison Performing Arts Foundation. 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Free but donations are welcome. (812) 265-3225.
4: A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Begins at Jefferson Street and ends at Mill Street in downtown Madison. (812) 265-2956.
4: A Very Merry Christmas Celebration. After the parade at 11 a.m., join the community at the Broadway Fountain for vendors, free crafts for kids, hot chocolate and more. Santa and his live reindeer will be joining the festivities until 1:30 p.m. then until 3 p.m. families can enjoy a trackless train, ice skating rink and more at no cost, thanks to sponsors. Presented by the City of Madison. (812) 265-8300.
10: Music featuring Four Goats & a Nanny. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Brown Gym. Presented by Madison Senior Citizens. $5 per person. (812) 265-4758.
11: Kaitlyn’s Hope Buddy the Elf Christmas Party. Featuring vendors, photos with Santa and Buddy the Elf (from 3-6 p.m.), plus 15 game tickets, crafts and cookie to decorate. To benefit Kaitlyn’s Hope. 2-7 p.m. at the Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, Hwy 256. (502) 663-3259.
12: Ladies for Liberty Christmas Show. Presented by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. 1:30 p.m. audience Christmas sing along, followed by the Ladies for Liberty singers at 2 p.m. at North Madison Christian Church, 1400 E. State Rd. 62. Tickets $10 and on sale exclusively at the Funeral Centre. (812) 265-5577.
17: Music featuring Paul Boggs Band. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Brown Gym. Presented by Madison Senior Citizens. $5 per person. (812) 265-4758.
31: New Year’s Eve Party. Featuring music by “The Faze” plus snacks, champagne, party favors. 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 9, 707 Jefferson St. Admission charged. (812) 265-4417.
1-31: Lorhum Christmas in the Park. Drive-through light display at Ripley County Fairgrounds. (812) 689-7431.
3-11: Holiday Designer Show House at Chestnut Hall. Visit the historic farmhouse at Chestnut Hall farm and see grand décor by several area designers. All proceeds benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Tour times are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. daily except Sunday when the hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Located at 12611 Hwy. 42. Visit www.trfinc.org.
Rising Sun, IN
1-31: Christmas Model Train Show. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays (except Dec. 24-25) at Heritage Hall, 214 Main St. (812) 438-4915.
3: First Friday. Enjoy shopping and special events in downtown Vevay. Presented by the Vevay Main Street Program. (812) 427-9405.
3: Sleigh Bells Ring – Are You Listening. Meet Santa and enjoy the holiday lights from 6-8 p.m. at Paul Ogle Park. Community Art Center’s “Make and Take Craft” from 6-8:30 p.m. Vevay Vintage Prop & Shop’s Sip & Shop from 6-8:30 p.m. (adult beverages and kiddie cocktails). Hoosier Theater’s Community Christmas Sing from 7-8:30 p.m. Visitor Center’s Wine & Chocolate Tasting from 6-8:30 p.m. Free sleigh rides from 6-8 p.m. with pick up and drop off at Cuzz’s Bar. Presented by Switzerland County Tourism. (812) 427-3237.
11: “A Country Christmas.” Enjoy a simple country Christmas at 1820s Musee de Venoge and experience the beginnings of our modern Christmas at the 1860s Thiebaud farmstead. Presented by the Switzerland County Historical Society and Musee de Venoge. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at both locations. Venoge is located at 4085 State Rd. 129. Thiebaud farmstead is located at 5147 E. State Rd. 56 three miles west of Vevay. Free admission, but donations appreciated. (812) 593-5726 or 812-427-3560.
1-21: Downtown Indy Circle of Lights, presented by IBEW. 6-8 p.m. at Monument Circle, 111 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. (317) 237-2202.
Through Jan. 1, 2022: Christmas in Charleston. Carriage rides, train rides, hot chocolate, s’mores, ice skating rink, Santa Claus and more. Light show nightly 6-11 p.m. At downtown Charlestown, Ind. Visit the city website at www.cityofcharlestown.com or call (812) 265-3422, ext. 328.