Christmas is in the air! Kick off the holiday season this weekend at the downtown Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights. Friday, November 16th, enjoy the “Parade of Lights” at 6:30pm. Directly after the parade children can visit with Santa at Thursday Church. Downtown merchants will have extended hours welcoming holiday shoppers with unique gifts and serving refreshments. On Saturday, Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8:00am to 11:00am ($5 at the door). Enjoy Carriage rides with Santa on Main Street on Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
The Knox County Public Library will present their annual Polar Express event Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm at the Fortnightly building. Children can wear their PJ’s, drink hot cocoa, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy some classic holiday stories, read by Randy Crismore. Admission is FREE but registration and tickets are required. Visit the Main Library’s Youth Department or call the library at 812-886-4380.
On Friday, November 30th the Vincennes University Community Series presents “Christmas With The Celts“, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. For tickets call 812-888-4354.
Join in the festivities at the Gimbel Corner (2nd & Main Sts.) on Saturday, December 1st when the Community Christmas Tree arrives that morning. Santa will light the Christmas Tree light at 6:00pm.
Wednesday, December 5th, for the first time, the Knox County Public Library will host the Madcap Puppet Company from Cincinnati, Ohio, and their production of “A Madcap Christmas Carol!” This Christmas ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and exciting new twists! Admission is FREE but registration and tickets are required. Visit the Main Library’s Youth Department or call the library at 812-886-4380.
Christmas at Grouseland will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Enjoy a traditional Christmas at the Governor’s mansion by candlelight. This festive living history event features re-enactors from the time of Harrison’s governorship. Enjoy music, decorations, refreshments and carriage rides! There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully accepted.
Old Town Players presents The Elves & the Shoemaker musical and family program on December 7th-9th and again on December 14th-16th. This fast-paced retelling of an old favorite is filled with delightfully wacky characters-including elves Mortz, Schwartz, Hazel, Gracie, and Studebaker. Clever dialogue and toe-tapping music make this a must-see for all ages. Visit the OTP website for showtimes and ticket information.
Delight in a wonderful holiday performance with the timeless sounds by the “Diamonds” musical group presents their The Silver Bells and Diamonds concert on Saturday, December 15 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a pre-show reception at 6:00pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for only $10/person. Call the Red Skelton Museum for tickets and more information at 812.888.4184.
The Red Skelton Museum is hosting “Christmas at the Red” Family Fun Day from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Sunday, December 16. Enjoy watching The Red Skelton Christmas Show special featuring: Freddie and the Carolers, Freddie Gets 90 Days, Freddie and the Yuletide Doll, Willie Lump Lump ‘Expert Tree Trimmer’ and The Gift of Giving exhibit. More activities include games with prizes (ask about the Peppermint Guess Museum Scavenger Hunt) and a visit with Santa. FREE museum admission for Family Day Participants from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.