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Valentine’s Day in Knox County

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we know how stressful it can be to plan the perfect date or choose the perfect gift for that special someone. Worry no more! Vincennes/Knox County has everything you need to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Gift Ideas

Treat your significant other to some delicious, home-made fudge from the Melon Patch.

Surprise someone with a box of Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop’s specialty chocolate covered strawberries. (Be sure to order these ahead of time!)

Treat someone (or yourself) to a massage from Massage Therapy.

Order a special popcorn arrangement filled with all their favorite flavors from Pop Around the Clock.

Stop by Pretty Posies or Pearl & Chrome Home Interiors for a last minute gift!

Let the woman in your life pick out a special date night outfit at Attic Salt Boutique, Mads & Abby Boutique or Wild Rose Boutique!

Date Ideas

Brunch it out at the Vincennes Brewing Company on Saturday, February 15.

Can’t make it to a special dinner? Opt for a morning coffee date instead at Graze 1885. They’re upstair seating area is romantic and especially quiet in the mornings.

Make reservations for you and your special someone at The Cafe Moonlight for a scrumptious treat.

If you’re wanting to stay in for the night, but don’t want to make dessert, order one of Pea-Fections specialty desserts offered for Valentine’s Day and take it home to enjoy!

Indulge in a romantic date night experience complete with mood lighting, delicious food, and a nice selection of wine at Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta. Any date here is sure to wow your S.O.


Be sure to leave a comment on what you’re planning to do this Valentine’s Day!

Ideas For Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is less than a week away, and many of us have indulged during the holidays and might be reevaluating some life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to start making changes in your life! We’ve put together a list of some common New Year’s resolutions with ways you can implement them, locally!


Losing weight is always one of the top resolutions. To help kick start your fitness journey, try taking part in the Good Samaritan and YMCA of Vincennes Get Fit Challenge!


With TV’s, computers, smartphones, tablets and every other piece of technology there is out there, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. Instead of scrolling on Facebook before hitting the hay, try decompressing by reading a few pages in a book from the Knox County Public Library.

Learn a New Skill/Hobby

Sitting in your house watching TV every day can get boring. It’s must better to use your free time in a more constructive way and pick up a new skill at the same time! Elements offers a variety of fitness classes like aerial yoga that can bring you outside of your comfort zone.

Get Better Acquainted with Local History

Whether you were born and raised here, or you’re just looking to visit, getting reacquainted with local history is something easy that anyone can do without driving hours away. Check out our blog on some different historical sites you should visit!

Spend More Time with Family and Friends

There is too little time in this life to waste it, so we should focus on the people we care about and who care about us! Find activities you can do together, like Trivia Night at the VBC, or going for a weekly walk on the Riverwalk.

Shop Locally

Did you know that when you shop at a local shop, every $1 spent, 67 cents stays in our community! Knox County has a vast array of local shops for you to choose from for anything you need!

Take the Stairs

Getting out and walking a little bit every day can be a huge help to your health. Try taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator, or go for a walk at the George Rogers Clark NHP and walk up and down the stairs at the monument for a change of scenery.

Plan a Staycation

Vacations can be time consuming to plan, so instead of traveling far away, why not plan a staycation right here in Knox County? Check out our blog on why planning a staycation at home is a great option this summer!

Save Money

A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling, fixing up the house, or going back to school are a welcome change of pace. Reach out to one of our amazing financial advisors in town to see how they can help get the ball rolling for you.

Learn About Your Family History

Knowing your families history is an amazing way to connect with ancestors. Stop by the Knox County Public Library’s Genealogy department to check out records including birth records, high school yearbooks and family histories.


Devoting some of your time and energy to helping those in need is a reward in itself, but it’s also an opportunity to meet new people and learn a new skill. Contact one of Knox County’s many nonprofit organizations to see what volunteer opportunities are out there for you!

Donate Old Clothes

Going through your closet and getting rid of things you don’t wear anymore is a great way to start off the New Year! When you’ve done that, consider donating those unwanted clothes to one of our local charity organizations such as the Salvation Army instead of throwing them away.

Get Artsy

Topics like art, music and culture can be easy to comprehend if you spend time learning about them. Try checking out one of our local Art Galleries on the First Friday Art Walk, or supporting one of our local bands on the weekends.

Attend a New Event

There seems to almost always be an event happening in Knox County. Whether that’s the Rendezvous, Spring or Autumn on Main, the First City Music Fest and so much more. Get out and support these local organizations and events!


Where to Find Santa This Holiday Season

Get your Christmas lists ready and plan to visit with Santa this season. We have put together a list of places and times that you can visit Father Christmas himself!

Kick start the Christmas festivities during the Downtown Parade of Lights on Friday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM.

You can have Breakfast with Santa on November 23rd for only $5 at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8-11 AM. The Christmas Stroll will take place right after.

Indiana Military Museum photos with Santa on Saturday, November 23rd from 1-4 PM.

Vincennes Moose Club Breakfast with Santa Sunday, December 1st from 5-7 PM.

Oaktown Community Building photos with Santa on Sunday, December 8th from 3-5 PM.

1972 Community Center will have Cookies with Santa on Wednesday, December 12th from 5pm to 8pm. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance!

South Knox Craft Show at South Knox Elementary on Saturday, December 14th 10 AM – 2 PM.

Have Cookies & Cocoa with Santa on December 14th at Valley Party Supply from 11 AM – 2 PM.

Blue Jeans Center will have dinner with Santa in Monroe City on Friday, December 13th at 6 PM.           

Ouabache Trails Park light display on December 13th and 14th 6:30-9:00 PM.

Red Skelton Museum Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 21st from 3-5 PM. Grab a picture with the big man himself, and enjoy free admission to the museum!

Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season full of joy and cheer!

‘Tis The Season – Holiday Events Roundup

Christmas spirit is filling the air! Kick off the holiday season at the downtown Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights.  Friday, November 22nd, enjoy the “Parade of Lights” at 6:30pm. 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 St. Francis Xavier 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.

Northside Park will be sparkling with lights for the Holiday Season at the Community Christmas Light Display in Bicknell. The public is invited to enjoy the display from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day.

Starting November 29, you can bring the family to Ouabache Trails Park to see their Annual Christmas Lights Display! The light displays begin the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through December 26. Nightly, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, families can drive through the park to delight in their favorites and look for new displays added. Donations are sincerely appreciated with each and every penny given going right back into the light display, but please, if you are not able to donate, don’t let that stop you from coming out! Everyone is welcome!

The Vincennes/Knox County Preservation Foundation will help kick off the month of December with a Holiday Historical Home Self-Guided Tour in the heart of Vincennes! From 11:00am-4:00pm on Sunday, December 1, five homes of historical interest will be open to the public. Tickets are $20/person and will be sold the day-of at the tour starting point, the Klein Realty building, 505 North 6th Street.

The Vincennes University Music Department will present a Christmas Gala on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

“Christmas at Grouseland”, an open-house celebration will be held on Friday, December 6 at William Henry Harrison’s Mansion. The special event will include candlelight tours of the mansion guided by re-enactors recalling stories of the time Harrison and his family lived in the residence. This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated!

Paying tribute to the famous band “Chicago”, the amazing band “Brass Transit” will perform “A Rockin Christmas” at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm on Friday, December 6. The band will be taking songs from the holiday albums of “Chicago” along with playing some of their greatest hits. For tickets and information, please call the Vincennes University Alumni Office at 812-888-4354.

Old Town Players Community Theatre will present the musical comedy, “Assisted Living: The Home for the Holidays” over two weekends: December 6, 7 and 8, and December 13, 14 and 15. Performance times are 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and 3:00pm on Sunday.

Join in the festivities at the Gimbel Corner (2nd & Main Sts.) on Saturday, December 7th when the Community Christmas Tree arrives that morning. Santa will light the Christmas Tree light at 6:00pm.

The 19th Annual South Knox Elementary School Craft Show will be held from 9:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday, December 14. An amazing array of craft items from nearly 150 vendors will be on display for your holiday gift giving. There will be a $2.00/admission fee. Santa will be there for “selfies” from 10:00am -2:00pm.

The Vincennes State Historic Sites are hosting The Tavern Dinner, an evening in a recreated tavern from Indiana’s frontier era at the Jefferson Academy on December 14. This event will feature a regional menu and musical program that highlights storytelling centered on holiday traditions of the region. Registration is required by December 6 online at indianamuseum.org/calendar.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be shown in two performances on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.