Hey Lafayette! Here is our complete list of Christmas events happening around town. Keep in mind this list will be updated as we learn of new events to add, so keep checking back. Our community as so much to offer during the holiday season, take some time and start some new traditions or revisit old ones. Grab some coffee or hot chocolate and get out and see the the local Christmas Light Displays, have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Santa At The Tippecanoe Mall
11/18 – 12/24
Santa’s Arrival is November 18! Bring the kids to meet Santa at the Tippecanoe Mall! Make sure they bring their holiday wish list! Due to COVID-19, there will be certain regulations and rules in accordance with health and safety. They encourage pre-booking your Santa Magic Photo experience. Reservations can be made online.
8th Annual Holiday Maker’s Market
Several Dates & Times throughout November & December. Come start your holiday shopping and begin your winter fun at Indiana’s annual Makers Market hosted by Wea Creek Orchard!Get your Christmas shopping accomplished at one convenient location! We will have a variety of local, small businesses sharing their talents. Whether it be handcrafted decor, handmade gifts, or a locally made art piece, Indiana Makers Market has you covered! It’s going to be here soon so mark your calendars, and save the date to visit Wea Creek Orchard for Indiana’s Makers Market.
Holidays At The Hann
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM various days. Explore the historic mansion, decorated for the season with a Christmas tree in nearly every room, model trains running through multiple rooms upstairs, and sparkling lights, festive decorations, and holiday cheer everywhere you look. Photograph the kids in Santa’s sleigh!
2021 An Old Fashion Christmas at Linden Depot Museum
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM various days. Come see the progress on the full-sized replica of an 1837 Norris 4-2-0 steam engine. Linden Depot Museum Ornament with donation of $10 or more. Train-related gifts available in the museum store!
UU Holiday Art Fair
12/3 – 12/4
Free Event! Visit our annual art fair featuring some amazing local artists!
Find the best gifts including jewelry, handmade soap, ceramics, glassware, fiber arts, watercolors, photographs, ornaments, cards, and more!
Friday, December 3 from 5 PM – 9 PM & Saturday, December 4 from 10 AM – 4 PM. Masks will be required at this event. Soups, bread, desserts and cookies will be available for take-home only.
We hope to see you there!
Candy Cane Tours at McCords Candies
11/19 – 12/19
McCord’s Annual Candy Cane Tours are fun for everyone, young and old! Tours start November 19 and will run through December 23. All tours are $7 per person and everyone will get to make their own candy cane. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Open tours are on:
- Fridays each hour, 5-7pm
- Saturdays each hour, 12-7pm
- Sundays each hour, 12-5pm
Tickets for open tours MUST be purchased in advance; space is limited to 35 people per tour, so be sure to buy your tickets early! Private tours are Monday through Friday with the first tour going up at 10am and the last group going up at 3pm (tour times are 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3). Private tours are for groups of 12 people or more – you may bring fewer, but the minimum cost is for 12 participants. To book a private tour, please call 765-742-4441.
Disney’s Frozen Jr.
Starting 12/3 various times and dates
A Civic Youth Theatre Production at the Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Julie Baumann, Music Direction by Monica Shaeffer
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
First Friday Ornament Demonstration
12/3 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Polymer Clay Ornaments by Janet Fox Elmore
Come to Artists’ Own on Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. to see Janet Fox Elmore make an exquisite polymer clay ornament (trade names for the clay are Femo, Sculpey, and Kato). She sculpts richly pigmented polymer clay into rolled canes, then applies the sliced canes to a purchased glass ornaments and then baked to create a colorful, fun holiday decoration.
Janet’s creations are unique multihued treasures designed to grace your home with beauty or to give as gifts. Janet’s extensive clay experience inspires her to create one-of-a-kind hand-crafted ornaments.
5:30 – 8:00 PM Downtown Lafayette. Largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds.
Holiday Downtown Farmers Market
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM The Lafayette Farmers Market has been around for over 165 years! Enjoy this special holiday market.
Brendan Loughrey Christmas Extravaganza At Nine Irish Lafayette
12/4 8:00 PM Ireland’s favorite son Brendan Loughrey is back to spread some Christmas… er… cheer! Great Irish pub tunes from a master!
Long Center For The Performing Arts Presents: A Motown Christmas
Box Office opens at 6:30 PM
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Show time: 8:00 PM
A Motown Christmas features a world-class vocal group comprised of past and present members of Motown’s most legendary groups…The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols. A Motown Christmas is a powerful family-oriented show combining Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics. This show features those famous Motown trademarks…dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies all performed in that memorable, soulful Motown style. This is an evening not to be missed, bring the family, dance, sing and enjoy this special, holiday spectacular.
The Christmas Tree Arrives At The Purdue Union
Christmas time is finally here! Kick off your holiday celebration by watching the Christmas tree arrive at the Union. The tree will arrive at approximately 12 pm. Come spread Christmas cheer and join in celebrating one of the most joyous times of the year.
Christmas At The Canal
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tour the pioneer village, shop local vendors, hear live music, and visit with Santa!
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony At Purdue
6:30 PM Free Event President Mitch Daniels will light the Christmas tree and there will be a performance by the Purduettes. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Tippecanoe Chamber Of Music Presents: Holiday Brass
7:00 PM Come hear a fabulous brass quintet performing holiday favorites!
Lafayette Living Nativity
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Beginning with the biblical account of creation and ending with the prophecy of Christ’s second coming, 14 life-size scenes address the reasons for and result of our Savior’s time on earth. Involving a cast of hundreds, these scenes depict the significance of the baby in the manger and bring to life the message of salvation. You can either walk or drive through the nativity. Either way, you’ll be able to see and hear this amazing story through audio narration for each scene.
Purdue Bands And Orchestra Presents: Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz
7:00 PM This concert is free and open to the public, as Protect Purdue guidelines permit. Dates and Times are subject to change.
Jefferson High School Holiday Spectacular Shows
12/10 – 12/12 Every year when the holiday season is near, you can expect an outstanding show from the Lafayette Jefferson Choral Department. The Holiday Show showcases all six choirs in the department. Why not join us for another great holiday tradition as 200 students raise their voices in songs of the season at the 2021 Lafayette Jefferson Holiday Spectacular? Santa and his friends will also be there to greet you, and our annual cookie walk is sure to tickle your taste buds while your students lighten your heart with many songs of the season. Come join us and renew the old traditions: the Holidays, you, and the 2021 Lafayette Jefferson Holiday Spectacular!
Holiday Party At Wolf Park
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Join the merriment of our annual Holiday Party! Be the bringer of good cheer as we make holiday gift deliveries to our animal ambassadors. Be part of the fun as our wolves, foxes, and bison enjoy their holiday treats and presents from Santa! Get outside, enjoy the brisk early winter weather – Let’s learn together! Please make reservations! This event is free to members. Show your membership card at admissions. Please bring your mask to wear inside the facilities, if necessary. Thank you!
Imagination Station Holiday Science Lab
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Imagination Station will be filled with activities each with a bit of holiday flair, and the building itself will be filled with jolly decorations and lights! This year it will be free to the community. Join us to learn about science, technology, and how things work with experiments and demonstrations, all in a jolly environment.
Long Center For The Performing Arts Presents: The Polar Express
2:00 PM ARRIVE EARLY TO ENJOY THE WONDER SOUNDS OF THE MIGHTY WURLITZER THEATRE ORGAN. The Conductor says to bring your tickets and arrive early, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Children are invited to wear their pajamas. The Long Center Concessions are available for purchase which include limited drinks, snacks and candies.
Purdue Bands & Orchestra Presents: Tuba Christmas
7:00 PM This concert is free and open to the public, as Protect Purdue guidelines permit. Dates and Times are subject to change.
Winter Holiday Party
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Our annual Winter Holiday Party is back! After having to take a break last year, the Latino Center for Wellness and Education is extremely happy to be able to celebrate with the community once again. The event is free and open to all. This year our party will take place on December 11, 2021 from 3-5pm in the IBEW Union Hall, near Bingo’s and Ice Cream Specialties. Gifts for kids, pictures with Santa, free health checks, games of lotería, and many more activities will be available. For more information make sure to check us out on Facebook @thelatinocenterforwellness, Instagram @lcwe_lafayette, or email [email protected] If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the event or gift wrapping, please fill out the link: tinyurl.com/LCWEVolunteer2021
Holiday Drop & Shop
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM Do you have last minute holiday shopping to finish? Drop your children off at the McAllister Recreation Center for an evening of entertainment so you can finish shopping or wrapping! Dinner will be provided, and children ages 5 – 12 are welcome to participate. You must register.
Purdue Christmas Show 2021 – Virtual Event
12/17 – 12/25
After much consideration, the PMO staff made the difficult decision to host the 88th annual Purdue Christmas Show virtually again this year. We know that the Christmas Show has become a tradition enjoyed by many families, one that marks the beginning of your own celebrations. We hope you’ll take the time to view this video and to hear about the criteria we considered when making this difficult decision, as well as learn about our new streaming site, pmobroadcasting.com. The virtual production will be available to view on December 17, 2021. More details will be added as the date draws closer.
Christmas On The Avenue
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Please join us for our “Christmas on the Avenue” celebration! Featuring a living nativity, and free hot chocolate and popcorn. Find that special gift from one of our local vendors.
Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Presents: Holiday Pops
7:30 PM ‘Tis the season for good cheer and great music. We’ve got holiday favorites new and old, from the music of Frozen to “Deck the Halls.” Then, join us as we end the night with our annual holly-jolly sing-a-long!
Skate With Santa
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Skate with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 9-11am. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning. You will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself!
Christmas At Duncan Hall
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Stop in and see Santa, enjoy refreshments, the Dickens Carolers, and there will be crafts for the kids.
Botanical Ornament Workshop
12/18 From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Prophetstown State Park. $5 per person, Create your very own natural native plant ornament- perfect for decoration or as a seasonal gift. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to create a dove or a star ornament from natural plant materials sustainably harvested at Prophetstown State Park. All materials provided. $5 per person, payable over the phone by calling (765-320-0503) or with cash the day of the workshop. Space is limited, registration required.
Donuts With Santa At McAllister Recreation Center
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Did you know that we have reimagined Donuts with Santa this year to be safe and smart during the COVID-19 pandemic? This year, your family will get their picture with Santa and then pick up grab-and-go donuts as well as holiday craft kits to-go! Your registration includes a free download of your professional photo.
We will continue to update this list as we learn about more events to come. Keep checking back!
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