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Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Events in Bloomington

Categories: Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Live Music, B-town Giveaways

"All you can take with you is that which you've given away."
-written on a plaque on George Bailey's wall in It's a Wonderful Life

Every year after the holidays are over and the wrapping paper is put up in the attic for another year, what we remember the most are the memories we make and the time we spend with family and friends. We'd love to welcome you to Bloomington this winter, where you can revisit beloved traditions and make new memories. Here are some holiday events that are sure to warm your heart!

Updated 12/3/2014 with more events

Canopy of Lights

Canopy of Lights
November 28

Celebrate our sparkling holiday tradition of lighting the downtown lights with Bloomington Brass Band playing holiday tunes. City and County officials as well as Polka Dot the Clown will be on hand to welcome Santa to the stage to light the Canopy of Lights. Costume characters, hot chocolate, holiday snacks and more will help with the festive atmosphere.

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Holly Days: Christmas with the Bloomington Symphony
November 28

Start your ho-ho-holidays off right with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra! All your favorite Christmas music plus an audience sing-along adds up to magical memories for the whole family. The 5:30pm, kid-friendly concert finishes just in time for you to catch the Canopy of Lights celebration on the Square, while the 8:00 pm show is the perfect ending to a perfect holiday tradition!

Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa

Fountain Square Mall: November 29 - December 24
Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 12 noon-4pm, December 22-24 10am-4pm

College Mall: November 15 - December 24
Click here for mall hours

Holiday Market

Holiday Market
November 29

Shop for your favorite locally grown farm products, and arts and fine crafts created by local artisans, all while listening to the music of the season. The TubaSantas fill the Market with holiday spirit, and St. Nick and his reindeer will visit too!

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Holiday Marketplace at Oliver Winery
November 29

Discover your new favorite Indiana artisan, sample local gourmet foods and build your own Oliver gift basket at our first ever Holiday Marketplace. We'll have mulled mead and holiday cocktails on hand, and we'll be cohosting a class with Linda Ames of Peacetree Mountain Truffles. Learn about and taste delicious holiday party pairings along with designing a chocolate holiday gift for the person at the top of your gift list.

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IU Cinema: It's a Wonderful Life
December 1

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all-on Christmas Eve! His sense of responsibility has kept him from living the adventures that he always dreamed of. As the angels discuss George's plight, we see his earnest, yet remarkable life in flashback. Clarence, George's guardian angel, is sent to show him what things would have been like if he was never there. Will Clarence be able to convince George that he truly had a wonderful life?


Stories with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mantle Scene
December 4, 11, and 18

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for classic Christmas stories, 6:30-7:00 pm at Fountain Square Mall.


The Nutcracker
December 4-7

When young Clara receives a toy soldier nutcracker from her mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, she falls asleep with it in her arms. That's when the magic begins to happen! Bring the kids and travel with Clara through her dreamscape-one filled with Sugar Plum Fairies, Snow Queens, Mice Kings, and more.

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Chimes of Christmas
December 6

Led by acclaimed vocal jazz conductor Steve Zegree with magical performances by some of our favorite IU Jacobs School of Music ensembles, Chimes of Christmas has been catapulted into the 21st century with a fresh new look, innovative repertoire, and oodles of energy. A family-friendly event with special discounts for children, Chimes is the perfect way to start the season's celebrations. The engaging dance numbers, world-renowned vocals, and harmonious instruments bring smiles and cheer to patrons of all ages year after year.


Krampus Night
December 6

Krampus is St. Nicklaus' sidekick in European lore. Krampus takes care of the naughty kids while St. Nicklaus takes care of the good kids. Get chased in the Wild Zone! Join the Grad March down the B-Line Trail. Bloomington Krampus is one of the most celebrated new Krampus events in the country!

Antique Dealers 13 Shops of Christmas 2014

13 Shops of Christmas
December 6-7

The 13 members of Bloomington's Antique Dealers Association team up for a weekend of Bloomington's best vintage, retro, antique and industrial shopping. Visit the local shops for your holiday shopping needs, and also enjoy raffles for gift certificates, refreshments and fun.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
December 11

Adapted from the world's longest-running and highest-rated television special of all time, the stage version is a faithful reincarnation of the beloved original short film. The audience will enjoy famous numbers like "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "The Island of Misfit Toys" sung live onstage by a superb cast. This heartwarming production will make audiences of all ages fall in love with the timeless and treasured Rudolph, and leave them basking in the joyous atmosphere of the holiday season.

Enter our sweepstakes to win two tickets to this show at the IU Auditorium!

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Straight No Chaser
December 18

Tight vocals and loose humor have catapulted these IU-born musical masterminds from local legends to international superstars-leaving in their wake a slew of chart-topping albums. This high-octane album collection features guest appearances by stars including Paul McCartney, Colbie Caillat, Cee Lo Green, and Otis Redding.


Shrek: The Musical
December 19 - January 3

Produced by Cardinal Stage Company, this tongue-in-cheek musical fairy tale is guaranteed to charm the whole family. With a sharp, hilarious script and a delectable score, "Shrek the Musical" is cheeky, heart-warming, irresistible fun!

Wonderlab Reindeer

Reindeer Reserve: A Live Arctic Animal Show
December 20-21

Come to WonderLab to meet a live reindeer and other Arctic creatures, and discover how these animals have adapted to living in an extremely cold climate during energetic shows by Silly Safaris.


Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.