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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Holiday Happenings in Bloomington

Categories: Indiana University, General, Family Fun, Events, Festivals

Looking for all things holly & jolly in Bloomington this holiday season? We've rounded up every holiday-themed event, from the merry & bright to Canopy of Lights.

Canopy of Lights Santa

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show

Date: Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5
Time: 4:00-9:00 pm Friday; 9:00 am-5:00pm Saturday 
Location: Monroe County Convention Center
Admission: Free

Over 70 artists from Bloomington’s favorite guilds, Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild, and Indiana Glass Guild, unite for three shows under one roof.

Smithville Holiday Bazaar

Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Old Smithville School
Admission: Free

Enjoy a holiday bazaar featuring handmade items, baked goods, arts & crafts, and more.

Bloomington Handmade Market

Date: Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Convention Center
Admission: Free

Browse handmade items from over 60 artists at the Bloomington Handmade Market! 

Christmas Fair

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 2:00-6:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Free

Enjoy crafts, fair food, live music, and an appearance from Santa at the Christmas Fair!

Harvest Market

Date: Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm Friday; 10:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday
Location: Whippoorwill Hill
Admission: $5.00 per person

Enjoy the annual Harvest Market, comprised of artisanal, boutique, and farmers' goods!

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Presents: Celebrate the Season

Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: Adults $25, Students $12, Kids 18 & under $5

Join the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra before or after the Canopy of Lights for a magical, memorable holiday program featuring seasonal favorites, an audience sing-along, special guests, and so much more! 

Canopy of Lights

Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Square
Admission: Free

Experience one of Bloomington's most magical traditions as Santa flips the switch to transform the downtown area into a sparkling, winter wonderland, displaying thousands of lights on and around the Monroe County Courthouse Square.

Bloomington Holiday Market

Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: 10:00am-3:00 pm
Location: Showers Showers Plaza & City Hall Parking Lot
Admission: Free

Enjoy the 20th annual Bloomington Holiday Market featuring 50+ farm vendors, food & beverage artisans, and local/regional artists.

Shop Small Saturday

Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: All day
Location: Downtown Bloomington
Admission: Free

Support small businesses during Shop Small Saturday in Bloomington!

The Nutcracker

Date: Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4
Time: Various times
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $21.00-$42.00 per ticket

Enjoy the magical story of Clara, performed by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Light Up The Night

Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: IMU Circle Drive & Robel Plaza
Admission: Free

Make your night more merry and bright during the annual lighting of the IMU's iconic outdoor candle - plus ice skating, a winter market, and more!

Stinesville Christmas Bazaar

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Stinesville Community Center (formerly Stinesville Elementary School)
Admission: Free

Handmade items, commercial vendors, and flea market vendors will be on-site at this Christmas shopping event. Santa will be making a special visit from 12:00-2:00 pm; children are encouraged to get their picture taken and receive a special treat.

Chimes of Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $13.00-$32.00 per ticket

Celebrate the holiday season with the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers when they return to IU Auditorium for the jolliest family-friendly event of the year, Chimes of Christmas.

Garlands and Greenery at The Wylie House

Date: Wednesday, December 7 - Saturday, December 10
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Location: Wylie House
Admission: Free

Take a step back in time at the Wylie House. Decorated for the holidays in festive greenery, guided tours will be available, and learn how the holidays were generally celebrated in19th-century Bloomington.  

Santa on Sale Street

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Sale Street - Ellettsville
Admission: Free

Welcome Santa to Sale Street as he arrives on a fire truck. Free photo with Santa, send a letter to Santa and enjoy many more activities.

Bloomington Chamber Singers Present Britton's Ceremony of Carols

Date: Sunday, December 11
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: St. Mark's United Methodist Church
Admission: Free

Enjoy a musical depiction of St. Nicolas' life, faith, miracles, and enduring legacy.

Constellation Stage & Screen Presents Elf

Date: Thursday, December 15 through Saturday, December 31
Time: Various times
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $20.00-$52.00 per ticket

Enjoy Constellation Stage & Screen's production of Elf!

Winter Wild Animals

Date: Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18
Time: times vary
Location: WonderLab Museum
Admission: $5.00 per member, $19.00 per non-member

Meet real, live wild animals at WonderLab's WonderGarden during Winter Wild Animals.

Straight No Chaser Holiday Concert

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 8:00-10:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $33.00-$72.00 per ticket

A cappella sensation Straight No Chaser is coming home to IU Auditorium once again, bringing with them a live show packed with pop hits, holiday favorites, and plenty of laughs along the way.


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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast.