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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tis the Season! Holiday Events in Bloomington

Categories: Indiana University, General, Family Fun

The holidays are indeed holly and jolly, but in Bloomington, they are anything but ordinary. As the temperatures fall (maybe some snow too), get into the spirit with holiday events, unique shopping, and plenty of delicious treats to share with your loved ones, big and small. 

Who Stole the Canopy of Lights: November 2 - December 29 | Monroe County History Center | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
We saw the lights turn on around town, but now where did they go? The Monroe County History Center is holding a scavenger hunt that will be fun for all ages. There will also be a rare collection of toy trains on display at the History Center. 

It's Santa Photo Time at College Mall: November 17 - December 24 | College Mall | Times Vary 
Take part in the festive experience of meeting and taking a picture with Santa Claus. 

Santa's Mailbox: November 23 - December 17 | Fountain Square's South Atrium | Times Vary
Stop by and enjoy the holiday decorations and if you've been good, drop a letter in Santa's mailbox with all your wants for Christmas. 

Caring Santa at College Mall: December 2 & December 8 | College Mall | 9:00 - 10:30 am
College Mall makes the necessary adjustments to help children with developmental needs meet and take photos with Santa. Reservations required.  

Photos with Santa at Fountain Square Mall: Every Saturday & Sunday | Fountain Square Mall | Times Vary
Fountain Square Mall is full of holiday cheer this time of year. Santa even stops a few times in December for storytime and photos. Learn more about Fountain Square Mall's holiday events. 

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Shop Local Holiday Fair: December 6 | Ivy-Tech Community College-Bloomington, Shreve Hall | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Ivy Tech's first-ever Holiday Fair will have all your holiday shopping needs. There will be over 50 local vendors, fundraisers, and more. 

Bloomington Brick + Mortar Holiday Hike: December 6 | Downtown Bloomington | 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Enjoy a holiday shopping experience with your local shops. Get your shopping done in one day while taking advantage of specials and joying some light refreshments. 

Breakfast with Belle: December 8 | Hyatt Place Bloomington | 9:00 - 10:00 am
Enjoy a breakfast buffet and the opportunity to take a photo with the princess who is starring in Cardinal Stage's upcoming production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

The Sound of Music Quote-Along: December 8 | IU Cinema | 1:00 - 3:45 pm

Wylie House by Candlelight & Annual Open House: December 8 | Wylie House | 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Holiday Glass Fusing Fest: December 8 | Bloomington Creative Glass Center | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
The Bloomington Creative Glass Center is holding a workshop to teach everyone (ages 5 and up) how to glass-fuse their own magnet or suncatcher. 

Yappy Howl-idays: December 8 | Ferguson Dog Park | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Who says dogs can't celebrate Christmas too? Bring your dog to Ferguson Dog Park to play with other pups and even get a picture with Santa Paws. 

Gingerbread House Workshop: December 9 & December 16 | Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room | 3:00 - 5:00 pm 
Create the (gingerbread) house of your dreams at this workshop. You can enjoy building your masterpieces over hot chocolate and cookies. Make sure to check availability for registration is required. 

Gingerbread Houses (Bloom)

Winter Snow Craft Sessions: December 12 | Paynetown State Recreation Area | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Special Needs - Santa Photo: December 13 & December 14 | Fountain Square Mall | 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Children and adults with special needs have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with Santa Claus. 

Cardinal Stage Company Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast: December 13 - 30 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Check website for times

Straight No Chaser: December 13 | IU Auditorium | 8:00 pm
You’ve followed their rise to fame since their formation at Indiana University in 1996. Now, see a cappella sensation Straight No Chaser as they return home to IU Auditorium this holiday season, bringing with them a live show packed with pop hits, holiday favorites, and some laughs along the way. 

Finals Free Holiday Party: December 14 | Atlas Ballroom | 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
This 21+ event is for students to relax and enjoy a drink after they finish their fall semester. 

Holiday Market: December 14 & December 15 | Artisan Alley | 3:00 - 9:00 pm
Artisan Alley is hosting a holiday event meant for the whole family. Local artists sell their work, children can take a photo with Santa, and the entire family can make handmade ornaments.  

Holiday Hoopla presented by Girls Inc. of Monroe County: December 15 | Fountain Square Mall | 9:00 - 11:30 am
Come out to Girls Inc. of Monroe County's annual holiday event. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast buffet, gingerbread house decorating, and more. 

Reindeer Reserve: December 15 & December 16 | Wonderlab Museum | 1:30 - 2:30 pm & 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Join Wonderlab and Silly Safari to meet a live reindeer and other arctic animals. 

Skate with Santa: December 15 | Frank Southern Ice Arena | 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Enjoy a night on the ice with Santa and his elves. There will be cookies, punch, and prizes for those in their best ugly Christmas sweaters. 

Cicada Cinema Presents: 'Tis the Season: December 16 | I-Fell Building | 7:00 - 10:00 pm
They have snacks, prizes, and of course, Christmas themed short films at Cicada Cinema's annual holiday event. 

Stories with Santa: December 19 | Fountain Square Mall | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Enjoy milk and cookies while Santa reads captivating Christmas stories. There will also be a sing-a-long and a Q&A with Santa. 

NYE with Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: December 31 | The Bluebird | 7:00 pm
Ring in the new year with local favorites Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band. 


Nia Jones

Nia Jones

Nia is Visit Bloomington’s Content Coordinator. She is a proud Chicago native, but after attending IU, she has yet to leave Bloomington. Her favorite thing about B-Town is the diversity and culture that is found in this small town in the Midwest.  She enjoys exploring new places around town and cheering on the Hoosiers. It’s her goal to try every ethnic restaurant in Bloomington by the end of 2019.