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Friday, November 17, 2017

Top December Events 2017

Categories: Family Fun, General

From Indiana University basketball to holiday events, mark your calendars for these events in December.

Krampus Rampage & Bazaar
December 2

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Will you be naughty or nice? Everyone will be there: the Angels, St. Nicholas, and of course the Krampus. Make Krampus crafts, watch the parade, and have your photo taken with the Krampus. Those who are nice will receive treats, and those who are naughty will get a little scare from the Krampus.
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The Nutcracker
November 30 - December 3

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Breathtaking sets, beautiful costumes, beloved music, and, of course, wonderful dancing—what's not to love about The Nutcracker? Make the holiday season especially magical for the children in your lives with this dream ballet that bewitches with its Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Prince, dancing snowflakes, and toys that really do come alive when little Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree. Enter to win two tickets for the Thursday, November 30 show.

Bloomington Brick & Mortar Holiday Hike
December 7

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Shop til you drop at Bloomington Brick & Mortar's first annual Holiday Hike. There will be refreshments, live music, and all kinds of deals to help you get all of your holiday shopping done. You can even enter to win a special gift card at every shop you visit. Read more. 


Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
December 31

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Raise a glass and send off 2017 right. Known for their explosive stage presence, head downtown for an unforgettable night of Americana music from Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band at The Bluebird. Read more


Holiday Tradition: The Magic of Toy Trains 
Monroe County History Center December 1-30

Another Round Holiday Concert
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, December 2

Chimes of Christmas
IU Auditorium, December 2

Symphonic Bells Winter Concert Faith
Lutheran Church, December 6

“The Sound of Music” Quote-Along
IU Cinema, December 9


Michael Jackson Tribute Show
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, December 1

Andrew McMahon
The Bluebird, December 5

Straight No Chaser
IU Auditorium, December 15

New Madrid & David Barbe
The Bishop, December 19

Rods and Cones
The Bluebird, December 21


The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Wells-Metz Theatre, December 1-9

Front Page Flo
Bloomington Playwrights Project, December 1-16

James Adomian
Comedy Attic, December 14-16

Peter Pan
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, December 15-30


IU Women’s Basketball vs. North Texas
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, December 5

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Fort Wayne
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, December 18

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Tennessee Tech
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, December 21

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Michigan State
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, December 28

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, December 29

See more events on our
Events Calendar