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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Top December Events 2019

Categories: Family Fun, General, Events, Festivals, Arts & Culture

Don't let the cold weather stop you from experiencing any and all the events happening around town. From Indiana University basketball to holiday events, mark your calendars for these events in December.

Theater in Bloomington

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The Nutcracker: December 5 - December 8 | Musical Arts Center | Times Vary
Be transported to the enchanting world of this favorite ballet for children of all ages, and experience the wondrous magic that only a young child’s mind can conjure!

Cardinal Stage Presents “Disney’s Newsies”: December 12 - December 29 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary
Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this high-energy musical soars with rousing dance numbers and memorable songs. This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the popular Disney film, is toe-tapping fun for the entire family!


Music in Bloomington


Brass Band: December 2 | Auer Hall | 5:00 pm

All-Campus Jazz Ensemble & Combo: December 3 | Ford-Crawford Hall | 8:30 pm

Bloomington Songwriter Showcase - Russ Baum, Paul Bertsch, & Steve Boller: December 3 | Bear's Place | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Holiday Choral Concert: December 4 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm
A selection of holiday music sung by choruses from the Jacobs School of Music.

Borgore: December 5 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

New Music Ensemble: December 5 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

Concentus: December 6 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

Rod Tuffcurls: December 6 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Sounds of the Season Barbershop Concert: December 6 | First United Church | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of merriment as the power and beauty of male voices join in perfect harmony to celebrate the themes of winter, Christmas, and Santa Claus.

Chimes of Christmas: December 7 | IU Auditorium | 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
The Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers return to IU Auditorium this December for the jolliest family-friendly event of the season, Chimes of Christmas.

Holiday Fun with the Uketones: December 7 | Bear's Place | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Graduate Opera Workshop: December 7 & December 8 | Musical Arts Center | 7:00 pm

Jacobs Guitar Ensemble: December 7 | Auer Hall | 8:30 pm

John Baker & Hoosier Darling - Musical Guests at Westbury Antique Market: December 7 | Westbury Antique Market | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Latin American Ensemble & Afro-Cuban Folklore Ensemble: December 7 | Musical Arts Center | 8:00 pm

Sabbath - Black Sabbath Tribute: December 7 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Computer Music Recital: December 8 | Auer Hall | 8:00 pm

Indiana University Guitar Ensemble: December 8 | Sweeney Hall | 5:00 pm

Kuttner Quartet; Dior Quartet: December 8 | Ford-Crawford Hall | 5:00 pm

All-Campus Chorus & Orchestra: December 9 | Recital Hall | 7:00 pm

All-Campus Band: December 10 | Musical Arts Center | 8:00 pm

Graduate Opera Workshop: December 10 | Musical Arts Center | 7:00 pm

Russ Baum | Home for the Holidaze Tour: December 11 | The Orbit Room | 7:00 pm

Undergraduate Opera Workshop: December 11 | Musical Arts Center | 7:00 pm

Bloomington Christmas Sing-Along: December 13 | Trinity Reformed Church | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Straight No Chaser: December 13 | IU Auditorium | 8:00 pm
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 plenty of laughs along the way.

Austin Lucas: December 14 | The Bishop | 8:00 pm

Indiana University Children's Choir: December 14 | St. John the Apostle Catholic Church | 12:30 pm

Jacobs Holiday Celebration: December 14 | Musical Arts Center | 7:30 pm
Be sure to open this musical holiday card to the community, as Jacobs faculty and students perform seasonal favorites old and new, from jazz to classical and more.

Messiah Sing-Along, Part 1: December 15 | St. Mark's United Methodist Church | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Craig Brenner at Live Holiday Music at Cardinal Spirits: December 18 | Cardinal Spirits | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Sports in Bloomington

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IU Men's Basketball vs. Florida State: December 3 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 9:00 pm 

IU Women's Basketball vs. North Florida: December 7 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska: December 13 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 8:00 pm

IU Women's Basketball vs. Youngstown State: December 15 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 2:00 pm

IU Women's Basketball vs. UCLA: December 22 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 12:00 pm

IU Women's Basketball vs. Michigan State: December 28 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 6:00 pm

IU Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas: December 29 | Simon SKjodt Assembly Hall | TBA


Film in Bloomington

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Films at the IU Cinema: Dates Vary | IU Cinema | Times Vary

5th Annual The Sound of Music Quote-Along: December 15 | IU Cinema | 4:00 pm - 6:54 pm
Don’t miss the chance to recite your favorite lines and tunes from this cherished family classic at the fifth annual The Sound of Music Quote-Along.


Around Bloomington


Annual MCHC Holiday Sale: October 29 - January 1 | Monroe County History Center | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Find your new favorite decoration or the perfect gift for that special someone.

Santa's Mailbox: November 29 - December 17 | Fountain Square Mall | Times Vary
Santa has a special mailbox inside Fountain Square that allows children to mail their hand-written wish list to the big man himself.

Photos with Santa: November 30 - December 22 | Fountain Square Mall | Times Vary
Every child has the opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Light Up the Night: December 2 | Indiana Memorial Union | 7:00 pm
A tradition for over 50 years – the IMU Candles on the towers of the Indiana Memorial Union during the holiday season. The will also be performances by the Singing Hoosiers and Resting Pitch Face, an ice-skating rink on the Circle Drive, and hot chocolate.

Tipple + Tune at Cardinal Spirits: December 2 | Cardinal Spirits | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tipple + Tune is a live music night showcasing artists from the service industry, happening on the 1st Monday of the month at Cardinal Spirits.

Sours & Sanders: A Next Indiana Campfires Taproom Experience: December 4 | Upland Woodshop | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beth Stelling Returns to Bloomington!: December 5 - December 7 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Holiday Sip & Shop: December 5 | Various Locations | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Formerly known as Holiday Hike, the 3rd Annual Holiday Sip & Shop is where our local downtown stores host one special event on the same evening for you to enjoy shopping (and drinking) locally!

Ivy Tech Holiday Arts Fair: December 5 | Ivy Tech Community College, Shreve Hall | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shop handmade goodies and gifts by local artisans just in time for the holiday season. Proceeds go towards the Center for Lifelong Learning's youth scholarship fund.

Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar: December 6 - December 7 | Unitarian Universalist Church | Times Vary
The event includes a variety of fine art products from 28 juried artists, a book sale, cafe and gourmet goodies sale, and a white elephant room. Admission and parking are free.

Ellettsville First United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar: December 6 & December 7 | Ellettsville First United Methodist Church | Times Vary

Center Township Holiday Bazaar: December 7 | The Fire Department | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The event offers holiday shopping and a chili supper provided by Greene County's Center Township and Jackson Township firefighters. 

Yappy Hours - Yappy Howl-idays!: December 7 | Ferguson Dog Park | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays and have your dog's photo taken with Santa Paws!

Krampus Rampage & Bazaar: December 7 | Showers Common | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lampkins Ridge Holiday Open Studios Tour: December 7 | Lampkins Ridge Studios | 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monroe YMCA Holiday Bazaar: December 7 - December 14 | Monroe YMCA | Times Vary
Hand knitted and crocheted items such as scarves, hats, gloves, baby items, stuffed animals, blankets and much more will be available for purchase.

Singed the Holiday Escapade IV! A Burlesque & Variety Show: December 7 | The Back Door | 9:00 pm - 12:00 am 
This “fight for the most festive” will be a journey full of twists & turns, silliness & shenanigans, as the sacred & the profane are reimagined in sequins & glitter.

St. Mark's Cookie Shop: December 7 & December 8 | The St. Mark's United Methodist Women's Cookie Shoppe | Times Vary

Stinesville Christmas Bazaar: December 7 | 7951 W. Main Street, Stinesville, IN | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This is the first year for the event, and the proceeds from booth rental benefit the Stinesville Community Center. The event will include homemade goods, vendors, lunch, door prizes, and more. 

Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market: December 7 - March 28 | Switchyard Park Pavillion | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Now entering its 16th year, the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is the oldest in the state of Indiana. The Winter Market has a variety of vendors and products including fresh produce, local meat, beeswax candles, artisan breads and baked goods, and more. 

Congregation Beth Shalom Bazaar: December 8 | Beth Shalom Congregation | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The 13th annual holiday show will feature two dozen artist booths full of local, handmade gifts, clothing, household items, and baked goods.

Lakeside Gaming: December 8 | Paynetown State Recreation Area | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
People of all ages are invited to for an afternoon of board gaming inside the Paynetown Activity Center.

African American Dance Company Student Showcase: December 10 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This showcase will feature choreographic works by Indiana University students in the African American Dance Company (AADC), AADC Director Stafford C. Berry Jr., and guest performers.

Twinkle & Taste: December 10 | Oliver Winery | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This ticketed event includes live holiday carols by Indiana University’s a capella group, Another Round, special access to a one-night-only sale, and an evening enjoying our dazzling holiday light display after dark. Plus: complimentary cocktail and artisan cheese and charcuterie spread.

Full Moon Wellness Retreat: December 11 | Gather :handmade shoppe & co.: | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laura Stevenson with Adult Mom: December 12 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Moses Storm's Comedy Attic Return!: December 12 - December 14 | The Comedy Attic |Times Vary
Moses is a talented comedian and actor who can be seen on the NBC comedy "Sunnyside". On television, you may have seen him in "I'm Dying Up Here" on Showtime, "Arrested Development" for Netflix and "This is Us" on NBC.

An Evening with Karamo Brown: December 14 | IU Auditorium | 7:00 pm
Culture expert on Netflix's Emmy-winning Queer Eye, Karamo Brown uses his new platform to bring attention to the importance of vulnerability and open dialogues to generate positive change in individuals and communities.

Holiday Art Fair at Harmony School: December 14 | Harmony School | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Holiday Art Fair for the whole family! Shop for holiday gifts from over 25 local artists and makers. Children ages 5-11 can be dropped off to make and/or purchase presents for their loved ones. Plus get a picture with Santa!

Reindeer Reserve: December 14 - December 15 | Wonderlab Museum | 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm
Meet live reindeer and a variety of arctic animals and celebrate the winter season! Learn about special adaptations that help these magnificent creatures survive and thrive in the icy north regions of the world.

Skate with Santa: December 14 | Frank Southern Ice Arena | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Photo ops are available along with cookies and punch. Come dressed in your best ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win prizes!

Wylie House by Candlelight & Log Cabin Christmas: December 14 | Monroe County History Center & Wylie House | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Music, refreshments, carolers, period crafts, and storytelling are offered in Bloomington’s historic 1840 log cabin and 1835 brick home. 

Krampus Party: December 14 | Tattoo Kaiju & Gallery | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Holiday Pop-Ups with Gather: December 14 - December 21 | Gather :handmade shoppe & co.: | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Winter Container Garden Workshop: December 15 | Oliver Winery | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grab a glass of wine and get in the holiday spirit. Attend Oliver Winery's winter container garden workshop and take home a stunning seasonal arrangement.

1st Annual Ornaments, Cocoa, & Cookies!: December 18 | Dimension Mill | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Make your holidays extra special with a mug of hot cocoa, a fistful of cookies, and an ornament-crafting adventure at Bloomington’s Dimension Mill.

Stories with Santa: December 19 | Fountain Square Mall | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Legendary Dana Gould!: December 19 - December 21 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary 

Photos with Santa & Caricature Drawings: December 22 | Fountain Square Mall | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Photos with Santa: December 23 | Fountain Square Mall | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jedi Science Day: December 29 | Wonderlab Museum | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The force is with you on Jedi Science Day. Join Wonderlab as we explore Star Wars-themed science and celebrate the release of The Rise of Skywalker. Meet your favorite characters from the movies and hone your skills as a Jedi master!

Crazy Horse New Year's Party!: December 31 | Crazy Horse | 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
3 KINGS will usher in the New Year with joyful fanfare. Join Dena, Tim, Rick and a secret special guest for this fun-filled event of music, laughter, dancing, and song.

New Year's Eve Starring Brent Terhune!: December 31 | The Comedy Attic | 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

New Year's Eve Dinner & Part at Cardinal Spirits: December 31 | Cardinal Spirits | 7:00 pm - 1:00 am 


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