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Monday, November 21, 2022

Top December Events

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

Check out the top Events happening in December 2022, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip!

Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​


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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 (Lit-erally) bright during the annual lighting of the IMU's iconic outdoor candle - plus ice skating, a winter market and more!

The Nutcracker

Date: Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4
Time: Various times — see the schedule here
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $25.00-$45.00 per ticket

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

Stinesville Christmas Bazaar

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Stinesville Community Center (old elementary school)
Admission: Free

Browse Stinesville's holiday bazaar while enjoying live music and visiting with Santa!

Annual Unitarian Universalist Holiday Art Fair & Bazaar

Date:  Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3
Time: Friday 10:00 am-7:00 pm & Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church
Admission: Free

Browse this holiday bazaar with over 30 arts and crafts persons. 

Arts Alliance Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Date:  Every Saturday and Sunday in December ending December 18
Time: Saturday & Sunday Noon-6pm 
Location: Inside College Mall
Admission: Free

Thirty artists will be showing their work. 

Chimes of Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 4
Time: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $11.00-$33.00 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.

Winter Lights, December Nights

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Revel in the sights and sounds of the season with a stroll through Switchyard Park, and marvel at the thousands of lights that bring the park to life!

The Children's Nutcracker

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $10.00-$15.00 per ticket

Bloomington's own Nutcracker danced by children for children and families!

Beth Shalom Holiday Bazaar & Art Fair

Date: Saturday, December 11
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm 
Location: 3750 E. Third Street
Admission: Free

Enjoy a mix of arts & crafts at this annual event.

Wild Animal Weekend

Date: Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18
Time: Saturday: 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm      Sunday: 2:00pm, 2:45pm,3:30pm, 4:15pm
Location: WonderLab Museum
Admission: $5.00 per member, $19.00 per non-member

Showcasing animals and their adaptations for winter. Learn how animals survive the cold and freezing temperatures

Straight No Chaser Pop-Up Exhibit - "Celebrating 25 Years of Straight No Chaser"

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 4:00pm-6:00 pm
Location: University Collections at McCalla
Admission: Free

A month long exhibit of SNC memorabilia side-by-side with screenings of show favorites. Interact with never before publicly displayed items showcasing their hometown roots and global success.

Straight No Chaser Holiday Concert

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 8:00pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $29.00-$89.00 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.

Elf the Musical

Date: Thursday, December 15 through Saturday, December 31
Time: Various times — see the schedule here
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $20.00-$52.00

The tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.





Alton Brown Live:  Beyond the Eats - The Holiday Variant

Date: Sunday, December  4
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $42.00-$142.00 per ticket

Expect more cooking, more comedy, more music, and potentially more dangerous science stuff with a sprinkle of seasonal spices.

Film:  Scrooged

Date: Friday, December  9
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: $5.00 per ticket

A modern take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray.


Band performing on stage at The Bluebird

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:


  • 6 Foot Blonde
    • Date: Friday, December 2
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 90:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 single tickets
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Saturday, December 3
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
  • Jukebox Luke
    • Date: Friday, December 9
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Caitlin Peluffo
    • Date: Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
  • Nataky Aukar
    • Date: Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10
    • Time:: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket 
  • Shane Torres
    • Date: Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17
    • Time:: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket 


IU Women's Basketball celebrating a win on-court at Assembly Hall
Photo by IU Athletics

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Uptown Cafe on Kirkwood Avenue during winter

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, December 2
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: Various downtown art galleries
Admission: Free

Enjoy local & regional art and Bloomington's vibrant downtown scene during Gallery Walk. Ten downtown art galleries participate in the event — stroll through the heart of Bloomington as you admire various works at each location.

From Me, To You Exhibit

Date: Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 31
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: $2.00 per adult, $1.00 per student, free for members and children five-years-old or younger

Celebrates the gifts we give to loved ones over the winder holidays.

Wrapped in Love Public Art Display

Date: Friday, October 1 through Tuesday, March 1 
Time: All day
Location: Various downtown locations
Admission: Free

Tour downtown and admire the dozens of sweater-clad trees that are part of Middle Way House's Wrapped in Love campaign, which wraps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in warmth and support.

Pictura Kids:  Dissolving Trees workshop

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Far Center for Contemporary Arts
Admission: Free, but please register

Ms. Hilary will discuss the trees in our neighborhoods and how we interact with them, we will learn to draw a variety of trees.

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.