Experience one of Bloomington's most magical winter traditions.

Bring the entire family to downtown Bloomington to witness Santa flipping the switch to transform the area into a sparkling, winter wonderland. Thousands of lights display on and around the Monroe County Courthouse, turning the area into a scene from a Hallmark Christmas movie. Attendees can also enjoy:

  • Performances by several local music groups
  • Hot chocolate & festive snacks
  • Sing-along Christmas songs
  • Dropping off letters to Santa in the atrium of Fountain Square Mall

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Canopy of Lights Santa In Bloomington, IN

Event Details

Date & Time

Friday, November 25, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 pm


Various locations around The Square and on Kirkwood Avenue


Admission is free for the Canopy of Lights! The City of Bloomington also provides free metered parking throughout downtown all weekend in celebration of the event and holiday season.

Schedule of Events

Monroe County History Center Holiday Open House

Location: Monroe County History Center
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm 
Details: Explore the History Center's new holiday exhibit, play holiday games, and create holiday crafts!

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Performance

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Time: 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Details: Enjoy a holiday performance by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, led by Alejandro Gómez Guillén. Buy tickets here.

Holiday Activities Around The Square

Location: The Square
Time: 5:30 pm
Details: Meet costumed characters, listen to B97 & Hoosier Country 105's live radio broadcasts, and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and kettle corn.

Bloomington High School North Sparks Quartet Performance

Location: Kirkwood Avenue Stage
Time: 5:30-6:15 pm
Details: Enjoy a holiday performance by Bloomington High School North's jazz band.

Charlie Jesseph Performance

Location: West side of The Square
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Details: Enjoy a holiday performance by local musician, Charlie Jesseph.

Bloomington Chamber Singers Performance

Location: East side of The Square
Time: 6:00-6:30 pm
Details: Enjoy a holiday performance by the Bloomington Chamber Singers.

Bloomington Brass Band Performance

Location: East side of The Square
Time: 6:15-6:45 pm
Details: Enjoy a holiday performance by the Bloomington Brass Band. 

Lighting Ceremony Events

Time: 6:45 pm

  • Welcome by emcee, Jim Inman, and Monroe County Commissioners, Dr. Julie Thomas, Penny Githens, and Lee Jones
  • Light up a Life with IU Health Hospice Director, Stephanie Cain, in memory of local volunteer, Keith Klein
  • Cardinal Stage presents “Merry Almost Christmas” from their holiday show, A Year with Frog and Toad
  • Windfall Dancers, Inc. perform "Jingle Bell Rock” as dancing holiday elves
  • Community sing-along, "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," with City of Bloomington Mayor, John Hamilton, and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Alejandro Gómez Guillén
  • Santa arrives to lead the countdown to the official lighting of the Canopy of Lights
  • Community sing-along, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Local Businesses Open During the Event

By Hand Gallery

Open until 8:00 pm

Gather :handmade shoppe & co.:

Open until 8:00 pm; Gather will have an artist pop-up in the shop during the Canopy of Lights.

Global Gifts

Open until 8:00 pm

J.L. Waters & Co.

Open until 8:00 pm

Landlocked Music

Open until 8:00 pm

Mainstream Boutique Bloomington

Open until 8:00 pm; Mainstream Boutique will have their Candy Cane Sale going on during the Canopy of Lights — pick a candy cane to receive a discount!

PopKorn Kernels with a Twist

Open until 8:00 pm

SLCT Stock

Open until 8:00 pm

Tivoli Fashions

Open until 8:00 pm

COVID-19 Protocols

The Canopy of Lights downtown lighting ceremony will follow state and local health department protocols. All Canopy of Lights activities will be outside. Masks are required indoors for those visiting any local businesses during the event. To help with social distancing and reduce indoor crowds, the Monroe County Courthouse will be closed, and activities will not take place inside Fountain Square Mall as they have in the past. Although the current mask ordinance does not apply to outdoor events, masks are encouraged for those who cannot stay distanced and are in a large group of people. The lighting ceremony will begin at 6:45 pm with Santa's welcome, and he will countdown to the official lighting promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Experience Winter in Bloomington