A variety of holiday events – free unless otherwise designated – will take place over the next month to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
In chronological order:
The 30th annual Metamora Christmas Walk, sponsored by the merchants’ association there, takes place over four weekends Nov. 29-Dec. 22: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tourists will marvel at holiday decorations, strolling carolers, photos with Santa, the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site Grist Mill, horse-drawn carriage rides and wares in over 50 unique shops.
The Weberding Family Christmas Lighting is Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at Weberding Carving Shop. About 20,000-30,000 lights will be lit. Members of the public wanting to view the display can park across the street.
The South Ripley Ministerial Association Community Christmas Carol Festival is Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at South Ripley High School. Attendees can enjoy some tunes by the school’s Young Confederates and join in on traditional carols. Freewill cash donations will help area food pantries and other charitable organizations. Canned goods for the Fishes and Loaves pantry, Delaware, are also welcome. Info: Doug Norman, 812-654-1532.
The annual Batesville library Candy Land Christmas Party with Santa will create memories for prekindergarteners through third-graders Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Kids can deck the halls by making different ornaments Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at the Brookville and Laurel libraries from 3-7 p.m.
Each participant will take home a gingerbread house after attending one of two workshops, Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Brookville library or Friday, Dec. 6, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Laurel library. To register: 765-647-4031 and 765-698-2582.
Batesville’s Light up the Night Community Tree Lighting starts Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. with the luminaria lighting. Attendees will get in the holiday spirit with carriage rides, community choirs, a children’s lantern parade, caroling, hot drinks and cookies. At 6 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony takes place at the Memorial Building. Then at 7 p.m., there will be live, free entertainment at the Gibson Theatre.