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.
Strolling carolers will greet visitors to the Friendship Village Association Annual Christmas Walk Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m. Children can meet Santa, write letters to him at the post office and make crafts. There will also be a bonfire, street vendors and Nativity scene. Hot chocolate and chili will also be available. Info: Tom Krumm, 812-667-4736.
Oldenburg will dazzle during its 10th annual Holiday Under the Spires Saturday, Dec. 7. After a Breakfast with Santa and Jingle Bell Jog, persons can shop, dine at restaurants and enjoy a crafts fair, cookie walk, soup sale, horse parade and live music. At 6:45 p.m. in the Holy Family Gym, the Rural Alliance for the Arts will present a theatrical reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
The first annual Milan Main Street Christmas Parade is Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Info: Linda Baurley, 812-212-2008.
Children may chat with Jolly Old St. Nick in his little house downtown on two Saturdays: Dec. 7, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Dec. 14, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Cincinnati Kinderballet presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Batesville Middle School Commons. The program with refreshments is provided by Rebecca Stein, Jackson Street Kids Academy, and Sandra Dickey.
Santa, carriage rides, bake sales and light displays round out the fun at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park Annual Christmas Walk in Osgood Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, from 6-8 p.m. Info: Shanna Joseph, 812-689-6535 or email@example.com.
The Franklin County Arts Council presents the Joyful Sound English Handbell Choir, Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Brookville United Methodist Church. The $5 tickets are available by calling Patti Wilhelm at 765-309-1473 or Nancy Pflum at FCN Bank, Brookville, at 765-647-4116.
Participants will create new traditions as they read Christmas books and decorate a tree Thursday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at the Brookville library.
Toddlers through sixth-graders will enjoy a Winter Wonderland Christmas Party with games and crafts Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Tyson Library, Versailles. To register: www.tysonlibrary.org or 812-689-5894.
A free holiday movie, “Thomas’ Magical Christmas,” will be presented Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Gibson Theatre thanks to the Friends of the Batesville Memorial Public Library.
Children will portray the Nativity at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14, from 4-9 p.m. There will be live animals, singing and dancing groups and refreshments.
“Bluegrass Christmas” is the theme of a show by Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys and others Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Advance tickets at $18 (children under 12 free) may be purchased at the VFW, Milan American Legion or The Reservation. Tickets are $20 at the door. Info: Tony Holt, 812-654-3778.
The Anneliese Von Oettingen School of Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County High School Lew Wallace Auditorium. Sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council, tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens ages 62 and up and free for children under 4 and active military personnel. Tickets are available in advance at FCN Bank, Brookville, or by calling Patti Wilhelm at 765-309-1473. They are also available at the door.
Participants will create their own “perfect” Christmas tree and hear stories Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Laurel library.
Live animals and church and community members will gather for the 46th annual New Point Christian Church Live Nativity Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-24, from 7-9 p.m. just off State Road 46.
Children in grades K-4 can handcraft and wrap gifts for Mom and Dad at Santa’s Workshops Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Brookville library and at 2 p.m. at the Laurel library. To register: 765-647-4031 and 765-698-2582.
Teens can make Christmas crafts Dec. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Tyson Library, Versailles. To register: www.tysonlibrary.org or 812-689-5894.
Decorations in varied themes, crèches, a large tree with nature ornaments, music by a Chime Choir and refreshments are part of the Sisters of St. Francis Convent Christmas tour Friday, Dec. 27, from 7-9 p.m. Info: 934-2475.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.