Merry Christmas Weekend Update

Merry Christmas Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend marks Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Enjoy this time with family and friends. It’s a busy time, but if your family has an extra hour in the evening on Christmas Eve, head out via your vehicle to the 9th Street Hill Luminaria Display.  Volunteers light hundreds of candles inside luminaria, a tradition that began in the neighborhood more than 20 years ago. The display will be on sidewalks of 9th Street Hill neighborhood on the weekend before Christmas through Christmas Eve.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

For more information about this event and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Holiday Weekend Update 2! Lafayette-West Lafayette 2016

Holiday Weekend Update 2! Last weekend was a fabulous weekend of fun and this upcoming weekend looks to be the same!  Check out the entertaining holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Skate with Santa

Skate with Santa

  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 9-11, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Purdue University Bands & Orchestras present Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz and Tuba Christmas at Loeb Playhouse on December 9.
  • On December 10, the Bach Chorale Singers present Family Christmas Concert and on December 11 they present Candlelight, Lessons and Carols.  These are great opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with everyone as they sing sacred and secular music in beautiful candlelit First Baptist Church.

  • Purdue Gingerbread House

    Purdue Gingerbread House at Purdue Memorial Union

    Take a photo with Santa at Breakfast at the Purdue Memorial Union on December 10! Families are welcome to enjoy a warm breakfast catered by the Purdue Memorial Union. Children can enjoy decorating cookies, creating holiday crafts, and playing reindeer games!

  • Santa invites you and your parents to join in a fun-filled morning during Skate with Santa at Riverside Skating Center on December 10. Skaters will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old man himself.
  • Young and old alike will love the family-friendly Holiday Tours being hosted at Haan Mansion on December 10 and 11. You’ll find Christmas trees and nativity sets in almost every room. Interactive musical characters sing and dance and invite kids to touch. A Christmas train runs through Dickens Village houses in two rooms, passing through a bathroom and a closet on the way. A gingerbread style playhouse is large enough for several children. Santas, garland, wreaths, and Lafayette houses add to the fun.
  • Haan Mansion Train

    Haan Mansion Train

  • Enjoy the beauty of the holidays during the Holiday Open House in the Gibson Farmhouse on December 10 at the Farm at Prophetstown. The house will be decorated in holiday spirit. They will have gingerbread and refreshments to share.
  • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy warm apple dumplings, a visit from Santa, shopping items including many hand-crafted items of fabric, metal, wool and more.  Where? Old Fashioned Christmas at Canal Park on December 10 and 11.
  • Join in a fun, free carriage ride with Santa at Market Square Shopping Center!  On December 11 take a ride and embrace the holiday season. Bring the family and a camera for a fun holiday photo! Bring your camera for a special photo! Rides are limited to the time allotted.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Holiday 2016 Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update

img_9005-1Holiday Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On December 3 & 4, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • A Holiday Tour (December 3 & 4) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 3. This is the first Saturday night holiday parade so don’t miss it!chrismtas-parade-pu-band-hester
  • Polar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 3! See this magical Holiday film starring Tom Hanks at Long Center for the Performing Arts with a special appearance by Santa himself!
  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 2-4, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Farmers Market Fun

    Farmers Market Fun

    Downtown Lafayette, enjoy Window Wonderland Students will create a festive storefront for a downtown business designed around this year’s holiday weekend theme: A Very Merry Main Street!

  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 3 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Come join the merriment at the Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, on Saturday, December 3rd beginning at 11am at Carnahan Hall, 800 Main Street.  The Dickens Players will perform 8 acts up and down the Main Street area with the Dickens Carolers singing between sets of certain acts.
  • Celebrate the season at Wildcat Creek Winery on December 3 and 4! Drop in for wine tasting featuring their Mulled Harvest Cranberry Wine and new Cherry Ginger Fizz. Enjoy holiday treats from Fair Oaks Dairy and Mama Inez Bakery. Shop for locally made gifts and wine to make your holiday gatherings special. DIY gift basket stations will be available to assist you in building beautiful gifts for your friends and family.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 2,  3 and 4.  On Friday, December 2, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 50 shoppers, door prizes, desserts & cider. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  And free activities for kids of all ages, wagon rides, games, and giveaways for parents on Sunday.

  • December 4 marks the Carnahan Hall Christmas Gift & Craft Show.  Vendors will be at the hall for all of your Christmas needs!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Tippecanoe’s 2016 Bicentennial Kick Off, Holiday Pops & Polar Express

PrintWeekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Indiana turns 200 in 2016! Visit the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette on December 19 to find out all the wonderful happenings taking place for this momentous occasion during Tippecanoe’s 2016 Bicentennial Kick Off – Let’s Celebrate event. The afternoon features a large exhibit which will have art from 1800-present by artists in the ArtSmart program (Works in the exhibition are from:  Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, The Haan Mansion Museum, Wabash College; Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections; The Clarence and Mildred Long Collection, Kathryn and Howard Clark, Stidham United Methodist Church and The Indiana Historical Bureau.) Also, come and enjoy hot cider, popcorn and more! Happy birthday Indiana!

Riehle Plaza Christmas Tree and Courthouse

Riehle Plaza Christmas Tree and Courthouse

Head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts on December 19 to enjoy Holiday Pops presented by Lafayette Symphony Orchestra! There’s no place like home for the holidays – unless you are spending your evening at the Long Center for this annual favorite! Join in an evening of festive merrymaking as everyone celebrates the season in collaboration with some of Lafayette’s best area musicians and friends.

Christmas is only a week away! On Sunday, December 20, bring the kids to the Polar Express Event at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Santa Claus does not exist. Or does he? For one doubting boy, an astonishing event occurs. Late on Christmas Eve night, he lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine’s roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience. See this magical holiday film starring Tom Hanks with a special appearance by Santa himself! Free admission for kids dressed in pajamas!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Season of Giving is Here: Shop Local!

Interior Objects

Interior Objects

The season of giving is here! The older I get, the more I come to find that I much rather give to others versus receive.  Shopping for others with their happiness in mind and then seeing their surprised reaction to their presents is so very rewarding. This year, don’t travel far for the perfect presents! There are many options right here in Tippecanoe County.

Two Tulips

Two Tulips

For the young cuties in your life, head to Two Tulips for fun gifts. They have recently increased their product line to feature more young children’s clothes and accessories than ever before. Furthermore, they feature the Midwest’s largest collection of piggy banks! Head in and order a custom-made bank to add a personal flair to your gifts. Two Tulips also supplies customers with unique children’s products such as: blankets, backpacks, hooded towels, wooden furniture, and growth charts. Ask about ways you can personalize these items!

Hot House Market

Hot House Market

For the teenagers and young adults in your life, there is a perfect store for gifts of all sorts: Hot House Market! This local gem offers various vintage items for all. Vintage is the latest fad in all aspects of life. This shop offers clothing for men and women, classic shoes, lovely furniture, handmade home décor, bath accessories, record players with vinyl, and so much more! It is always a surprise going in, even on a weekly basis, as the owners are constantly turning over their supply in the store with fun, new items. Their products may be vintage, but they are at excellently priced and have big name brands such as: Coach, Levi’s, Gap, and more.

When shopping for mothers, grandmothers, and the lovely women in your life, there are two stores that stand out to me: Something Special and Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts. Both of these locally owned art galleries and shops feature some of the most unique items in the area. From handcrafted home décor and art pieces to homemade jewelry, there is always something that is sure to overjoy your loved ones for the holidays. With so many options to pick from, the exquisite local women that manage and create artwork for these stores will be delighted to help you find the perfect gift for your friends and family!

Past Visit Contest Winner, Kim, shops at Grateful Heart!

Past Visit Contest Winner, Kim, shops at Grateful Heart!

Last but not least, you must shop for the men in your life. Personally, I think men are the hardest to shop for; however, they probably think the same about women. No worries though! I have a store I plan to shop at for all the men’s gifts this season: Interior Objects. When I say that this store has it all, it is no exaggeration. I could very well spend many hours in this store looking at all of the fun and unique products the store has to offer. Christmas time is my favorite season to go to Interior Objects due to their over-the-top seasonal decorations; it is extremely beautiful and enhances the festive spirit. For men, you will be able to find some of the most unique collegiate décor, which is excellent for those passionate Boilermaker fans out there! There is also a large supply of excellent kitchen accessories, home décor, local art, and much more. Are there too many great options to choose from? That’s OK, an indecisive shopper like myself runs into this situation often.

Something Special Custom Necklaces

Something Special Custom Necklaces

Purchase a gift certificate to allow your recipients to return and decide on the perfect gift themself! While you’re here, I suggest looking at the various stationary and cards. From funny to sentimental, come discover the numerous ways to send out Christmas cheer.

Not only is the season full of giving, but it is also packed with quality time spent with friends and family. One of my absolute favorite aspects about this time of year is decorating my place with festive décor to set the mood just right for special gatherings. To prepare for all of the holiday parties coming up, head to Design Nook for the latest trends in exterior and interior design. Design Nook employees go above and beyond and are available for assistance in your next home design project. Speak with professionals to discuss how to design your home like never before!

Design Nook

Design Nook

Don’t make Christmas shopping stressful this season… Enjoy your time as you search for the picture-perfect gifts right here in Greater Lafayette. With so many fantastic local options for all types of people, shopping can be made easy this year (even for those procrastinating shoppers)! Happy holidays, and enjoy the season of giving!

Kaley, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Holiday Cheer Hits Lafayette-West Lafayette This Weekend!

Holiday Jazz

Holiday Jazz

Holiday Cheer Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

      • December 11 at 7pm- Purdue Bands & Orchestras Tuba Christmas: This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Phillips in 1974 to honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments. This concert is a campus-community partnership inviting low brass performers from the community to play alongside student musicians with euphoniums, sousaphones and of course, tubas. Don’t miss this unique holiday experience at Loeb Playhouse at Purdue University.
      • Following Tuba Christmas at 8pm, Purdue Bands and Orchestras showcase Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz! This annual holiday celebration will feature all of the Purdue Jazz Bands spreading holiday cheer across a variety of cultures and nationalities. Don’t miss jazz renditions of your favorite holiday tunes at this annual tradition!
      • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents the classic animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, on December 11, 12 and 13.  This play comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.
      • Fiona by the IslandLoad up the kids for an afternoon of fun on December 12 when Santa visits Wolf Park! Families are encouraged to come celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Children are welcome to help staff and volunteers decorate small evergreen trees with wolf-edible treats such as hot dogs, spam, and spaghetti. When Santa arrives, the guests can watch the excitement of the wolves and children as the “edible trees” and other treats are distributed amongst the wolves. Although the program takes place outside (since the wolves are outside), guests are invited into their buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests.
      • More weekend fun! On December 12 the Bach Chorale Singers present Let There Be Peace, a joyous concert of sacred and secular songs of the season with the resounding voices of the Prelude, Concert, and Youth Choirs, the Adult Chorale and special guests, the West Lafayette High School Chamber Singers. The following day, December 13, the Bach Chorale Singers host their annual Candlelight, Lessons and Carols. This beloved tradition for over 50 years, the Bach Chorale Singers Christmas Candlelight Concert unites heart, mind and spirit in word and song. Both events take place at First Baptist Church.
      • Santa invites kids and parents to join in a fun-filled morning on December 12 for Skate with Santa. Enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself.  This will be a great photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera!
      • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy music, crafts, canal village buildings open and yummy hot apple dumplings at the Old Fashioned Christmas at the Canal on December 12 and 13.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Holiday Weekend Update – Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette

Christmas Parade!

Christmas Parade!

Holiday Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • The classic animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. When and where? December 4, 5 & 6 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
  • On December 5 & 6, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • Ring in the Holidays at the Long Center with Christmastide: A Musical Tribute to Dick Jaeger on December 5.
  • Enjoy dinner, dancing, a silent auction, music, professional photography, and more at the Silver and Gold Holiday Gala at the Historic Lahr Atruim on December 5.
  • Purdue Christmas Show

    Purdue Christmas Show

    On Saturday come out to the Dickens Farmers Market and stock up on goods from our local vendors then participate in a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England during Dicken’s of a Christmas. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Riverside Skating Rink sessions, artisans in costume demonstrating their craft, carriage rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters announced and directed by town criers and a constable or two! Make sure you take advantage of the many “Dickens specials” by downtown restaurants and merchants.

  • A Holiday Tour (December 5 & 6,) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 6. Please note: several pre-parade events scheduled downtown throughout the day.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

It is the happiest time of the year! The Holidays are NEAR!!

Purdue Christmas Show

Purdue Christmas Show

It is the happiest time of the year. A time for gathering of families, celebrating and to be jolly. Holiday time is the best! Lafayette-West Lafayette are two great cities to celebrate the holidays in thanks to the many activities and celebrations that occur during the holiday month.

Put on by the Purdue University Musical Organizations is the incredible PMO Christmas Show. Each year there are four shows put on by students of the university celebrating the holiday season. This show draws people from all over the United States. At each show, all 6,000 seats of Elliot Hall are typically sold out. The show has been going on since 1933 and has evolved into a spectacular event. The PMO Christmas Show has been voted as a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association three times. In 1998, 2003, and 2010, the Christmas Show has won this incredible honor. You must purchase your tickets in advance to this popular event.

Santa

Santa

Each year, a celebration of the holidays is seen in the streets of downtown Lafayette called the Lafayette- West Lafayette Christmas Parade. Many local groups and organizations take part and show off their holiday spirit. From area high schools’ marching bands to church groups to Purdue student groups, they all gather and spread their holiday cheer to all. Ending with the Purdue University All American Marching Band, the parade is such a fun way to enjoy the holidays.

Dickens Carriage Rides

Dickens Carriage Rides

Step back in time into Victorian England each holiday season as Lafayette is completely transformed for Dickens of a Christmas. Throughout the day, many activities occur including live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, a Holiday Farmers Market, Riverside Skating Rink sessions, artisans in costume demonstrating their craft, carriage rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters! A scene from A Christmas Carol is acted out at Riehle Plaza. Finally, you can join in the Community Sing as the holiday season is officially kicked off by “flipping the switch” to light the Courthouse Dome, Riehle Plaza, Big Four Depot and the Community Tree.

Finally, you must plan ahead for this special event. Dinner with Santa is held at Lafayette Brewing Company each year. Two dinner sessions occur in an evening for families to enjoy together. A buffet dinner is served while children have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Holiday music plays throughout the restaurant as children take over for the evening.

Lafayette- West Lafayette is a great place to celebrate the best time of the year. So much joy and laughter can be heard all throughout the city. With the brisk air and snow on the ground, the holidays come and go so quickly. To find more information and dates for these spectacular events, check out calendar of events website, http://www.homeofpurdue.com/calendar/calendarofevents.html.

Rachel, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Happy Holidays – Traveling through Lafayette – Stop By!

Enjoy our holiday decor when you stop by!

Enjoy our holiday decor when you stop by!

Wow! Can you believe Christmas was yesterday? This holiday season is zipping by in a heartbeat. I always say the faster the time, the more we are living life and enjoying it! Christmas day may be over, but with New Year’s on the horizon, there is still a ton of holiday cheer taking place.

VC Inside Holiday 2014-2The holidays to many, means traveling to see Nana and Papa, visiting with extended cousins, enjoying time with our wonderful siblings, and overall relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. More times than not, travel is involved to reach our families that may live all over the United States and beyond. If you are one of the millions who travel over the holiday season, first we want to wish you safe travels. Second, we want to share, our visitors center is open TODAY and this weekend. Stop by, relax, grab a complimentary coffee or soda (a special we are offering this holiday season!), fresh popcorn and nab a piece of decadent candy from our loaded candy basket. We have plethora of brochures about Lafayette-West Lafayette and tourism attractions from all over the state of Indiana to choose from. Best of all, you will be greeted by our Visitor Information Specialist, who will assist you with information about Lafayette-West Lafayette and the state of Indiana. Sometimes traveling over the holidays can be stressful, so let us make one stop along your way positive and refreshing.

Our holiday hours are the following:

Friday, December 26: Open 9-5pm
Saturday, December 27: Open 10-4pm
Sunday, December 28: Open 12-4pm
Monday, December 29 & Tuesday, December 30: Open 9-5pm
New Year’s Eve and Day: Closed but our Vestibule is open 24/7!
Reopen for normal hours January 2, 2015!

VC Outside Frontdoor Holiday 2014We are located at 301 Frontage Road, Lafayette, IN 47905. We are right off of Interstate 65 at exit 172/ State Road 26.  We are a great stop in between Indianapolis and Chicago!

Again, we hope you are having an amazing holiday season and please stop in and see us! For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.