Make Holiday Memories this Weekend

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday 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.

  • Holiday Tours (December 6-10) 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.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 8,9, 10.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 8, 9, 10.  On Friday, December 8, INMM organizers Traci Bratton and Angela Taylor are giving away
    50 collaborative limited edition candle crocks to the first 50 guests. Food trucks, wine tasting, and artists’ demonstrations on Saturday.  Sunday bring the kids to meet Santa and do crafts. 

  • Purdue Christmas Tree

    Purdue Christmas Tree

    On Friday, December 8, Purdue Bands and Orchestras present Tuba Christmas and Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz.  This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Philips 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!

  • Bring the kids to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Saturday, December 9. This is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Celebrate the holidays with your children by making Christmas crafts, listening to a story read by Mrs. Claus, and of course getting a picture with Santa himself! Breakfast will also be available to Purchase from Pappy’s diner. Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 9 from 9-11am. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning.  You will 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!  To really enjoy this event, it’s recommended that children be of appropriate skating age and size.  Reservations are required.
  • Nearly 40+ artisans and antique vendors will showcase and sell their handmade crafts at the Carnahan Hall Christmas Market Artisan Crafts Show on December 9. The first 100 visitors will receive a mystery bag containing “spendable cash” (up to $25.00). Free parking. Free admission. Pottery, wood, jewelry, knit items, paintings, home decor and more.

    Dickens

    Dickens

  • Friends of Downtown presents “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s” on December 9. Enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, 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.
  • Red was the popular color choice for Christmas decorations in the 1920’s, but were electric lights or candles used on Christmas trees? Did friends exchange post cards or greeting cards? Visit the Gibson farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown to experience a 1920’s Christmas during “Christmas Tradition” on December 10. Learn how to make traditional 1920’s paper decorations and feature them on your tree!

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

Holiday Home of Purdue Weekend Update!

Purdue Christmas Show

Purdue Christmas Show

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.

  • On December 2 & 3, 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.
  • Haan Mansion

    Haan Mansion

    Holiday Tours (November 29, 30 & December 1, 2, & 3) 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 2.
  • Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 9.21.15 AMPolar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 2! See this magical Holiday film starring Tom Hanks at Long Center for the Performing Arts with a special appearance by Santa himself!
  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 2 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 1, 2 & 3.
  • Learn how to make beautiful ornaments from real eggs during Egg Ornaments at the Farm event on December 2. Duck eggs raised right on the farm will be used.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 1,  2 and 3.  On Friday, December 1, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 5 first 50 – $50 purchasing shoppers, door prizes, and more. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  Sunday is family fun day – free kids activities in the basement of the barn! Bring your little shoppers!

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 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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It’s a Magical Time at Purdue During the Holidays!

snowypurdue.elijahlouiswatermanbelltowerstudentsPurdue during the Christmas season is a magical time to visit campus…where you can enjoy the bite of cold in the air and the lovely, white snow. The snow also benefits one of Purdue’s oldest holiday traditions, which is going sledding at Slayter Hill. Every winter, Purdue students of every age meet up at Slayter Hill for the time of their lives. When the snow has fallen, Slayter Hill is the perfect place to go sledding.  Students grab their sleds to take a break from their studies to have some fun. For new Purdue freshmen, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in an old Purdue tradition! Some of my favorite memories during my time at Purdue have been at Slayter Hill.

IMG_5321Once you’ve had enough fun and are ready to warm up from the cold, heading to LavAzza for some wonderful hot chocolate is the next step for your perfect day. LavAzza hot chocolate is different than any other type of hot chocolate because it is made with their special Italian drinking chocolate. The Italian drinking chocolate is delicious and makes the hot chocolate that much better. If you have never tried this drink before, or tried any of LavAzza’s other unique drinks, I highly recommend stopping by. It is located on Purdue’s campus in Marriott Hall. From personal experience, I know that the staff is extremely friendly and will do their best to brighten your day. The latte art they try to perfect is also very cool!

IMG_5349After you have warmed up from your hot beverage, the next thing you should do is head over to the Purdue Memorial Union. Every year, the Purdue Memorial Union takes its front doors off their hinges and spends an entire afternoon bringing in the Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is HUGE! It takes so many volunteers to help get this two story tall tree into the Union. People will stop by and watch the volunteers bring the tree into the Union and rave at its size. It is an all day effort. This year, the tree will be arriving on December 7th. The next night, the Purdue Student Union Board will gather around the tree and help decorate it. It is a truly magnificent experience. If you are on Purdue’s campus anytime during the holiday season, you should definitely stop and see the Christmas tree. It is beautiful and incredible to think about how much effort goes into getting the tree set up.

Another great holiday tradition that is put on by the Purdue Student Union Board is Breakfast with Santa. If you have young children, this is the perfect opportunity for your family. College students dress up as elves and interact with your children, craft stations are set up, breakfast is provided, and you can even get your picture taken with Santa! These are family memories that your children will hold onto for the rest of their lives.

If you love the holiday season, Purdue is a great place to be around Christmas time. If you’re new to the area, check out our online event calendar to see all the events that are taking place! Another great resource for holiday festivities is the Purdue Student Union Board website. Celebrate your holiday spirit at Purdue this year! We have so many opportunities and traditions you can participate in!

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

Fun Filled Holiday Weekend Update! December 6-8, 2013

Santa at Christmas Parade

Santa at 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 endless possibilities for fun holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

** On Saturday, December 7, come out to the special Dickens Farmers Market and stock up on goods from our local vendors!  Then stroll downtown for Dickens of a Christmas, when Downtown is transformed into Victorian England.

** The Purdue “All- American” Marching Band will be featured in this years Lafayette Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 8.  Area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds.

** Enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the 80th Anniversary Purdue Christmas Show! This magical show takes place Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.

** From the Broadway stage, Laurie Gayle Stephenson joins the Purdue Hall of Music’s annual celebration of the holiday season on Friday, December 6. Their sparkling lineup will be illuminated with outstanding vocals from Ms. Stephenson, who played the part of Christine Daae in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. Topped off with a visit from Santa, this concert will be a holiday treat for the whole family!

** The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Radio Play” this Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8.  (This production runs many weekends in December so make sure you check out their calendar!) Complete with commercials, jingles, live sound effects, George and Mary Bailey, Mr. Potter and all the characters we have grown to love in this Frank Capra classic tale.

** Faith Church is once again hosting “The Lafayette Living Nativity“.  On Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8 view the 14 life-size scenes involving a cast of hundreds.

** Come enjoy a FREE and open to the public concert, Tuba Christmas and Holidays and All that Jazz, from Purdue Bands and Orchestra on Saturday, December 7.

** The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will perform its Winter Works 2013 Dance Concert on Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7.  Enjoy the beautiful art of dance.

** On Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, don’t miss the Holiday Sale at the Tippecanoe County Public Library.  Explore specially priced adult, children’s gift books and puzzles and a variety of Christmas and holiday items.

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