Holiday Weekend Update Dec. 7-9, 2018

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 at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (December 5-9) 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 7, 8 & 9.
  • A night of dance and magic is taking place on December 7 & 8 during the Purdue Contemporary Company’s Winter Works.
  • Every year when the holiday season is near, you can expect an outstanding show from the Lafayette Jefferson Choral Department. The Holiday Show showcases all six choirs in the department. It is taking place December 7, 8 & 9.
  • 14 life-size outdoor scenes involving a cast of hundreds bring to life the significance of the baby in the manger at Faith Church.  The “Living Nativity” will take place on December 7, 8 & 9. You can either walk or drive through the nativity.
  • On Saturday, 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 8. Breakfast with Santa is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Visits with Santa are free. The breakfast, sponsored by Pappy’s, will occur at the same time in the Union South Ballroom.  Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 8. 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.
  • Carnahan Hall Presents: Holiday Soiree on December 8. Holiday Soirée will have shopping options from local and surrounding boutiques which include: My Little Corner Boutique, Boutique LoriAnn, B Boutique, Urban Chique Boutique, and Whiskey Rose Boutique!
  • Come shop on December 8 with your favorite local vendors & artisans at the Holiday Market & Pancakes with Santa at Dayton Elementary School! Awesome gifts and stocking stuffers, perfect for gift exchanges, co-workers, friends & family.

    Dickens

    Dickens

  • Friends of Downtown presents “Downtown Dickens & Christmas Village Market” on December 8. 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, hay 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.
  • Dickens at Duncan Hall is taking place December 8. The event includes live music, children’s crafts and tours of decorated rooms.
  • Christmas decorations in the 1920s included both handmade and commercially produced paper decorations. Learn how to make crepe paper rosettes and trees, jointed Santas, “snaps” and more at the Gibson Farmhouse on December 9 during “Christmas Traditions Craft Class”.
  • Pizza with Santa Claus at Midtowne Oven. Santa Claus will be taking time out of his very busy schedule to stop by for pizza and fun on Saturday, December 8 from 12pm to 2pm! Midtowne Oven will have some very special Christmas-themed pizzas and fun candy cane shaped garlic dough to celebrate his visit. Grab your camera and bring the kids in for lunch and a great photo that you can cherish for years.

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.

Weekend Update: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & “Oliver!”

SONY DSCWeekend 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.

SONY DSCIt’s St. Patty’s Day Weekend! Join the fun for what very well may be The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14, at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Brown Street in West Lafayette, Indiana!  This all-volunteer walking parade kicks off a great day of festivities at both Nine Irish Brothers. At the West Lafayette location, stop in for Irish coffee and breakfast at 10am, join in the parade right outside Nine Irish Brothers doors at 11am, and then come back for an afternoon and evening of great music that includes Lachlan, Shawn Fitzpatrick and Brendan Loughrey. The Lafayette location is hosting some pretty amazing musical groups starting at 1pm. Enjoy Highland Reign, Brendan Loughrey and/or Brothers of the Sea as they perform throughout the day.

In the mood for more arts and entertainment? The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents “Oliver!” on March 6 and 7 at Sunnyside Intermediate School- Loeb Theatre. Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and “OLIVER!” is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage the audience with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life-perhaps larger than life-with all their facets glowing in this production.

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

Weekend Update: The Holiday Season Abounds!

Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade

Weekend Update: The Holiday Season Abounds! 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.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! It’s holiday time in our area and with that said the Purdue Christmas Show is back for it’s 81st year. Head to Elliott Hall of Music on December 6 and 7 to listen to all the holiday tunes presented by the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, the Purduettes, University Choir, Heart and Soul, Purdue Kids Choir and the All Campus and Community Chorale.

Downtown Lafayette is transforming into Victorian England this Saturday, December 6, during Dickens of a Christmas. In the morning, head to 5th Street and shop at the special Dickens Farmers Market and stock up on goods from our local vendors! 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!

Santa arrives on December 7! You are probably asking when and where! See Santa and more at the Lafayette Christmas Parade, Indiana’s largest holiday parade! The parade starts at 2pm and travels west down Main Street from the 1000 block to the 200 block. Enjoy marching bands, floats and holiday cheer!

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

Dickens of a Christmas, Christmas Parade & 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 endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

The first weekend of December holds many special memories because it means three spectacular holiday events are taking place to get the Christmas season in full swing!  First, enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England during Dickens of a Christmas” on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 6 pm.  Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, 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. Wow!  Does this sound fun or what?

The following day, do not miss the largest parade in Indiana, the Christmas Parade, that takes place downtown Lafayette.  Area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa will make an appearance!  This special event takes place at 2 pm and starts at 10th and Main Street, Lafayette.

The fun does not stop here!  The 79th Annual Purdue Christmas Show will have you tapping your feet and joining in song during their magical annual campus miracle.  This show will not only brighten your day, but get you into the Christmas spirit as Purdue college students dance, sing and perform Christmas classics.  This is an event where students train and rehearse all semester long to ensure guests walk away joyful and enthusiastic about the season!  There are performances both Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.

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

Dickens & Christmas Parade

Weekend Update!  Dickens of a Christmas & Christmas Parade!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or are you a local looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, enjoy a day where Downtown Lafayette is transformed into Victorian England during Dickens of a Christmas. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, 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.

In Lafayette and West Lafayette this Sunday enjoy the largest holiday parade in Indiana to start the holiday season off right!  Area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds. There are several pre-parade events scheduled Downtown Lafayette throughout the day.  The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. at 10th & Main Street, Lafayette, and ends across the river at Levee Plaza, West Lafayette.

For more information about these great events and more visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com