Five Free Things to Do this Winter in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Winter in Lafayette is a beautiful snowy landscape! You definitely need to take some time to do these five free things available this season!

1. Christmas tree at the Purdue Memorial Union

IMG_3622Did you know that Purdue is home to the largest Christmas tree in Indiana? The beautifully decorated tree stands in the Great Hall of the Purdue Memorial Union. It magically appears in early December and remains for the holiday season!

2. Holiday Luminaria

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.05.31 PMEach year the community gathers on Ninth Street hill to celebrate the holiday season. The week of Christmas, starting at 6:00 pm the candles are lit and generally will last well into the early morning. Started in 1986, features lighting of the luminaria that line the entire hill with over 500 luminaria (little paper bags with candles)!

3. Sledding on the hill at Purdue’s Slayter Center or Murdock Park


Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors even in the winter? There are two great places to go sledding here in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Slayter Hill is on Purdue’s campus and brings hundreds of students to sled each time it snows. Murdock Park even has a snow machine that helps supplement our own snowfalls!

4. Living Nativity Scene at Faith Church East

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.01.02 PMLiving Nativity Scene  has been a winter favorite in Lafayette since 1990! It is a collection of life-size scenes which reenact the biblical account of creation. You can either drive through or walk through the scenes while listening to the audio accompaniment.  Marvel in the cast of hundreds that put on this production each year!

5. Ice skating


Spend a beautiful, chilly winter day at the Wabash Landing at the Riverside Skating Rink! There is open skating starting in late November to early March. Skating with friends and family is great way to take advantage of the colder weather! The rink has great views of the Wabash River, and access to all of the other shops and restaurants on the Landing!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin!



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.