The holidays are a time to celebrate family and traditions. Some holiday traditions are built on food, some on winter recreations, some on holiday shopping, and some on just plain ol’ fun. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what your holiday traditions are, as long as you do them with the ones you love. Although this holiday season may look a little bit different, we have rounded up some of our favorite Southern Indiana holiday traditions that are still available this season. To ensure the safety of all of our loved ones, please wear a mask and practice safe, 6-feet social distancing.
Santa Claus, Indiana, is the most festive community in Southern Indiana! The first three weekends of December, the entire town becomes its own North Pole steeped in holly, jolly Christmas traditions. The magic begins with the Iconic Santa statue, chestnut roasting, and the most wonderful toy store. Kids can write a letter to Santa in the Post Office and receive a response from Ol’ St. Nick himself! But our favorite tradition is the 1.2-mile drive-through Christmas light adventure with twinkling, glimmering, glistening Christmas light displays.
The skies above America’s Christmas Hometown, Santa Claus, Indiana, light up on December 12 with a festive Christmas-themed fireworks display! Guests can park and view the show from Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Legend parking lot. Perfect for socially distanced holiday fun!
Remember the flavors of Christmas past at this old-fashioned candy shop. Watch the expert confectioners make traditional candy canes and ribbon candy, just like they have been doing for 125 years. The historic confectionery has a soda fountain from the 1950s, as well as a candy museum. Stroll around downtown, go ice skating, and then hop in the car to enjoy a Christmas light display in one of the nearby communities.
Many people are familiar with French Lick Resort’s holiday traditions, such as the West Baden Light Show and Christmas Village, but there’s another winter wonderland just down the road from French Lick. Dash through the snow on skis, a snowboard, or an innertube at Paoli’s premiere ski resort. The 65 acres of Southern Indiana rolling hills make it the best shredding, sledding, and skiing in the area. Go ahead, let out your inner child, and play in the snow.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday’s this season, we want you to stay safe! Due to COVID-19, visitors are required to practice safe social distancing protocol when in public. Masks will be necessary to enter inside establishments and are to be worn in situations when social distancing is not possible. These safety measures should allow everyone to have fun, all while staying safe.