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2017 INDIANA - November & December 2017
November 4-5, 2017
Indiana Wine Trail Fall Haul
We invite you to visit Indiana Wine Trail's six artisan wineries, each one reflecting the distinct style and personality of the winemaker. Sample their wines and learn how climate, soil conditions and the winemaking process make every vintage a unique experience.
November 22-December 10, 2017 Festival of Gingerbread
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Every year, 10,000 visitors enjoy more than 100 fanciful gingerbread creations on display, created by bakers of all ages! Attendance: 10,000.
November 23, 2017 THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today they are to numerous to list.
November 28, Dec 5 & 12, 2017 - 13th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival
Enjoy a steaming cup of hot apple cider and delicious Christmas cookies while you take a ride on our Horse-Drawn Carriage and Wagon. Then, take an exciting trip on an Old Fashioned English Double-Decker Bus! Children’s Train Rides on the Christmas Express in the Winter Wonderland room at The Richmond Furniture Gallery. This room also features one of the world’s largest Christmas Murals and a Fantasyland Train Display. The display features several trains that run around an old fashioned Richmond, Indiana landscape. After the trains, your children (and those of you young at heart) can have your picture taken with Santa Claus! Please join us on Tuesday evenings for food, fun and festivities that your entire family will enjoy. Admission and parking is free.
December 1, 2017 Holly Days - Valparaiso, Indiana
5-8pm Downtown Valparaiso. All of your favorite holiday activities will come together to turn our little town into a true, winter wondering. Enjoy a live nativity display around the courthouse square, along with free train rides, ice carving, strolling carolers, and more to help spread the happiness and cheer of the season. Plus, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand at the Porter County Museum. The “Man with the Bag” will be ready to meet you and take pictures with the whole family! Our Holly Days activities aren’t just limited to the courthouse square. Stroll through the decorated streets of the downtown neighborhood and kick off your holiday shopping with our of our fine retailers. Visit your favorite stores to enjoy their annual holiday open house, and dine at one of the restaurants, many of which will have special treats just for you.
December 7-8, 2017 2nd National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health - Indianapolis, Indiana
This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists.
December 10, 2017 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.
December 31, 2017 IndyCar Drop - Indianapolis, Indiana
Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve offers an exciting entertainment line-up, stimulating sights, plenty of food and drink and a unique midnight extravaganza. At 11:59 p.m. on 12/31, when in most cities the traditional “ball drop” takes place, a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown amidst great fanfare and fireworks at midnight.
December 31, 2017 11th Annual Watermelon Drop
RING IN THE NEW YEAR by celebrating at the 11th Annual Watermelon Drop held in downtown Vincennes! Knox County's own quirky New Year's event features live music in a heated tent. Watch a 500-pound watermelon rise high in the sky as midnight approaches, culminating with 18 Knox County watermelons dropped on the splatform at the stroke of midnight followed by fireworks.
December 5, 2015 Midwest Gingerbread House Competition
In a unique effort to raise funds and awareness for Aurora and its’ mission to end homelessness, the Midwest Gingerbread House Competition and Holiday Showcase was developed in 2011. What better way to bring the community together than a fun-filled, friendly contest consisting of the holiday tradition and wonder of building gingerbread houses. Unlike other competitions, Aurora’s twist on the event is the construction of the showpieces onsite. This is not only a chance for the public to view the incredible techniques and skills of professionals, amateurs and youth, but the “building” symbolizes what Aurora works to accomplish everyday through its’ services: creating foundations and hope for those individuals and families who have no one else. There is the potential of 60 teams competing from all over the Midwest. There will be local and regional Celebrity Judges and Emcees to helping with this event. Available will be exciting entertainment acts, fabulous Silent Auction items featuring 150+ items, and a free fun-filled kid’s gingerbread workshop!
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