A Very Merry Feeling

Raid Santa’s bag for homemade cookies, photo ops, holiday games, and more.

University of Evansville Holiday Ceramics Sale
noon-6 p.m. Dec. 12-14, University of Evansville Melvin Peterson Gallery, Corner of Weinbach and Lincoln avenues
Browse pottery handcrafted by local artists Kyle Darnell, Cris Hochwender, Todd Matteson, and Eric Renschler.

Holiday Ornaments
4-5 p.m. Dec. 14, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Red Bank Howard Room, 120 S. Red Bank Road
Children ages 6-11 are invited to create handmade winter ornaments to take with them.

Newburgh Winterlights 2023
5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14-17, Gene Aurand Trailhead, 715 IN-662, Newburgh, Indiana
The closing weekend of this annual lighted trail promises spectacular sights. Tickets start at $5.

Stories with Santa
10-11 a.m. Dec. 15, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Central READ Center – River Room, 200 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
This family-friendly event features stories, crafts, treats, and photos with Santa.

Live Nativity
6-8 p.m. Dec. 15, The Turning Pointe Church, 9800 Middle Mount Vernon Road
For one night only, experience a reenactment of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Santa Stroll
5-7 p.m. Dec. 15, Downtown Evansville
Take in holiday light displays, special guests like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and — new this year — a “Polar Express”-themed installation.

Christmas Half Pot Raffle
5 p.m. Dec. 15, It Takes a Village No-Kill Rescue, 1417 N. Stockwell Road
Buy a ticket for $10 or three for $25 in this raffle benefiting homeless animals.

Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight
7 p.m. Dec. 15, Trinity United Methodist Church, 216 S.E. Third St.
Former Evansville Philharmonic Maestro Alfred Savia conducts this special holiday concert. (The Evansville concert has sold out. Click here to purchase tickets to the Dec. 16 concert in Jasper, Indiana.)

The Hap-Hap-Happiest Christmas Party
7-11 p.m. Dec. 15, Jennings Street Public House, 300 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Indiana
Enjoy a classic Christmas comedy film paired with tasty seasonal drinks.

R&B Holiday Wine Tasting
8 p.m. Dec. 15, 7Mile Lounge, 915 Main St.
Groove to rhythm and blues holiday favorites and sip seasonal martinis and mimosas.

A Christmas Carol
6:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Bethel Church, 4400 Lincoln Ave.
See the Charles Dickens classic brought to life at one of three performances.

Holly Follies!
7 p.m. Dec. 15-16, The Crescent Room, 621 S. Cullen Ave.
From timeless classics to contemporary holiday favorites, this is a journey through the ages.

Drive-Thru Nativity
7-9 p.m. Dec. 15-17, CrossPointe Trinity Church, 6517 Old Boonville Highway
Experience the story of Christmas without leaving your car.

Breakfast with Santa
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 16, Pay it Forward Local, 2227 W. Michigan St.
Make complimentary Christmas crafts and decorate cookies at this event.

Santa Paws is Coming to Town
1-3 p.m. Dec. 16, Vann Park, Vann Avenue and Bayard Park Drive
Dogs vie for best-dressed honors, and their humans can enjoy caroling and treats.

Holiday Fun
noon-3 p.m. Dec. 16, C.K. Newsome Community Center, 100 E. Walnut St.
Nonprofit Young & Established hosts games, arts and crafts, and pictures with Santa.

Elf Training Day
noon-4 p.m. Dec. 16, Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Highway 261, Newburgh, Indiana
Little ones can partake in reindeer games, toy workshops, cookie decorating, Santa’s shop, and more. Admission is $20 and limited to 50 children.

Holiday Shop n’ Sip
2-5 p.m. Dec. 16, Myriad Brewing Company, 101 S.E. First St. Ste. 1
Shoppers can enjoy live music by Between the Frets, shop vendors’ wares while sipping holiday cocktails and beer, and grab a bite to eat from a food truck.

Holiday Party
4 p.m. Dec. 16, Henderson Brewing Co., 737 Second St., Henderson, Kentucky
Santa is slated to make a special appearance before the Christmas carol sing-along.

A Jazzy Little Christmas Concert
7-9 p.m. Dec. 16, Preston Arts Center, 2660 S. Green St., Henderson, Kentucky
Jazz up your night at this family-friendly Christmas concert with Eric Haase and Signature Sound. Tickets cost $20.

Christmas Dance
7-10 p.m. Dec. 16, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 Court St.
Dance all night to tunes spun by DJ Rick Rideout, surrounded by Christmas decor. This also is the last chance to attend a ballroom dance at the historic Veterans Memorial Coliseum before it closes for extensive renovations.

Visit with Santa at Central Park
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 16; 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17, Central Park, 10 S. Main St., Henderson, Kentucky
Take a stroll through Central Park and meet Santa Claus on the way.

Santa Land
3-6 p.m. Dec. 16-17, Acorn Plaza, Corner of 10th Ave. and Franklin St.
Santa stops by the West Side Nut Club’s holiday party for cookies and hot cocoa.

Santa Brunch
9 a.m. Dec. 17, Reitz Home Museum, 112 Chestnut St.
Dine with Santa in the beautifully decorated Reitz Home. The 10:30 a.m. slot sold out, but there is still availability at 9 a.m. Tickets cost $25.

Dr. Newhart’s Christmas Cure
10 a.m. Dec. 17, Oak Hill Christian Center, 4901 Oak Hill Road
Experience a live musical production from the church’s Kingdom Kids ministry.

Christmas Hymn Sing with Dinner and Cookie Exchange
4-7 p.m. Dec. 17, First Baptist Church, 320 Cherry St.
Enjoy a festive dinner — be sure to bring baked cookies for the potluck dessert! — and an evening of Christmas hymns.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
7:30-11:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
Join the Grammy-winning band for a Christmas concert directed by founder Chip Davis. Upgrade your ticket to include a pre-show dinner. Tickets start at $35.

Chevy Chase Live
6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 20, Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St.
Gain an inside look at “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” through a screening and Q&A with the star himself. Tickets start at $39.

Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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