Celebrating the Season

The Christmas season has arrived, and there’s no shortage of events to celebrate this merry holiday this weekend. Get in the Christmas spirit with Evansville Living’s staff pick events.

Christmas at Germania Maennerchor
7 p.m. Dec. 3-4
Germania Maennerchor, 916 N. Fulton Ave.

See an original Christmas pageant, listen to choral music, and enjoy a traditional German meal with Christmas at Germania Maennerchor. The Germania Maennerchor (men’s choir) and Damenchor (women’s choir) will both perform in the Fest Hall. The meal includes pork chops, green beans, red cabbage, and a potato cooked in a butter wine and sugar sauce. Tickets are $30 per person.


Christmas in BoonVillage
Dec. 3-5
Downtown Boonville, Indiana

Buy local at Boonville, Indiana, shops, enjoy Christmas cocktails at Commander’s Grill, search the town in a scavenger hunt, watch gift wrapping demonstrations, and travel the streets on a free carriage ride at Christmas in BoonVillage. Boonville’s own Ben Bradley (of Netflix’s "Mr. Christmas" fame) will be returning to Boonville for the celebration. There will be numerous opportunities to see Ben, and sponsorship opportunities are available for new Christmas in BoonVillage decorations. The 75th annual Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5.


2021 Christmas in New Harmony
Dec. 3-5
Downtown New Harmony, Indiana

Don’t miss a small-town Christmas in New Harmony, Indiana, this weekend. A tree lighting at the New Harmony Inn kicks off the festivities at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, followed by a “Nutcracker” performance at Thrall’s Opera House. A Christmas parade will travel down Main and Church streets at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, kicking off a host of events including a Santa visit at the Working Men’s Institute, pet parade and pet pictures with Santa, golf cart parade, and Christmas jazz ensemble at Thrall’s Opera House. The weekend will conclude Sunday with a Christmas House Tour of five homes with different architectural and decorating styles. Tickets are $20 for tours.


Evansville Rotary Club’s Santa Run
9 a.m. Dec. 4
Eykamp Scout Center, 3501 E. Lloyd Expressway

The Rotary Club of Evansville’s eighth annual 5K run/walk is a great way to get into the holiday season. The race begins at the Buffalo Trace Council, travels west to Vann Avenue, and then winds through East Side neighborhoods. Participants are encouraged to wear a Santa suit as Rotary members raise funds for the Rotary Foundation of Evansville, which is supporting Millie’s Downtown Dino Trail.


Rockport’s Family Christmas
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4
Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum, 928 Fairground Dr., Rockport, Indiana

Celebrate the holiday season in Rockport, Indiana. Don’t miss out on a free pancake breakfast with Santa, craft show, and parade, as well as the third annual “Treemendous” Christmas in the Village at the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum.


Castle High School Band Arts and Crafts Show
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
Castle High School, 3344 IN-261, Newburgh, Indiana

Castle High School’s arts and crafts fundraiser is back. Browse booths of handmade works of art, homemade crafts, seasonal décor, baked goods, jewelry, apparel, and more. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Concessions will be available, and all proceeds from the arts and crafts show will support Castle’s band programs.


A Downtown Christmas
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
Main Street, Downtown Evansville

Celebrate the holiday season on Main Street with music, a snow machine, pony rides, photo booth, Christmas crafts, hot cocoa, letters to Santa, and caroling. Downtown shops and restaurants will be open during the day’s activities.


Pet Pictures with Santa
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
Daisy’s Pet Playground, 1309B N. Green River

Take your pet to see Santa and have their photo taken with him this weekend in a fundraiser benefitting It Takes A Village No-Kill Rescue. Pets are not limited to just dogs, but can also be cats, rabbits, turtles, and more. Cost is $15 for a 4×6 print and a digital file.


‘From Here to Eternity’
6 p.m. Dec. 4
Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive

Presented in partnership with the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, a special screening of the 1953 classic movie “From Here to Eternity,” starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, and Donna Reed living in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, will run at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science on Saturday night. Retired Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. film studies teacher Terry Hughes will provide commentary on the film’s place in cinema history. Popcorn will be provided before the movie. Tickets for the show are $10 per person.


Peppermint Pops
7 p.m. Dec. 4 & 2 p.m. Dec. 5p
Victory Theatre, 600 Main St.

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Roger Kalia present a beloved Evansville holiday performance — the annual Peppermint Pops. The Chorus and Children’s choir join EPO to bring your favorite holiday songs and carols to life. There may even be a visit from Santa.


All photos provided by organizations.

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