Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Survey the area’s festive forest with this tour

Need a jolt of Christmas cheer? Here are 10 public spots in the Evansville area to check out beautifully decked-out trees.

Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse
The 19th-century Beaux Arts landmark has a regal tree to match its elegance. Perched under the cupula, this slender timber is draped in strings of beads and artfully dotted with gold and white snowflakes, orbs, and icicles. Topped with a pendant star, it quietly commands rapt attention. (A bonus: When you leave, keep an eye on the clock tower to spy it awash in red and green lights!)

Boone Funeral Home
On Washington Avenue, you will find a tree tucked off the street that has sentimental meaning. The Boone Family Remembrance Tree is sprinkled with big snowflakes, red bells, and touching tributes to remember those who are no longer with us this holiday season.

Photo provided by Old National Events Plaza

Old National Events Plaza
ONEP staff are having a little fun this Christmas by staging a decorating contest. Caution tape winds through the operations department’s tree, while the marketing team splashed its tree with social media logo ornaments. Event tickets punctuate the administrative team’s display. The culinary team’s tree resembles a certain boxed pasta mascot. Through Dec. 31, visitors can stop by the ONEP lobby and vote for their favorite, while registering to win tickets to upcoming events at the venue.

Evansville Civic Center
The City of Evansville’s tree got a rough start this year; no need to rehash the backlash. Thankfully, the Norway spruce’s lights were turned back on (after they were restrung) — hopefully chasing away any lingering Grinch-like grumbles.

Indiana Donor Network
While at the Civic Center, round the corner to the south and visit a blue and green tree with ornaments honoring those in Indiana who have been affected by organ donations and transplants. It is decorated with handmade ornaments, candy canes, and more. Sponsored by the Indiana Donor Network, this tree serves as a symbol of reverence for donor heroes and a beacon of hope.

Evansville Regional Airport
Catching a flight this holiday season? Build in time to browse EVV’s yuletide display. This year’s installation of the annual Festival of Trees includes 14 seasonal displays thoughtfully decorated by area nonprofits and organizations, many in line with their mission. Vote via Facebook for your favorite, and the top two winning agencies will receive cash prizes.

The Newburgh Mercantile photo by Hadley Mitchell

The Newburgh Mercantile
This boutique employs a fanciful tree to welcome guests. Adorned with colorful ornaments, clutches of feathers, and felt garlands, it exudes a cheerful “hello” during your holiday shopping. The longer you look at this tree, the more hidden gems you will find. (Or want to buy!)

Parlor Doughnuts
The company’s flagship has decked its Main Street-facing tree in ribbons of gold garland and dots of rich red poinsettias and ornaments. The next time you pop in for a lightly roasted latte or flaky donut, peek at the tree skirt made of burlap coffee bean sacks.

Peoples Trust and Savings Bank
Peoples Bank’s festive decor doubles as a contest to bring support and public awareness to nonprofits. At each branch, a miniature tree’s theme is tied to the organization’s signature items. For example, the Ronald McDonald House’s tree is decorated with photos and the man himself. Warrick County Humane Society’s display resembles Snoopy’s doghouse. The Hope Gallery of Newburgh has stuffed a tree full of colorful, handmade tile ornaments, and the Sharon Elementary School tree sports its school spirit! To vote, go to the Peoples Bank Facebook page and drop a like. The winning organization will receive a $1,000 donation.

Stephen Libs
Many holiday gifts are completed with a box of sweet treats from Stephen Libs. Likewise, the chocolaterie’s staff didn’t spare any expense in its decorating efforts, stuffing every inch of the shop’s tree with a menagerie of red and gold ornaments, florals, and garnishes.

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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