Whether you're looking for special holiday shopping opportunities, iconic Christmas traditions like Victorian Christmas or the Martinsville Cookie Stroll, holiday lights, new events like the Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular, fun workshops, or just some live music to enjoy, we've got your covered in the month of December. Find out what's on tap this month in Morgan County with this list of upcoming events, and don't forget we're always adding new events to our calendar, so check back often!
Holiday Candy Cane Pours - every Saturday
Join the Martinsville Candy Kitchen for holiday season candy cane pours. Watch them transform sugar and flavoring into holiday magic in this traditional process. Candy canes are hand-pulled and packaged up for purchase. (There are usually free samples for those who come to watch!) Candy canes will be made every Saturday, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for additional pour times. Santa will be there on Dec. 18!)
Festival of Lights - Nightly through New Year's Day
The holiday lights at Jimmy Nash City Park come on on Saturday, Nov. 27 and remain lit each night through New Year's Day! Swing by while you're in town for a drive through the lower loop of the park to enjoy the Festival of Lights, or park and walk around to enjoy the ambiance. There are photo ops as well - be sure to get a photo in Santa's sleigh!
Cuppa's Christmas Challenge - Dec. 1-25
Martinsville's mobile coffee bar, Cuppa Jejo, is sponsoring a Christmas Challenge! Martinsville area residents are invited to register their home's Christmas decorations for a chance to win prizes! Spectators are invited to come view the lights, then vote on your favorite. Contest begins Dec. 1st and maps will be viewable online on that date at cuppajejo.com/christmaschallenge. Cuppa will also be serving up hot chocolate and craft coffee on Friday and Saturday evenings in December at Jimmy Nash Park to add to your holiday lights experience!
Bud & Bloom Annual Christmas Sale - Dec. 2-4
Join Bud & Bloom Florist & Gifts in Mooresville for an expanded version of their Annual Christmas Sale. Normally a one-day event, this year you've got three days to get out and find those perfect holiday gifts. The expanded format will help cut down on crowds, making for a safer holiday shopping experience.
Indiana Rail Road Santa Train - Dec. 3
The Indiana Rail Road's Santa Train returns this year with a stop in Morgantown at approximately 6 pm. The train stops behind the Morgantown Fire Department on Highland Street and kids will be able to snap a photo in front of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a touchless experience. Mail your letter directly to Santa via the INRD North Pole Express Mailbox while you're there! Train will depart for the next stop at 7 pm.
Silent Disco - Dec. 3
It's back... the Silent Disco at Brickhouse on Main is presented by the Martinsville Rotary Club. On Dec. 3, enjoy indoor and outdoor dancing spaces with your choice of three music options. The "silent" in silent disco comes from the fact that all participants tune into their preferred music channel via special headsets. That way you can dance with your friends... even if you don't share the same taste in music!
Mooresville Christmas Light Tour - Dec. 3-31
Don't miss the second year of the Mooresville Christmas Light Tour in Mooresville! Between Dec. 6 and 23, come enjoy the lights on display at participating area homes and businesses, then vote for your favorites! Voting is by donation and all proceeds benefit local causes. Maps will be available online at mooresvillelights.com beginning Dec. 3.
Mistletoe & Mimosas on Main - Dec. 3 & 4
Reserve your table early for this elegant holiday event from 5 East in Mooresville on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5. At Mistletoe & Mimosas on Main, each table of up to 8 will receive a three-tier hors d'oeuvres platter featuring charcuterie, quiche and more, a Christmas Dessert Charcuterie from Nosh Dessert Parlour, one mimosa per person and unlimited coffee and cocoa with toppings, all served with elegant china and glassware for an upscale holiday experience you'll never forget. (Add a special kids' "munchkin" experience to your table that includes a visit from Santa, souvenir mug, craft and special treats!)
Downtown Mooresville Tree Lighting - Dec. 3
Mooresville will light up this year's community Christmas Tree at Bicentennial Park at the corner of Indiana and Main Streets on the evening of Dec. 3. There will be music and more to help celebrate the event, with the tree lighting at 7 pm. This is the kickoff event for the Victorian Christmas weekend in Mooresville!
Farmers' Market's Winter Market - Dec. 4 & 18
The Morgan County Farmers Market will host two Winter Market dates this year at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. Join them from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 4 and 18 for locally grown produce, meat, handicrafts and more. The Winter Market is held indoors for your comfort.
1920s Speakeasy Soiree - Dec. 4
Are you in the know? If you've got the password, you'll be welcomed in for the 1920s Speakeasy Soiree at Cedar Creek Brew Co. This fun event does require RSVPs, and space is limited, so those lucky enough to know the password will be allowed in for an evening of roaring 20s style celebration!
Art Sanctuary Holiday Craft Fair - Dec. 4
The Art Sanctuary of Indiana in Martinsville will welcome a wide variety of craft vendors into their space on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 am to 4 pm. Stop by and get some holiday shopping done with resident artists and visiting craft vendors!
Victorian Christmas Celebration - Dec. 4
Join Mooresville for their annual holiday tradition - the Victorian Christmas Celebration. With 11 stops throughout town, including 3 craft and vendor booth options, live entertainment and so much more. Watch for wandering characters - you may encounter Father Christmas... or maybe even Ebenezer Scrooge!
Little Red Barn Market Christmas at the Farm - Dec. 4
The Little Red Barn at Walker's Homestead will host a juried vendor event on Dec. 4. Christmas at the Farm will feature food and drinks on site as well as shopping from juried craft vendors, family photo mini sessions, letters to Santa and more!
DeLyn Jewelry Christmas Open House - Dec. 4
Stop and visit the ladies of DeLyn Jewelry in downtown Martinsville on Dec. 4 during their annual Christmas Open House! From 10 am to 2 pm, you can take advantage of great savings on quality jewelry, ladies apparel, accessories and more. There will also be prize drawings, refreshments and free Christmas gift wrapping!
Cousin Eddie Day - Dec. 4
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for Cousin Eddie Day on Dec. 4 at 1 pm. What's Cousin Eddie Day? Well, it's the day they release their Cousin Eddie's Blackberry Ale! Certainly a day worth of celebration, this year's event will feature beer, food, music and an ugly sweater contest, of course.
Bethlehem Walk - Dec. 4
Martinsville's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will again host their fun and meaningful Bethlehem Walk event on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are free, but required as the event is operated via specific time slots. Reserve yours online before you go.
Tom Fiddlery Craft & Vendor Fair - Dec. 4 & 5
Tom Fiddlery on Main Street in Martinsville will host a two-day Craft and Vendor Fair on Dec. 4 and 5. Stop in and browse a wide variety of booths from area crafters and direct sale vendors. Hours for the event will be from 9 am to 5 pm on both days.
All is Calm Wood Sign Class - Dec. 5
Join Ateliers Sip N Paint for a fun holiday themed wood sign class. You'll create a sign with All is Calm to add to your holiday decor. Class takes place at 1 pm on Dec. 5. Reserve your space by calling or texting 765-792-0328. Cost is $40 per person.
Live Music: The 78s - Dec. 5
Join Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co for a casual live music performance from The 78s. There is no admission charge and all ages are welcome. Take the opportunity to buy local beer, wine and spirits as gifts, or to serve at your holiday celebrations! Music begins at 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular & Tree Lighting - Dec. 5
This fun event will feature live music from the band featuring the son and grandson of Bobby Helms, a trackless train ride for the kids, downtown carriage rides, a life-sized snow globe, characters like The Grinch and Whos from Whoville, and of course the tree lighting at approximately 7 pm. The Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular and Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 3 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5 in downtown Martinsville.
Open Studios Night - Dec. 10
Join the resident artists at the Art Sanctuary of Indiana for their monthly Open Studios Night. Browse locally-created works of art, talk with artists, check out the studio spaces where they create and more! Stop in between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 10.
Martinsville Cookie Stroll - Dec. 11
This holiday tradition is all about the cookies! Well, and the live entertainment, holiday shopping and overall festive atmosphere! Okay, maybe it's not all about the cookies, but they are pretty awesome. Head for Downtown Martinsville for the annual Martinsville Cookie Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 11 for a day of fun for the whole family. Tickets are available online, but keep in mind you get a cookie at each of the 25+ stops, so you may want to share the riches with friends or family. Don't forget to stop by the Morgan County History Center to drop off your letter to Santa!
Farmers' Market's Holiday Market - Dec. 11
The Morgan County Farmers Market will host their annual Holiday Market in conjunction with the Martinsville Cookie Stroll on Dec. 11. Stop in to browse the booths. You'll find a wide variety of handmade gift items, plus local meat and produce.
Reindeer Straw Mat Class - Dec. 11
Join Ateliers Sip N Paint for a fun holiday themed straw mat class. You'll create a fun holiday themed welcome mat featuring a reindeer design. Class takes place at 1 pm on Dec. 11. Reserve your space by calling or texting 765-792-0328. Cost is $40 per person.
Santa in the Park - Dec. 11
Bring the kids to Old Town Waverly Park for the annual Santa in the Park event! This fun day features photos with Santa inside the historic bank building, traditional arts demonstrations including blacksmithing, live Christmas music, hands on crafts, a meet and greet with the Grinch, and so much more.
Maple Grove Market Christmas on the Farm - Dec. 11
Join the Maple Grove Market for Christmas on the Farm! On Saturday, Dec. 11, this free event will feature visits with Santa and the Grinch, a farm-tastic light display, Santa's magic mailbox, holiday shopping and a hot chocolate station to keep everyone warm and toasty!
Live Music: Wild Dogs - Dec. 11
Join Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co for an evening of live music with Wild Dogs on Saturday, Dec. 12. This is a free performance and all ages are welcome. Be sure to pick up some locally crafted beverages for your upcoming holiday celebrations while you're there! Music starts at 4 pm.
Glitter Angel Class - Dec. 12
Join Ateliers Sip N Paint for a fun holiday themed painting class. You'll create a painting featuring glittery angel wings to add to your holiday decor. Class takes place at 1 pm on Dec. 12. Reserve your space by calling or texting 765-792-0328. Cost is $40 per person.
December DIY Paint Party - Dec. 12
Join Fables and Fairy Tales for an instructor-led paint party experience featuring holiday themed wooden signs. Choose from several designs at this month's DIY Paint Party. Class fee includes everything you need to create an awesome finished product, plus refreshments! (DIY kits to complete at home may also be purchased.) Limited spaces available; contact the store to reserve yours.
Indiana Wind Symphony - Dec. 15
Join the Morgan County Community Concerts Association for a fun holiday performance from the Indiana Wind Symphony. This ensemble is a crowd pleaser with a family-friendly format. This show will explore familiar holiday treasures from Irving Berlin to the Carpenters and will feature soprano soloist Jessamyn Anderson. Performance will take place at the Mooresville High School Auditorium beginning at 7 pm on Dec. 15.
3rd Thursday on the Square: Secret Santa Shopping - Dec. 16
Here's the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping all wrapped up! Dec. 16 is 3rd Thursday on the Square. Join downtown merchants in Martinsville for a fun evening of shopping. Find everything you need for secret santa exchanges, stocking stuffers and more in a beautiful, festive setting with holiday lights and decorated windows galore throughout downtown.
Old Time Christmas Truck Painting Class - Dec. 18
Join Ateliers Sip N Paint for a fun holiday themed painting class. You'll create a nostalgic Christmas themed painting featuring a vintage truck and Christmas tree. Class takes place at 1 pm on Dec. 18. Reserve your space by calling or texting 765-792-0328. Cost is $35 per person.
Live Music: The Sax Guy - Dec. 18
Join Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co for a live performance from The Sax Guy. This casual show is free and open to all ages. Be sure to pick up some locally crafted wine or beer for your upcoming holiday celebrations! Music begins on Dec. 18 at 4 pm.
Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen - Dec. 18
Stop by the Martinsville Candy Kitchen for some holiday magic. Check their FB page for candy cane pour times and be ready to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 18 between 3 and 5 pm. Cameras are welcome!
Christmas Table Runner Class - Dec. 19
Join Ateliers Sip N Paint for a fun holiday themed table runner class. You'll create a snowman themed table runner for your holiday decor. Class takes place at 1 pm on Dec. 19. Reserve your space by calling or texting 765-792-0328. Cost is $40 per person.
Ugly Sweater Party w/ Phil Pierle - Dec. 19
Join Cedar Creek Brew Co for an Ugly Sweater Party on Sunday, Dec. 19. Get out your very best (or worst?) holiday sweaters and head to The Creek for an evening of live music from Phil Pierle, plus fun prizes for best sweater. The fun will take place from 2 to 5 pm.
New Year's Eve Brickhouse Bash - Dec. 31
Tickets are now on sale for this year's New Year's Eve Brickhouse Bash, which will take place at Brickhouse on Main! Join them for a fun evening of music, dancing, food and more as they ring in the New Year in style in downtown Martinsville.