The days get colder and the holiday decorations come out during the month of November as we transition from beautiful fall color to the colorful twinkling lights of the holiday season! It's time to hit up the craft shows and holiday open houses for those perfect holiday gifts, and enjoy the great outdoors as we bask in the sunshine of those final warmer days of fall. Hit up Morgan County's various trails and parks on those warmer days, and enjoy the area's many shops on those cooler days as we begin to usher in the holiday season!
Candy Cane Pours
Every Saturday in November and December, the Martinsville Candy Kitchen makes holiday dreams come true with their handmade candy canes. Watch their Facebook page for details on Saturday pour times each week, and additional pour times as they're scheduled. Don't miss Santa's visits this year on Nov. 27 and Dec. 18, and check out all the other sweet treats while you're there!
Berries & Ivy Country Store Holiday Open House
On the Saturday after Halloween each year, Berries & Ivy hosts a Christmas Open House from 10 am to 4 pm. The first 50 customers will receive a small gift item from the store. Come see their beautiful holiday decorations in person on November 6.
First Baptist Church Annual Craft Fair
The First Baptist Church in Martinsville will host their annual holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 6. Come out and browse booths from local vendors featuring handmade items of all kinds. Food will be available on site as well.
St. Martin of Tours Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale
The annual Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Martinsville will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6. This is more than just a craft and vendor show, though you'll find dozens of booths from local vendors (and a rummage sale room), you'll also find great lunch options and the annual Cookie Sale, featuring several varieties of holiday cookies by the pound!
Join Chef Matt and the staff at 21 North Eatery + Cellar for a fabulous November Sunday Brunch on Nov. 7 from 11 am to 2 pm. Enjoy a tasty special menu, plus breakfast shots, bloody marys and mimosas! Children's menu available. (We recommend checking out the lobster pot pie or bacon & bourbon waffles.)
Live Music: The 78s
Join Cedar Creek Winery for a fun afternoon of relaxed acoustic music with The 78s on Sunday, Nov. 7. Music begins at 2 pm for this free performance. All ages are welcome. (This is a perfect way to relax after Sunday Brunch!)
Second Friday Open Studios Night: Fine Lines & Bright Colors
Join the Art Sanctuary for November's Open Studios Night! Mingle with resident artists, see this month's exhibit, Fine Lines & Bright Colors, and maybe even get a bit of holiday shopping done! Drop in any time between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on Nov. 12. This month's exhibit features works in pen and ink from artist Nancy Maxwell and bright acrylics from artist Mika Power. Both are resident artists at the Art Sanctuary, so you can visit their working studios as well!
Girls Night Out
Everyone knows that girls just wanna have fun, so grab your girlfriends and get ready for a fun Girls Night Out event at Cedar Creek Distillery in Martinsville! From 6 to 9 pm on Friday, Nov. 12, the ladies will take over the distillery and enjoy cocktails, Botox, psychic readings, SammyGirlNailz and more!
Live Music: America's Sweethearts
The Morgan County Community Concert Association presents a fun performance by the group America's Sweethearts on Saturday, Nov. 7. Reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters, this four-person group features beautiful three-part harmonies with piano accompaniment. One of the group's members is even a Central Indiana native! Performance takes place at Mooresville High School Auditorium, beginning at 7 pm.
Fables and Fairy Tales Holiday Open House
Stop by everyone's favorite local independent book shop, Fables and Fairy Tales for a special holiday shopping event on Nov. 13 featuring books, toys, tee shirts and so much more for all the special people on your shopping list! Kids of all ages just love this shop and all it has to offer. Watch for upcoming story time events, too, if you have little ones!
The Sterling Butterfly Holiday Open House
Join the The Sterling Butterfly in downtown Martinsville for a Holiday Open House event on Nov. 13 from 10 am to 6 pm. You'll find a wide variety of beautiful items to choose from including works from many Indiana artisans. Don't miss owner Pam Hurst's own jewelry creations!
The Weathered Birdhouse
Stop by The Weathered Birdhouse in Martinsville to browse their holiday decor, bird houses and feeders and beautiful barnwood creations. The store will host a Christmas Open House on November 13, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair
The Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair will take place at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on November 13. This annual show features many of your favorite vendors from the summer Artie Fest event, plus a few more! The show begins at 10 am and there will be food available on site as well.
3rd Thursday Shop the Square
This month's 3rd Thursday Shop the Square theme is Give Thanks. In line with that theme, many of the participating businesses will be giving back some of the profits from the day's sales to area not-for-profit organizations. Make sure you come out to support small locally-owned businesses and give back to the local community at the same time! 3rd Thursday is Nov. 18 this month. See you there!
Willowfield Lavender Farm Holiday Open Houes
Join Willowfield Lavender Farm for their annual Holiday Open House, Nov. 18-21. The farm gift store features lavender items, handmade pottery, signature lavender teas and more! Get your shopping done for the lavender lovers in your life!
3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity Craft Fair
The Morgan County Fairgrounds will host the Morgan County Habitat for Humanity Craft Fair on Saturday, November 20. Browse through creations by talented artisans and crafters while supporting this well known cause that makes a difference in our local community!
Truckload of Christmas Toy Drive Concert: Jason Crabb
Enjoy an evening of live music from Grammy Award-winning performer Jason Crabb, plus special guests Downpour and Trenton Baker on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Hoosier Harvest Church. This annual concert benefits Churches in Mission, so don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive! Music begins at 7 pm. Advance tickets are available.
Tri Kappa Turkey Trot
Burn off those Thanksgiving calories in advance with Tri Kappa's fun annual Turkey Trot 5K. Before the day's big meal, meet up on Thanksgiving morning at the Fox Cliff Manor Clubhouse for a 5K. Two routes are available - the Hard Way with a steep challenging hill, or the Easy Way which is mostly flat. All ages welcome.
Martinsville Small Business Saturday Passport
Support locally-owned independent businesses on Small Business Saturday by heading to downtown Martinsville (and beyond) to pick up your Small Business Saturday Passport! Shop the day away, getting a jump-start on your holiday gifts, be sure to enjoy lunch at a local eatery, then turn your passport in at any participating business for a chance at great prizes!
Santa at Martinsville Candy Kitchen
Santa Claus himself will make his first appearance at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen on Saturday, Nov. 27. (Watch for another appearance on December 18.) The jolly old elf will be available to chat with kids of all ages from 2 to 4 pm. Cameras are welcome.
Festival of Lights
The holiday lights at Martinsville's Jimmy Nash Park will come on for the season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Each year, Santa is on hand to light up the park for the entire season! Come out for the Festival of Lights event, or just swing by any evening from Nov. 27 to New Year's to see the light displays.