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Three Favorite Holiday Season Outings in Southern Indiana

HolidaysJennie Orr

The Canopy of Lights

We love kicking off the holiday season with the lighting of the Bloomington, Indiana downtown at the Canopy of Lights celebration! The whole town comes together to sing Christmas songs and countdown to the lights switching on for the season. It feels like we live in one of those small towns featured in Hallmark movies, even if just for one night.

West Baden Springs Hotel Christmas Tree

If you’re looking for a place to relax and let all the stresses of the season melt away, it is the West Baden Springs hotel atrium. Sit and enjoy the 40-foot Christmas tree in this elegant indoor dome that will make you feel under-dressed. But you probably won’t care as you chill out in their comfy lounge seating. You can indulge with some ice cream or an adult beverage and escape real life for a bit in this magical setting.


If you aren’t ready to give up on Halloween but everyone is telling you to get in the Christmas spirit, then this event is for you! Decide whether you’re going to be naughty or nice with the stickers provided by the organizers and then find a prime spot on the parade line. Then, be delighted by hula-hooping angels, fire breathers and jugglers, and finally the main event: giant Krampus monsters! They terrorize the naughty with their growls, grunts and fistfuls of switches. If you’re really brave you can run the gauntlet of Krampus after the parade. You might even spot one or two rogue beasts around Bloomington later in the evening frightening children into being good!