Is anything cuter than Christmas in a small town?!?! Quaint shops, street lights, Santa on the town square… I mean it is pretty much the setting of every Hallmark movie. (I should know, I watch a lot of them.) So I have rounded up a list of activities and events around the town of Greenfield, Indiana to check out this Christmas.
Shop Small Saturday
First up, Shop Small Saturday, is done up right in Greenfield on November 30th. The downtown merchants will have a variety of sales going on and starting at 3 pm there will be a classic movie showing at the theatre. Be sure to check out the tractor rides through the historic downtown and enjoy cookies with Mrs. Claus.
Trail of Lights on the Penny
New this year Trail of Lights on the Penny. The Parks Department has decorated a quarter mile stretch of the trail from American Legion Place to Riley Avenue. Starting November 30th and running through the holidays, it is free and can be enjoyed as you walk, run or ride along the trail.
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 7th at 5:45 pm. This is my favorite thing on the this list, as Santa arrives to town in this parade. The floats all contain lights and the city shop windows are decked out for the holidays, the street lamps and decorated and lighted and its just the perfect winter evening to enjoy as a family. This years theme is “A Home Town Christmas.” The parade starts at 5:45 pm on Riley Street, makes its way down US 40 and concludes on the east side of the courthouse. At 6:00 pm the Greenfield Community Choir will preform on the Courthouse Plaza (which is on the southside of the Courthouse) and the tree lights up afterwards. Santa will be in his house on the plaza for visits and the downtown shops stay open a little later than usual for business. Our family loves to catch dinner downtown, watch the parade and stop in to see Santa. It is always an enjoyable evening.
Christmas at the Ricks
On December 7th, The RJ Ricks center in downtown Greenfield, will open it’s doors at 6 pm with a cash bar and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The show starts at 7pm featuring local bands. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Cookie Decorating with Santa
Enjoy cookie Decorating with Santa at Tuttle Orchards December 6th and 7th. Tickets are required, but a variety of one hour time slots are available these two days. Drop in as a family and visit Santa as you decorate a cookie.
Greenfield Central H.S. Holiday Bazaar
Visit the Greenfield Central H.S. holiday bazaar on Saturday, December 7th from 8:30-3:00 pm. This event offers crafts and local handmade décor as well as a pancake breakfast with Santa.
Santa at the Elks
Visit with Santa at the Elks on December 14th from 9 am till noon. This is a free event for children, with games and prizes and an opportunity to get your picture with the man in the big red suit.
Night in Bethlehem
Night in Bethlehem is a kid friendly, hands on experience of the night Jesus was born. This 3 night event is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn and live out the Christmas story. Hosted by Brandywine Church, this event recreates Bethlehem from the moment you walk in the door. Actors dressed in period costumes will interact with you as you move from room to room and follow the story. Your kids can sign the census, sing carols with Angels, see the star with the shepherds, visit a marketplace with hands on activities like pottery and weaving, then listen in on King Herrod’s plans and visit the stable scene with Mary & Joseph and real animals. We have gone 3 years in a row and it’s a great way to remember the reason for the season. Pick the date that works best for you and make plans to attend December 15, 16, 17th.
Letter to Santa
If you kid needs to drop a letter to Santa, then you can find his Mailbox at the Patricia Elmore Center, 208 N. Apple Street. Beginning Monday, November 18 to Monday, December 9. Children 9 years and younger can mail their letter to Santa and he will reply! Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with each letter. This is sponsored by the Greenfield Parks Department.
If you kids want to see Reindeer, be sure to check out Jingle John at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield on December 19th. He is doing two shows that day and while the event is free reservations are required. The library has some other fun and free holiday events going on this month such as candy science and build your own snow globe to name a few. Check out their website for all the details and it’s always a good time.
And if there is snow, then make sure to swing by the Sledding Hill at Riley Park. Just a couple blocks from downtown and always a fun time.
Christmas Tree Farms
If you are looking to get a Christmas Tree then check out these locally owned farms near Greenfield. Some have other holiday events going on as well so check out their websites for more information.