2021 Christmas Event Guide

This year’s holiday celebrations are packed with parades, fireworks, shopping, visits with Santa, and yes, even reindeer! And our 2021 Christmas Event Guide will ensure you don’t miss a moment of the fun. 

The festivities kick off Thanksgiving weekend with annual favorites like the Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS and the Santa Claus Land of Lights. December 3 marks the official beginning of the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, spanning the first three weekends of December. And on December 4, Christmas comes to Rockport for a full day of holiday activities. 

Whether you’re staying for a whole weekend or passing through the area for a day, you’ll find so many ways to make your visit merry and memorable! 

$ = Cost/admission for event 

Thanksgiving Weekend 

Christmas fun can start as soon as the turkey and pumpkin pie have been eaten!

Thursday, November 25 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($)

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Christmas in Dale Light Show (Nightly through January 8, 2022; Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm and Friday – Saturday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm)

Friday, November 26 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

Saturday, November 27 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

11:30 am – 4:00 pm  Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

6:00 – 7:00 pm Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle

Sunday, November 28 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

11:30 am – 4:00 pm  Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

November 29 – December 23 (weekdays) 

5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 pm  Santa Claus Flyer Train Rides ($) 

First Three Weekends of December 

The first three weekends of December are bursting with holiday fun! Christmas comes to the city of Rockport on December 4 with a day full of festivities, like a craft fair and parade. And the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration features a three-weekend schedule that includes fireworks, a parade with a new-for-2021 route, an arts and crafts show, and more fun annual events.

Friday, December 3 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

5:00 pm  Lighting of Santa’s Great Big LED Tree of Lights at Kringle Place Shopping Center 

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Christmas at the Barn at Stir-n-Up Hope

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge ($)

7:00 – 9:00 pm  An Evening of Song with Hannah Fontilus at Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery

Saturday, December 4 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm  Treemendous Christmas in the Village at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum ($) 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

9:30 am  Nightmare Before Christmas Golf Scramble at Christmas Lake Golf Club ($) 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Glitter Tattoos at Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop

2:00 pm  Rockport Christmas Parade

3:00 – 7:00 pm  All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace (Holiday World) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

6:00 – 7:00 pm Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge ($)

8:30 pm  Christmas Fireworks 

Sunday, December 5 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

Friday, December 10 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge ($) 

Saturday, December 11 

7:00 am – 10:00 am  Breakfast with Santa at Santa Claus Historic Campground ($) 

8:00 am – 6:00 pm  Craft Fair at the Santa Claus American Legion

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show at Heritage Hills Middle & High Schools 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Glitter Tattoos at Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop

1:00 pm  Santa Claus Christmas Parade  

1:00, 3:00, 6:30 pm  “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Heritage Hills Auditorium ($) 

3:00 – 7:00 pm  All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Santa’s Merry Marketplace (Holiday World) ($)

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Festival of Lights at Christmas Lake Village 

6:00 – 7:00 pm Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge ($) 

6:00 – 11:00 pm  Beloved Farms Bourbon Ball at the Spencer County Youth & Community Center ($)

Sunday, December 12 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm  Balloon Twisting at Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop ($)

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($)  

Friday, December 17 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm Write a Letter to Santa @ Santa Claus Museum & Village 

5:00 – 9:00 pm Santa Claus Land of Lights @ Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

6:00 – 8:30 pm Christmas Dinner with Santa @ Santa’s Lodge ($)

Saturday, December 18 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

1:00, 3:00, 6:30 pm  “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Heritage Hills Auditorium ($) 

4:00 pm  Live Nativity at Beloved Farms

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($) 

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Festival of Lights at Christmas Lake Village 

6:00 – 7:00 pm Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge ($)

Sunday, December 19 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Write a Letter to Santa at the Santa Claus Museum & Village 

2:00 pm  “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Heritage Hills Auditorium ($) 

5:00 – 7:00 pm  Meet Comet the Reindeer and Santa at the Christmas in Dale Light Show

5:00 – 9:00 pm  Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ($)  

For full details, visit the Events page. 

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