6 Can’t-Miss November Events

Car drives through a LED lighted tunnel at the Santa Claus Land of Lights

Crunchy leaves, cooler days, pumpkin pie, turkey. There’s a lot to love about November. Including the events! 

And even though it’s still technically fall, around the Santa Claus, Indiana, area, this month is often considered the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season. And these six festive November events are the perfect way to kick off the festivities!        

Candlelight Evening at the Farm 

Three men sit inside the candlelight cabin at the Living Historical Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Abraham Lincoln’s family didn’t necessarily celebrate Christmas the way we do today. But during the Candlelight Evening at the Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial on November 19, it’ll be easy to imagine a young Abe and his siblings marking the occasion in their own way by firelight!  

The farm will be illuminated only by candlelight, lamps, and the glow of a fire. Park rangers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and perform demonstrations throughout the farm. A second event will be held December 17. 

Santa Claus Land of Lights 

LED lighted display at the Santa Claus Land of Lights

Once you’ve polished off the pumpkin pie, you’ll want to wrap up Thanksgiving with a visit to the Santa Claus Land of Lights! The Christmas light adventure takes visitors on a 1.2-mile drive through Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph.  

The light show is open Thanksgiving night; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 25 – December 4; and nightly December 9 – 26 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 

Christmas in Dale Light Show 

Christmas in Dale house is decorated with multicolored lights

By day, it’s an unassuming house in a quiet neighborhood. By night, the home bursts into colorful, Christmassy life! 

Visitors to the Christmas in Dale Light Show will be treated to a 48-minute digital light show set to synchronized music. The show kicks off on Thanksgiving night and runs nightly through New Year’s Day. 

‘Tis the World Cup Day Viewing Parties

Now, here’s a unique way to “kick” off the holiday season! In partnership with FOX Sports and the Spencer County Visitors Bureau, Frosty’s Fun Center and Santa Claus Brewing will host simultaneous ‘Tis the World Cup Viewing Parties for Team USA’s match-up with England on Friday, November 25, aka Black Friday.

Enjoy food and drink specials, giveaways, photo ops with Santa and FOX Sports mascot, Cleatus, and much more.

Live Reindeer Exhibit

Two young girls pose next to a live reindeer during the live reindeer exhibit at Santa's TOYS 

The Live Reindeer Exhibit at Santa’s TOYS is a popular event year after year! On November 26 and 27, kids (of all ages!) will have the chance to meet these magical creatures, up close and personal. 

Balloon twisting, glitter tattoos, and costumed characters will also be available. Plus, don’t forget to pop into the store and start your Christmas shopping! 

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire 

Pan of roasted chestnuts is held over a fire at Santa's Candy Castle

Gather ’round the fire! It’s just not the Christmas season until you’ve experienced the centuries-old tradition of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle 

The free event kicks off on November 26 and takes place Saturday evenings through December 17. Grab a sweet treat and one of Santa’s Candy Castle’s 35 hot chocolate flavor options before the show begins!  

More Fun Coming Up 

The fun just keeps on coming! Keep an eye on our events page to see what else is happening throughout the holiday season. 

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