What’s There to Do in Winter?

Collage photo of couple walking dog by lake, couple having wine, family shopping, father and son golfing in winter

What is there to do during these long, cold, and sometimes dreary winter days? A LOT when you’re visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, and sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home! 

Though some attractions in the area are currently closed for the season, others are ready to welcome you for a fun winter getaway.  

Plan Your Winter Getaway 

Want to stay indoors and avoid the blustery cold? Or would you rather get outside and feel that chill? Either way, you’ll find just your kind of fun! 

Let’s Go Shopping 

A great cure for cabin fever? A little retail therapy, of course! 

Find a cozy new outfit at Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop or a fun educational toy for the kids at Santa’s TOYS. Shop for meats, cheeses, crafts, and other locally made products at Pumpkins & More Farm Market and Steckler Grassfed Farms. Or find the perfect gift to celebrate a special occasion at Darlena’s Holiday and Gift Shoppe or Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop. 

Wine Down 

Raise a glass and toast the fact that this area has not one, but two, amazing wineries! 

Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery and Pepper’s Ridge Winery both boast an extensive list of wines and offer complimentary tastings. Try the appropriately named seasonal offering, Winter Warmer, at Monkey Hollow. Or indulge in the Lakeview Peach (aka “cobbler in a glass”) at Pepper’s Ridge! 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside 

If a dip in the temperature isn’t enough to keep you indoors, here are the best places to bundle up and enjoy a little outdoor recreation. 

At Lincoln State Park and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, you can hit the hiking trails any time of the year—and walk the same paths that Abraham Lincoln did as a boy and young man.  

And if you’re a die-hard golfer, then you know winter golfing is still great golfing. Hit the links at Christmas Lake Golf Course and The Rustic Golf Course… then hit the onsite restaurants at each to reward yourself and warm up! 

Eat Up to Warm Up 

Everyone knows winter calories don’t count… right? So, it’s a good thing you’ll find “good eats” all throughout the area. Whether you’re looking for comfort food favoritesa plethora of pizza, or a side of arcade fun, it’s on the menu! 

What’s Open When? 

Before you visit, it’s always smart to check hours of operation for attractions, businesses, and restaurants. Our convenient What’s Open page is updated monthly, so you always have the most current information.  

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