Upcoming holiday events

JAY YOUNG | THE GOSHEN NEWS JAY YOUNG | THE GOSHEN NEWS Henri McClure, 4, of Elkhart, played around with "Billy the Elf" while he waited for Santa Claus, who was on a hot cocoa break in this file photo of Holiday at the Mill in 2017.

Several holiday-related events are coming up locally.


House Lighting Contest — The Miracles at Main & Market Street Parade Committee is, through Nov. 24, registering Nappanee residents who want to participate in a house lighting contest. Prizes are: $100, first place; $75, second place; and $50, third place.

Houses must be within the city limits. A winner will be announced Dec. 1 after the Miracles at Main & Market Street parade at the downtown pavilion.


Gingerbread House Contest — People of all ages and skill levels are invited to create a gingerbread house at home and enter it in one of the contest categories: pre made (from a kit) or homemade. All gingerbread houses must be 100 percent edible except for the baseboard. All houses must be on a plywood base not exceeding 18-by-18 inches. Group entries are allowed. Houses will be displayed Nov. 30–Dec. 2 at Middlebury Community Historical Museum. Hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Judging criteria include overall appearance, difficulty, creativity, originality, technique and skill. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

The deadline for entry is Nov. 27, at which time houses must be taken to the museum. Contest entry forms and complete rules are available at www.middleburythenandnow.org or at First State Bank, Middlebury Community Public Library or Middlebury Community Historical Museum. There is no fee to enter the contest.


Holiday at the Mill — Horse-drawn carriages, cookies, and crafts are just a few of the festivities visitors can look forward to at Holiday at the Mill, taking place Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bonneyville Mill County Park, 53373 C.R. 131, Bristol.

Visitors can sample baked goods made with Bonneyville Mill flour, snag some free recipes, as well as purchase their own for holiday baking. Kids will have the chance to meet Santa and personally deliver their lists. Seasonal crafts, a holiday storyteller, carriage rides and grain milling demonstrations will be available.

Admission is free and all indoor activities will take place inside Bonneyville Mill. Bonneyville Mill County Park is located 2.5 miles east of Bristol, south of Ind. 120.

More information, including a schedule of upcoming events, and directions to Bonneyville Mill County Park is available at elkhartcountyparks.org, on Facebook @ElkhartCountyParks, or by calling the administration office at 574-535-6458.

Shipshewana Holiday Light Parade — The Holiday Light Parade and Lighting of Shipshewana kicks off the Christmas season in Shipshewana. It begins at dusk (around 6 p.m.) The parade will wander throughout Shipshewana. Along with the traditional tree lighting in front of the Blue Gate Restaurant & Theater, there will be Christmas carols, Santa visits at The Davis Mercantile and refreshments throughout town. Activities will take place all day long throughout town, including a Christmas pedestrian walk-way along Harrison Street.

NOV. 15-17

Tour of Trees — The public is invited onto the campus of Das Dutchman Essenhaus to tour 25 decorated Chrstimas trees from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Attendees can vote for their favorite tree and enter to win one of three prizes. The Essenhaus is located at 240 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

NOV. 16

Family Game Night — Nappanee Parks and Recreation staff will host a Family Game Night at 6:30 p.m. at West Park Pavilion. The cost is $7 per person. There will be a mac & cheese bar dinner, games and a family craft. Registration is required. Call 574-773-2112 to register.

NOV. 17

Cookies, Carols and Cans — CK Dance Co. and the Northridge Raiders Dance Team will host this dance showcase and food/toy drive at Northridge High School Auditorium, 58779 Northridge Drive, Middlebury. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 with a food or toy donation. Tickets are also being sold in advance. Donations go to the Middlebury Food Pantry.

Turkey Shoot — The Ligonier Parks & Recreation Department will host its 28th annual Turkey Shoot, an adult and child free throw contest, at 1 p.m. Teams of one child and one adult will compete in free throw shooting to bring home a holiday turkey. The cost of the event is $4 per adult/child team. For more information, contact the Ligonier Recreation Center at 260-894-7344.

Downtown Goshen Holiday Fashion Show — Salon J, Bethza Studio, Jules Boutique, Elysian and Boho Pretty will bring Downtown Goshen Holiday Fashion Show to Koch House of Design, 211 E. Washington St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for raffles, prizes and a cash bar. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Stores will be open after the show. Plus there will be an after party at Salon J to celebrate its 10th birthday. The cost for the fashion show is $5 at the door. Proceeds will benefit SPA Women's Ministries.

DEC. 1

Christmas Tree Lighting — The Downtown Middlebury Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at Memorial Park at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. There will be cocoa, cookies, crafts and Christmas carols. Organizers ask that people bring a canned good to donate to Middlebury Food Pantry. For more information, contact parks@middleburyin.com or go online to www.MiddleburyThenandNow.org.

Holiday Parade Celebration — Miracles at Main & Market Street will host a Holiday Parade Celebration in downtown Nappanee and at the pavilion at 7 p.m. There will be a live Nativity, hot chocolate, cookies and a tree lighting. The public is invited.

DEC. 17

Christmas Around the Tree — From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the public is invited to downtown Wakarusa for Christmas Around the Tree. There will be hot cocoa, cookies, singing, praising and Santa Claus.

To add a holiday event, send items to the regional desk at sheila.selman@goshennews.com.

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