DIY Holiday Decor

DIY Holiday Decor

Holiday decorating has finally begun! Maybe you get most of your decor from a big box store, but, perhaps in this year’s experience, you want to build a new tradition or create something fresh. Many generational stories before us tell of crafting Christmas decorations with family members. Fill your holiday season with laughs and togetherness through creating! Small DIY projects like these are easy to do, and can absolutely knit people as one. Here are some launching point ideas to bring your Greater Lafayette, IN home to life this holiday season! Get extra clipping from your local tree farm to craft your own wreathes, sashes, grave blankets, or garland. Many local tree farms sell loose, trimmed branches from their trees for a small fee. Support a local business while also using these resources to your advantage! You might be able to forage some pinecones, holly leaves/berries, or pampas grass from your own yard for a little flare! Additionally, check Hobby Lobby, Target, or JoAnn’s for dried florals! Orange garland! This is a super easy craft! Simply slice oranges in 1/4 – 1/8 slices and bake at 250 for 5 – 6 hours. It makes the house smell AMAZING! String the dried pieces and hang anywhere to give that space added texture and natural vibes. Grandma’s favorite… Popcorn and cranberry garland! This one’s a classic. It brings the entire family together. One holds the string, another makes the popcorn, another dries cranberries, and still another strings it onto the string! There are jobs for everyone here, and it’s no mystery as to why this one has been a household favorite...
December Christmas Events

December Christmas Events

December bustles about in Greater Lafayette, IN with Santa sights, specialty Christmas shows and parades, and pop-markets! Instilling tradition comes in many forms, but here’s the real question, which are you to do?! Fortunately, we’re in the business of informing you of all these beautiful activities to do with family and friends throughout the month. With the details of each event all in one place, you can make an easy, informed decision. We hope you have a blessed holiday season! Greater Lafayette, IN makes it a super special time of year. Santa at the Stables (The Stables Event Center; Lafayette, IN): Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. “Have the photographer capture your photo with Santa. Cost for photo $30.00. While visiting enjoy shopping and snacks with other vendors.” Family Fun Night: Christmas Edition (River City Community Center; Lafayette, IN): Friday, December 3rd, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. “Come in for a FREE night of Christmas cookies and hot chocolate while we watch Polar Express in the auditorium, have a snowball fight in the lobby, and ornament creations being made in the cafe! Come in your best Christmas PJs to be entered into our raffle for a giveaway at the end of the night!” Toy Drive, Giveaway, & Christmas Parade (Badlands Off-Road Park; Attica, IN): Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. Give to those in need and join the Attica Christmas parade from the park! A Very Merry Main Street Christmas Parade (Downtown Lafayette, IN): Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at 5:30 P.M. “Join the community as we welcome the holiday season for a lighted Christmas...
Shop Small Greater Lafayette

Shop Small Greater Lafayette

Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 27th, 2021. Small businesses do so much for our local economy. According to an article by the BBB (Better Business Bureau), “Small businesses are the backbone of their local communities. More specifically, if you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays within your local economy.” That’s an amazing turn around rate. To view it simply as a consumer, shopping small keeps money flowing directly into our community. It supports families, keeps taxes close to home, builds the community moral, and so much more. Not only does the Greater Lafayette, IN community NAIL IT in the small business game by providing residents with plenty of options, but they work together to love and bring the supply to our demand. It’s an amazing group! We’re honored to list some local small businesses that might yield the perfect unique Christmas gift to that someone special in your life. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, many are running special deals. So, be sure to follow their social media accounts and watch their websites for more details. Bask Aroma (Lafayette, IN): “At Bask Aroma, guests create and blend their own custom fragrance.” Roseberry & Co. (Lafayette, IN): Watercolor Artist Bliss Salon and Spa (Lafayette, IN): High end salon and spa. Hair, nails, facials, massage, waxing, and more. Greyhouse Coffee (West Lafayette, IN): Coffee shop and gift shop for your coffee lover! McCord Candies (Lafayette, IN): Hometown, homemade candy for your sweet treat lover! Wildcat Valley Farms (Lafayette, IN): Local farm selling freezer beef and pork. All Fired Up (West Lafayette, IN): Paint your own pottery art studio. Perfect...
Greater Lafayette Tree Farms 2021

Greater Lafayette Tree Farms 2021

Merry Christmas, Greater Lafayette! These family owned operations truly welcome you in and provide your families with the best Christmas trees they have to offer. We wish you and yours the most amazing holiday season! Want to travel a bit to visit different areas? Visit Indiana made a brochure available for information on Tree Farms all over the state! Cassen‘s Trees and Lumber (West Lafayette, IN): “Three time winner of the Indiana Grand Champion tree.” Click here to view the tree types available! Wreaths and other decor treats for sale as well. North Old 25 location is not open the 2021 season. West Lafayette locationOpen Nov 20—Dec 19Pre-Thanksgiving weekend – Nov 20 and 21 – 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.Saturdays – 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.Sundays – 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.Monday thru Friday – 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Old SR 25 locationThis location will not be open for the 2021 season.Cottrell’s Trees (Rossville, IN): Come on out to the farm! Sure, get your Christmas tree here, but additionally, you’ll find blankets, swags, grave pillows, and more. You can also do your holiday shopping at the Hasté Pudding Gift Shoppe! Season begins the day after Thanksgiving, November 26, 2021. Open 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.Choose and cut trees available 9:00 a.m. until dark (6:30ish) each Saturday and 12:00 P.M. to dark (6:30ish) each Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Open week days after Nov 28 from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Balled trees available too.Mattern’s Pine Ridge (Lafayette, IN): Blue spruce, Fraser fir, Caanan fir. Trees can be dug or cut! Order online or even have a tree delivered (local only for $50 fee). Click here for more information. No public...
Greater Lafayette Holiday Fun

Greater Lafayette Holiday Fun

It’s for good reason that the Travel Channel mentions Greater Lafayette, IN on a list of Christmas Capitols in the world. Throughout the entire holiday season, community members celebrate in big and small ways. Here are a few ongoing events that happen during these next couple of months. Living Nativity (Faith Church East; Lafayette, IN): “Beginning with the biblical account of creation and ending with the prophecy of Christ’s second coming, 14 life-size scenes address the reasons for and result of our Savior’s time on earth. Involving a cast of hundreds, these scenes depict the significance of the baby in the manger and bring to life the message of salvation. The Living Nativity takes place two weekends in December on Friday-Sunday nights (weather permitting).December 10-12 @ 6:30-8:30 pmDecember 17-19 @ 6:30-8:30 pm” Candy Cane Tours (McCord Candies; Downtown Lafayette, IN): “Tickets for open tours MUST be purchased in advance; space is limited to 25 people per tour, so be sure to buy your tickets early! $7.00/guest.” Click here to view tour times and availability of tickets.” Santa Photo Experience (Tippecanoe Mall; Lafayette, IN): Beginning November, 18th, 2021, visit Santa and his elves at the Tippecanoe Mall! Make memories with your kiddos, and get a picture with him! Here are a few, “Things to know before you go:Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here to make your reservation.Santa Contact Photo Opportunities – Sit with Santa or Socially Distanced Santa” Fair Oaks Farm Holiday Season (Fair Oaks Farm; Fair Oaks, IN): Holiday Season at the Farm is beautiful, bountiful, and berry-merry. So, be sure to check out the magical forest of lights, private igloos to dine in at the Farmhouse Restaurant, Santa visits, gift...