Lafayette, IN’s Living Nativity 2018

Lafayette, IN’s Living Nativity 2018

There are two stories entangled with the word, “Christmas.” There’s the story of the white bearded man who comes with gifts and eats the cookies we leave out for him. The other celebration is the birth of a baby. Linus from Charlie Brown puts it in great words saying, “for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.“ The annual event of The Living Nativity  here in Lafayette, IN really makes the story of Jesus’ birth come alive!   Details about The Living Nativity This event is free! Thanks to the host, Faith Church. You can drive through it or walk through it. Both are narrated by an audio telling of the birth of Jesus. It’s live so that means people the people participating in the scenes are acting out their roles. This is a cast of over 100 people according to the Faith Church Website. There are even a few living animals! This event has 14 scenes. They begin at the Creation of the World and end with the telling of the second coming of Jesus. The Living Nativity takes place...
Spotlight on the Long Center of Performing Arts

Spotlight on the Long Center of Performing Arts

  Theaters have their own personality, and they themselves seem to tell a story. The walls are intricate, each theater having its own unique design. The seats are customarily velvet and wonderful, and they position you to see the stage from any point of view in the building. There is nothing like watching a performance in a packed-full venue. The benefits abound: stillness together, laughter together, and the final “Hooray” at the end of a great show. There are many moments to remember when you see a show at the theater! Fortunately, the long time residents of Lafayette, IN have an appreciation for the arts. We have our very own Center for the Performing Arts right here named The Long Center.   History of the Long Center The Long Center of Performing Arts website provides this information: “After the Dryfus Theater was destroyed by fire in 1914, Lafayette was without a legitimate playhouse until 1920 when the Luna Amusement Company announced plans to construct a new theater. Designed by Nicol, Scholer and Hoffman and built by A.E. Kemmer, the building is a significant architectural example of the Neo Classical design.  It was christened the Mars Theater after a rural Lafayette woman submitted the name in a contest that won her $25… Although the Mars Theater was originally built as a vaudeville house, just six years after its opening, the Roaring 20’s revolution of talking movies soon upstaged the touring troupes.  The period’s top names were familiar faces on the silver screen. ​The Mars continued operating primarily as a movie house until 1977 when Mr. Irving Long, president of the...
Lafayette, IN’s Dickens of a Christmas 2018

Lafayette, IN’s Dickens of a Christmas 2018

Lafayette, IN’s Dickens of a Christmas is a holiday tradition around here since 1991. Here’s what it is according to the Shop Downtown Lafayette website: “Parts of Downtown Lafayette, IN transform into scenes from Victorian England in the mid-1800’s as locals act out scenes from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.” It’ll be an adventure back in time! Not only will you find quality entertainment at this event, but you’ll also be able to shop ’til you drop local goods. Yay for wrapping up Christmas shopping! Shop Downtown Lafayette and Lafayette Q1067 host this year’s once-a-year treat, and we recommend you check this one out!   Time, Location, and Other Information on Dickens of a Christmas Stop by this  Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. to join in on the fun! Location: Downtown Lafayette, 5th Street: Columbia to Main & Main to Ferry, Lafayette Click here to see the Shop Downtown Website. Click here to view the Facebook event which features up to date information and area to ask questions.   Things to do at the Dickens of a Christmas Dickens of a Christmas is a spot for local vendors to set up shop for you to browse, similar to the Holiday Mini Market. So, this event is perfect for helping you finish up that Christmas shopping! Small businesses such as Chuggy’s Dog Treats and The Druid’s Way will be there. In addition to shopping, all the things fun will abound. Free hay wagon rides offer fun for all ages and sizes. The Dickens Carolers will be moving about the event performing Christmas songs and scenes from “A Christmas Carol” at...
Newfields: Winterlights 2018

Newfields: Winterlights 2018

  If you enjoy Christmas lights and Christmas lights dancing to music, then the Indianapolis Museum of Art has a treat for you! For the second year in a row, Newfields, a 152 acre campus for the IMA, is hosting an enormous multicolored light and music display. How big is enormous? A million and a half lights make an appearance at this event. Now, that’s a lot of lights! Winterlights at Newfields is just over an hour from Lafayette, IN, and it is a great special event to make tradition for your family.   Things to do at Newfields: Winterlights 2018 Aside from enjoying the outdoor light display in the garden (which kids love!), there are other things to peruse. “Warm drinks, handmade s’mores, and unique photo ops” are all part of the fun. This year, something new to visit is the Wintermarket at the Deer Zink Events Pavillion. According to the Indy Star, “[It] sells food and gifts from local makers that include Goose the Market, Gallery Pastry Shop and Sun King Brewing Co.” During the month of December, Santa comes on Tuesdays and carolers sing on Wednesdays. On December 6th, 2018, the Holiday Hullabaloo will offer extra holiday shopping fun. IMA members get a special discount at all of these events, including $10 off admission on December 16th & 17th. *Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to dress as the weather requires!* On the Newfields campus is the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is always a cool place to check out. Come early in the day to visit the IMA and its current galleries. Also on the...
Carmel Christkindlmarket 2018

Carmel Christkindlmarket 2018

Looking to experience something different this Christmas? This event is about an hour away from Lafayette, IN, but it’s worth the drive! Imagine taking a step into Europe and experiencing a traditional Christmas Market. At the Carmel Christkindlmarket, you and your family have an opportunity to do just that! According to the website, “The Christmas market tradition stretches back to Saxony, Germany during the middles ages. Over the centuries, the joys of the traditional Christmas markets spread from town to town, and around the world! Christkindlmarkt is the German name for the traditional Christmas market, literally translated as ‘Christ child market.'”   What is at the Carmel Christkindlmarket? Beautifully decorated booths line the walkways serving up fresh baked pretzels and wursts, handmade wood working, ornaments, hot drinks, and more. Click here to view a web page dedicated to describing the traditional items available at the Carmel Christkindlemarket. This page mentions all of the handmade crafts you’ll find along the way followed by detailed descriptions of each thing! They also describe the traditional German food available as well. We recommend you grab a wurst and a mulled wine from the Glühwein Pyramid. Click here to view a map and vendor list.   What’s there to do at the Carmel Christkindlemarket? As far as entertainment is concerned, there is plenty to do for the family. Full market tours are available. Overall, there are many German inspired shows and performances. There is an ice skating rink in the middle of all the market’s beauty. It’s a wonderful spot to land with the fam. However, we recommend planning ahead if you desire to ice...
A Very Merry Main Street 2018

A Very Merry Main Street 2018

Join Downtown Lafayette, IN, along with the entire community, in taking their first breath of holiday seasoned air. This is our 3rd annual “A Very Merry Main Street Christmas Parade”, and it will be a wonderful day to spend in Downtown Lafayette, IN. We hope to see you there!   Parade Details This Saturday evening, December 1st, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M., the Greater Lafayette Commerce is hosting a lighted Christmas Parade, signalling the official kick off of the season. The theme of the parade includes and is inspired by all things Christmas: lights, music, nativity, Santa, reindeer, elves, and more! Visit Indiana says, “The holiday lighting ceremony and Indiana’s largest holiday parade is a magical Saturday evening downtown.” You’ll see local fire trucks decking the halls, the Boilermaker Express (of course), plenty of local businesses and friends alike getting festive, and don’t miss the Purdue “All- American” Marching Band. The parade will take place on Main Street from 11th to 2nd Streets. Parking can be found along most side streets, and also in parking garages scattered throughout Downtown Lafayette, IN. The ease in parking throughout downtown is one thing we love about Lafayette, IN! The Facebook Event Page has place for commenting if you have any questions or concerns! You can also find up-to-date information on this event page! One more detail: consider coming early in the morning to attend the Holiday Mini Market or the Ugly Sweater 5K! Or in the afternoon to stop by local shops for some Christmas shopping! There are many fun, trendy places to buy unique jewelry, such as Two Tulips or Artist’s Own. There’s also thecandy cane tour...