Your cousin from Arizona messaged you on Facebook and said, “We’d like to spend time with you over the holidays.” Excited to have her visit, you answered, “Great! We’ll have so much fun while you’re here!”
Now you’re in a panic and thinking, “What can we do for fun? Where can we go to make their visit memorable?” No fear, SoIN is here with ideas on where and how you can experience holiday fun with loved ones.
Treat Them to a No-Fuss Feast
If you want a traditional holiday meal, Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant serves its Thanksgiving dinner every day during November! The meal includes: turkey, dressing, cranberry relish, fried biscuits with apple butter, waldorf salad, real mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and candied sweet potatoes. On Thanksgiving Day, enjoy a buffet with the same favorites. Be sure to call ahead for reservations: 812-923-5255.
Treat Them to Traditional, Old-Fashioned Treasures
SoIN downtowns simply sparkle during the holidays. From shopping at boutiques and shops, sampling candies and wines, to trolley rides and Christmas lights, a stroll through downtown Jeffersonville, New Albany, and the town of Charlestown is magical.
And that’s what Schimpff’s Confectionery and Candy Museum’s candy-making is. Pure magic! Every day is like a holiday at this 126-year-old candy-lover’s dreamland. Imagine how happy your guests will be, sampling warm cinnamon red hots and hand-dipped chocolates after the Schimpff’s staff makes them. On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24 and 25, watch Warren and Jill Schimpff make candy canes and ribbon candy for the holiday season, using the same copper kettle and roll molds that founder Gustav Schimpff used in 1891.
Downtown Jeffersonville’s merchants open their doors for an annual Holiday Open House on November 9. Ride the trolley, indulge in shops’ holiday treats, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy the lights. On Saturday, November 25, celebrate the season at Jeffersonville’s annual “Light Up Jeffersonville,” complete with a tree lighting ceremony at Warder Park, live holiday entertainment, refreshments, trolley rides, and a visit from Santa. Downtown New Albany’s Jingle Walk and Holiday Fest also happen on November 25. Shop, sample wines, and mingle at downtown New Albany stores during the “jingle,” then gather together for traditional caroling and a tree lighting ceremony at Bicentennial Park for the “fest.”
Charlestown’s lights are spectacular. From November 24 through January 1, take your friends and family to experience its “Christmas City.” The entire town square at Jennings Plaza is transformed with animated characters and lights set to music. At the Charlestown Family Activities Park, children (and adults) will enjoy the Charlestown Express Train, ice skating, miniature golf, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa. For an “ooh” and “ah” experience, stroll through Greenway Park for “Winter-Wonderland.”
Treat Them to World-Class Entertainment
On November 21, Ogle Center presents, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre.” It’s a unique and nostalgic adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved film. The Ogle Center hosts other concerts and events during the holidays, so be sure to check our website calendar.
For more than 40 years, Derby Dinner Playhouse has entertained families with professional productions of Broadway musicals and children’s theatre. This year’s holiday productions will be fun, lively, and lavish in classic Derby Dinner style. Beginning November 15 and showing through New Year’s Eve: “A Christmas Carol, the Musical.” Based on the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the tale is brought to life in a new and whimsical way with this 1994 adaptation.
“A Fairy Tale Christmas” premieres at Derby Dinner on November 18 and features classic fairy tale characters the children will love. Children are treated with a scrumptious breakfast or lunch before each performance. Tickets are available by phone: 812-288-8281 for both Derby Dinner productions.
The holiday season is just beginning! We hope these ideas help you and your visiting loved ones create lasting holiday memories in SoIN.
For more information on holiday dining in SoIN, read our blog,
“Gather at SoIN Restaurants for the Holidays.”
Be sure to check our events listings for other holiday events.