Winter Activities & Events in Southern Indiana

It's the jolliest time of the year in southern Indiana!  Put on your favorite sweater, marvel at the holiday lights, and discover indoor attractions as well as the holiday events. Spend time with family and friends and get in the holiday spirit out and about. Check out Derby Dinner Playhouse or the Culbertson Mansion; then head across the river into Louisville to visit the things to do on whiskey row and museum row - only a mile away. 

1. Derby Dinner Playhouse

Watch beloved holiday film, Elf, come to life in Elf the Musical in this captivating screenplay as it goes to the stage. If you have kids to entertain, this season's children's musical, Christmas in Candyland.

Derby Dinner Playhouse Velveteen Christmas Performance

2. J&B Magic Shop & Theater

Get your mind blown every week at their Thursday Night Magic Jam Sessions.  Learn about magic and ask any questions you have with professional magic consultant, Brent Braun. 

3. Carnegie Center For Art & History

Enjoy the ultimate Christmas experience at this year's Old Fashioned Christmas presented by Develop New Albany on December 7th. This event features refreshments, a discount at local shops, Christmas carolers, and a surprise for kids from Santa. 

5. KFC YUM! Center

Enjoy a winter event or concert in this region's largest arena. This year the variety of acts include the Gaither Family Christmas HomecomingMike Epp's New Years' Eve Comedy Special, The Harlem Globetrotters, Chance the Rapper, and Brantley Gilbert

Exterior of the KFC Yum Center

6. Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant

Grub down at the buffet, get some drinks, and get lost in the holiday spirit at this years' "Christmas in Buford - Snowed In" Dinner & Show on December 13 - 15. 

7. Vintage Fire Museum

Snacks with Santa is for children of all ages who can have their pictures taken with Santa on a fire truck, receive a gift, and eat snacks on Dec. 14.

8. Xtremenasium Trampoline and Ninja Park

This 20,000-square-foot-indoor trampoline and ninja park feature obstacle courses, a video arcade, massage chairs, a smoothie bar and more. This attraction is fun for visitors of any skill level. 

Trampolines at Xtremenasium

9. Dimension4 VR

The premier virtual reality experience in southern Indiana featuring 9 different virtual reality rooms with countless games to choose from too play. You can be whoever you want to be and their systems will allow you to jump, squat, reach, lean and will recreate your movements faithfully in the game. 

11. Whiskey Row

Take a step inside from the cold and warm your belly! Experience a distillery tour at Starlight Distillery, Angel's Envy, Evan Williams Experience, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company, or Copper & Kings

12. MESA

If you want the best culinary experience in town that your taste buds will thank you for then MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen is the place to go. You'll get a hands-on demonstration from a superb local chef as well as a 3-5 course meal. Be sure to check out their upcoming events and your kids may enjoy a class at MESA Kids Cooking School

13. Schimpff's Confectionery 

Take a step back in time and go to a 128-year-old candy shop to watch live holiday candy demonstrations at the famous Schimpff's Confectionery.

Visitors watching candy creations during a Schimpff's Tour

14. Shopping

Whether you're shopping for the holidays or are trying to find the bargains after the holidays, southern Indiana has it all.  Check out all of the shops in the area and our holiday gift guide

15. Culbertson Mansion

Visit this 20,000 square foot Victorian mansion decorated in lavish Christmas decor that will make your jaw drop.