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Things to Do This Winter in Southern Indiana

It's a new season and Southern Indiana is bursting with options to fill your winter needs. Whether you're looking for activities for your family or friends, Southern Indiana can turn some of the gloomiest days of the year into the best days of the season.

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Man and woman window shopping in downtown Jeffersonville


Supporting local businesses is easy when you have two delightfully-booming downtowns that offer a plethora of local goods at beautiful and unique storefronts. No matter who you’re shopping for, our shops have the perfect gifts for everyone.

Women cheers wine glasses at Huber's during the holidays

U-pick trees at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard.

huber's igloo

Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
One of the most popular year-round attractions in Southern Indiana is Huber's. Make the journey to Starlight to enjoy fresh hot apple cider, taste premium wines, cut down a Christmas tree and shop in their market. Returning this year are their outdoor igloos which can be a cozy way to enjoy Huber's this winter. Reserve yours today!


Jeff on Ice

Jeff On Ice

Jeff on Ice
Jeff on Ice, the downtown Jeffersonville Ice Skating rink, is returning and will be located at The Depot in the NoCo Arts & Cultural District! This year the ice rink will be open from November 17 to December 31. Regular operating hours are Fridays from 4 to 10 PM, Saturdays from Noon to 10 PM, and Sundays from Noon to 6 PM. The rink will be open Christmas Eve from Noon to 6 PM, closed Christmas Day, and open New Year's Eve from Noon to 6 PM. The rink is closed for private events on Mondays through Thursday. To book a private rental, email Amber Powell at


Upland Brewing

Looking to enjoy some craft beer with family and friends this winter season? Look no further! We have a variety of selections on tap!


Mesa Group Tour

If you want the best culinary experience in town that your taste buds will thank you for, then MESA, A Live Dining Show 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! 


Group eating and drinking beer at Red Yeti

Once you're done shopping locally, go ahead and dine locally with some yummy carry-out or a delicious dine-in experience. These restaurants even have heated patios: Parlour, Union Restaurant & Gameyard, Pearl Street Taphouse and Drake's


Parlour Jeffersonville Winter Igloo

Cozy up in a heated igloo at Parlour in Jeffersonville. Each igloo seats 4 and has hanging lights, a Bluetooth speaker, and a heater you can adjust. Call (812) 914-7400 to reserve your igloo. 


Family hiking in the woods at Deam Lake Knobstone Trail

Big Four Bridge

Outdoor Recreation
Get bundled up or choose a warmer weekend to get outdoors to do some hiking or walking. We offer some of the greatest trails in the region and you can make it a year-round thing to do.

Looking for additional outdoor recommendations? Check out the Scenic SoIN Passport, our newest digital passport helping you explore Southern Indiana while earning fun prizes and entries into our grand prize drawings. Scenic SoIN takes you to all of the best views in Clark and Floyd counties. Explore our multiple state parks, walk across the Big Four Bridge, or take a stroll on the Ohio River Greenway and more. Sign up for free to get started!


Visitors walk down the sidewalk outside of Culbertson Mansion during winter in New Albany, IN

Howard Steamboat Museum Christmas

If it's chilly out, you can always hibernate in your own home, but why not go inside one of our beloved museums? We have a few historical and cultural museums in Southern Indiana like the Carnegie Center for Art & History, Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, and Howard Steamboat Museum. The Carnegie Center's exhibit, "Intentionally Intimate: The Choice to Work Small" is on display November 30 through March 16. Explore the Culbertson Mansion and Howard Steamboat Museum in December to see these two magnificent homes dressed up for the holidays. If those don't tickle your fancy, then head over to Louisville, which is just 1-mile from Southern Indiana. Explore museums like the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum, Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Muhammad Ali Center and Speed Art Museum. 


Derby Dinner Playhouse Christmas Carol

Bunco Squad Derby Dinner Playhouse

Derby Dinner Playhouse
There is nothing better than having a delicious meal while being entertained by one of your favorite musicals, the magical component of Derby Dinner Playhouse. This is the oldest and largest continually operating dinner theatre in the country, and their shows do not disappoint. During the holidays, “A Christmas Carol The Musical” will be running from November 9 to December 31. Holiday shows sell out fast, so act quickly to secure your tickets! Look for additional shows in the new year, including “The Bunco Squad!” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Curious George – The Golden Meatball.”


Media Page Gallery Square Schimpffs

Sweets & Treats
Get a cure for your sweet tooth at the following places and be sure to stop by Schimpff's Confectionary to watch a live demonstration on how they make their famous red hots. You might even catch a candy cane or ribbon candy demonstration during the holidays! Check out Sweet Stuff Bakery, Sweets by Morgan, Rookies Cookies, New Albany Sugar Shoppe, and more


Green at the Wooded View Golf Course

In our region, the weather can be a hit or a miss (no pun intended), but we definitely have a good amount of "warmer" days in the winter season. Rates are cheaper, you get to go outside and be active, and we have fantastic courses. What's not to love? 


Outdoor range and targets at The Sporting Club at the Farm Archery

The Sporting Club at the Farm
Get some outdoor recreation at The Sporting Club at the Farm which offers shooting sports, archery, upland game hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Nestled along the Ohio River, the Farm offers a new and unique way to enjoy the great outdoors. 


To find more fun activities to partake in this winter season, and to see a list of Santa sightings in Southern Indiana, check out our “Top Holiday Activities and Santa Sightings in Southern Indiana." For the best holiday light displays, check out our “Holiday Lights Events in Southern Indiana” blog!