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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. New this year is their outdoor igloos which can be a cozy way to enjoy Huber's this winter, reserve yours today!

jeffersonville ice skating

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 starting November 26 to January 29. Regular operating hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 PM to 8 PM, Fridays from 4 PM to 10 PM, Saturdays from 12 PM to 10 PM, and Sundays from 12 PM to 8 PM. During the holidays, the rink will be open Christmas Eve from 12 PM to 6 PM, closed Christmas Day, and open New Year's Eve and New Year's day from 12 PM to 6 PM. The rink is closed for private events on Mondays and Tuesdays. 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 like La CatrinaParlour, Union Restaurant & Gameyard, Pearl Street TaphouseThe Exchange Pub + Kitchen, and Floyd County Brewing Co. 

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. Explore our multiple state parks, walk across the Big Four Bridge, or take a stroll on the Ohio River Greenway

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, "Over the Moon: the Eclectic Art of Ann Farnsley" is on display now through January 7. 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 sound like they 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. 

grumpy old men

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. In the new year, Grumpy Old Men the Musical will be running from January 4 to February 12. 

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 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.