Concerts, tours, events spice up Christmas around Elkhart County

"A Lerner Christmas" is one of many options to fill your season with holiday cheer.
“A Lerner Christmas” is one of many options to fill your season with holiday cheer.


By Terry T. Mark

A quick jolt of holiday cheer will be available if you start running a little low, thanks to Christmas special events, concerts and other entertainment throughout the month.

Downtown Elkhart’s Gateway Mile will stuff your stockings full of Christmas fun, starting with the Ruthmere Museum’s Miracle on Beardsley Avenue holiday house tour and a stroll through the nearby Wellfield Botanic Gardens in its’ Walking in a Wellfield Wonderland event.

In the heart of downtown Elkhart, the city’s annual Winterfest — featuring Breakfast with Santa, a parade and tree lighting ceremony, and the official opening of the NIBCO Ice & Water Park for ice skating — will be Dec. 3. The next weekend, Dec. 9-11, Premier Arts will present “A Lerner Christmas” in the Lerner Theatre.

Goshen will have a wealth of holiday entertainment too, with the First Fridays theme of “Hometown Holiday” on Dec. 2 and Goshen College’s Festival of Carols concerts Dec. 2-4. Plus, the Goshen Theatre has an ongoing series of holiday movies planned to keep the Christmas spirit going.

Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theater in Nappanee and Das Dutchman Essenhaus’ Heritage Hall  in Middlebury each have Christmas-themed productions. At The Round Barn Theatre is “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” while Heritage Hall features “E.O.C.: A Christmas Reader’s Theatre.”

Here is our full list of holiday-related entertainment in Elkhart County this season:

— E.O.C.: A Christmas Reader’s Theatre, Essenhaus’ Heritage Hall, Middlebury, through Dec. 17.

— Holiday House Tour: Miracle on Beardsley Avenue, Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, through Dec. 30.

— Walking in a Wellfield Wonderland, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23.

— Goshen First Fridays: Hometown Holiday, Downtown Goshen, Dec. 2.

— Festival of Carols, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, Dec. 2-4

— Where’s Santa Holiday Hunt, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, Dec. 2.

— Breakfast with Santa & Winterfest Parade and Tree Lighting, Central Fire Station and downtown Elkhart, Dec. 3.

— Kid’s Day and Santa, Shipshewana, Dec. 3.

All Aboard!: The Polar Experience, National New York Central Railroad Museum, Elkhart, Dec. 4.

— Elkhart Municipal Band Free Holiday Concert, The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, Dec. 4.

— Premier Arts presents A Lerner Christmas, The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, Dec. 9-11.

— A Coppes Christmas, Coppes Commons, Nappanee, Dec. 9-10.

— Breakfast with Santa, Amish Acres, Nappanee, Dec. 10.

— The Open Fifths, Goshen Theater, Goshen, Dec. 10.

A Gateway Mile Christmas, Downtown Elkhart, Dec. 10.

— Cherish the Ladies at Goshen College Christmas concert, Dec. 13.

— Seventh annual Glory and Majesty of Christmas featuring the Webbs, Blue Gate Theater, Shipshewana, Dec. 15-18.

— Sounds of the Season, The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, Dec. 14.

— Lunchtime Live! At the Lerner playing “A White Christmas,” The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart’s Gateway Mile, Dec. 21.

— “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Goshen Theatre, Dec. 23.

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