Your must-see guide to Christmas cheer in Elkhart County
It’s almost Christmas and that means it’s time to light it up. Light displays are a delight for all ages. Here are the best places to soak in the Christmas cheer.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens
The Promenade Path will be all aglow, so no worries if the snow isn’t glistening. Hum along to Christmas favorites performed by local musicians, and sip on a complimentary hot chocolate or shop the Visitors Cottage for the perfect gift. Winter Wonderland is open Fridays and Saturday from Nov. 23 to Dec. 29. Buy tickets in advance for an additional discount.
Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy
You’ll see more than 2 million LED lights on the one-mile path of Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy. From the comfort (and warmth) of your car, you enter the grounds of the Shipshewana Flea Market for a leisurely drive through unbridled Christmas majesty. The display is open Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 16 to Dec. 30. Admission is charged per vehicle.
Elkhart’s gilded age lives on at the Ruthmere Museum, where you can enjoy “At Home with the Beardsleys” from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30. Journey back in time to when the city’s founding family celebrated Christmas in lavish Victorian and Edwardian splendor. Tours at either Ruthmere or the Havilah Beardsley House are $2 per person (age 5 and younger are free).
Oh! Christmas trees!
Communities along the Heritage Trail love Christmas. From Elkhart and Goshen to Nappanee and Middlebury, all have Christmas festivities, including parades and tree lightings, scheduled in December. Here’s the holly jolly schedule: Dec. 1, Elkhart, Nappanee and Middlebury; Dec. 7, Bristol; Dec. 8, Goshen; Dec. 17, Wakarusa.
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