There’s no reason to say, “Bah, Humbug,” when you can choose among 28 area holiday events – free unless otherwise designated – over the next month. In chronological order:
Kids can “Deck the Halls” by making different ornaments every Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at the Brookville and Laurel libraries from 3-7 p.m.
Santa will be there for the Polar Express Party Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. at Tyson Library, Versailles. Toddlers and preschoolers can meet Bud the Conductor and receive gifts. To register: www.tysonlibrary.org or 812-689-5894.
Each participant will take home a gingerbread house after attending one of two workshops, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Brookville library or Saturday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Laurel library. To register: 765-647-4031 and 765-698-2582.
Joann Koch will teach how to make felt ornaments Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Laurel library or Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Brookville library from 6-8 p.m. Each attendee will create one for a $2 cost. To register: 765-698-2582 and 765-647-4031.
The Franklin County Arts Council presents the heartwarming one-hour family musical “A Christmas Carol” performed by Theatreworks USA Wednesday, Nov 28, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County High School auditorium. Tickets, available at FCN Bank and at the door, are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
Light Up the Night starts Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Batesville’s Memorial Building. Attendees will get in the holiday spirit with carriage rides, ecumenical choir songs, crowd caroling, lighting of a large tree and luminaries, some after hours shopping and the requisite hot drinks. At 6 p.m. church bells will ring, then at 7 p.m. there will be live entertainment at the Gibson Theatre.
The 29th Metamora Christmas Walk, sponsored by the merchants association there, is on three more weekends Nov. 30-Dec. 16: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tourists will marvel at holiday decorations, strolling carolers, photos with Santa, the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site Grist Mill, horse-drawn carriage rides and wares in over 50 unique shops, some of which also will be open Dec. 21-23.
Oldenburg will dazzle during Holiday Under the Spires Dec. 1. After a Breakfast with Santa and Jingle Bell Jog, area residents can shop, dine at restaurants and enjoy a crafts fair, cookie walk, soup sale, horse parade, live music and even a play about the town’s history. Info and schedule: www.schwesternartgallery.com or Mary Beth Kerker, 933-0360.
The Cincinnati Kinderballet presents “A Christmas Carol” Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Batesville Middle School Commons. The program with refreshments is provided by the Batesville Memorial Public Library.
Children may chat with Jolly Old St. Nick in his little house at Batesville Shopping Village on three Saturdays: Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 from noon-2 p.m., thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Christmas Express to Metamora from Connersville, operated by the Whitewater Valley Railroad, has three Saturday train trips, Dec. 1, 8 and 15, departing at 4 p.m. with 3.25-hour layovers at the quaint village’s walks. Round-trip tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 2-12. Advance prepaid reservations required: 765-825-2054 or www.whitewatervalleyrr.org.
A live Nativity, carriage rides, light displays and bake sales round out the fun at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park Annual Christmas Walk in Osgood Dec. 1-2 from 6-9 p.m. Info: Shanna Joseph, 812-689-6535 or email@example.com.
Cathy Morris and her band Collage will make merry with yuletide favorites infused with reggae, swing, calypso, Latin, contemporary, funk and rock rhythms during a Dec. 1 Rural Alliance for the Arts concert at 7:30 p.m. at RomWeber Flats’ Big Four Cafe. Tickets at $20 with $3 discounts for members must be reserved: 933-0355 or www.ruralalliancearts.com.
The South Ripley Ministerial Association Community Christmas Carol Festival is Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at South Ripley High School. Attendees can enjoy some tunes by the Young Confederates and join in on traditional carols. Freewill cash and food offerings will help area pantries and other charitable organizations. Info: John Halford, 812-667-4767.
For the 26th year, luminarias light the way to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, where children portray the Nativity Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8, from 4-9 p.m. Live animals are near the tented, outdoor manger and hot drinks are inside the parish hall, with festive music at both places.
A home and business decorating contest is one highlight of the Friendship Village Christmas Walk Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-9 p.m. Santa, a live Nativity, holiday crafts, letter writing to Santa at the post office, live music, soup around a bonfire served by firefighters and craft and food street vendors will be other draws. Vendor spaces are available for $10. Info: Janice Wittich, 812-667-7617.
“Bluegrass Christmas” is the theme of a show by The Grascals and Tony Holt and The Wildwood Valley Boys Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Milan Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Advance tickets at $18 (children under 12 free) may be purchased at the VFW, Milan American Legion or The Reservation. Tickets are $20 at the door. Info: Tony Holt, 812-654-3778.
Supervised children may gawk at Doug Evans’ operating S-gauge model train display in the Batesville library’s meeting room Dec. 8-16. A Movie Train Spectacular is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. The first 50 persons who sign up at the library will get a special viewing of the train display, followed by admission to a showing of “Thomas Saves Christmas” at the Gibson Theatre, courtesy of the library, Friends of BMPL and Gibson.
A Gingerbread House Workshop costing $5 is slated for Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Tyson Library, Versailles. To register: www.tysonlibrary.org.
Children in grades K-6 can handcraft and wrap gifts for Mom and Dad at Santa’s Workshops Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Laurel library and Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Brookville library. To register: 765-698-2582 and 765-647-4031.
The Sunman Community Church Live Nativity boasting animals, music and refreshments is Dec. 14-15 between 5:30-8 p.m. Info: 812-623-3135.
The East Central High School Drama Department will present “The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever” Dec. 14-15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are adults, $7; students and senior citizens, $5; kids 5 and under, free.
“A Century of Christmases,” featuring music from every decade beginning with the 1920s, will be presented by 40 Dance Studio students who range in age from 4-17 Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Batesville High School auditorium. The program will offer 10 dances (three ballet, two modern, two musical theater, one jazz, one tap and one hip hop) choreographed by school director Lydia Woodward and teen Lizzy Moeller.
The annual Batesville library Kids’ Christmas Party with Santa will create memories for prekindergartners through third-graders Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.
Reindeer Games for youth in grades K-6 are scheduled at Tyson Library, Versailles, Saturday, Dec. 22, from 1-2:30 p.m. To register: www.tysonlibrary.org.
A live cow, donkey and several sheep plus 20 church members gather for the 45th New Point Christian Church Live Nativity Dec. 22-24 from 7-9 p.m. just off State Road 46.
The movie “Ice Age 4,” rated PG, will be shown on the Tyson Library big screen with refreshments Thursday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m.
Decorations in varied themes, creches and a large tree with nature ornaments, accompanied by music and refreshments, are a part of the Sisters of St. Francis Convent Christmas Tour Friday, Dec. 28, from 6-8 p.m. Info: Sister Judith Werner, 933-6491.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 113; or debbie.blank@ batesvilleheraldtribune.com.