Catch a holiday train exhibit, markets, fireworks and more Midwest events

Eiteljorg Museum's popular holiday train exhibit runs through Jan. 21.
Eiteljorg Museum’s popular holiday train exhibit runs through Jan. 21.
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Chicago Tribune

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•“Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure” returns to Indianapolis’ Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art from Nov. 17-Jan. 21. The popular holiday exhibit features nine model trains that travel through multiple scenes, past popular Indianapolis landmarks such as Monument Circle and Union Station and national attractions like the Grand Canyon and Old Faithful. New this year is a trip along famed Route 66.

•What’s called “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree” will be staged Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon, Mich. The 67-foot-tall tree consists of lighted tiers that hold 240 of the nearly 300 members of the Mona Shores High School choir. There are 7 p.m. performances each day and a 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 1.

•The Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market in Steubenville, Ohio, will be in operation from Nov. 20-Jan. 5, when some 150 6-foot-tall nutcrackers are displayed around Fort Steuben Park downtown. Each Friday-Sunday the Advent Market is open with artisans offering specialty crafts and baked goods in Swiss-style chalets set around the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.


•Hotel Walloon in Walloon Lake, Mich., is offering a deal for military personnel and emergency responders. During November and March the second night of a two-day stay is free. A valid form of military ID or emergency responder ID must be shown at check-in.

•The Charles Lindbergh House and Museum in Little Falls, Minn., presents a look back at holidays of a different time with its A WWI Christmas offering. Costumed interpreters will give a taste of the holiday season during wartime. It’s offered Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

•Kenosha, Wis., dives into the holidays Dec. 1 with Kenosha HarborHoliday — International Market & Festival. Held at Museums Campus, the event combines the Victorian Christmas at the Civil War Museum, the Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday Faire, the Winter HarborMarket event and more. There will be indoor and outdoor activities and lots of entertainment, such as Korean dancers, Ballet Folklorico and the MGV Harmonia German Men’s Choir.

•The Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, Wis., presents its Garden of Lights holiday light show Nov. 23-Dec. 30. This is the 22nd year for the walk-through show, which extends almost a mile. Light displays are botanical-themed, and there’s a model-train display. Horse-drawn wagon rides are also offered.

•Galena, Ill., lights up for the holidays on Dec. 1 with Holiday Fire in the Sky. The fireworks display will be at Depot Park. There will also be caroling, a bonfire and other Christmas music.

•More than 300 musicians join together in a holiday salute during the 60th annual Vespers at Millikin University’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur, Ill. Included will be familiar carols as well as older, less-known holiday music. Performances are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1-2.

•Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis., is staging the 21st edition of its Old World Christmas Market on Nov. 30-Dec. 9. The market is modeled on Europe’s Christkindlmarkts with vendors selling unique items and German food. There’s an admission charge for the market, and the resort also has holiday lodging packages.

•Seven of Indiana’s state parks have inns so you can sleep close to nature.


•The National World War I Museum and Memorial is located in Kansas City, Mo.

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Phil Marty is a freelancer.

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