Yuletide celebration in Indy, a Wisconsin winter festival done Wright and more Midwest events
Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:
•The IPL Yuletide Celebration is a Christmas tradition in Indianapolis, marking its 33rd edition this year. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is joined by singers and dancers from Broadway for acts such as the tap-dancing Santas, Holly Jolly Dollies and Jingle Belles and Beaux. Performances start Nov. 30 and continue on select dates through Dec. 23. https://tinyurl.com/ybzhpx2z
•Winter Festival will be held Dec. 1 and 8 at Taliesin Preservation, the former estate of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Spring Green, Wis. Take a one-hour wagon-ride tour of the estate grounds, and enjoy seasonal beverages and treats, as well as a brunch offering. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. https://tinyurl.com/y8j6mf6f
•The Christmas Country Church Tour is a self-guided tour of 33 century-old churches in the southeast Missouri counties of Perry, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger. All the churches, including a one-room wood-clad structure, will be decorated for the holidays. The tour is Dec. 13-14. https://tinyurl.com/y9f4edoc
•Winterlights at Newfields illuminates the campus that contains the Indianapolis Museum of Art with 1.5 million lights. Running from Nov. 18-Jan. 6, Winterlights gives visitors the opportunity to stroll through the gardens with choreographed lights and music. New this year is a winter market featuring local artisans. https://tinyurl.com/yb2fr84o
•The Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Ill., will offer rides on the Happy Holiday Railway each Saturday and Sunday from the last weekend in November to Dec. 22-23. Multiple 40-minute trips each day include visits with Santa, treats and hot chocolate and holiday displays. https://tinyurl.com/ybekscy5
•Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich., is offering a free skiing weekend Dec. 14-16. Lodging at the resort is from $109 per night, with one-day lift tickets for each guest. There’s also a free learn-to-ski clinic on Dec. 15. https://tinyurl.com/y9xtnodp
•Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., goes all out for the holidays with its annual Christmas in the Country celebration from Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Among the activities are Breakfast with Santa, a gingerbread house display, Holiday Tea and trolley tours of the resort to view Christmas decorations. https://tinyurl.com/y9gxsgj3
•Winter Glow will be held Dec. 1 in downtown East Lansing, Mich. The outdoor winter festival will include horse and carriage rides, ice carving, a heated music tent, a holiday farmers market and more. https://tinyurl.com/y7mwzs6a
•Manistee, Mich., has lots of activities for its Old Christmas Weekend on Dec. 6-9, highlighted by the Victorian Sleighbell Parade on Dec. 8. The parade features horse-drawn entries that include a team of draft horses pulling a 30-foot Christmas tree. Other activities range from tours of historic buildings to performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet and carriage rides. www.manisteesleighbellparade.com
•Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford will be decorated with holiday lights and floral displays during its All Aglow program on Saturdays and Sundays in December. There will also be additional dates from Dec. 26-Jan. 6. On select dates, Trolley Car 36 will operate as the All Aglow Express. https://tinyurl.com/y8yl6qm7
•Old World Wisconsin, the living history site in Eagle, will be giving a taste of Christmases long past during its Old World Christmas event. Visitors will experience holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by immigrants in the 1800s. The program is offered Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16. https://tinyurl.com/y9fgav82
•The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis will celebrate Chanukah: Festival of Lights on Dec. 2. There will be a menorah lighting and Jewish music and dance. https://tinyurl.com/yae4ygom
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Phil Marty is a freelancer.
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