Christmas is a time of relaxing at home with your family, but it can be old fast, so Christmas is also time to get stuck in your car and go somewhere. Here are the six Indian cities that make great destinations in December, the six Indian cities that are out in their Christmas preparations and presentations.
People at the Reynolds Farm Equipment plant put several Christmas lights on the farm tractor in 1992. In the following year, they decorated some riding mowers to look like reindeer. He is now building dozens of large, illuminated things, including a 57-foot tall, heavily snow-covered snowman and even a taller (three-foot) cross.
Visitors pay a small fee and the money goes to the dining room run by the local Methodist Church.
This city of the Ohio River in Jefferson County is not only truly old (platinum: 1810), it was an early adaptation of historic preservation. So she still looks old, which means her Christmas parade is unrivaled, nostalgia-wise. This year's edition is December 1 a tour of former historic houses on November 23 and 24, as well as November 30 and December 1.
This city of Brown County has only 1,000 people, but nearly 200 stores. It is best known for its autumn colors, but the city also takes Christmas seriously. There is a parade, a breakfast with Santa, a tour of the historic log cabins in a self-guided area, and a varied show with music and holiday-related comedies every weekend in December.
There are good places to stay overnight, including, including in the nearby Brown County State Park.
The idea of the Monument Circle to celebrate the holidays comes from the eminent city architect Edward Dienhart Pierre. Pierre made most of his gift shopping Downtown on Christmas Eve. In 1937,
he noticed how dark and gloomy was his daughter, Mary Pierre Hendrickson, in a 1984 interview. Dark and gloomy was not a way to do Christmas Eve, Pierre thought.
He promoted his idea of decorating a circle, elaborating some design plans, raising money, and in 1945 the first modest decorations appeared on the circle, basically just greenery and a evergreen tree with several ornaments.
Later on, there were large strings of light. Pierre stood up against the light. He wanted the thing to be "respectfully beautiful and inspirational – not fierce and commercial." But he came to enjoy the lights.
Now every year a light switch thrown on Friday after Thanksgiving, with tens of thousands of people coming to see. It's a moment of Indianapolis Whoville.
A century ago, the US Postal Service began sending childhood letters addressed to "Santa Claus" to this small spot in Spencer County. The comforter there, kindly James Martin, started answering.
Letters continue to come and today a large congregation meets. The city that is home to the large Holiday World & Splashin Safari amusement park is heavily reliant on tourism. During holidays, there is plenty of Christmas activities as you would expect, such as a Christmas parade, an interview with a man dressed as Santa in the Santa Claus Christmas Store, and an opportunity for roasted chestnuts at Santa's Candy Castle
Why to name the town of Santa Claus? Originally, it was named Santa Fe in 1846, but it was already Santa Fe, Ind., So in 1855 it had to change.
This small town in the Amish country is full of gift shops and attracts tourists all year round, but Christmas is a great interest in "Joy Drive thru lights", consisting of more than 2 million LED lights spread over miles ($ 15 car, over 30 December, look at the Ice Cutting Competition on December 27 and 28.)
Contact star reporter Will Higgins at 317 444-6043. Watch it on Twitter @WillRHiggins.
Read or share this story: https://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/2018/11/16/six-indiana-towns-do-christmas-right/1808721002/