Christmas in the Country has something for everyone on your list. Find unique gifts at these local businesses and organizations.
November and December
Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Center: State Road 9 and Northport Road, Rome City; 260-303-4990. The former Kneipp Springs Sanatorium is under new ownership and is now open to the public. The former doctor’s residence, a two-story Queen Anne brick home built at the turn of the 20th century, has been renovated and is beautifully decorated for holiday events. The home is warm and intimate for a dinner party of 25, or open space for a cocktail party of 50.
Nov. 1 through Dec. 8
Noble County Public Library: “Hope for the Holidays” donation drive by NCPL Youth to make sure that all families have a great holiday. Donations may be cash or non-perishable items such as toiletries, paper products, coats and hats. Drop-off locations are at all NCPL branches in Avilla, Albion and Cromwell. Proceeds will be distributed to Noble County charities in time for Christmas!
Nov. 26 through Dec. 24
Moose Lake Christian Craft Village: 11330 E. 500 S., LaOtto; 260-637-2372; www.mooselakechristiancraftvillage.com . Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Sundays. Café Moose: open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy thousands of beautiful lights that cover the village and listen to Christmas music. Take your shopping list to the 1880s Mackey General Store for Amish products, Troyer deli meats and cheeses, unique gift items, Watkins products and jewelry. Stop by the 1880s Church in the Wildwood to see its authentic stained glass windows. Santa will read stories on Saturdays and children’s choirs will sing carols.
Dec. 3 through Dec. 17
Avilla Chamber of Commerce: Christmas Tree Decorating Contest for businesses and organizations in downtown Avilla, and a Home Decorating Contest for Avilla residents. Vote for your favorites; prizes will be awarded Dec. 17. Go to www.chamberofavilla.org for information.
Now through Dec. 31
The Lavender Lane: The gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all your gift needs. Visiting the only lavender farm in northeast Indiana is a tradition for many! Choose from freshly harvested raw honey, homemade lavender gifts, handmade aromatic items, ready-made gift baskets or unique wooden gifts. Call 260-854-4494.