Christmas and winter fun has arrived across beautiful Noble County in Northeast Indiana! With December’s arrival comes a line-up of activities occurring all across the region that are sure to put the spirit of the holidays into even the sourest of grinches.
This list is surely incomplete, because like so many Hoosier communities, Noble County’s small towns are filled to the brim with friendly families and organizations, each with plans to celebrate, give back, and bring people together to share this most wonderful time of the year. Be sure to search online, explore social media channels, and reach out to the people and places that pique your interest to find ALL that is happening here this Christmas season! Some highlights include:
Albion‘s “Christmas Memories” Light Parade will move through town on Friday, December 3 beginning at 6:00 PM. The Light Parade will begin at the Central Noble Schools campus on East Main Street (SR 8) and move west to the stoplight before turning north to pass by the beautiful, historic Noble County Courthouse and shops ready to welcome everyone inside to warm up and shop local! After a one-year hiatus, this popular parade is sure to welcome a large crowd to the county seat! This and more highlight the town’s Christmas in the Village celebration.
The 53rd annual Kendallville Christmas Parade, “A Gingerbread Christmas” will bring Santa to downtown Kendallville on Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 PM. This daytime parade will feature about 30 vehicles, floats, and walkers tossing candy to onlookers and the arrival of Santa atop a fire ladder truck.
Lighting it Up
The Community Learning Center, located at 401 E. Diamond Street in Kendallville, will kick off their line-up of Christmas festivities with the flip of a switch to illuminate a large wall display at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 1. The lighting will be followed up with a holiday concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. The concert is free, but free-will donations are appreciated.
The Community Christmas Tree at Kendallville‘s newest pocket park, located across from City Hall along Main Street downtown, will be lit up at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 2. The new park has been under construction this fall, and the tree lighting marks its first official public celebration and event! Additional activities will be taking place as well.
The community of Avilla will gather at Heritage Park downtown, on Albion Street, on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5:00 PM for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. Children will also have the chance to meet Santa and one of his famous reindeer. Snacks will be available, too.
Downtown Cromwell will be abuzz on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 PM as the community lights its community Christmas tree and welcomes a live performance of cloggers. Vendors will also be on hand for the festivities.
Noble County’s largest outdoor light display returns to the Mid-America Windmill Museum at 732 S. Allen Chapel Road. The public can enjoy walking through the displays – nestled among the windmills – for a $4 admission fee. Ample parking is available. The display will be open Friday – Sunday, Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Children 12 and younger are free.
Drive through Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville and take in the hand-crafted larger-than-life Christmas Greetings. Drive through is open evenings from Dec. 3 through Christmas. Enter at Lake Park Drive on the northwest side of Bixler Lake near the Kendallville Public Library.
Shops & Markets
Noble County is home to over 200 locally owned small businesses, so throughout the season there are seemingly endless opportunities to shop local! Discover a wide variety of boutiques, antique stores, discount shops, and more the old fashioned way (by driving from community to community), or plan and conquer using the free shop local directory, SHOPNoble, a valuable resource to find all the unique Made in Noble shops, boutiques, antique stores, discounters, and more! If deciding is too hard, consider giving the Be Noble Card, a community e-gift card that can be redeemed at nearly 30 (and growing) locally owned businesses!
Holiday Shops brings guest vendors, hosted by retailers along Main Street, to downtown Albion during the town’s Christmas in the Village on Friday, Dec. 3. Enjoy more than a dozen locally owned boutiques and makers and find unique Christmas gifts to check off your list!
The Kendallville Christmas Market follows a summer season of Farmers Markets at the same spot, the Community Learning Center at the corner of Riley and Diamond Streets in Kendallville, on Saturday, December 4 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Local vendors will feature homegrown and handmade items. Stop inside the center for a free open house in the new pottery studio and sale items!
Enjoy the Mistletoe Market at Sylvan Cellars on Thursday, Dec. 9 beginning at 5:00 PM at Sylvan Cellars in Rome City.
Food & Other Festivities
The first-ever Christmas Tree Jubilee takes place on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6:00 PM. Hosted by Hosler Realty, 106 S. Main Street in Kendallville, the Christmas Tree Jubilee is a decorated tree and wreath display and auction (beginning at 7:00 PM) to benefit Experience the Heart of Kendallville, the city’s Main Street™ Affiliate organization. Guests can enjoy the view from the beautiful sidewalks and street before the auction and are invited inside during the Christmas Parade on Dec. 4th. The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will also host a Bake Sale during this open house.
Santa is making the rounds, with multiple chances to enjoy breakfast with the jolly ol’ elf while he is in Noble County ahead of his global flight! Santa’s Pancake Breakfast will take place in Ligonier at the Fire Department, 103 W. 3rd Street, on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 7:00 to 11:00 AM. Santa arrives at 9:00 AM. The magic of Christmas means Santa will also be having breakfast at the Albion Fire Department, 210 Fire Station Drive, on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. A raffle will also be part of the family activities available there. A photographer will be on hand at the Avilla Fire Department to capture proof Santa will also be there on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM for photos and breakfast. (Santa eats a lot and is faster than the speed of light!)
Meet Santa’s reindeer on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Ligonier Public Library, 300 S. Main Street, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM.
A Vintage Christmas at Stone’s Trace recreates the season circa 1830s, with a chance to meet a historical portrayal of Saint Nicholas. Visit Stone’s Trace on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
More vintage Christmas, “A Dream of Beauty,” comes to life at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Visit Stratton-Porter’s Cabin in Wildflower Woods decorated as it would have been in 1917. Self-guided tours of the property, holiday treats, crafts, and more included with admission.
Enjoy a free movie at historic Strand Theatre on Main Street in downtown Kendallville! “Polar Express”, sponsored by the Century 21 Hess Team, will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:00 PM. Catch a screening of “Elf” at The Strand on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2:00 PM, sponsored by Pine Hills Kendallville.
TC Dance will put on live dance performances at the Community Learning Center on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will present a free community Holiday Pops Concert on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Central Noble High School Auditorium, 302 Cougar Court in Albion. Take a journey through the winter wonderlands and traditional Christmases of bygone days, featuring traditional and contemporary favorites, and soloist Stephanie Carlson. No tickets are needed.
Make a visit to Noble County part of your holiday this year! Merry Christmas!