Rejoice, the holidays are here! As 2020 comes to an end, it’s important to take time and enjoy the coming holidays to relax, celebrate and spend time with your loved ones. While many annual events in Terre Haute such as parades, concerts and community gatherings have been cancelled, there are still plenty of ways to bring holiday enjoyment and cheer during this winter month.
1. Visit Santa
Like every year, Santa is a busy guy! He will be present in multiple locations throughout Terre Haute to visit kids and deliver their Christmas wishes. While we still want everyone to enjoy their Christmas and their Santa visits, the COVID-19 pandemic will make it look a little different this year. To visit with Santa at the Haute City Center, families must sign up for designated time slots that give participants a Santa meet-and-greet and picture! Deming Park will also be keeping up with their yearly tradition by hosting Santa at Deming Park, but in a new socially-distanced manner. Santa will be at the park during designated times to take socially-distanced pictures with people while he watches individuals drop off their letters to the North Pole. To learn more, visit Terre Haute Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
2. Go Sightseeing
Explore the beautiful holiday decorations on Wabash Avenue and around Terre Haute. While there will not be the annual Light Your Way Parade due to COVID-19 restrictions, individuals can still see Terre Haute’s beautiful street decorations. When taking a drive down Wabash Avenue, especially at night, you’ll be able to see string lights throughout the downtown and fun holiday themed decorations hanging from streetlights. There are also plenty of beautiful displays that can be found in the historic Terre Haute neighborhoods. Enjoy lights, inflatables and displays that local Hoosiers exhibit.
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3. Embrace Nature
Reward yourself in 2020 by purchasing some holiday greenery! Filling a home with poinsettias is a gorgeous way to get into the holiday spirit while embracing the natural holiday decorations nature gives us. Local florists like The Apple House Home and Garden Center, which most Hoosiers will refer to as “Bloom Brothers,” Maggie and Moe’s Poplar Flower and Décor or The Station Floral and Hair Design can supply you with all the flowers needed to celebrate holiday cheer. You can also take this year to splurge on a real Christmas tree to fill your home with the wonderful smell of pine and bring some greenery into your home. Visiting popular Christmas tree farms such as the Star Tree Farm will surely get you in the gleeful holiday spirit.
4. Christmas in the Park
Deming Park will be hosting their annual Christmas in the Park event with adapted formats to keep participants safe. The Holiday Express, Reindeer Romp and visits with Santa will continue on throughout the month of December to give all those in Terre Haute plenty of time to enjoy these yearly traditions. We encourage you to participate in this season of giving by enjoying holiday themed events that give back to the community. Both the Reindeer Romp and the Holiday Express give back to organizations within the Wabash Valley community. To learn more about registration, times and charity organizations associated with these events, visit Terre Haute Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
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5. Celebrate Through Music
While many holiday concerts have been cancelled, there are still virtual options being offered! The Terre Haute symphony will be presenting their concert, Joyful Holidays. The symphony will be hosting this concert virtually so viewers can enjoy the sounds of holiday cheer at their own home. This year, the symphony welcomes Cathy Berns to share her beautiful singing talent with the Wabash Valley. Those wanting to hear this exquisite annual event can purchase tickets by signing up at the Terre Haute Symphony’s website.
Photos provided by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra's website