Holiday markets, music and appearances by Santa himself on tap this weekend

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An outpouring of holiday spirit can be found in Bloomington and beyond. Between a livestream holiday show, Santa on a train, and a Christmas photo-op with your pet, there's something for "kids" of all ages to enjoy this weekend in downtown, Spencer, Nashville and online.

Bloomington singer-songwriter Krista Detor's annual holiday show will be livestreamed at 8 p.m. Friday.
Bloomington singer-songwriter Krista Detor's annual holiday show will be livestreamed at 8 p.m. Friday.

Krista Detor's Hundredth Hill Holiday Show

Livestreamed from Nashville, Tennessee, Bloomington singer-songwriter Krista Detor will host her annual Hundredth Hill Holiday Show at 8 p.m. Friday, with special guest Victor Wooten and featuring Scott Mulvahill, Mark Robinson and more. The concert will be livestreamed on the Mandolin platform. Tickets are now on sale. Go to https://bit.ly/3dklHHn. General admission tickets are $22 plus a $3.30 service fee. All ticket proceeds support Hoosier Action and The Welcoming Nashville Fund.

Check out Brown County's Christkindl Market

You don't have to journey to Europe to find a Christkindl Market with one open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Nashville, 's Coachlight Square. One-of-a-kind gifts and art from more than 20 area artists as well as food and entertainment will be offered at the square east of the Brown County Visitors Center along South Van Buren Street.

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Kids can visit with Santa Claus from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. After his Saturday visits, Santa will join the Light Parade and then return to the market to sing along with the final musical group, Kara Barnard and the carolers. Musical entertainment will begin at 4 p.m. Friday with Forest Gras Experience, followed at 6 p.m. by Polkamotion. On Saturday, Hammer and the Hatchet will lead off the music at noon. For more about the two days of events, go to https://www.browncounty.com/shop-the-market/.

Santa waves in the snowy air to families that were awaiting the Santa Train’s arrival in Bloomfield in 2008. This weekend the Indiana Rail Road Co. train will again bring Old Saint Nick to visit communities in south-central Indiana.
Santa waves in the snowy air to families that were awaiting the Santa Train’s arrival in Bloomfield in 2008. This weekend the Indiana Rail Road Co. train will again bring Old Saint Nick to visit communities in south-central Indiana.

Santa Train returns this weekend

Santa Claus will be coming to area towns by train this weekend, riding on the Indiana Rail Road Co. rails along with Mrs. Claus. Because of COVID precautions, Santa's elves will arrive ahead of the train to prepare for Santa's arrival. Families are invited to come and watch Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a newly restored caboose car and they can mail letters directly to Santa via the INRD North Pole Express mailbox. The usual opportunity to come aboard the train and visit with Santa will not be offered this year because of the pandemic.

The Santa Train will begin its three-day trek in Bargersville at the town hall at 4:15 p.m. Friday, followed by a stop at the Morgantown fire station at 6 p.m. and Helmsburg at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, the train will arrive at Yoho General Store in Solsberry at 9 a.m., Seminary Street in Bloomfield at 10:45 a.m., C Street in Linton at 12:45 p.m., Main Street in Dugger at 2:15 p.m. and Jasonville's city park at 4:15 p.m. Sunday begins in Newton, Illinois, at 10 a.m. and ends in Sullivan, back in Indiana, at 4:15 p.m.

Pet photos with Santa

Celebrate the season while supporting the Monroe County Humane Association by having a picture taken of your pet with Santa, who will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Monroe County Humane Association office, 3410 S. Walnut St. All donations support the association's programs and services. While there, people are encouraged to visit the MCHA Pop-Up store, which has pet food bowls, collars, pet toys, treats and more for the furry members of your family.

Christmas at the Square in Spencer

Downtown Spencer will be full of the sights and sounds of the holiday season from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday for Christmas at the Square. Santa will be on Market Street 12:30-1 p.m. and everyone is invited to be there for his arrival. For shoppers, there will be vendors on Market Street and locations around the square, and retail shops, including Juniper Art Gallery, Unity Retail Shop at Spencer Pride and Dragonfly Gallery, to visit.

Santa will be on stage in the Tivoli Theatre from 2 to 5 p.m., eager to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and pose for photos, with Santa’s helpers giving treats to each child.

Other free activities for children include activities with the 4-H fishing team and holiday décor for sale from noon to 2 p.m. in the extension office; stories, crafts and a free book at the Owen County Public Library from noon to 2 p.m. and games and prizes for children from noon to 5 p.m. at the Owen County Chamber of Commerce.

Drive-through holiday lights at Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park Campground will host its first drive-through holiday lights event in the campground from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Campground host Sara Terry has worked to find people who will each have a different lighted Christmas scene at 62 campsites.

An extra $5 per vehicle fee (cash, no credit cards) will be charged at the campground gatehouse to drive through the campground to view the holiday lights with all proceeds going to the Friends of Spring Mill State Park. There will be an opportunity to vote on your favorite campsite, and the winning site will receive two nights of free camping in 2022.

Bloomington Chamber Singers present seasonal concert

The Bloomington Chamber Singers will present a program of seasonal works by English composer Benjamin Britten at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 Ind. 46 Bypass. The program will feature A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 23, and culminate with Saint Nicolas, Op. 42. Monroe County COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

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Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or online at www.chambersingers.info.

Contact Carol Kugler at ckugler@heraldt.com, 812-331-4359 or @ckugler on Twitter.

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