December 2023

Top Holiday Activities & Santa Sightings

Spend the holidays in Southern Indiana this year! Whether you’re a SoIN native or visitor, there are plenty of ways to experience the magic of the holiday season. Find the perfect Christmas tree at Huber’s Orchard and Winery, enjoy ice skating in Jeffersonville, or take a holiday cooking class at MESA. Don’t forget to visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and even the Grinch during their SoIN visits! Their stops include Charlestown: Christmas City, Fresco Tea Bar, Vintage Fire Museum, Uncommon Cups and Cones and more!

Holiday Activities
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SoIN's Vintage Gems

Shop vintage this holiday season! Find one-of-a-kind gifts at Purple Painted Goat in Jeffersonville or The Odd Shop in downtown New Albany. Check out 812 Vintage, offering styles from the 1990s and before, or Eureka! Menswear for gently used clothing, collectibles and more! Click the link to learn more about SoIN’s vintage shops.

SoIN's Vintage Gems

Unique Gifts for Unique Friends

Think outside the (gift) box this year! Explore SoIN’s unique shopping scene at places like J&B Magic Shop and Theater, Maxwell’s House of Music, Hazel Jane and more! This blog is sure to help you find something for everyone on your list. Click the link for more of SoIN’s unique gift finds.

Unique Gifts
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Things to Do This Winter in SoIN

Beat the winter blues in SoIN! Southern Indiana has tons of options for winter fun, making it easy to turn the gloomiest days bright. Have a family fun night at Jeff on Ice or catch a show at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Knock out your holiday shopping with some friends and finish with a refreshment from one of our local breweries. Click the link for more of SoIN’s winter fun opportunities!

Winter in SoIN

Scenic SoIN Digital Passport

Get rewarded for exploring the most beautiful places in SoIN! The Scenic SoIN Passport features 14 idyllic locations that passholders can explore, most of which are free to enter! Check out places like New Albany’s Mansion Row, Ashland Park in Clarksville, or the Mount Saint Francis Sanctuary.

Check in at 10 locations to win a custom print by Graphic Designer, Illustrator and SoIN native Matthew Clinard. Each check-in earns entries toward the grand prize grand prize drawing, which includes an overnight stay at Stone Creek Cabin in Henryville, exploring SoIN at The Wood ATV Adventures, a clay shooting experience at The Sporting Club at the Farm and a gift card to the newly opened Bicycle Station.

Sign up for your free digital passport today!

Scenic SoIN

These artists think big and work small. The Floyd County Library Cultural Arts Center (formerly Carnegie Center) invites viewers to engage with art on an intimate scale during Exhibition, Intentionally Intimate: The Choice to Work Small, on display now through March 16, 2024. The exhibit is free to view.

Intentionally Intimate

Jeff on Ice is back at the Depot in Jeffersonville now through December 31! Book your time on the ice Fridays – Sundays. Come early to check out shops including Bad Cat Boutique, L.O.S. Vibes, Sister Ray Records and Mood/Egee. Santa will be at the rink December 9 & 16. Tickets are $12 per person and include a complimentary skate rental.

Jeff on Ice

Take a cruise and have Cookies with Santa as the Mary M. Miller transforms into a winter wonderland for you and your family to enjoy. Cruises are December 2, 9 and 16. Boarding starts at noon, cruising from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $39.99 for adults (15-64), $38.99 for seniors (65+), $24.99 for kids (5-14) and children 4 and under are free.

Cookies with Santa

Shop for gifts, visit Santa Claus, enjoy seasonal music provided by the Thomas Family Brass Duo, and share light refreshments at the Howard Steamboat Museum’s Holiday Open House and Christmas Bazaar from Noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 3.

Christmas Bazaar

Let Santa know what you want for the holidays this year during Treats from Santa at the Vintage Fire Museum from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on December 9. Children can have their photo taken with Santa, eat sweet treats and check out antique toy fire trucks. Enjoy the museum’s full collection at half-price admission.

Treats from Santa

See Rudolph and his crew live on December 20 at Greenway Park in Charlestown! Experience holiday magic at this FREE event featuring live reindeer and character meet and greets from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy the city’s famous light displays and fun at the Family Activities Park throughout December.

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Holiday Light Events in Southern Indiana

Light up your holiday season in SoIN! Pack up the car, turn on the holiday music, and get ready to experience enchanting lights and dazzling decorations across Southern Indiana.

Click the link for more info on Light Up Charlestown and more!

Holiday Light Events

Dining in SoIN

SoIN’s culinary scene is booming! With a wide variety of restaurants, Southern Indiana caters to every foodie. Click the link to learn more about the New Albany, Jeffersonville and Clarksville dining scenes.

Dining in SoIN


Feeling spontaneous? Plan a getaway for any reason at all. Check out our hotels. Only a mile from downtown Louisville.

Find things to do in the area whether you’re visiting from out of town or a local who just wants to get out and explore!

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