14 Wednesday / November 14, 2018

ELF The Musical

07:30 pm
IU Auditorium
http://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/elf

ELF The Musical is the hilarious and heartwarming tale of Buddy, who, as a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities put him face-to-face with the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema film, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Children / Comedy / Live Music / Theater

23 Friday / November 23, 2018

Holiday Market

05:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Artisan Alley
https://www.artisanalley.com/

Step into our artistic winter wonderland at our 222 W 2nd St. location on select weekends in November and December! Artisan Alley will be hosting a Holiday Market where local art vendors will be selling their work to make the perfect handmade gifts!
There will also be a FREE Santa Clause photo booth where kids can meet Santa and get pictures.
After meeting Santa, the whole family can make handmade ornaments for free in one of our artist’s open studios!
Visitors will be able to browse our Made shop during this event in addition to browsing the local artists’ booths that will be set up in our location.
Entrance to this event is completely free and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun Holiday activities.

Children / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Festivals / LGBT / Volunteering

23 Friday / November 23, 2018

Annual Canopy of Lights Open House

05:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street

Start or continue a tradition by visiting the History Center before and after the lighting of the Canopy of Lights on Courthouse Square. Warm up with hot cider and cookies when you visit our new holiday exhibit. Play games and make holiday crafts as you await the announcement of the “Name the Courthouse Fish” contest winner!

Children / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Exhibits

1 Saturday / December 1, 2018

Chimes of Christmas

02:00 pm
IU Auditorium
http://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/chimes-2018

The Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers return to IU Auditorium this December for the jolliest family-friendly event of the season, Chimes of Christmas. The Singing Hoosiers deck their annual concert with a revue of contemporary songs, favorite carols, and classical choral arrangements sure to make your holiday spirits bright.

The Singing Hoosiers carry over half a century of tradition in contemporary vocal performance, and have enchanted audiences all over the country and around the globe with performances in more than 26 countries.

Featuring performances by Jacobs School of Music ensembles, the groups combine to deliver their holiday cheer to audiences in what is now a beloved Bloomington tradition.

Children / Entertainment / Live Music

1 Saturday / December 1, 2018

Chimes of Christmas

07:30 pm
IU Auditorium
http://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/chimes-2018

The Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers return to IU Auditorium this December for the jolliest family-friendly event of the season, Chimes of Christmas. The Singing Hoosiers deck their annual concert with a revue of contemporary songs, favorite carols, and classical choral arrangements sure to make your holiday spirits bright.

The Singing Hoosiers carry over half a century of tradition in contemporary vocal performance, and have enchanted audiences all over the country and around the globe with performances in more than 26 countries.

Featuring performances by Jacobs School of Music ensembles, the groups combine to deliver their holiday cheer to audiences in what is now a beloved Bloomington tradition.

Children / Entertainment / Live Music

6 Thursday / December 6, 2018

3rd Annual Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit

09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Monroe Convention Center
http://www.btccbloomington.org/mc3-summit-2018/

The past two years, Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County and Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) have convened approximately 200 community members for the Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit (MC3). The theme for the first Summit was, “what surrounds us, shapes us,” and the second Summit theme was child and adolescent health. The decision to organize the event around conditions was grounded in the understanding that children are shaped by the relationships they have, the neighborhoods they live in, the places they learn and play, and the community organizations that serve them. When children have access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments they are more likely to thrive- and thriving children are more likely to grow into thriving adults.
Our third MC3 Summit will continue exploring conditions by focusing on connections. We selected this theme because it is our connections to others and to resources that protects us and our children from a host of health and social problems. Among the questions we are asking as we approach the event are: How can we improve connections within and between individuals, families, neighborhoods, organizations, and sectors? What gets in the way of connections? And how do connections affect health?

Children / Education

12 Wednesday / December 12, 2018

Winter Snow Craft Session

01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Paynetown State Recreation Area
http://stateparks.in.gov/2954.htm

Winter Snow Craft Session from 1 to 3 p.m.
Paynetown SRA, Activity Center
This is a DROP-IN craft session for preschool-age and elementary home schooled children. There will be 5 different crafts offered, each with a snow or ice theme. There is a $1 fee per craft (cash or check); you can pick and choose which ones you want to make. You may arrive at any time during the session, but no new crafts may be started after 3 p.m. If you plan to make all 5 crafts, we recommend arriving no later than 2:15 p.m.

Children / Education / Outdoors

15 Saturday / December 15, 2018

Skate with Santa

01:30 pm to 03:00 pm
Frank Southern Ice Arena, 2100 S Henderson St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Celebrate the holidays on the ice with Santa and his elves. Photo ops are available along with cookies and punch. Come dressed in your best ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win prizes! Admission is $6 per person plus $3 for skate rental.

Children / Sports

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