Each winter season, Greenfield, Indiana is full of fun holiday events for the whole family. Mark your calendar for these upcoming local events to enjoy seasonal movies, festive foods and holiday shopping. There’s something for everyone to come home for the holidays in Greenfield this November and December, whether you’re a longtime resident or a first-time guest. 

Nov. 25 Turkey Day 5K

Hosted by Greenfield Parks & Rec and Greenfield Main Street, you can start your Thanksgiving off on the “right foot” with the Turkey Day 5K through town. Start and finish the course in front of the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Building, with a new route running along historic downtown and the Pennsy Trail. You can run or walk through this fun-filled 5K, and be sure to dress up in your favorite costume, turkey-themed or otherwise! 

Nov. 27 Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a national movement that encourages holiday shoppers to visit small and locally-owned businesses on the day after Black Friday! You can participate by shopping small for holidays in Greenfield this year, with a wide range of local businesses offering handmade goods, clothes and other seasonal treats. 

Dec. 4 Christmas Parade of Lights

The Christmas season in Greenfield kicks off each year with the Christmas Parade of Lights, coming up on Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 5:45 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Lights Up Greenfield,” and downtown businesses are also encouraged to participate in the window-decorating contest (by Dec. 1) hosted by the Riley Festival committee. The parade will run from Depot Street to the courthouse annex. 

Early Dec. Depot Street Park Lights

Another way to check out Christmas lights during the month of December is at the newly-constructed Depot Street Park. The Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department has traditionally hosted a drive-through “Lights on the Pennsy” feature, but this year these beautiful lights will be set up as a walk-through feature at Depot Street Park (adjacent to Pennsy Trail) and will be available any night of the week starting in early December.

Dec. 4-5 Holiday Flicks at the Ricks

Enjoy the holiday classic movie “White Christmas” on Dec. 4 and 5 with showtimes at 1 or 7 p.m. Hosted in partnership with the H.J. Ricks Theatre and Greenfield Main Street, tickets are just $5 per person and can be purchased online or at the door. 

Dec. 10 Riley Boyhood Home Holiday Open House

Visit the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home on Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. for a Holiday Open House with light refreshments and the reading of Christmas-themed poems and stories to celebrate the holidays in Greenfield. This free event is a part of the 2nd Friday event series at the Riley Boyhood Home. 

Dec. 11 Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, Dec. 11, bring the whole family to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast. Located at Wooden Bear Brewing, your timed ticket will include a photo opportunity with Santa, a full breakfast buffet catered by Lincoln Square Pancake House and a cash bar with mimosas and micheladas for guests 21 and over. 

Dec. 11 Hometown Holiday Market

After you visit Santa at the Holiday Breakfast, walk over to the Hometown Holiday Market sponsored by Greenfield Main Street. From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Living Alley at North Street, you can shop from local vendors selling one-of-a-kind wares and pick up a delicious meal from one of the visiting food trucks. A majority of the products will be homemade and perfect for holiday gifts, such as bath items and soaps, candles, home decor, jewelry and more.

Dec. 12 Princess Christmas Ball

If your children love princesses, then you won’t want to miss the 5th Annual Princess Christmas Ball hosted by Happily Ever After Productions. Enjoy holiday performances, balloon creations and themed photos with everyone’s favorite Snow Sisters, Cinderella, Belle and more at the H.J. Ricks Theatre. Tickets are $15 for attendees aged 1 and up, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Dec. 18-19 Holiday Flicks at the Ricks

The second round of classic holiday showings is 1989’s “Prancer” at the beautiful and historic H.J. Ricks Theatre in downtown Greenfield. Showtimes are Dec. 18 or 19 at 1 or 7 p.m. As noted above, tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online or at the door.

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