Are you ready for the holiday season in Greenfield? We’re rounding up the top events taking place right here in Hancock County this November and December! Help us celebrate the hometown holidays by marking your calendar with your favorite family activities!

Nov. 24 Greenfield Turkey Day 5K

This year on Thanksgiving the Greenfield Turkey Day 5K will begin at 9 a.m. with the starting line at 23 N. East St in Greenfield. The 5K price is $35, 1 Mile walk/run is $25, and the youth price (with a medal but no shirt) for either distance is $12. There will be an optional race packet pickup the night before from 6-7 p.m. at Wooden Bear Brewing. Sign up online today! 

Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday

Traditionally, the day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday, which Greenfield Main Street helps to promote each year. Head downtown on Nov. 26 to shop your favorite local businesses, including clothes boutiques like Francis & Fern, Three Unique Boutique, bakeries like Confection Connection or Greenfield Chocolates as well as specialty shops like Udders N’ Suds or the Gilded Nest. We know they’ll be happy to see you! Plus, several local artisans will be joining for a special Pop-Up Market.

Nov. 26 Grinch Mini Photo Sessions

If your kiddo is a fan of the Grinch, be sure to sign up for a Grinch Mini at Southeastway Park in New Palestine. New & Bold Photography is bringing a Grinch, but will keep him a secret until about 5 minutes into your 20-minute session. There will be a small whimsical Christmas setup, but their Grinch is sure to steal the show. There is a limit of one family per time slot, and you will receive 10 digital images from your session.

Nov. 27 Holiday Village & Market

A new holiday tradition will be held at the future home of Taste & See Dinner Theatre and Event Center located at 404 S West St. in Greenfield, in partnership with Butter Chip Cookies. The Holiday Village and Market will have numerous booths with unique and handmade items from local vendors, or you can enter the raffle, bid on the silent auction, vote for your favorite gingerbread house or get a picture with Santa. Plus, enjoy lunch or dinner during your trip from one of the delicious food trucks. 

Nov. 28 – Dec 18 Greenfield Parks Mail Your Letter to Santa

For all school-aged children. Drop your letter at one of Santa’s mailboxes between November 28th and December 18th at the Patricia Elmore Center for Depot Street Park and then wait for your reply from Santa himself! Make sure to include an unsealed self addressed envelope with postage for your return letter.

Dec. 1 Hancock County Arts Council’s Festival of Trees Begins

Throughout December visit Hancock County Arts Council’s Twenty North Gallery for the annual Christmas Tree Festival. Around a dozen decorated trees by businesses or nonprofit organizations can be found and individuals may vote for their favorite tree by bringing an unwrapped gift for each tree’s favorite charity.

Dec. 3 Greenfield Indiana Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday December 3, 2022 for the iconic Greenfield Christmas Parade, tree lighting and downtown window decorating contest hosted by the Riley Festival and the City of Greenfield. The festivities kick-off around 5:30 with the parade line-up near American Legion Place. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and will end near a festively decorated The Depot Park. This year’s theme is Christmas Lights Up Greenfield. Parade entry applications are available on the Riley Festival website. All parade entries must have a minimum of 500 lights.

Dec. 3 Holiday Bazaar at Greenfield-Central High School

Head out to the 9th annual Holiday Bazaar from 8:30-3 p.m. to shop with approximately 100 vendors. Hosted by GCHS FCCLA, this is a great chance to find the perfect local gifts or homemade baked goods, pick up breakfast or lunch, and visit Santa with the little ones. 

Dec. 3 Greenfield Elks Brunch with Mr. and Mrs. Clause

Visit Greenfield Elks Lodge #1720 at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 for a free brunch with Santa with Mrs. Clause. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a photo of your child, and you can also enjoy games, activities and prizes for kids of all ages. 

Dec. 3 Hancock County Children’s Choir Holiday Concert

The Hancock County Children’s Choir invites you to their “Home for Christmas” concert on Dec. 3 at Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield. Enjoy a delightful concert full of favorite holiday melodies that will fill your heart with Christmas spirit. Performances will be available at both 2:30 and 7 p.m. 

Dec. 3 Fortville Winterfest

Celebrate the holiday season at Fortville Winterfest on Dec. 3 from noon-7 p.m. Enjoy a festive parade at 1:30 p.m. to get the party started, visits with Santa, a kids’ zone, art displays, live music, food and beverage vendors, local shopping, family photo ops, and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. to cap things off. 

Dec. 3 Shirley’s Octagon House Christmas Walk

The annual Christmas Walk at Shirley’s Octagon House will be held throughout the day on Dec. 3. Tours are free and you can also pick up a free bite to eat. Enjoy seventeen rooms with seventeen differently decorated trees and other holiday decorations. 

Dec. 3 Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt

This fun event can add some German flair to your holiday celebration. Enjoy vendors, food trucks, entertainment, free face paining, and balloon bending from 12-5. Santa arrives at 5 pm followed by a more adult flavored evening of live music and beer trucks! Head to the town of Cumberland website for more info and a line up of events.

Dec. 4 Greenfield Parks and PAWS Hancock Pet Photos with Santa

Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Shelter House in Riley Park! Santa and his elves can’t wait to meet you and your up-to-date on vaccines fur-baby! Cost is $15 (cash or card) per photo and includes a digital image in a festive frame to cherish fur-ever!

Dec. 17 Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast with Santa

Join jolly old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 17 for a delicious breakfast buffet including a little ones’ hot cocoa bar with favorite toppings, along with holiday arts and crafts area, holiday music and other festive fun. A few of Santa’s reindeer plan on making an appearance too. Located at Bradley Hall, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. seating is available and tickets can be purchased online.

Dec. 17 Reindeer on Main

Meet Santa’s reindeer before they have to head back to the North Pole and step inside Penny Lane’s vintage VW photo bus to enjoy a complimentary holiday family photo. Gourmet hot cocoa and freshly roasted holiday nuts will be available for purchase. Plus, enjoy shopping local for a few last-minute gifts at our mini holiday market just inside the Bradley Hall Events building lobby. 

Dec. 19-20 Reindeer Reserve at the Library

You’ll also have another chance to meet a few reindeer at Hancock County Public Library. Visit the New Palestine Branch on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. or the Greenfield location Dec. 20 at 4 or 6:30 p.m. for Silly Safaris’ Reindeer Reserve show, starring Jingle John the Elf. Audience members will interact with Jingle John’s menagerie during the show, and everyone has the opportunity to pet the animals afterwards. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts Holiday Season

The Ricks Centre will have a full holiday season, including Dec. 3-5 and 9-11 showings of A Christmas Story by Ricks-Weil Theatre Company. On Dec. 17, head out for The Ricks Talent Show Fundraiser, featuring Josh Kaufman and Cliff Ritchey. And you can ring in the New Year with a concert by The Don Stuck Band, and Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio Band. Learn more or keep an eye out for additional events on their website

Tuttle Orchards Holiday Hours 

Tuttle Orchards is also a great place to pick up your favorite holiday gifts this season. The Farm Store will be open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Some of their most popular holiday products include Thanksgiving turkeys, holiday gift boxes or treats from Cafe, holiday fruit baskets, and take & bake holiday pies. Learn more or pre-order your items on their website

Do you have information about an upcoming hometown holidays event that you’d like to add to our calendar? Contact us today with the details!

Photo credit: Greenfield Daily Reporter