Holiday Activities in DeKalb County!

  • The holidays are officially upon us which means inviting shops, holiday home tours, and snow-dusted sidewalks. This is the perfect time to browse our quaint shops, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the view of DeKalb County's Historic Downtown Auburn! Don't forget to check out all the shops in DeKalb County when planning your holiday shopping! 

Below is a guide for all holiday activities in DeKalb County! 

*It's an on-going list that will have events edited as an as-needed basis.* 


Deck the Halls-Christmas Tree Display

Saturday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 18th, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 24th, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: The Buchtel House

is the Season to be Jolly! Kick off the celebration season with this special Christmas Tree Display organized by The James Foundation to benefit DeKalb County Promise. Various community organizations and community members will be decorating Christmas Trees for you to view. There will be a free will donation available. All funds from the sale of the trees and the free will donation will be donated to the DeKalb County Promise fund!



Garrett Holiday Fest and Parade of Lights 

Saturday, November 17th, 5:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Garrett, 130 S. Randolph St., Garrett, IN

Ring in the season with Garrett's Christmas Fest and the Dekalb Horseman's Association Parade of Lights. Bring the family down for fun activities including the light parade which begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Stay tuned for a schedule of events. 


Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club Christmas Stroll

Saturday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Join us for a wonderful celebration of the holidays. Area homes and businesses are decorated to express the joy of the season. This event is a great opportunity to gather ideas for decorating your own home and to spend the day touring beautiful spaces. 

The event is sponsored by the Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club.

For more information call 260-925-6686. 

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at any door or $5 for one location. 


Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Well now is the time to start!


Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Auburn Historic District

Hours may vary by businesses - Join us in downtown Auburn for our Annual Holiday Open House 
Participating Businesses Include:


Christmas Parade and Lighting of Frosty

Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Location: 100 Main Street, Auburn, IN 46706

Usher in the holiday season with the Annual Christmas Parade and the Lighting of Frosty the Snowman. The parade begins at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds and proceeds to Courthouse Park on the corner of 7th and Cedars Streets in the downtown. Don't miss the best part, the lighting of Frosty!

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the fellowship before heading home.

Sponsored by the Downtown Auburn Business Association.



Annual Holiday Festival

Saturday, November, 24th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Kruse Museums, 5634 CO RD 11A, AUBURN, IN (I-69 Exit 326)

It's time for the 4th Annual Holiday Festival at Kruse Museums. It is the perfect opportunity to be surrounded by beautifully decorated trees, a visit from Santa Claus, and more cheerful activities! The Holiday Festival is enjoyable for every age!

The Craft & Vendor show will begin in the morning and continue all day, along with the Festival of Trees! These Christmas Trees will be placed throughout the building, and have been sponsored and decorated by DeKalb County area businesses! Festival attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite one!

Free admission.

For more information call 260-927-9144 or email


Old Time Horse-Drawn Christmas Parade and Santa

Saturday, November 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Location: 7760 S. Wayne St., Hamilton, IN

Get into the holiday spirit! Head to downtown Hamilton for the Old Time Horse Drawn Christmas Parade and meeting with Santa.

Over 40 horse-drawn wagons decorated in the Christmas spirit parade through downtown.  Santa to meet kids at the Gnagy Park Pavilion. FREE event


CP Holiday Train Block Party

Friday, November 30th TBA

Location: Waterloo Depot, 485 W Van Vleek Street

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is expected to come through Waterloo on its 20th annual trip to Chicago. The date and time is TBD but we are guessing it will be Thursday night, November 29, sometime after 10 p.m (it usually goes by around midnight). We had so much fun last year, this will be our second event for the beautifully lit train. It's free, just bring canned fruit or vegetables with pull-tab lids for a food pantry donation and enjoy vendors with hot chocolate and food, games and good company while we wait in the Depot for the train. We also plan to have entertainment and an artist market for early holiday shopping with local artists and crafters.


City of Butler Train Party

Friday, November 30th TBA

Location: 110 Depot Street Butler, IN 46721

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is scheduled to come through Butler on it's way to Chicago. Join us for food, hot chocolate, and games. We will also be showing the movie Polar Express as we wait. Bring the whole family to this FREE event as we watch for the Holiday Train. Check for updates on the City's Facebook page. Festivities will be held at the new City garages, 110 Depot St.


City of Butler Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 1st, 4:00 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Location: Butler City Offices

Come to Downtown Butler, Indiana and check out all the festivities at the Butler City Offices. 

  • Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies
  • Wreath Contest with Voting and Auction
  • Lighted Christmas Village Display
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. 


Tri Kappa's Children's Christmas Boutique

Saturday, December 1st, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: DeKalb Middle School

Children ages 4-12 can come and Christmas shop for everyone on their list! There will be crafts, concessions, carnival games, Santa and more!

Cash Only.


The Heimach Center's Annual Christmas Holiday Bazaar!

Saturday, December 1st, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Heimach Senior Activity, 1800 E. 7th St., Auburn, IN

Lots of fun things will be happening! Vendors will be selling their wares just in time for Christmas gifting! Purchase your favorite treat from a baked goods sale and enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Heimach Ways & Means Committee (a fundraising meal).

So come out and visit ~shop, eat, and enjoy great music by the Auburn Community Band...participate in our 50/50 drawing and increase your Christmas shopping bankroll!!

Contact info.:  260-925-3311 or  email

Proceeds from this event help to provide services for seniors, disabled and many others in our community.

Sponsored by the DeKalb County Council on Aging, Inc.


Annual Holiday Pop Up Gallery at The Art Farm

Saturday, December 1st, 12:00p.m - 6:00 p.m

Location: The Art Farm, 17612 N County Line Rd E, Spencerville, Indiana 46788

Searching a special and unique gift? Come to the much anticipated Annual Holiday poP Up Gallery at The Art Farm, hosting 12 regional and local artists! Find the perfect gift and support the arts in the process!

Mediums include ceramics, fiber, jewelry, organic body care, mixed media, sculpture, glass, and metal. Something for everybody and every budget!

The opening reception is Sat. Dec. 1 from 5 - 10 pm

Gallery Hours: DEC 1 thru 30, 2018 WED-SUN Noon - 6 pm


Holiday Bazaar-Relay for Life

Saturday, December 1st  at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Knights Hall(next to Pizza King on South Wayne Street Auburn, IN 46706)

Holiday bazaar and other holiday activities for the whole family. Santa will be there for pictures too! 


"A Christmas Carol" -Excelsior Arts Academy & Youth Theater

Thursday, December 6th & Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 8th at 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Location: Auburn First United Methodist Church

Tickets: $10 for Adults

$8 for Seniors & Students 

Click here for Tickets


Welcome to Bethlehem 

Location: Lakewood Park Christian School 

Experience a story of a family, a special hotel and the love that's shared at Christmas time even in a financial crisis.

Welcome to Bethlehem

5 Performances:
Thursday, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15)
Friday, Dec. 7 @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15)
Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:15)
Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15)
Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 4:00 pm (doors open at 3:15)

A limited number of FREE tickets are available.
Reserved Seating $5.00 per ticket
For details and tickets call 260-925-2006



Annual Eckhart Park Christmas Walk

December 7th-9th & December 14th-16th

Location: Eckhart Park

Cost: $2 per person OR $1 plus non-perishable food item donation

Free for kids ages 3 and under

The Annual Christmas Walk is a holiday tradition for families in Auburn. Stroll through Eckhart Park and enjoy Christmas displays and music. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos. There will be children's games and hot chocolate, too, to top off the fun event! 

Special Nights: December 7th: Cindy Lou Who and Max Costume Contest
December 8th & 15th: Opportunity to take photos with the Grinch

Questions Call: (260) 925-2997



Guys Night Out-Friday Night

Friday, December 7th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Auburn Historic District 

All men are welcome to attend "Guys Night Out" to get in that last-minute holiday shopping! All you have to do is fill out the Google Form with your name and wish list! 
There will also be FREE gift wrapping available at the Auburn Atrium MarketPlace thanks to Beacon Credit Union!


LIVE Drive-Thru Nativity

Saturday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1801 N. Main St., Auburn, IN

FREE LIVE Nativity

The entire community is invited to experience the true meaning of the Christmas season in this LIVE Nativity Scene portraying the sacred story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

This annual drive-thru nativity is a wonderful Christ-centered experience that the entire family can enjoy.

Donations accepted to benefit St. Martin's Healthcare.


Gingerbread Festival

Sunday, December 9th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Auburn First United Methodist Church,1203 E 7th St Auburn, Indiana

This FREE Family Fun Event is the perfect way to kick off the holidays!
Sponsored by The Auburn Kiwanis, The Auburn 1st United Methodist Church, DABA, Auburn Main Street, and the Auburn Garden Club.
Gingerbread Creation Contests (Cash prizes!)
Gingerbread Treat Contests (Cash Prizes!)
Auburn Garden Club Cake Walk (Sugary Prizes!)
Tri Kappa Hot Cocoa Bar
Horse and Wagon Ride - Sponsored by the Auburn Kiwanis
Christmas Stage - Sponsored by Excelsior Arts Academy
Littlejohn Auction's Christmas Spirit Style Show ($100 Prize)
Children's Activity Tables



Girls Night Out

Thursday, December 14th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Auburn, IN

Join us and stroll through Downtown Auburn for an evening of Shopping, Sipping and Tasting all of Auburn's favorite hot spots. Each participating business will be having their own special things happening throughout the evening. It's a perfect time to shop local get your holiday shopping finished! 




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