Celebrating the Holidays in DeKalb County, Indiana 2019

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! 

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*This is an on-going list that will have events edited on an as-needed basis.* 


The DeKalb Horseman's Association's Parade of Lights

Saturday, November 23rd, 5:30 p.m.

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

Ring in the season with 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. 

  • Judge’s Award – Plaque & $50.00 Cash
  • Best Overall Decorated Wagon – Plaque & $50.00 Cash
  • Best Musical Wagon - $50.00 Cash
  • Most Original & Creative - $50.00 Cash
  • Best Decorated Team - $50.00 Cash


Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club Christmas Stroll

Saturday, November 23rd, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

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

The Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club sponsors the event. 

  • Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at any door, or $5 for one location.
  • Presale purchased ticket holders will be entered to win a 50” Smart Roku TCL TV. 
  • The TV is donated by Oak Partners.
  • Where to buy tickets: Carbaugh Jewelers, Family Chiropractic, Jeremiah's, Lyn-Maree's 
  • For more information call 260-927-7921


Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 23rd, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Auburn Historic District

 Join us in downtown Auburn for our Annual Holiday Open House
(Also check out the Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club 'Christmas Stroll' happening the same day 10:00 am-8:00 pm!)
Participating Locations:

  • Auburn Brewing Company
  • Lyn-Maree's Boutique
  • Little Sprouts Children's Boutique
  • Kim's Korner Music & More

*Hours may vary by businesses
More details and businesses to come!


Annual Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November, 30th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Kruse Plaza, Auburn, IN

Vendor/Exhibitor Fee: $50 (contact us for signup sheet)
Entrance Fee: $5 (Adults) 17 & Under are FREE
Includes Parking, Museum Access, FREE Entertainment, Concessions, Santa, Shopping, & More

Old Time Horse-Drawn Christmas Parade and Santa

Saturday, November 24th, 6:00 p.m.

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

Every year the Chamber puts on a horse-drawn parade for the town. Enjoy the lighted parade through town. Santa will be there also at Gnagy Park! Interested in being apart of the parade? Contact 260-488-3607 for more details. FREE event


Christmas Parade and Lighting of Frosty

Tuesday, November 26th, 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!

Sponsored by the Downtown Auburn Business Association.    


CP Holiday Train Block Party

Friday, November 30th, 8:00 pm-1:00 am

Location: Waterloo Depot, 485 W Van Vleek Street

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is expected to come through Waterloo on its 21st annual trip to Chicago.). It's free! While we wait for the train, be part of the action with live entertainment, children’s activities, food and beverage vendors, and an arts & craft marketplace while also collecting food pantry donations. As a sponsor or vendor, you're welcome to set up an information booth and promote your organization or products. Please use the attached form here. For questions contact Tena Woenker (260) 837-7428 or email waterlooin.gov


Santa’s Chalet

Come get pictures with Santa's & Mrs. Clause and enjoy downtown Auburn.

Location: Courtyard Park in Auburn, IN at the Corner of 7th and Cedar Street

  • Saturday, November 30th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (With Precious)
  • Tuesday, December 3rd, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 5th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 12th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 14th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (With Precious)
  • Tuesday, December 17th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 19th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 21st, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (With Holly Berry)

**Santa leaves Auburn for the North Pole to get ready for Christmas Eve* 


Christmas Open House

Saturday, November 30th, 9:00 am-7:00 pm

Location: Butler City Barn, Butler, IN

  • Come to Downtown Butler, Indiana, and check out all the festivities in Butler, IN 
  • Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • All Day Activities!
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. 



Cookie Decorating with Santa 

Sunday, December 1st, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Location: Kruse Plaza

Children: $10.00
Adults: $15.00 (Free if helping child)
Includes Cookies to Decorate, Milk, Photo opportunities with Santa
Call Terri at 260-927-9144 ext) 206 to reserve your spot!


 Annual Holiday Pop Up Gallery at The Art Farm

Saturday, December 6th-29th

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

The Holiday Pop uP Gallery hosts regional and local artists! They will bring you a thoughtfully curated gallery filled with art from a selection of outstanding artists.
Opening reception: Friday, December 6th from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pop-uP Gallery Hours: December 7th thru December 29th, 2019 Wednesday - Sunday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mediums include ceramics, fiber, jewelry, organic body care, mixed media, sculpture, glass, and metal. Something for everybody and every budget.


Annual Eckhart Park Christmas Walk

December 6th-8th & December 13th-15th

Location: Eckhart Park, Auburn, IN

Join Auburn Parks and Recreation for the 29th Annual Christmas Walk! Every night, participants will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa, visit with Mrs. Claus, make reindeer crafts, and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes!

  • Cost: $2 per person (Children 3 & under free)
  • *Bring one canned good for a $1 discount off the admission fee. One per person.*
  • Questions Call: (260) 925-2997



Tri Kappa's Children's Christmas Boutique

Saturday, December 7th, 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.



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Christmas Craft Show

Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Location: DeKalb County Fairgrounds

Come to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds for the Christmas Craft Show!

For vendor information contact  christmascraftshow19@yahoo.com


The Heimach Center's Annual Christmas Holiday Bazaar!

Saturday, December 7th, 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).

Contact info.  260-925-3311 or email beis@dccoa.net


Kruse Plaza Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December, 8th 9:00 am- 11:00 am

Location: Kruse Plaza, Auburn, IN

Child Meal: $5.00
Adult Meal: $8.00
Sausage, Eggs, Fruit, Pancakes cooked by Santa!
For Dietary needs~ please call.
Call Terri at 260-927-9144 ext) 206 to reserve your spot. We would appreciate as many RSVP's as possible but can pay the day of if needed.


Kruse Plaza Gingerbread House with Santa

Sunday, December 8th, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Kruse Plaza, Auburn, IN

Bring your own Gingerbread House.
$10.00 Entrance Fee. We will provide extra Decorating Supplies.
$20.00 Entrance Fee if you need a Gingerbread House.


Ashley Hudson Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 8th at 6:00 pm

Location: Hudson Town Hall, Hudson, IN

The parade starts at the Hudson Town Hall and ends at the Ashley Deli. After the parade will be a tree lighting ceremony and then activities at the AVFD. Santa is sure to be there, so don't miss this local opportunity for your littles to get their visit in.


Holiday Pops in DeKalb County

Sunday, December 8th, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Location: DeKalb Highschool, Waterloo, IN

Take a journey through the winter wonderlands and traditional Christmases of bygone days right up to the present, in an entertaining concert of traditional and contemporary favorites.

The Parkview Health Regional Holiday Pops performance in DeKalb County will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb High School. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Processing fees apply. 

Buy Tickets Here




Girls Night Out

Thursday, December 12th, 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 unique things happening throughout the evening. It's a perfect time to shop local get your holiday shopping finished!


"The Nutcracker" Excelsior Arts Academy & Youth Theater 

Friday, December 13th at 7:00 pm & Saturday, December 14th at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 15th, at 2:30 pm

Location: Middaugh Hall DeKalb Fairgrounds

  • Tickets: $12 for Adults
  • $10 for Seniors & Students 
  • Ticket information coming soon. 


Movie Fun with Santa at the Kruse Plaza

Sunday, December, 15th 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Kruse Plaza, Auburn, IN

$2 per person Admission
Holiday movie (kid-friendly)
Trivia led by Santa
Be sure to wear your favorite set of PJ's
Concessions at Purchase
Call Terri at 260-927-9144 ext) 206 with any questions or to reserve your spot!


Painting with Santa at the Kruse Plaza

Sunday, December 22nd, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Kruse Plaza, Auburn, IN

$25.00 per Painter
Holiday-themed canvas
Enjoy cookies & milk while you paint!
Call Terri at 260-927-9144 ext) 206 to reserve a spot or if you have any questions.