Our “Christmas in New Harmony” event, which would normally focus activities on the first weekend in December, has been retooled for 2020. This year, Christmas in New Harmony will be a season spanning November 27th – December 25th, rather than an “event”.
Robin Lewis and her committee and volunteers have been hard at work reconfiguring the elements of the event to facilitate social distancing and other safety measures. As a result, some of the activities that have been included previously (vendors in the Ribeyre Event Center and the Granary, the Christmas Home Tour, the morning parade, Candyland, the Big Party) will wait until we’re post-pandemic to come back, but there’s still plenty of merriment to go ahead, including:
- Decorations on the public spaces in New Harmony. From the grand bandstand at McClure Park to reindeer, snowflakes and trees at Redbud Park and festive lighted greenery and wreaths sprinkled around New Harmony, it’s looking a lot like Christmas!
- The Christmas Decorating Contest for businesses and residences, with prizes being awarded in each category.
- The annual outdoor Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the New Harmony Inn on Friday night, December 4, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. is being held via Facebook Live.
- An evening lighted Christmas golf cart parade at 5:30 on Saturday, December 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- A Christmas Gnome Scavenger Hunt
- Holiday photo ops
We are very excited that this wonderful time in New Harmony has been configured for COVID safety.
SPREAD JOY, NOT GERMS!
Previously, due to the pandemic, the following festivals were cancelled for 2020: Kunstfest; Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash; New Harmony Antique Festival; Arts in Harmony Festival.
They’ll be back in 2021! The New Harmony Antique Festival will be the first weekend in June. Kunstfest will be the third weekend in September. The Arts in Harmony festival is moving and will be held the same time as the Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash (3rd weekend in October). Christmas in New Harmony will be back the first weekend of December.