Holidays at the Historic Sites

Experience the holidays – including lavishly-decorated mansions, horse-drawn carriage rides and visits with Santa – at our state historic sites. 



T.C. Steele, Nashville
Experience the rolling hills, scenic vistas, majestic trees and landscape that inspired noted Hoosier painter T.C. Steele and his wife Selma to build their home and cultivate beauty and art in Brown County.

Dec. 2 | Steele’s Country Christmas
1 to 4 p.m.
Included with purchase of site admission
Get your family into the holiday spirit with this festive program, featuring holiday music, crafts and activities. Sip some hot cider and munch on some cookies, then visit with St. Nicholas (1-2 p.m.) and Belsnickel (1-2 p.m.) in this celebration of St. Nicholas Day.

Dec. 2 through Jan. 6 | Holidays at T.C. Steele
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
Included with purchase of site admission
Experience T.C. Steele’s Brown County home decorated for the holiday season. Roam the snowy grounds, tour his home and then marvel at a 12-foot Christmas tree.




Gene Stratton-Porter, Rome City
Gene Stratton-Porter’s Cabin at Wildflower Woods is nestled on the shores of Sylvan Lake amongst 148 acres of fields, woods and beautiful formal gardens. 

Dec. 2 | A Dream of Beauty
1 to 6 p.m.
Included with purchase of site admission
See Gene Stratton Porter’s cabin decorated for the holidays, according to her description of  Christmas in the house in 1917, which she called “A Dream of Beauty.” Enjoy live  entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts and horsedrawn carriage rides around the property. Plus, visit with Santa and share your wish list with him. Purchase tickets at the event.

Limberlost, Geneva
The Limberlost Swamp was the perfect laboratory for author Gene Stratton-Porter to study nature. At a time when most women were homemakers, Porter created a lasting legacy of northern Indiana’s vanishing natural history through her writings and photos.

Nov. 27 through Dec. 30 | Holidays at Limberlost
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
Included with purchase of site admission
Visit Gene Stratton-Porter’s Geneva home this holiday season to see her cabin decorated for the holidays. Enjoy the grounds, then see her home as it may have looked during the Christmas season when she lived there.

Dec. 8 | Santa at Limberlost
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$4/members, $5/non-members
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting with Santa at Limberlost! Plus, see the Limber Jim Swamp Show, create a fun craft and enjoy an outdoor treasure chest challenge. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All gift shop items discounted 20% or more during the event.

Dec. 31 | Limberlost New Year’s Eve
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$4/adult members, $3/youth members ages 3-12; $5/adult non-members, $4/youth non-members
Families will enjoy crafts, games and a balloon drop during this family-friendly New Year’s Eve event. Countdown to “midnight” at noon and ring in the New Year with all the hoopla it deserves. Refreshments included with ticket purchase.

Whitewater Canal, Metamora
Discover how this 1840s feat of engineering changed Indiana from a pioneer outpost to the “Crossroads of America."

Metamora Old Fashioned Christmas Walk
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 12 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 12 to 5 p.m.
Visit Indiana’s Canal Town at one of the prettiest times of the year this holiday season. Enjoy festive decorations, live music, a visit with Santa, shopping and more. Visit the Grist Mill to see corn grinding demonstrations and purchase freshly ground corn to take home.



Culbertson Mansion, New Albany
William Culbertson’s mansion stands as an example of the tastes, ideals and lifestyles of people during the late 1800s.

Dec. 1 through Jan. 1 | Holidays at Culbertson Mansion
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
Included with purchase of site admission Experience a truly Victorian Christmas as you marvel at the incredible holiday decorations including Christmas trees on every floor.

Dec. 1 & Dec. 2 | Family Holiday Celebration
1 to 5 p.m.
Included with purchase of site admission
Explore the mansion as it’s filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. See exquisite holiday decorations, take a picture with Santa and enjoy live music as you tour the home. No registration required.

Lanier Mansion, Madison
Lanier Mansion and the Madison community present the perfect opportunity to encounter, explore and experience history as it was in the 1840s.

Nov. 18 through Jan. 1 | Holidays at Lanier Mansion
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 18 to Jan. 1; mansion closes at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.
Included with purchase of site admission
What were the holidays like at Lanier Mansion in the 1800s? Find out for yourself as the mansion is decorated for the first time, complete with trees, garland and more.

Dec. 9 | Santa at Lanier Mansion
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Included with purchase of site admission
Explore Lanier Mansion during this festive holiday event. Get your photo taken with Santa and purchase a print, enjoy live music from Les Ordinaires in the parlor and read a copy of a real letter to Santa written by a Lanier grandchild and discovered by staff decades later. This program is supported by an Indiana Arts Commission Arts in the Park grant. No registration required.

Dec. 21 | Magic at the Mansion
6:30 to 8 p.m. (family show) or 9 to 11 p.m. (adult show)
Family show: $15/adult members, $10/youth members ages 3-17;
$20/adult non-members, $15/youth non-members
Adult show (ages 21+): $25/members, $30/non-members
Bring your holiday guests to experience the wonder of Christmas magic. Magician Richard Darshwood will perform tableside tricks, as well as invite attendees to participate in an interactive show. Concessions will be available for purchase at the family show, and batch cocktails are included with the adult show ticket. Registration and advance payment required by calling 812.944.9600.