First Posted: 11/1/2011 7:39:42 AM | Last Updated: 11/1/2011 7:40:23 AM
LAFAYETTE – Santa Claus, sleighs and floats are the big news this time of year as holiday events are being prepared for the downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette Holiday Season.
This December 3-4, Greater Lafayette will transform into the Christmas Capital of the Midwest, featuring the nationally acclaimed annual Purdue Christmas Show presented at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the grand Elliott Hall of Music.
On Saturday, join in the magic of downtown Lafayette’s “Dickens of a Christmas” from 10 am–6 pm where you can meet Dickens characters and take a stroll through “Victorian England.”
On Sunday, take part in Indiana’s largest holiday parade, the Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade, beginning at 2pm in downtown Lafayette.
Kicking off the season is the Merchant Holiday Open House taking place on Nov. 11 and 12. The Merchant Holiday Open House is the opening day of the holiday season for downtown business owners. Merchants will be displaying their new holiday stock and will provide refreshments and select savings for patrons. A Holiday Open House Farmers Market will also be part of the festivities from 8am until noon on historic 5th Street.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 the Christmas Capital of the Midwest features Dickens of a Christmas. Downtown Lafayette and West Lafayette will be transformed into the Victorian England of Charles Dickens as we celebrate the holiday classic. Streets will be filled with carolers, crafters demonstrating their skills, choral and theatre entertainment from hilltop to hilltop. Scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” will be recreated with costumed characters throughout the day with the final scene at Riehle Plaza. The event will also include a special Dickens Farmers Market and many other surprises during the day.
The holiday events will round up a popular tradition that has been in our community for over 50 years. The Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade, the largest holiday parade in the state, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 pm. Grand Marshal Bob Kriebel will lead the way for “Historic Lafayette Christmas” themed parade.
Last, but not least, the Purdue Christmas Show will feature multiple occasions for you to experience a holiday extravaganza that will even make Santa stop in his sleigh tracks. Make the show part of your weekend on Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon, 4 pm, 8 pm and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 pm.
Additional information available at www.DickensofaChristmas.com , www.LafayetteWestLafayetteChristmasParade.com and