Full Slate Of Events For Upcoming O’Tannenbaum Days!


O’Tannenbaum Days will be December 6, 7, & 8 in Jasper, Indiana.

The huge, lighted Christmas tree in the center of downtown welcomes visitors, relatives, residents and friends to this annual Christmas celebration. Lights will be strung from the Dubois County Courthouse to the tops of the buildings. Many of the downtown businesses also have perimeter lights outlining the tops of their buildings. Shops in the city are ready for shoppers with gift ideas and window displays full of decorations. Potpourri, treats, carriage rides, train depot activities, Santa Claus in his special house, and a large variety of artists and artisans are in the stores to greet you with demonstrations of their special skills. The stores are all ready for you with lots of great ideas for gifts and decorations, too.

Santa Claus will be in his special house on the courthouse square throughout the entire weekend. Visit him, and make sure you bring your camera! He will be there on Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon – 3:00 p.m. both days. You will want to bring your camera to photograph your child with Santa Claus.
Take advantage of the beautiful community Christmas tree next to Santa’s house and take some pictures of your children, friends, or relatives. This is a great weekend to share with loved ones and a wonderful time to reminisce and to make new memories that will last for years.

You can begin the day early in the morning on Saturday by stopping at three local churches. Attend all three for a large variety of delicious treats! Precious Blood Church will host their St. Nick Bazaar beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. They will have lots of crafts and home-baked goodies. The Precious Blood event continues on Saturday until 7 p.m. and then again on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Trinity United Church of Christ begins their Cookie Walk at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and will continue selling their delicious cookies until 1:00 p.m. They will also have a bake sale. St. Joseph Church will host a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Saturday afternoon music around the Square will come from local talent, Ray Major.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are sure to please both young and old during this special weekend. At a starting point in front of Jasper City Hall, On the Square, in downtown Jasper, the carriage will travel north and south for several blocks. There will be one carriage taking passengers on the scenic and historic tour of downtown Jasper. The carriage rides will be available at no cost, although donations are always accepted. The carriage rides will run Friday evening, December 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday afternoon from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Krempp Gallery, inside the Jasper Arts Center, on south Third Avenue will feature the “Visual Arts Committee Artwork” on display all weekend. The Gallery hours are Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 3:00 p.m. There will be a reception at the Krempp gallery from 7-9 p.m. – along with live music and wine from a regional winery – on Thursday, December 6th. The Krempp Gallery is closed on Saturday.

The Jasper Arts Center will host the Texas Tenors Holiday Show on Sunday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, the Texas Tenors have traveled and performed around the globe. They were rated the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the “America’s Got Talent” show in 2009. Contact the Jasper Arts Center for tickets. 812/482-3070.

The Jasper Train Depot will be a flurry of activity throughout the entire weekend.

An Artist Studio Sale will be sponsored by the Jasper Arts Center and local artists.  Lots of demonstrations, bargains and original artwork and studio closeouts available! Regional artists and crafters sell work directly from their studios. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday: noon – 4:00 p.m.

The Dubois County Museum is open this weekend Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. Take some time to visit the Dubois County Museum and learn a lot about the history of Dubois County. The museum is located at 2704 North Newton St. Saturday and Sunday will feature musicians at 1:00 p.m. You can see artifacts from Germany and visit with Santa as he travels throughout the museum in a golf cart. Come and see the many Christmas trees in the “Festival of Trees.” Local designers from area businesses will decorate Christmas trees with their own flair, using items from their stores. Delight in the dollhouses and model trains, decorate a gingerbread person cookie, do kids’ crafts to take home, and enjoy some Christmas shopping in the well-stocked gift shop.

Guided tours of St. Joseph Catholic Church will be given on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the main doors of the church for an historical tour of this magnificent and beautiful building that is a landmark for Jasper. A guide will greet you and share some interesting history with you.

At 3:40 on Sunday the Matachines dance in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be on the Plaza, followed by a Mass in Spanish at 4:00 p.m.

Jasper Public Library at 1116 Main Street is joining in to provide some unique entertainment for Sunday afternoon. From 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. you and your children can gather at the Library on Main Street for a special story-time with Santa Claus. This is a wonderful way for your child to interact with Santa Claus in a quiet and positive environment as Santa reads some Christmas stories and engages the children in Christmas songs. Children can then visit with Santa.

The Jasper City Mill will be open throughout the weekend. Go back in time to view the water wheel and grinding of corn into meal. Very interesting and exciting! Great gift items available at the mill, too. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday 12–5:00.

The Dubois County Humane Society will be hosting an Open House at the Pet Adoption Center, 426 Wernsing Road in Jasper on Saturday only from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. “Make a Christmas Wish Come True” for one of the adult cats.
Adoption fees will be $20 on a fully vetted cat during O’Tannenbaum Days only. Tours will be given and refreshments will be served.

The American Legion Post 147 and its Auxiliary are hosting the 76th Annual Community Christmas Party on Sunday afternoon in the Black Gym at the Jasper Middle School. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and Santa arrives at 1:00 p.m. Children will be given a bag of treats when leaving the gym. Santa and several cartoon characters will be available for pictures for a short time afterwards. Music will be provided by the Jasper Middle School band, under the direction of John Coller.

Artists and artisans will display their talents all weekend in many of the stores – look for posters in the store windows. Each of the 35+ participating stores will also have maps available, showing where all of the artists and crafters will be located and what product they will demonstrate and sell. Those maps are also available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 West 6th St. You can also call the Chamber at 812-482-6866 for more information about any of the events that are taking place during O’Tannenbaum Days weekend.

Most of the hotels in Jasper and Dubois County are offering Olde World Christmas lodging packages. Call the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 812/482-6866 or the Dubois County Visitors Center at 812-482-9115 or 1-800/968-4578 for this information or go to: www.visitduboiscounty.com.

O’Tannenbaum Days is funded through a cooperative effort of the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association, Jasper Chamber of Commerce and the Dubois County Visitors Center.

Please keep local businesses and authentic art alive in Jasper, Indiana. You are encouraged to support locally and independently owned businesses while enjoying the great festivities of O’Tannenbaum Days!

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