Great Things To See and Do During Jasper’s O’Tannenbaum Days Weekend

JASPER (CHAMBER OF COMMERCE) – O’Tannenbaum Days will be December 5, 6, & 7 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, 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 four local churches. Attend all four for a large variety of delicious treats! 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. 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 5:30 p.m. and then again on Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-12 noon. St. Joseph Church will host a Christmas Bazaar in the Parish Center on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Calvary Apostolic Church will be open on Saturday only from 8-3. They will feature a Cookie Walk, Rada Knives, Fudge and Ribble’ Soup.

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 large 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 5 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 Friday, December 5th. The Krempp Gallery is closed on Saturday.

New events for 2014 include: Hustle and Bustle Fun Run at the Riverwalk on Saturday, December 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop #243, this running and walking event will also offer free hot chocolate and water. Participants will get a reusable shopping bag to use this weekend. A Holiday Bazaar will be on Saturday only from 10-3 at the Cabby O’Neil Gym on 6th Street in the center of Jasper. Many local crafters and vendors will showcase their wares. The Jasper Christmas Craft Show is at the Ramada Inn/Jasper on Saturday from 10-5 and on Sunday from 10-4. Handmade treasures, arts and crafts, homemade baked goods, etc. All items will be hand made. A holiday mARTketplace will open in the old Hoosier Desk at 3rd and Mills Streets on Saturday from 10-5 and again on Sunday from 10-4. This event will feature local artists, photographers and vintage re-purposers. Proceeds from a White Elephant booth and silent auction will benefit HANDS in Autism Intensive Weeklong Training for teachers in 4 area counties.

The Dubois County Museum is open this weekend on 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. Have breakfast with Santa on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (call 634-7733 for reservations). Saturday and Sunday will feature musicians at 2:00 p.m. You can see many Christmas trees and enjoy a thousand Santa’s from the museum’s collections. 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 Health Care provides will decorate Christmas trees with their own flair. Delight in the dollhouses and model trains, decorate a gingerbread cookie, and enjoy some Christmas shopping in the well-stocked gift shop.

Guided tours of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the church bell tower will be given on Friday evening between 6 and 8 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon between 1 and 3 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.

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 for a special time and singing with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Children can then visit with Santa. Each child will receive a candy cane.

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 1:00 until 4 p.m. “Make a Christmas Wish Come True” for one of the animals at the shelter.

The American Legion Post 147 and its Auxiliary are hosting the 77th Annual Community Christmas Party – this year on Saturday 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 30+ participating stores and locations will also have maps available, showing where all of the artists and crafters will be located and what products 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:

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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