‘Tis the Season in The Bend
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There is so much to do during the holiday season. Finding the perfect tree, decorating and wrapping presents for loved ones are on everyone’s to-do list this time of year. If you’re around The Bend during the holidays, make sure to carve out time for these events too.

Events in Downtown South Bend

Holiday Light Parade

When: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13
Details: Lighted floats will make their way down Jefferson Boulevard during the third annual parade.

Santa’s House + Workshop

When: Dec. 6-24
Where: The Gridiron
Details: Look for the little red house and you’ll soon find Santa. Bring your camera for a photo op. And don’t forget the wish list.

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Cookie Decorating and Gingerbread Village at South Bend Museum of Art

When: Dec. 6-24
Where: South Bend Museum of Art Details: Stop by the South Bend Museum of Art while you’re downtown visiting Santa for free cookie decorating and to vote on your favorite house in the Gingerbread Village. Same dates and times as Santa’s House and Workshop.

Visits with The Grinch and Rudolph

When: Dec. 6-24
Where: South Bend Chocolate Café
Details: Snag a photo with the Grinch and Rudolph during your visit downtown.

Hours for Santa’s House and cookie decorating are as follows:

5-9 p.m. Dec 6, 13 and 20
Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21
Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22, 23 and 24

Holiday Performances

Live theater performances around the holidays include “The Santaland Diaries” and “Elf the Musical” at the South Bend Civic Theater. Headlining shows at Morris Performing Arts Center during December are “The Nutcracker” ballet and South Bend Symphony Orchestra presents “Home for the Holidays.”

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Holiday Lights at the Zoo

Visit Potawatomi Zoo between Nov. 29-Dec. 22 for The Gift of Lights. More than a million lights are wrapped around trees and free-standing displays throughout Indiana’s first zoo.

For more things to do in The Bend, check out our events calendar.