Gathering with family

December 21, 2018

There are less than two weeks left until 2019. But there are some holiday events left in the area before we get to that long stretch of gray and cold that follows all the New Year’s hoopla, so get together with the ones you love and make some memories.

Here are some of the family activities taking place in the next couple weeks. For more events, see calendars inside Weekender.


Festival of Wreaths : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan. 4, call 260-824-5222 for holiday hours; Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre, 211 Water St., Bluffton; free.

“Victorian Christmas” and “Garden in Lights” : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; 3 children ages 3 to 17, free ages 2 and younger; exhibits close Jan. 6.

Wonderland of Lights : 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31; Ouabache State Park, 4930 Indiana 201, Bluffton; light displays; Santa and carolers at 6 p.m. Saturday; $5 donation.


Annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration : 6 p.m. Thursday; Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St.; music, dance, poetry, vendors, Kwanzaa feast; free.

New Year’s Eve

Countdown to Noon : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31; Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.; activities, cookies, balloon drop at noon; $9 ages 3 to adult, free for younger children and members; ScienceCentral.org.

New Year’s Eve family celebration : 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31; Limberlost State Historic Site, 200 6th St., Geneva; games, prizes and balloon drop at noon; 3 youth member ages 3 to 12, 4 youth non-member, free for ages 2 and younger; IndianaMuseum.org/limberlost.