Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Historic Corydon Lights up for the Holidays

The holidays officially begin on November 24 in historic Corydon, Indiana, as the city hosts its 22nd Annual “Light Up Corydon.” The festivities begin at noon with live music, entertainment, and carriage rides. Visitors will get a head start on their holiday shopping by perusing local stores during the Merchant’s Open House. One lucky shopper will even win a $500 shopping spree for all of his or her holiday gifts.

To get into the Christmas spirit, The United Methodist Church will host a Living Nativity Scene from 5-8 p.m. A scene from “A Christmas Carol” will be performed at 6:20 by the Hayswood Theatre. Then, at 6:35, a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” will announce Santa’s arrival to town. Upon his entrance, the city of Corydon will ‘light up’, and the holiday season will be underway.

“Light Up Corydon” is just the beginning of the city’s Christmas celebrations. Santa will make his appearance every weekend for pictures and visits at the Corydon Capitol Building. Apple Valley Greenhouses will have a Poinsettia Open House December 1-2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for everyone’s Christmas décor and country gifts needs. On December 2, Magdalena’s Restaurant will host a breakfast on the Square, and on December 17 from 2-6 p.m., the restaurant will serve Christmas Tea at its location on Chestnut Street.

Beyond the festive holiday events, Corydon offers travelers an incredible collection of historic sites and attractions. Visitors marvel at the natural wonders of the historic Wyandotte Caves a National Natural Landmark where enormous passages are highlighted by dazzling formations and crystals. The State Historic Site marks Corydon’s place as Indiana’s first capitol. Travelers also enjoy touring the Leora Brown School, one of the nation’s oldest standing early African American schoolhouses, and visiting the Constitution Elm site, under which Indiana delegates met to draft the state’s first constitution. Visitors will also find plenty of diverse lodging options in the area, including a historic bed and breakfast, affordable modern hotels and even a riverboat casino. Complete visitor information and a free visitors guide is available by logging on to thisisIndiana.org or calling (888) 738-2137.

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