Go Skiing or Ice Skating This Season in Southeast Indiana

Visitors to Southeast Indiana can head outdoors this holiday season for some fun on the snow and ice.  In addition to ice skating at Winter Wonderland, which opened last month, the Lawrenceburg-area downhill skiing facility Perfect North Slopes is now open for the 2017-18 season, offering winter recreation including skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.  


An annual tradition in Lawrenceburg, the Winter Wonderland ice rink is located at Todd Creech Park in the city’s downtown.  The covered outdoor ice rink offers a low $6 admission fee, with children 14-and-under admitted for $4 and those under 2 admitted free.  Skate rental is included with admission.  Regular rink hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 4-8pm; Friday from 4-9pm; Saturday from 12-9pm; and Sunday from 12-8pm.  On Fri., December 22, the rink will be open from 12-7pm with a Teen Night from 7-10pm.  The rink’s Christmas break hours (December 23-January 6) are 12-9pm.  Skaters can visit on Christmas Eve from 12-3pm, and on New Year's Eve from 12-6pm.  The rink is closed on Mondays and on Christmas Day.  

At nearby Perfect North Slopes, visitors will find more than eighty acres of tree-lined trails and slopes, including a special tubing park designed just for snow tubers.  The overall property includes 5 chair lifts, 6 carpet lifts, 22 trails and 2 terrain parks.  

Currently Perfect North is open for skiing and snowboarding, with snow tubing expected to be open later in the season.  In addition to equipment rental and lessons for beginners, the property also offers special group rates, and an updated lodge with onsite Loft Shop and Chow Corral.

On December 31, Perfect North will also once again host their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on the slopes.  In addition to skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing until midnight, attendees can enjoy party favors and a DJ in the lodge.  Right before midnight, ski instructors and ski patrol members will glide down the darkened slopes in a torchlight parade – an annual tradition. There will also be a fireworks show starting at midnight.

Holiday Events Planned for This Weekend in Southeast Indiana

The holidays will kick off in Southeast Indiana this Thanksgiving weekend, as the communities of Lawrenceburg and Aurora prepare to usher in the season.    

In downtown Lawrenceburg, the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink will open to skaters on Friday (4-9pm), Saturday (12-9pm) and Sunday (12-8pm).  Located at Todd Creech Park, the covered rink offers a low admission fee of $6 for adults and $4 for children (including skate rental) and will remain open through January 14.  There will also be lots of great activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday, as both Aurora and Lawrenceburg celebrate “Small Business Saturday,” including merchant open houses, special offers, ribbon cuttings, a cookie walk and more.

Downriver in Aurora, the city will hold the first of its “Miracle on Main” holiday weekends beginning Sunday, November 26.  In addition to Hillforest Victorian House Museum’s “Victorian Christmas Exhibit,” which will be open from 1-5pm, the day will include special “Bethlehem Experience” activities for children from 3-5pm, Dickens Village and toy display, and a lighted Christmas parade (including the arrival of Santa Claus) beginning at 6pm.  Santa will then be available for visits at the Aurora Lions Club from 6:30-7:30pm.

Both communities will also host their annual Christmas tree lightings on Sunday night.  The City of Lawrenceburg and the Lawrenceburg Main Street Association will host a special Mayor’s Reception (beginning at 4:30pm) followed by the official Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting (beginning at 6pm) on Walnut Street in front of the clock tower.  The City of Aurora’s tree lighting will begin at 6:30pm on Second and Main Streets.

Throughout the month of December, the region will host additional holiday activities, including Lawrenceburg’s Winter Wonderland Celebration and Aurora’s “Miracle on Main” holiday events, all of which will take place on select weekends in December.  To learn more about things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this holiday season, log on to our Visit Southeast Indiana website or follow us on Facebook


Holiday Shopping Markets & Promotions Planned for November

Southeast Indiana is kicking off the holiday shopping season this month with a variety of special holiday markets and events. Throughout November, the region will host several shopping events featuring arts and crafts, unique gift items, handmade goods and more.    

Discover a huge selection of gift items by local artisans and shop the silent auction at the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council’s Arts Alive Art Fair & Gift Bazaar (now through December 16 at the Arts Council Gallery, 331 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg), then get stocked up for the season at the Holiday Shopping Expo (November 17-19 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center).


Next up: two holiday shopping events at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The Over the Moon Vintage Holiday Market (November 17-18) features a huge assortment of vintage, urban and salvaged goods, while the International Fair Trade Sale (November 30-December 2) offers a large selection of handcrafted goods made by people from around the world.

The communities of Lawrenceburg and Aurora will also be hosting their annual Small Business Saturday events.  Both are planned for Saturday, November 25 and will offer merchant promotions and fun activities throughout the day.

Finally, the Dearborn County Tourism Bureau’s “Shop Southeast Indiana: Vintage, Handmade, DIY & Crafts” promotion is still going strong.  The free publication and website offers shoppers a guide to great vintage and handmade goods found throughout the region, plus special discounts and deals redeemable at Shop Southeast Indiana merchants.

To learn more about things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this holiday season, log on to our Visit Southeast Indiana website or follow us on Facebook

Whiskey City Festival Scheduled for This Week

The City of Lawrenceburg – traditionally known as “Whiskey City” – will host the fourth-annual Whiskey City Festival this week at the Lawrenceburg Event Center.  Planned for Saturday, November 4, the event will showcase the city’s ties to the distilling industry and offer a full evening of whiskey-related activities, including special tastings by select distillers, master distillers, craft brewers and local wineries, plus educational displays, live music by DV8, food and more.   


This year’s Whiskey City Festival offers two levels of admission.  VIP tickets (valid from 6-10pm and including a swag bag, tasting glass, food, and special VIP tastings) are on sale for $50, while general admission tickets (valid from 7-10pm and including ten tastings) retail for $30 ($40 at the door).  Designated Driver ticket options will also be available at the door for $10.

In conjunction with the Whiskey City Festival, a Whiskey City Spirit Run 5K Run/Walk has also been planned.  The race will start at the Lawrenceburg Event Center at 11am and wind through the historic Whiskey City before ending at the Lawrenceburg Clock Tower on the Ohio River Levee.

A center for whiskey production since the mid-1800s, Lawrenceburg’s history is deeply intertwined with the distilling industry.  The city was originally home to a Seagram’s distillery, which still produces spirits and is now owned and operated by MGP.  

To purchase advance tickets for the Whiskey City Festival, click here.  To learn more about things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this fall, log on to our Visit Southeast Indiana website or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.