8 Joyful Holiday Events in French Lick – West Baden, Indiana

Use the extra time off during the season to plan a holiday getaway in French Lick – West Baden, Indiana. From sophisticated dining experiences, to family fun with Santa, French Lick is the perfect place to enjoy this special time of year!

Polar Express

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Weekends November 3 – December 23, 2017

All aboard the Polar Express! Every year the French Lick Scenic Railway transforms into a magical holiday experience based on the classic storybook by Chris Van Allsburg. Read this holiday-favorite along with the rest of the train during the adventure while sipping hot cocoa and wearing your pajamas! Kids can even meet Santa Claus on this special excursion.

*Please note: Tickets are almost sold out for 2017. Consider reserving your 2018 Polar Express experience early.


50 Days of Lights at French Lick Resort

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November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018

French Lick – West Baden, Indiana is the place to be this holiday season thanks to the 50 Days of Lights – an season long holiday extravaganza for all ages. Kids will certainly enjoy visits from Santa every Saturday, story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, holiday movies, and toymaker workshops. The holiday spirit buzzes through the air with holiday choirs and Dickens Carolers on the weekends. Wrap it all up with festive New Year’s Eve celebrations at French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. Keep reading to learn more about tree lighting ceremonies, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Christmas Dinner as a part of the 50 Days of Lights!

Tree Lightings

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November 17 & 18, 2017

The 50 Days of Lights kicks off with tree lighting ceremonies at French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. Giant trees become illuminated with hundreds of lights to welcome the holiday season. Enjoy extra festivities such as fireworks, live music, visits from Santa, and activities for children. This is a truly delightful way to begin the holiday season!

Thanksgiving Dinner

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November 23, 2017

If cooking is not your forte, let French Lick and West Baden Springs Hotels do the work for you! Enjoy not only dinner, but activities for children including bounce houses, Thanksgiving crafts, and holiday-themed games. Menu includes cornbread stuffing, prime rib, ham, salmon, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, salads, desserts, and of course, turkey. Reservations required.

Christmas Treasures

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November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 2017

Christmas is not complete without holiday tunes. Christmas Treasures is an original production by Silver Night Entertainment featuring your favorite holiday jingles. Hear songs that were originally made famous by Bing Crosby, the Carpenters, and more. Enjoy dinner and a show, or just a show! One thing is certain, this evening of song and dance is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Craft Bazaar


December 2, 2017

Have the people on your Christmas list been naughty or nice? Treat someone nice to handcrafted gifts from the Holiday Christmas Bazaar. Find homemade toys, decorations, and home goods. You will also find holiday-themed crafts to decorate your home, and bring the holiday cheer!

Christmas on the Square


December 9, 2017

Deck the halls with fun in Congress Square Orleans! Enjoy one of your last chances to tell Santa what you want for Christmas, along with other fun-for-all-ages activities. Marvel at the beautiful holiday lights, take a train ride, enjoy live music, hop on a horse and carriage ride, and be amazed at the live nativity scene. It’s a joyful experience to behold!

Christmas Dinner


December 15 -25, 2017

Finally, feast on Christmas Dinner at Sinclairs – one of French Lick – West Baden’s fine dining experiences. You are likely to see carolers in the lobby, and breathtaking holiday decorations. This 3 course meal takes place during the 50 Days of Lights, ensuring a true holiday atmosphere. Menu includes your choice of short rib, quail, or scallops. Top it off with dark chocolate fudge cake or eggnog cheesecake for dessert! Reservations suggested.

Enjoy your holiday season in French Lick – West Baden, Indiana. Be sure to share your holiday cheer by posting your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and use #VFLWB.