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.

Day Trip to French Lick – West Baden, Indiana

One of the best things about French Lick – West Baden, Indiana is there is plenty to do on a family vacation or an adults-only getaway. See how you can pack tons of adventure into one day, no matter what age you are or what age you are trying to please!

What better way to start the day than a hearty meal and some quality time with the great outdoors? We recommend these experiences to start your day off on the right foot.

Morning (9am – Noon)

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Breakfast at Mickie’s

Enjoying a delicious meal at Mickie’s is something you must experience in French Lick – West Baden, Indiana. It’s in your best interest to plan this feast early in the day, because they only serve breakfast and lunch. Try their famous breakfast burrito, or indulge in a sticky cinnamon roll. The fun doesn’t have to stop after your last bite. Grab an item from the bakery for a mid-morning snack!

Horseback Riding at The Stables at French Lick Resort

Experienced and rookie riders can enjoy a horseback riding adventure with The Stables at French Lick Resort. Choose between a 45 or 90-minute guided tour that travels along the Lost River, and throughout the countryside. Home to 27 well-trained horses, you are sure to feel at ease in the saddle during this amazing outdoor excursion. Not ready to take the kids on a full-grown horse? The Stables also have pony rides for equestrians in training! Afternoon (Noon – 5pm)

Afternoon (Noon – 5pm)

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After a fun-filled morning, you will want to refuel and keep the fun rolling (or wind down).

Lunch at German Cafe
According to TripAdvisor, German Cafe is the best restaurant in French Lick, and for good reasons.  Devour authentic German cuisine (made with love) such as goulash, schnitzel, and bratwurst. Vegetarians – don’t shy away. There are options for you as well! If you are ready for 5 o’clock, grab a German beer, or a glass of wine.

Elephant or Giraffe Encounter at Wilstem Ranch

Get up close and personal with African wildlife at Wilstem Ranch. Elephants are seasonal guests at the ranch (March – November), but the giraffes are present year-round. You can feed the animals (if they are hungry), or you can sign up for the elephant spa package. This includes the opportunity the bathe the elephants and give them a pedicure!

Rejuvenate at a Spa
Had enough nature for the day? That’s perfectly acceptable in French Lick – West Baden, which is home to endless spa getaways. Bliss Spa offers massages, professional peels, manis, pedis, and facials, as well as hair and makeup services. Be sure to check out their Spa Packages to delight in multiple offerings in
one afternoon.

Evening (5pm – ???)

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Congratulations! You have accomplished quite a bit in one day, but there is still time for even more fun during your visit to French Lick – West Baden.

Dinner at 33 Brick Street
There’s something for everyone at 33 Brick Street! Feast on a 12 oz. ribeye or enjoy a fresh salad. There are 12 different craft beers to sip, and a healthy selection of bourbon. Rest assured, families are more than welcomed to dine at 33 Brick Street which also has a kid’s menu. Last but not least, 33 Brick Street houses trophies and memorabilia owned by NBA legend, Larry Bird. If you are looking to dress it up for the evening, review our list of fine dining options in the area.

French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting
Burn off any extra energy before heading back to the hotel by hitting this quarter-mile indoor go-kart track! The fun doesn’t stop there. Smaller children can enjoy the Falcon Raceway, which features karts that travel at a safe 3MPH. Once you have had enough of the track (if that’s possible) you can play 25 arcade games including skee ball and milk jug toss!

French Lick Casino
If there are no children accompanying you on your travels, it’s time to test your luck at the French Lick Casino. Hit the slots, or the high-limit gaming area for a Vegas-style experience. Non-smokers will appreciate the largest non-smoking gaming area in Indiana, which offers slots, blackjack, roulette, and

After a day full of fun experiences it’s now time to rest your head in one of our many lodging accommodations. For more information on things to do and see in the area, visit our website. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share your visit with us by using #vflwb

Memorial Day Weekend in VFLWB

The start of summer is an exciting time here in Visit French Lick West Baden. The French Lick Resort will offer a variety of fun activities at their Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Rent a surrey and take a leisurely ride through Visit French Lick West Baden. Volleyball, corn hole, croquet, bounce houses, pony rides, pool party with a DJ, a cook out with Bossa Nova Band, face-painting, and late-night jazz music in the library to name a few…check out the French Lick Resort website for further details. If you’re looking for a more romantic option, check out the splendor of the Pete Dye Mansion for a relaxing sunset dinner – reservations required. family

Join the Lost River Renegades as they strike French Lick Scenic railway again! The exciting Wild West Hold Ups take you back in time for an old-fashioned train robbery.wild west 400x270.jpg

The French Lick Market will be in full swing with hand-made local items on Memorial Day Weekend. French Lick Market will kick off their season with punch, festive treats, and one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans.

For fresh produce and down home fun, head over to the Orange County HomeGrown Farmer’s Market. Join friends and neighbors as they sell locally grown produce and some delicious baked goods.

Swing by Wilstem Ranch to participate in an up-close and personal Elephant Encounter where you get to help wash and feed three African Elephants. Extend the safari fun at the ranch by feeding the giraffes! Also, don’t miss exciting zip-line and ATV fun all weekend at Wilstem Ranch!

Take a dip in Patoka Lake, or stay above water by renting a boat at Patoka Lake Marina. Join the fun of a Beach Bash at Patoka Lake. For a unique experience, stay in one of Indiana’s first floating cabins at Patoka Lake Marina and Lodging. 

For an up to date list of all the Visit French Lick West Baden Memorial Day Weekend activities visit www.vflwb.com

Need Last Minute Plans for Mother’s Day? Find them right here in Visit French Lick West Baden

You will find plenty of ways to pamper mom this Mother’s Day in Visit French Lick West Baden. The French Lick Resort is offering a Mother’s Day brunch inside the atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel that is sure to impress with traditional breakfast items being offered to a fresh seafood bar, accompanied with a succulent carving station boasting New York Shrimp, pork rib loin, chicken, and salmon. Ending the delightful meal with a chocolate fondue fountain!

Mom is sure to be awestruck with the beautiful sights throughout the French Lick Resort property. A lovely garden is in place for spectacular viewing from the veranda or get up close and personal with each lovely flower on a stroll through the gardens.

A relaxing Pluto mineral bath is guaranteed to make Mom feel like she is Queen for the day at the magnificent Spas of the French Lick Resort. Paired with sophistication and leisure, the Eastern European influenced award-winning spa offers the elegance of a Spa from Paris or London.

From unique boutiques to down home quaint shops, everyone will be able to show Mom their appreciation. Unique stone jewelry carved by a lapidary who has been in business for over 50 years, remarkable chainsaw carved life-size pieces, rustic garden art to diamonds and pearls, anything that Mom’s heart desires will be at her fingertips at the beautiful shops here in Visit French Lick West Baden; or treat her to luscious wine tastings at the French Lick Winery!

End the perfect Mother’s Day with a gentle carriage ride under the moonlight along one of the relaxing routes offered by the French Lick Resort. Mom will be amazed at the beauty along this delightful path as Mother’s Day comes to a close.

Help Us Welcome the Giraffes to Wilstem Ranch!

Beginning the spring of 2017, the Giraffe Encounter comes to Wilstem Ranch! This graceful pair of two female giraffes have traveled from Wisconsin and are waiting to meet you! Your experience will be a time to remember as you learn about, meet, and feed the giraffes; as well as snap some one-of-a-kind pictures to make the memories last a lifetime!

A returning attraction is the African Elephant Retreat at Wilstem Ranch which is another unique experience for the entire family. Now it is your turn to pamper Makia, Lovie, and Lou in an experience unlike anything you have ever done before, while learning more about elephants and continuing to snap some more one-of-a-kind photos!

We have all seen elephants and giraffes in pictures or at a zoo; however there is nothing that compares to getting a first-hand experience with these animals. Wilstem Ranch has to much offer with many memories waiting to be made! Reservations are recommended for all tours but are not required. Inquire about a personal tour for your group! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and reserve your visit to Wilstem Ranch soon! Reservations can be made by calling 812-936-4484.

Big City Comes to Small Town French Lick

This Friday March 31st, Charlie McIntosh – native of Paoli Indiana, and the owner of ‘Amelia’s‘ in Indianapolis – is hosting a dinner at the Legend of French Lick, with the proceeds from the event benefitting the Lost River Market and Deli. He will be bringing big city Indianapolis to small town French Lick with some other big name restaurants from Indianapolis for this fundraiser. 

The Dinner by Charlie McIntosh has received many kind donations that will be featured during the evening including a whole hog to be roasted from Fischer Farms, beer and wine to be available for purchase from Black Acre & Bier Brewery and more! Dinner will be prepared by multiple top chefs of Indiana from the restaurants participating in the event from Indianapolis such as Milktooth, Smoking Goose, Amelia’s, Love Handle, and Bluebeard

To accompany all of the fun and excitement, a silent auction will be held featuring unique items and Lick Creek Band will also play that evening. 


The idea for this fundraiser began in Indianapolis and tickets are already selling quickly! Tickets are priced at $30 per person so hurry and reserve your spot now! Take part in this unique event benefiting the Lost River Market and Deli; as well as enjoy a great meal, listen to live music, and partake in a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased to the Dinner by Charlie McIntosh at the Legend of French Lick by calling 812-723-3735.

The Giraffes are Coming to Town

Last spring, three African elephants made their way in to town for a leisurely getaway. Makia, Lovie and Lou travel all the way from Florida once a year, where they reside at Wilstem Ranch and live in complete tranquility. Wilstem Ranch offers guests the chance to attend an educational seminar where they learn all about these amazing creatures and get up-close and personal for pictures, as well as the opportunity to participate in the spa bathing and their daily pampering in the enclosure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an experience you will remember forever. 

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