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

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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

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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

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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
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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
craps.

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

Want to win $500? There’s still time!

Have you heard about our latest photo contest? We want you to show us how you choose to chill when you come to the area. All you have to do is take awesome photos, upload them to Twitter or Instagram, and use the hash tag #chillinvflwb. Simple, right? You’re then automatically entered for the chance to win a $500 gift card! The contest ends on February 28th so if you haven’t entered yet, start taking and tagging your photos! Check out some of the awesome submissions we’ve had so far. 

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Get Your Groove On!

The next couple of months are full of musical events so get your dancing shoes ready and come on in to town! Local and nationally known artists are bringing their love for music and performing to French Lick and West Baden. Don’t miss out on these amazing performances and get your tickets before they’re gone!

Thompson Station

From Bloomington, Indiana, Thompson Station is coming to the Legend of French Lick on March 4th. They will be performing at Abbeydell Hall, playing country, southern rock, and some 80’s top 40 hits. Packages and more information is available here6b22f16f19d849e49c76ae5d10622592

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

On March 17th, this duo will be performing at conniesmith_martystuartFrench Lick Resort bringing their love for music to the same stage. Connie Smith has been delighting fans and fellow country singers with her perfect diction and extensive vocal range for decades. In 2012, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and she is a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Marty Stuart has been capturing and sharing life through country music for over four decades. He has gone on tour with Johnny Cash and played along side country legends Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. 

Jamey Johnson

Jamey Johnson is bringing his country music to the French Lick Resort on March 18th. Noted as “one of the greatest country singers of jamey_johnson_concert_at_french_lick_resortour time” by the Washington Post, Johnson is known for the meaning and emotions his songs evoke. He is an eleven-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and has received critical acclaim for his music and song writing abilities. Johnson has performed with fellow country singers Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Vince Gill, George Strait, Alison Krauss and Merle Haggard.

Kool & the Gang

Coming to the French Lick Resort on April 29th, Kool & the Gang is a show you definitely don’t want to miss. With over 70 millionKool & the Gang.png albums sold world-wide, Kool & the Gang has influenced three generations of music lovers with their incredible blend of jazz, funk and soul. This group has earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 31 gold and platinum albums, 25 Top-Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kool & the Gang has played for 50 years and is still one of the most active touring bands, continuing to delight their millions of fans world-wide.

For more information visit our website at www.vflwb.com or call us at 812-936-3418.

Diving into 2017!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JANUARY

Maddie and Tae.pngJust a few weeks into the New Year, country singing/songwriting duo Maddie & Tae bring their country hits to the French Lick Resort on January 20th. The duo’s debut album, Start Here, was released in 2015 making the Billboard Top 200 and hitting number two on the country charts. Tickets are still available. You won’t want to miss this!

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Bringing a vast range of “vintage rock” into the area, Gran Torino honors originals artists and their songs with passion and intensity. Enjoy dinner and entertainment all night long at the Legend of French Lick.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY

Make this upcoming Valentine’s Day a one-of-a-kind experience by visiting French Lick Resort’s annual Chocolate Festival. Indulge in a variety of different chocolate-themed foods, along with live demonstrations. Make your reservations here!
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Travel the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, including French Lick Winery, for complimentary wine tastings paired with a selection of different chocolate treats. Click here for more details.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARCH

occvb_holiday2013_112013_a1098The first day of Spring is only 66 days away, which means Spring Break is right around the corner for many of us! Needing plans? Head this way to Visit French Lick West Baden where all kinds of relaxation and activities await for you and your family. French Lick Resort is gearing up for spring breakers all ready and you can view their schedule of activities here! Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Hotel is also preparing for the fun, and is offering an overnight stay, two day water park passes and free breakfast.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 2.52.35 PMOn March 10th the African elephants return to Wilstem, but this year they are bringing friends with them! All outdoor activities like zip-lining and ATV rides will also be happening in full force. On March 16th the French Lick Scenic Railway kicks off their season with The Wizard of Oz train ride as well as their 1:00pm train ride.

To end the month of March on a high note, French Lick Resort will be hosting two amazing concerts. Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will be bringing their country hits to the town on March 17th and the very next day, country music artist Jamey Johnson will also be taking the stage. Tickets are still available online.conniesmith_martystuart

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There are so many upcoming events that you don’t want to miss! Kick off 2017 the right way and Visit French Lick West Baden. This year is full of exciting happenings and we want you to be a part of it too!

 

Let the Fall Fun Begin!

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October is in full swing and there is a lot happening at Visit French Lick West Baden. Fall Break at French Lick Resort takes off this Thursday, followed by Art on the Green and Fall Fun Fest in the Park this weekend. While you’re in town, you can kick off October the right way and check out Wilstem Ranch pumpkin patch or the Haunted Mansion! There is so much happening in October so grab the family and come to Visit French Lick West Baden.

Fall Break at French Lick Resort

Fall Break at French Lick Resort starts this Thursday, October 6th, and will take place every weekend the entire month of October! 20131026_FLSR_Fall-9 copy.jpgSo if you’re staying at the resort and are looking for some fun, French Lick Resort has plenty for you and your family to do. Get the family together for a morning of basking in the fall foliage across 3,200 acres of rolling hills. Mom and dad can enjoy a relaxing lunch while the kids create tie dye, or autumn arts and crafts projects. Finish the day with a nature hike, fall films at the pool or head to The Stables for a cozy hayride and s’mores around the fire.

Art on the Green

Friday through Sunday, October 7th through 9th, Art on the Green will take place downtown French Lick on the Town Green. Local artisans come together to display their amazing talents ranging from pottery, glass arts, and leather work to jewelry, occvb_102014_a0226photography, and wood carving. All of these artists will have booths where you can purchase their outstanding creations. There will also be live demonstrations followed by a chance to meet the artists so be sure to stick around! Art on the Green will also be accompanied by live musical performances, food, and even a magic show for all to enjoy! Be sure to venture downtown and check it out this weekend!

Fall Fun Fest in the Park

Check out Fall Fun Fest in the Park, OCCVB_102014_A0168.jpghappening on Saturday, October 8th, at the Orleans Congress Square. Kicking off bright and early with a 5k run/walk, the fun follows with a harvest fair, antique tractor and antique car show, a chili cook-off, pet costume parade, live entertainment and so much more! You don’t want to miss it!

Wanna Go Fast-Indiana 1/2 Mile Runway Shootout

If you like fast cars and the thrill of a race, this event is sure to blow your mind! October 15th and 16th, experience two full days of, side-by-side, half-mile racing at the French Lick Airport.wannagofast All of the participants will be given a chance to take their vehicle’s Top Speed down French Lick Airport’s 5500-ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice! See what it’s finally like to race without the restrictions of speed limits, on what is basically your own personal raceway in the heart of Indiana! This event is limited to only 135 cars per day and is sure to sell out quick! So register today to make your automotive dreams come true!

Sara Evans at French Lick Resort

Country music artist Sara Evans is bringing her country hits to2014-03-07-sara_evans_ French Lick Resort on October 29th and will be sure to blow us all away with her amazing vocals and talented performance. She’s sold more than 6 million albums, scoring five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Billboard Country Albums, and four consecutive RIAA certified Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum albums. Tickets are almost sold out so don’t miss your chance to see this iconic performer and purchase yours online

The Polar Express

If you don’t get the chance to Visit French Lick West Baden this month, November will be here before we know it and the holiday season will polar.jpgofficially begin! Inspired by the Warner Bros. film and award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the magic of The Polar Express comes to life. Starting the first weekend of November and running every weekend until New Year’s Day, come aboard The Polar Express and read along with the story as the train makes its magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas! Tickets must be purchased prior to event and they are selling out fast! Get yours before they’re gone!

The Carvers Are Back This Weekend!

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This weekend the annual Block Bash is returning to town! Bring the family and watch as professional chainsaw wood carvers, known as The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, compete to transform a log into an amazing sculpture and be named the best carver! The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers are leaders in the chainsaw carving industry, lead by award-winning carver Jason Emmons. With the help of live music, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden, Block Bash is the perfect event to kick off the fall season. Check out the schedule below! Continue reading