Southern Indiana German Culture & Heritage Center Offers Holiday Programs

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The Dubois County Museum, a 47,000 sq. ft. German Culture & Heritage Center is offering multiple Holiday events in the next few weeks. Along with local festivals, the museum offers a Festival of Christmas Trees display, live entertainment, visits from Santa Claus, and so much more!

Festival of Christmas Trees

The Dubois County Museum is in the holiday spirit and welcomes visitors to participate in their Christmas activities. From November 7 through December 29, the 5th Annual Festival of Trees showcases uniquely decorated and themed Christmas trees in every room of the 47,000 square foot museum. The Christmas trees decorated and on display by local Merchants can be found in the Banquet Room. They are again spectacular. Discount cards are available from the merchants and offer museum visitors special offers when visiting their businesses. On display again this year is a portion of the huge collection of Santa Claus items collected by Kay Smock. They can be found displayed throughout the North Newton Street building in Jasper.

A listing of other scheduled activities include:
Nov 17—Lisa Hoppenjans at the Violin at 2:00 pm. See the trees while listening to beautiful violin music.
Closed Thanksgiving Day Nov 28
Dec 1 The Singing Seniors entertain at 1:30. See if Mommy kisses Santa Claus this year. Girl Scouts Event—they decorate a tree for the Log House area.

Dec 7--Special O’Tannenbaum Activities & Programs:
10:00 Story telling & Gingerbread House contest by the Psi Iota Xi gals.
2:00 The Strings, Inc., a talented group of young violinists entertain.
1—4 Santa travels around the museum on his golf cart.
1—4 Special Tours to see our many German artifacts—on the hour.

Dec 8—Special O’Tannenbaum Activities & Programs:
1:30 Sue Lorey’s Musical Studio piano students perform.
1—4 Santa travels around the museum on his golf cart.
1—4 Special Tours to see our many German artifacts—on the hour.
1—4 Decorating Gingerbread Cookies for kids

On Dec 14 a Storytelling hour will begin at 10:00.
The Cookie Walk will be held from 10:00—1:00. Buy your desserts for the Christmas holidays or enjoy them now.
The opening of “Dolls and Dollhouses” exhibit today and on display until March 7. A new collection of dolls, along with the old stand-bys, are a “must-see.”

On Dec 15 the Cookie Walk continues. Buy your desserts for the Christmas holidays or enjoy them now.

Dec 21 from 10:30-11:30am. Storyteller Susan Fowler captures the holiday spirit with “Happy Christmas—The History of Santa Claus”. Susan will tell tales of Christmas and follow the history of Santa Claus. At the conclusion, Santa will arrive to talk to the kids. For ALL kids young and old!

Closed Dec. 25—Dec. 26

Dec 29 Last Day of Festival of Trees. Bring your friends and relatives if you haven’t seen the museum trees yet.

The museum will be closed Dec. 31—Jan. 1.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00-2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00-4:00pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00pm. It is closed on Monday. The Dubois County Museum is a local non profit organization committed to the collection, preservation and interpretation of historical artifacts and information important to the citizens of the county. Museum operations are funded by annual memberships, donations and gifts from visitors, area residents and businesses. Admission is free; donations are accepted. The DCM staff consists entirely of volunteers. It is located in Jasper at 2704 N. Newton Street (US231). Call (812) 634-7733. Please allow two hours to view exhibits. Visit the museum web site at

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