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Holiday Fun in Richmond

Richmond Ice Sculpture

If you’re looking for a great place to begin your holidays, Wayne County, Indiana is the place to do it. Just about an hour East of Indianapolis, right on the Indiana/Ohio state line, you’ll find Wayne County. Known as one of Indiana’s great antiquing spots, you’ll find gifts for everyone on your list, and you might just pick up a few things for yourself.

Richmond/Wayne County, Indiana celebrates the holidays in style!  You don’t want to miss the Hot Holiday Deals our lodging facilities have to offer while you enjoy all the festivities of the season!  Be sure to call the Visitors Bureau at 1-800-828-8414 for more information and to receive special discounts.  Warm Glow Candle Outlet will give every booking a $25 gift certificate to spend at the outlet.  What a generous deal!

Plan an overnight stay for some of our FREE fantastic holiday events such as the Uptown Richmond Ice Fest featuring one-of-a-kind ice sculptures by ice artist Stephan Koch.  Stephan acquired 3rd place at the World Ice Art Championship in 2008.  Bundle up and be prepared to see these amazing sculptures and take advantage of the shops along the way. 

Visit Richmond’s Historic Depot District and experience an Old-Fashioned Christmas.  Every Tuesday beginning December 2 – December 23 you can stroll along the Depot District lighted with luminaries, gaze at vintage animated window displays or relax and take a carriage ride.  Kids young and old will appreciate the Christmas Train Fantasyland and the small ones can even hitch a train ride by themselves or hop on the British double-decker bus with adults for a cruise around the area.  Santa and his elves will also be on site to hear last minute Christmas wishes.

You’ll be delighted by unique boutiques and antique shops, but don’t forget to bring an appetite. Ghyslain offers beautifully crafted chocolates, pastries and bistro style cuisine.  Little Sheba’s/Zini’s Place, Maria Mitrione’s and Joe’s Pizza will satisfy every tastebud.

Picturesque historic villages like Centerville and Cambridge City are wonderful places to enhance your holiday shopping adventures.  You’re sure to uncover a vintage treasure at one of the 600+ antique dealers in these two villages alone!  Folk-artists Susan Brack and potter Scott Shafer make up a few of the fine crafters scattered among the villages to add to your shopping pleasure. 

December also brings the Christmas Wonderland Celebration of Lights at Creitz Park in Cambridge City .  There are so many exciting events going on for the holidays, so be sure to visit www.visitrichmond.org.  We wish you and yours a very special holiday season!

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Written by : Clare Seffrin Bond, a writer, life coach and marketing specialist, lives and works in Richmond, Indiana. A native of Wayne County, Clare enjoys exploring the historical sites of the area, as well as the many new locations offering excellent cuisine and live music. theroadtoclarity.com