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December Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

Downtown Bloomington decorated for the holidays

Downtown Bloomington decorated for the holidays. Photo credit: Kendall Reeves. Provided by VisitBloomington.com and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren
VisitBloomington.com
http://visitbloomington.com/

Twinkling lights and the scent of pine seem to be ever-present in Bloomington during the month of December.  It creates a quaint setting for the holiday season, putting everyone in a cheerful mood and encouraging some serious shopping!  Downtown Bloomington is especially lovely during this time of year, with the canopy of lights illuminating the courthouse square.

Downtown vendors offer up some great deals on unique gift items, many of them made locally.  Fine art by local and national artists, unique children’s clothing and toys, rare books, outdoor gear, apparel and accessories—it’s all available downtown.  The ambiance—and the shopping—of downtown just can’t be beat during the month of December.

But there’s plenty more than shopping in Bloomington this month.  If you’re in the mood for some holiday shows, don’t miss the tradition of The Nutcracker, presented by the IU Ballet December 1-2.  This timeless tale is a treat for the entire family and a chance to see the excellent ballet and musical performances of world class artists at the Jacobs School of Music.

Another classic show takes place December 21 through January 5 with the Cardinal Stage Company’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz.  Cardinal is known for their professional, high-quality productions and this one is sure to do the same.  It’s quality theater that’s family-friendly too, with a flying witch, great songs and a message that warms the heart on these cold December days.  This is one of many quality theater productions taking place this month, so check out the IU Theatre & Drama and Bloomington Playwrights Project productions too.

If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, consider a weekend getaway to Bloomington!  There are a variety of events happening that weekend, so no matter what your interests are you’ll have a good time ringing in the New Year.  As mentioned, the theater production of The Wizard of Oz will be showing that weekend.

There will also be some big laughs at the Comedy Attic with Bob & Tom Show favorites, Ben Moore and Josh Arnold, performing stand up on New Year’s Eve and counting down to midnight with a champagne toast.  The Hoosier women’s basketball team will be playing on New Year’s Eve- sure to be an amazing game with the revitalized team taking on UIC.  And later that night, you can catch great music like local favorites The Dynamics at Eagle Pointe Resort or the rocking bluegrass of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Bluebird.  Pair one or two (or three) of these events with some great dining at a local restaurant and you’ve got a stellar way to welcome 2013.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week.  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to http://visitbloomington.com/.  You’ll also find some fantastic hotel deals this month and next!

December

Brewery Tours at Upland’s Production Brewery
Every Weekend 2pm
Upland’s Production Brewery, 812-336-2337

54th Annual Art Fair and Bazaar
Dec 1, 9am
Unitarian Universalist Church, 812-332-3695

John Roy
Dec 1, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

Concentus- Hodie Christus Natus Es
Dec 2, 4pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

Fanny and Alexander
Dec 1, 3pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

Rock of Ages the Musical
Dec 1, 3pm & 8pm
IU Auditorium, 812-855-9528

Happiness
Dec 1, 6:30pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Coppin State
Dec 1, 7:30pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Symphonic Choir
Dec 1, 8pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

The Ramble
Dec 1, 9pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Life During Wartime
Dec 1, 9:30pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

The Nutcracker
Dec 1-2
IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-4733

IU Theatre: God of Carnage
Dec 1-8
IU Wells-Metz Theatre, 812-855-1103

Lemonade
Dec 1-15, 7:30pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

Multi-Cultural Bazaar
Dec 2, 12pm
Congregation Beth Shalom, 812-334-2440

Winterfest
Dec 2, 1:30pm
Mathers Museum, 812-855-6873

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Cleveland State
Dec 2, 2pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Bloomington Bach Cantata Project
Dec 2, 2:30pm
St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 812-855-1059

BLEMF Madrigal Dinner
Dec 2, 5pm
The Fields Clubhouse

All Campus Choir
Dec 2, 7pm
IU Recital Hall, 812-855-1059

All Campus Orchestra
Dec 2, 8:30pm
IU Recital Hall, 812-855-1059

The Economics of Happiness
Dec 3, 7pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

Songwriter Showcase
Every Monday, 8pm
Player’s Pub, 812-334-2080

Beer School
Every Tuesday, 7pm
Yogi’s Grill & Bar, 812-323-9644

B-Town Dishcrawl
Dec 4, 7pm
Various local restaurants, 812-699-2175

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Belmont
Dec 4, 7pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Tibetan Village Project Presentation
Dec 4, 7pm
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, 812-336-6807

Philharmonic Orchestra
Dec 4, 8pm
IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-1059

Chimes of Christmas
Dec 5, 7:30pm
IU Auditorium, 812-855-9528

Dead Beat, Dead Week
Dec 5, 9:30pm
The Bishop

Seasons of Sebastian: Concert XIV Bach at Beck
Dec 6, 12:15pm
IU Beck Chapel, 812-855-1059

Ryder Films in the Root Cellar Lounge
Every Thursday, 7:30pm
Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Spirit of ’68 presents: West End Motel feat. Brent Hinds of Mastodon
Dec 6, 9:30pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

First Friday & Gallery Walk
Dec 7, 5pm
Downtown Bloomington

John Legend
Dec 7, 8pm
IU Auditorium, 812-855-1103

Greg Proops
Dec 7-9, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

Spirit of ’68 presents: Six Organs of Admittance
Dec 7, 8:30pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

Holiday Sale Celebrating the Artistry of People with Disabilities
Dec 8, 10am
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-332-2168 ext. 314

IU Children’s Choir Winter Concert
Dec 8, 1pm
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 812-855-1059

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at Wonderlab
Dec 8, 5pm
Wonderlab, 812-337-1337

IU Men’s Basketball vs. C. Connecticut State
Dec 8, 6pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

And Freely Sing: Winter Concert- Quarryland Men’s Chorus
Dec 8, 7pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

Matt Kearny
Dec 9, 8pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Sister Hazel
Dec 13, 8pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Rebecca Corry
Dec 13-15, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

Clayton Anderson Band
Dec 14, 9pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Skate with Santa
December 15, 12:30pm
Frank Southern Ice Arena, 812-349-3740

Reindeer Reserve: A Live Arctic Animal Show
Dec 15, 1pm & 3pm
Wonderlab, 812-337-1337 ext.25

Pre-College Harp Christmas Recital
Dec 15, 2pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

Craig Brenner at Café Django
Dec 15, 8pm
Café Django, 812-335-1297

IU Men’s Basketball vs. SIUE
Dec 16, 2pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Menahem Pressler & Christoph Prégardien
Dec 16, 8pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Mt. St. Mary’s
Dec 19, 7pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Geoff Tate
Dec 20-22, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Xavier
Dec 21
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Florida Atlantic
Dec 21, 7pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Cardinal Stage Company presents: The Wizard of Oz
Dec 21-Jan 5
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-336-9300

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
Dec 25, 6:45pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Jacksonville
Dec 28, 8pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

IU Women’s Basketball vs. UIC
Dec 31, 6pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Ben Moore & Josh Arnold
Dec 31, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Dec 31, 9pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

The Dynamics
Dec 31, 9pm
Eagle Pointe Golf Resort, 812-824-4040

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