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Bloomington events to get in the holiday spirit


The IU ballet company performs a dress rehearsal for the "The Nutcracker" in 2016 at the Musical Arts Center. This year, "The Nutcracker" ballet will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the MAC. IDS file photo

Red cups at Starbucks, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey playing in every store, red bows decorating the Sample Gates — there’s no doubt the holiday season is upon us. Check out these festive events around Bloomington to get you in the holiday spirit before the semester ends.

The Nutcracker

IU’s production of the Nutcracker will feature shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the Musical Arts Center. Student tickets start as low as $10. Visit for tickets and details. 

Chimes of Christmas

IU’s Singing Hoosiers, a group of about 80 singers and instrumentalists from across the University, will perform their annual “Chimes of Christmas” concert at the IU Auditorium. The group will have two shows at the IU Auditorium at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring traditional holiday carols and contemporary songs. Student tickets start at $10 each and are available from IU Auditorium. 

Krampus Rampage and Bazaar

Krampus, St. Nick’s horned, ominous counterpart, returns to Bloomington from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 for the Krampus Legend and Arts Workshop’s annual rampage and bazaar. The bazaar will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Showers Common near city hall with themed activities and merchandise for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to select a “naughty” or “nice” sticker for the 6 p.m. “rampage.” Those marked “nice” will be given candy by St. Nick and his angels, while those who are “naughty” may be chased by Krampus beasts. More information, including a map of the rampage route, is available on the Facebook page for the event. 

Holiday Glass-Fusing Fest

The Bloomington Creative Glass Center is offering a glass-fusing workshop for all ages 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Registration for 15-minute time slots is encouraged and available by contacting the center at or 812-345-2470. Glass pieces will be taken to an off-site kiln for firing and will be available for pickup by Dec. 12. Costs are $15 or $25 depending on the size of your piece. 

Yappy Howl-idays

Yappy Howl-idays is a free event from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Ferguson Dog Park in Bloomington, welcoming all well-behaved dogs, and owners. Bring your dog to have their photo taken with Santa Paws. Dogs must be spayed or neutered and have up-to-date vaccinations.   

Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser, an all-male a cappella group formed at IU in 1996, returns to Bloomington 8 p.m. Dec. 13 for a special holiday performance at the IU Auditorium. Tickets are available at

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