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Welcome to Charlestown: Christmas City!

The return of the Charlestown Express and the Winter Holiday Market highlight a jam-packed Christmas season.

To kick off the holidays, Light Up Charlestown takes place Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at Greenway Park, starting at 6 p.m. Gather for sounds of holiday music and the flipping of the light switch by Beckham Goodale at 6:30 p.m. From that moment forward, the City of Charlestown will glow with lights at Greenway Park, the City Square and the Family Activities Park.




The City’s central park will glow with Hallmark-card worthy lights, including from the 55-foot tree. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through the paved park.


The Greenway Park concession stand will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 25-Dec. 17 from 6-10 p.m.


LIVE REINDEER at Greenway Park on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 6-10 p.m.




The Winter Holiday Market returns after a smashing success in 2021, featuring vendors selling holiday décor, gift items, hand-made crafts and more. The Family Activities Park will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Dec. 17. (Market will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays)


Rides on The Charlestown Express return along with an opportunity to play mini-golf in a festive environment. Train rides and mini-golf are $5 per person, ages 2 and up. Tickets are sold on site at the admission window. In addition to Thursdays through Saturdays, train rides will be offered on Dec. 19-21 from 6-10 p.m.


Santa visits are free on Nov. 25, Nov. 26, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 17. A new visitor, The Grinch sits in Santa's chair on Dec. 1, Dec. 3, Dec. 8, Dec. 10, and Dec. 15! 


Kids’ activities hosted by the Charlestown Parks Dept. in the party rooms. The concession stand will be open, selling snacks including seasonal favorite  hot chocolate!




The animated lights show at the Charlestown City Square takes place nightly until Jan. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. Some nights will feature appearances by favorite Christmas characters!

Tune in to 87.9 FM to hear the music synced to the light show!



North Pole Sponsor ($10,000)

Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz

Holiday Hero Sponsor ($5,000)

Denton Floyd Real Estate Group

Mistletoe Sponsor ($2,000)

First Savings Bank

Gingerbread Sponsor ($1,000)

America Place

Best Equipment

Bobcat Enterprises

HWC Engineering

Indiana American Water

Mitchell Plastics

New Washington State Bank


Candy Cane Sponsor ($500)

American StructurePoint

Century Complete

Grayson Funeral Home

Holmes Ace Hardware

RyBuilt Custom Homes

Winter Holiday Market - Facade Donation

McRae Enterprises


How does the giant tree get to Greenway Park?

Preparations for Christmas in Charlestown begin on October 1 each year. A lot of work and careful coordination goes into bringing the magic to life. Here's a behind the scenes look at how the 55-foot tree in Greenway Park comes together:

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