Charlestown’s Christmas in the City

Charlestown, Indiana turns on its Christmas lights the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. We think the display is worth the trip over the new Lewis & Clark Bridge to Southern Indiana.  There are (of course) some changes this year due to Covid-19.

This display can easily be enjoyed both in your vehicle or walking around. Charlestown welcomes visitors, but asks that they social distance and wear a mask when in close proximity to others.

Light Show

The lighting ceremony is virtual on Friday, November 27, 2020. There is no formal lighting event planned, but the switch will be flipped at 6pm on Friday. The FREE animated lights in the town square are on nightly until January 1st 6:00-11:00pm.  Parking is available around the square and around area businesses.

There are several different “shows” to enjoy.  The lights are spectacular and highly entertaining.  We saw a USA, Red Baron, Peanuts and Frosty themes in the short time that we walked around the display.  The music is loud or you can tune to a radio station if you want to stay in your car.  In the middle of the display are several large screens that play short videos and have even more light displays.  The trees are covered, the grass has holiday characters and it snows during one of the shows!  You can even see Santa’s sleigh and two snowmen having a snowball fight.  Overhead are stars and more lights.  This is the largest light display in Southern Indiana!

Greenway Park

Make sure you walk across the street to Greenway Park to see more holiday lights. The covered bridges are so beautiful. Greenway Park’s address is 399 Market Street Charlestown, Indiana. There is no snack shack at the park this year, but, the Charlestown Pizza Company will have a tent set up outside their restaurant selling snacks.  They posted that hot chocolate bombs are on their menu! 

Family Activities Park

The activities usually held at the Family Activities Park are canceled for 2020.  In the past, ice skating, train rides, mini golf and more holiday lights were available. You can find updates on these activities on this website here or on their Facebook page here.

Stay safe and have fun enjoying this great light display!