If you attend only one First Friday event in Terre Haute, make it Miracle on 7th Street. The coordinators spend an entire year working to make sure it’s an incredibly festive occasion! This post is sponsored as part of our ongoing relationship with the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. (Haute Happenings is a proud Chamber member!).
Miracle on 7th Street 2018 will be a two-day event starting on Friday, December 7th from 5pm to 10pm AND on Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 pm to 9 pm.
For our family, Miracle is a yearly tradition. We started going when our oldest daughter was just a baby (pictured here!). For reference, she’s now eight. 😉
To help you get hype about this huge holiday event, the wonderful Katie Shane (from the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce) is helping me share 2018 highlights!
The small but mighty crew planning the Miracle this year has been hard at work –just like a team of Santa’s elves – to make this year’s the best yet. There’s no doubt this one will be the biggest – with two days of Christmas fun PLUS new attractions and even more ways you can donate to those in need.
7 Highlights of Miracle on 7th Street
Santa will be at Mic’s Pics Photo & Digital Solutions on Friday 4 to 8pm and Saturday from noon to 5pm. All photos at the new location: 11 South 7th Street.
Miracle Storytelling will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn. Times are 6:30pm Friday night, and 3:00pm Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, December 7 (from 4-6 p.m.) and Saturday, December 8 (from 12-4), the Vigo County Public Library is hosting “The Miracle Continues” in the Lifelong Learning Center at the Main Library. Watch snowflakes being printed on 3D printers, create an origami snowflake, eat snowy snacks and enjoy frosty activities! Check out our window display and decorated tree downtown.
All aboard! The trackless train will be chugging through downtown on both Friday and Saturday. Hop on! The rides are free!
You’ve heard of reindeer games that help train Santa’s favorite animals, now you can try Elf Games that let you train to be one of Santa’s Elves! Navigate your way throughout the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and master all ten challenges. These include an elf obstacle course to make sure that your Elf fitness levels are in check. Visit our Elf Security station and see if you have what it takes to protect all of the presents in Santa’s sleigh. Next, head to Santa’s Workshop where you can design a toy for under the tree. Elves in training will even get to practice driving robots to see if drones can help deliver packages for Santa at our Elf Tech station! Once you have completed all ten challenges you will earn your very own Elf Badge!
The “Light Your Way Christmas Parade” is not to be missed! This parade, sponsored by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
The parade will begin at the intersection of 5th Street and Wabash Avenue, heading east on Wabash and continuing until 9 ½ Street. The area between 5th and 6th Streets will be a sensory-friendly block, with no music and material handouts instead of candy. This area will be clearly marked and is for families and individuals who may have food allergies and sensitivities to music. However, due to the theme of the parade, there will be lights. This is the second year that the Light Your Way parade will offer this section to make the parade available to more people.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without shopping and the tents and open air market will again be positioned up and down 7th Street – along with many of the downtown businesses that will be open for shoppers.
This year’s special attraction is SnowMazing – a 50-by-40-foot winter maze featuring the whimsical world of snowman wonderland. The Ice Maze is $3 per person or 3 canned goods.
Catch a free sneak peek of the NEW History Center! An additional highlight will be a sneak peak of the new Vigo County Historical Museum, now located on Wabash Avenue just east of 9th and Wabash. The long-anticipated opening of the museum, following a comprehensive capital campaign, will draw additional guests to downtown. The sneak peek is scheduled for Friday night of the Miracle and will be a new addition to this year’s festivities.
Our friends at the Swope will have holiday card making on third floor of the museum with light refreshments on Friday from 5-8 p.m with the Terre Haute Flute Choir performing holiday music on the second floor of the museum from 6-7 p.m. On Saturday from 1-3 p.m., the Swope will be making ornaments in the education center. All of the Swope activities are free and open to the public.
All of this is fun, but the real “miracle” comes from the (literal) tons of canned food and money donations that are collected during the two day event. Several local charities benefit from Miracle including: 14th & Chestnut Grumbling Tummies program, Catholic Charities, St. Benedicts Soup Kitchen, United Campus Ministries and Providence Food Pantry. We support the Salvation Army Christmas Food Basket program and the Tribune Star Basket Fund. Much of the fun of Miracle can be experienced by paying a small fee or donating canned goods to participate. Also be sure to check out “Can You Build It?” which pits local businesses against each other for the ultimate canned food drive and building competition.
Other annual favorites like the “Miracle Trees” will line the streets. The trees are each decorated by local non-profit agencies. While “trees” is only open to non-profits – the Gingerbread Decorating Contest is open to anyone! Applications and kits are still available! Even if you’re not artistic – they’ll be on display at the Indiana State Scott College of Business both Friday and Saturday.”
And these are just the things that we know about! That’s the great thing about Miracle on 7th Street – there’s always something happening that will surprise you!
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