If you attend only one First Friday event in Terre Haute, make it Miracle on 7th Street. 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 nine. 😉 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! #SeeYouInTerreHaute!)
To help get us ready for the fun, Katie Shane from the Terre Haute Chamber offered to share her excitement with Haute Happenings readers:
It’s no secret that Terre Haute residents LOVE Miracle on 7th Street. And what’s not to love?! Terre Haute residents often call the annual Miracle on 7th Street the “official” kick-off to the holidays. There’s ice skating, hot chocolate, unique gifts and SANTA! But the real Miracle isn’t the excitement of the holiday season or even the annual Light Your Way parade down the center of Wabash Avenue, but it’s what Miracle provides for people in our community.
Each year the money raised through Miracle and the canned good donations that are brought in through the “Can You Build It?” contest, food barrel donations at local businesses and donations brought by Miracle participants are donated to local food pantries and non-profit organizations.
Charities directly benefiting from the Miracle on 7th Street include the 14th and Chestnut Community Center Grumbling Tummies program, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army’s Christmas Food Basket program, St. Benedict’s Soup Kitchen, the Tribune-Star’s Christmas Basket Fund, Providence Food Pantry and United Campus Ministries. 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.
11 Highlights of Miracle on 7th Street 2019
Ready to add Miracle on 7th Street to your family’s calendar? Here’s what you need to know!
Friday, December 6, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday, December 7, Noon to 9:00 pm is a time for community, charity, and Christmas with Miracle on 7th Street!
- Join the Terre Haute community for shopping in tents along Wabash Avenue at this year’s outdoor craft market.
- The annual tree lighting will take place at 6:15 on Friday, December 6.
- *CROWD FAVORITE!* 2019 year marks the fourth annual parade scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 6pm.
- Ice skating will be offered during Miracle with the rink on the east side of the Vigo county School Corporation Building.
- Join the Family Gingerbread Building Session at the Ohio Building on Saturday from 11am-4pm. The cost is $20 or 40 cans of food per family.
- You’ve heard of reindeer games that help train Santa’s favorite animals, but now you can participate in Elf Games to 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. Try a new present delivery method – catapulting packages. Next, experiment with robots to see if how they can be of assistance to Santa at our Elf Tech station! Learn to make fog bubbles so the elves can keep Santa hidden on his travels. Once you have completed all ten challenges you will earn your very own Elf Badge! Special for the Miracle on 7th events: Help us build Santa’s Village out of gingerbread big enough to fill a room!
- There will be heaps of fun happening this holiday season at the Vigo County Public Library. Find the library’s Miracle activities in this post!
- Santa will light the tree and then come to Mics Pics immediately for photos until 8pm Friday. He will be at Mics Pics Saturday Noon-5 then off to the Parade.
- There will also be “Can You Build It” sculptures at the Indiana Theatre. Think Olaf… made out of tuna cans!
- The trackless train powered by Duke Energy will be rolling through downtown Terre Haute on Friday and Saturday.
- Clabber Girl will have activities for kids such as stations to write letters to Santa, a selfie photo booth, and crafts.
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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