Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park
Whoosh! Weeeeee! Whoaaaa! You’ll hear those sounds a lot at Pokagon State Park‘s historic toboggan run that’s up and running in northeastern Steuben County. Pokagon’s toboggans can hold up to four people at a time. Launched from a 30-foot-high tower, sledders streak downhill at more than 30 mph. They skid to a halt a quarter-mile from where their thrill ride began. The record is 42 mph.
Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park Whoosh! Weeeeee! Whoaaaa! You’ll hear those sounds a lot at Pokagon State Park‘s historic toboggan run that’s up and running in northeastern Steuben County. Pokagon’s toboggans can hold up to four people at a time. Launched from a 30-foot-high tower, sledders streak downhill at more than 30 mph. They skid to a halt a quarter-mile from where their thrill ride began. The record is 42 mph.
Winter brings colder temperatures, but it also brings a whole new list of memory-making opportunities! From chills and thrills to sightseeing and “lightseeing,” Indiana is a winter wonderland perfect for exploring, and we’ve compiled 20 of Indiana’s best winter traditions. This list is part of The 20 IN 20. Begin your decade with a real adventure in 2020 by completing at least 20 of our 400 incredible things to do!
Travel is permitted, and businesses are allowed to be open, but it is still vital to wear a mask and practice physical distancing as we continue to fight COVID-19. Face coverings are required in Indiana, so be sure to mask up when distancing is not possible while traveling around Indiana. Please take precautions, plan ahead, and follow CDC and local guidelines.

Toboggan Run at Pokagon State Park
Whoosh! Weeeeee! Whoaaaa! You’ll hear those sounds a lot at Pokagon State Park‘s historic toboggan run that’s up and running in northeastern Steuben County. Pokagon’s toboggans can hold up to four people at a time. Launched from a 30-foot-high tower, sledders streak downhill at more than 30 mph. They skid to a halt a quarter-mile from where their thrill ride began. The record is 42 mph.

Paoli Peaks
Paoli Peaks is located in the heart of southern Indiana. It’s the perfect place for family and friends to experience the thrills and chills of skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing! The Ski and Snowboard facility features 14 unique downhill experiences and two terrain parks, with something for every skill level!

Perfect North Slopes
Perfect North Slopes is a ski area in Southeast Indiana offering skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Perfect North features 19 trails of varying difficulty, as well as three terrain areas. It also boasts one of the largest snow tubing areas in the country! You can effortlessly ride back up the hill on the state-of-the-art moving sidewalk called a Magic Carpet.

Christmas Lights
If Spring, Summer, and Fall are for sightseeing, winter is for “lightseeing”! The Oooohs and Ahhhhs of Winter have arrived! Charlie Brown might not have liked Snoopy’s decorated doghouse, but the rest of us have really come to love the festive illuminations. You’ll definitely get into the spirit of the season when you check out this year’s holiday light displays in Indiana. Photo by @matty.tatty on Instagram

Christmas at the Seiberling
The Seiberling Mansion is decorated to the brim both inside and out, with its Opening Night Lighting Ceremony on November 28. A free virtual tour of the decorated mansion with music and more will also premiere opening night, November 28, here.

“A Christmas Story” Comes Home
“Oh, fudge!” You know it’s the holiday season when it’s time to unwrap the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, on display at Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. If you have never been to this spectacular display, then you don’t yet know what you’re missing! This exhibit is completely free and is open from November 14 – January 3, 2021.

Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling is available in many places around Indiana, but the state’s two longest trails are located in Northern Indiana. The 68-mile Buffalo Run Snowmobile Trail is in St. Joseph County, and the 60-mile Miami Snowmobile Trail is in Elkhart County.

Santa Claus
For many families, writing a letter to Santa before Christmas remains a treasured holiday tradition. The Santa Claus, Ind. Post Office makes the practice even more special by offering a new picture postmark stamp for letters and holiday cards each year. An appealing family-friendly destination to visit any time of year.

Ice Skating
Ice isn’t all that fun to walk on, but with a pair of skates, it can be delightful! Skating rinks around the state provide the perfect outdoor family experience each winter.

Sledding
It almost feels like a rite of passage to look down that towering snow-covered hill and conquer it with incredible bravery. Seriously, who doesn’t love sledding? There are so many great sledding hills in Indiana! Fort Harrison State Park features one of Indianapolis’ largest, and Devil’s Slide at Indiana Dunes State Park provides an unforgettable view of Lake Michigan. Photo by @brigettecookjones on Instagram

Holiday Train Rides
Train rides look a lot different in 2020, but there are still a few Christmas rides taking place safely! Hop on the North Pole Express down in southern Indiana. When the reindeer aren’t pulling Santa’s sleigh, Tell City Depot’s takes over those duties!

Winter Hikes
Did you know? Indiana’s miles of trails are open in winter! Get a new perspective on Indiana’s outdoor treasures on a winter hike. Fewer people are wandering in the woods this time of year. Icicles glisten in the winter sunlight. Birdwatching, tree identification, and animal tracking skills are easy to develop after leaves have fallen. Slow down and notice winter’s details. Cold-weather hiking is fun! Photo by @evan_c_smith on Instagram

Christmas Casino at Rising Star
Christmas Casino provides one of the most magical holiday settings with incredibly decorated trees, animated scenes, and a Bavarian-style market. Outside, Santa has 8 of his personal reindeer on display! Santa will also be providing virtual visits in the Christmas Market Village. Social distancing and masks are mandatory.

Christmas in Brown County
Explore the Village of Nashville as it twinkles with holiday lights. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list as you shop the one-of-a-kind, artisan galleries, craft studios, stores, and boutiques. Sink your teeth into some old fashioned treats. Let the brisk holiday air invigorate you on a hike in the State Park. Warm up by the fireplace in your very own private cabin. Brown County is the perfect spot to create magical memories!

Howard Holiday Market
A new and unique winter market is coming to South Bend in 2020! Local craft makers, entrepreneurs, and artists will be selling their curated goods. This is the perfect opportunity to buy your loved ones a special homemade present! Howard Holiday Market will also have live entertainment, festive food, and adult beverages to enjoy while you shop. The market will take place from Dec. 3 – Dec. 19.

Festival of Gingerbread
There is nothing that compares to the tradition of building gingerbread houses. However, the Festival of Gingerbread in Fort Wayne has taken this holiday classic to the next level. Professionals, local artists, and students all enter their gingerbread creations and display them at the History Center in an incredible show of talent.

Eiteljorg Museum Jingle Rails
The Eiteljorg Museum presents a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The Jingle Rails exhibit features miniature versions of downtown Indianapolis’s local treasures, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station, and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees events are one of the most iconic Christmas festivities, as trees are decorated in different themes, styles, and fashions. This year, the Embassy Theatre, Indiana Historical Society, and Lanthier Winery will morph into winter wonderlands! First floor lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel in Fort Wayne will be transformed into a dream-world of 45+ decorated trees under the theme of Comfort and Joy. Photo by the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne

State Park Inns
Indiana’s State Parks are full of adventure and natural wonder, even during the winter months! From toboggan runs and frozen waterfalls to delicious pies, they are the perfect place to get away this winter season. Choose from one of eight State Park Inns and experience a vacation like none other. And the best part, all of the inns offer pet-friendly accommodations, so you can bring your four-legged friend on your weekend away!

Christmas in Shipshewana
The Holiday Light Parade has been canceled for this year, but Shipshewana is still an amazing place to visit throughout November and December. Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy is a mile and half long drive-through with more than 2 million lights creating a symphony of colorful light scenes. When you arrive, tune your radio to the Christmas music broadcast and soak in the Christmas spirit!