The City of Charlestown is known as “The Christmas City” for the continued elaborate celebration of the Christmas season. Thousands and thousands of lights featured in the light show, carriage rides, train rides and ice skating are just a few of the memories that families can make this year during Christmas in Charlestown.
The festivities will begin with Light Up Charlestown on Friday evening, November 28. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Lights come on at 7 p.m. The Charlestown Pirate Boys Basketball team will also be on hand for the fifth year to help with the Light Up festivities!
After the Light Up celebration the Animated Show of Lights and Music will be on the Charlestown City Square nightly through Saturday, January 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Performing your favorite Christmas carols will be Jonathan Jennings and Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Choirs, Isabella Spencer and Jenna Daniel. Light Up Charlestown will also feature the arrival of Santa Claus to Charlestown, carriage rides and hot chocolate! Come spend a great evening in Charlestown making family memories!
After the Light Up festivities be sure to head over to the Family Activities Park for ice skating from 7 to 10 p.m.; train rides from 7 to 10 p.m. and visits with Santa from 7 to 9 p.m. Visits with Santa are free. Be sure to bring your camera for a picture with Santa!
On Saturday, November 29, the Family Activities Park will offer ice skating from 12 noon to 10 p.m.; train rides from 6 to 10 p.m. Santa will be available for visits from 6 to 9 p.m.
Families may also enjoy “Winter Wonderland” in Greenway Park (across from the City Square). Come enjoy hot chocolate and take as stroll through the park. Be sure to take a family picture by the 52 foot Christmas tree to capture the memory.
Enjoy carriage rides through the park and around the square. Carriage rides are held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. November 28 through Saturday, December 20. Carriage rides are $5 for all ages 2 and up. Ages 2 and under are free. Reservation requests must be made online. Reservations are not required but are recommended. Carriage ride reservations must be made online beginning Monday evening, November 24.
Be sure to visit the Family Activities Park located at 1000 Park Street (across from the Charlestown High School Football Field). The Family Activities Park will be decked out in Christmas lights and offer hot chocolate and s’mores for purchase. The Charlestown Express Train departs from the Family Activities Park every 20 minutes Monday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all ages 2 and up. Ages 2 and under are free.
After enjoying a train ride visit the ice skating rink. The ice skating rink is fun for all ages and open beginning Monday, December 1: Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; Fridays 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 noon to 1- p.m. The cost is $5 for all ages 2 and up, which includes skate rental. Ages 2 and under are free. The ice skating rink will be open through Saturday, January 3.
Santa Claus will be at the Family Activities Park beginning on Light Up Charlestown: Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. through December 20.
On Saturday, December 6, due to the Christmas Parade, train rides will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and visits with Santa will be available from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Carriage rides will be held from 7:20 to 10 p.m.
Bring your family and friends for a night of making Christmas memories they will never forget. For group reservations and for more information on Christmas events, dates and times visit the website at www.cityofcharlestown.com or contact Rhonda at 812-256-3422, ext. 328 or email