Santa arrives by seaplane, kicks-off Rising Sun holiday events

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The public is invited to help kick-off Ohio County holiday activities with the arrival of Santa Claus by seaplane on the Ohio River. The excitement begins on Friday, December 4 around 4:45 p.m. at the waterfront on Front Street in Rising Sun. In case of inclement weather, Santa will arrive by another means of transport.

Once in Rising Sun, St. Nick will walk to the Pendleton Art Center at 201 Main Street where he will be available for free photos from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be taken by Theresa Scott and are provided by Rising Sun Main Street. While waiting for prints, guests are invited to take part in the tradition of decorating sugar cookies provided by Tandy’s IGA.

Also on December 4 and 5, the 2015 Christmas Market at the Museum will feature crafts, antiques and collectibles, art, jewelry, pottery, baked goods, and homemade items perfect for home décor and gifts. The Market is open from 11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and is located at 212 South Market Street in Rising Sun. For additional information, telephone (812) 438-4915.

Rising Sun Main Street will conclude its 2015 Movies on Main with a showing of the holiday favorite, Elf. Enjoy the antics of Buddy the elf, a full-size human who as a toddler accidently ends up at the North Pole where he is raised by elves. Seeking out his real dad, Buddy moves to New York City to learn his true identity and how to live outside of an elf community. The movie is free, and takes place on Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at the Pendleton Art Center on 201 Main Street. Popcorn is provided at no charge.

Santa will return to the Pendleton Art Center in Rising Sun on Saturday, December 12 for another opportunity to have free photos made. The event is held on 201 Main Street from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy Trains on Main with the 3rd annual Christmas Holiday Train Show produced by The Conductors of the Southeastern Indiana Model Train Club. Held at Heritage Hall on November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016, the event takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily except for being closed on Wednesdays. Admission is $1 per person, with families of five or more for $5. There is free admission for service men and women, the police, firefighters, rescue workers, and children under five. The club’s mission is to educate the public about model railroading and how trains affected everyone’s lives throughout history. Heritage Hall is locate at 214 Main Street. For more information on the Train Club, call (812) 756-0654.

Rising Star Casino Resort is now transformed into the “Christmas Casino”–an enchanting and whimsical wonderland of holiday spirit and cheer guaranteed to dazzle and delight. The celebration of the season features an imaginative 12 Days of Christmas theme with five distinctive animated scenes, 50 Mark Roberts customized animated figures, and hundreds of props. Located outside the casino is Santa’s Christmas Stables where there are daily reindeer sightings. On display through January 3, 2016, the casino is located on 777 Rising Star Drive in Rising Sun.

For more information on tourist attractions, lodging, eateries, and community events, contact Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism at (888) 776-4786 or log on to enjoyrisingsun.com. Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.