The Festival of Light
During the holiday season, the town of Indiana loves to show off its Christmas spirit and demonstrate why it considers itself the Christmas Tree Capital of the World. Over 80 light displays are visible along a two-mile stretch of road and some of them are even animated to the delight of the little ones. Kids are encouraged to visit with Santa and adults love to stop in at the Christmas gift store for some holiday treats. The lights are turned on in Blue Spruce Park right after Thanksgiving and brighten the city through the month of December.
Jimmy Stewart Museum
The small town of Indiana takes enormous pride in being the home of the legendary actor and film star, Jimmy Stewart. So much so that they have built an entire museum dedicated to teaching people about his life and career. The Jimmy Stewart Museum features a 50-seat movie theater where visitors can watch snippets from this Hollywood legend's movie career. Not only will you learn about Jimmy, you will also learn more about his family and where he grew up in town. While the museum does have guided tours for those who visit, there is also a virtual tour available on its website.
IUP Lively Arts
The lone university in Indiana provides more than just an education for its students. It also provides a lively entertainment for Indiana and surrounding areas. Several departments within the College of Fine Arts show off their student's skills during many events throughout the year. Aside from showcasing student talent, the Ovations event thrown by the school invites talent from around the world. From live musical performances to timeless shows like "The Phantom of the Opera", most visitors will not leave disappointed by the professional-level productions put on by IUP students each year.