Make your holidays even merrier with these festive, regional events.
Crystal Smith Hammon

Create memories in Muncie. 
One of Indiana's most inviting spots to gather is Muncie's Minnetrista, the former home of the Ball family, founders of the glass company famous for making Ball Mason jars. The 40-acre site has gardens, a nature area and a museum with interactive exhibits. Visit December 2 and 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. for the Enchanted Luminaria Walk. The event is open to the public at no charge. The museum also offers painting classes for people age 14 and up, taught by a Bob Ross Certified Instructor. Learn to paint in the same setting where the soft-spoken artist perfected his signature style. https://www.minnetrista.net 

Glide into winter. 
You don't need to be an Olympian to savor the joy of ice skating. Skating works every muscle in your body, not to mention your brain. Choose from several area rinks, including The Ice at Carter Green in Carmel. Tickets for the 2022-2023 season go on sale October 1.

Go global with your cuppa. 
Steep yourself in a day of ceremonies, prepara­tions, flavors and aromas of the world's best teas and coffees at the International Coffee and Tea Fest on November 19. The festival happens at the Global Welcome Center, 4233 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis.

Christkindlmarkt at the Athenaeum 
Jump start the holiday season at an inaugural Chriskindlemarkt in the Mass Avenue Arts District. Visit on certain days from November 25 through December 18. You can shop for German-inspired gifts from local merchants and treat your family to unique German traditions. Gather with friends, family and the larger community to celebrate in the Athenaeum's historic Biergarten.

Holiday Tea and Fashion Show 
Support two of Crawfordsville's historic treasures, Lane Place and the General Lew Wailace Study & Museum, at an annual holiday tea and fashion show, Friday, December 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. The annual event is a rare chance to see the Elston Homestead, the childhood home of the famous author's wife, Susan Wallace, who was also an accomplished writer. Tickets for the tea are $25 each. https://www.ben-hur.com 

Unbelievable Things Humans Do 
Relive one of history's most astonishing mo­ments--the Christmas Truce of 1914, when Allied and German soldiers put away their weapons and celebrated Christmas together with food, soccer, caroling and remembrances of the fallen. That event is dramatized in All is Calm: The Christmas Tmce of 1914, at Richmond's Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, December 3. CaII 765.973.3350 for ticket information.