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Merry Country Christmas set for three weekends

Merry Country Christmas set for three weekends Merry Country Christmas set for three weekends
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

The Harrison County Parks Dept. will offer its fifth annual Merry Country Christmas the next three weekends.

Merry Country Christmas will feature hayrides to Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon that will travel through a display of lights, trees and inflatables.

“Every year we add new things,” said Larry Shickles, superintendent of the Harrison County Parks Dept., which puts on the event. “We didn’t add much last year due to COVID.”

Departure will be from in front of the old Bistro restaurant, at 204 E. Chestnut St. in downtown Corydon. Times will be 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 each night of the event that will begin Saturday. After that, rides are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 12. Three wagons, each equipped to hold up to 21 people, will run during each time slot.

Tickets — $14 for adults and $7 for ages 2 to 12 (those younger than 2 are free) — can be purchased in advance online at and by calling 812-738-8236.

New this year will be a bourbon run. Shickles said one wagon during the 9:30 time slot will be for guests 21 and older for an additional $12. Participants will receive a four-drink flight of upper-end bourbon or wine at Santa’s Brewhouse.

Shickles said reservations for the bourbon runs must be made in advance by calling 812-738-8236.

The Brewhouse, operated by Cluckers restaurant and open also to those not going on the hayrides, will have a variety of mixed drinks and beers.

Santa’s Roadhouse, next to the Brewhouse, will offer burgers, chicken sandwiches, nacho platters and more prepared by the parks department. Shickles said it will open at 4 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It also will be available to anyone, not just those who purchase tickets for the hay ride.

A gift shop inside Santa’s Roadhouse will sell an array of Christmas decorations, special ornaments, kids’ toys from the past and a line of Billy Jacobs’ lighted winter scene art prints.

Private wagon parties can be booked for weeknights. Shickles said the cost, for up to 21 people, is $225 for a Friday or Saturday night and $175 for Thursday and Sunday runs. To make a reservation or for more information, call 812-738-8236.

Hay ride guests will be able to wait around a bonfire in the Village Market set up in Bicentennial Park in downtown Corydon prior to their departure time.

In case of inclement weather that cancels a hay ride, Shickles said a refund will be given or patrons can request a ticket for a different time, provided wagons are not sold out.

For more information, call 812-738-8236.