Every Christmas season a select number of residents in Kouts, Indiana open their hearts and their homes for the town’s annual Christmas Open House. Residence set up small Christmas shops inside their homes, each house specializing in a trade or craft. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the Christmas cheer.
Maps are given out through out town. Some of the in-home shops are near the town center while others are a little further out of town. However, do not let the distance away from town scare you away, some of the best home-shops are the furthest out. All of the houses are located within a ten-mile radius of town and in the town limits.
During the open house, maps will be available at each participant’s location, also at the two gas stations on the corner of State Roads 49 and 8 in Kouts. These maps will guide you to every home that has set up for the Christmas Open House festival.
There is all kinds of Christmas fare to be had by young and old. From homemade wreaths that are trimmed with Christmas cheer to home baked goodies. Each year new houses join with last year’s total being near thirty houses in all. The event is held during the first full weekend of December – this year December 5th and 6th. The majority of the events are on Saturday but there is still plenty to enjoy on Sunday. I have been on both days in different years and I enjoy both days equally.
The fun of this Christmas Open house is that it is like a treasure hunt in a way. You never know what house will have exactly what you are looking for. Everyone has their favorite houses. Mine happens to be the Christmas Log Cabin. This log cabin always has to nicest homemade decorations. My mother prefers the house that makes homemade peanut brittle.
This event is extremely family friendly. Some homes offer complementary cider or coco and cookies. There are homemade toys and some knitted items for the smallest visitors. The Kouts Open house is fully of Christmas Cheer. It lends itself to the feelings of an old fashioned Christmas. If you are up in Northwest Indiana this weekend I highly suggest checking it out. See you there!
This year’s Christmas Open House will be held Saturday, December 5 8:30 am to 4:30 pm CST and Sunday, December 6 10:00 am to 4:30 pm CST. More more information check out the official website here.