Both the Downtown Evansville Christmas Event and the Downtown Evansville Christkindlmarkt have been canceled.
The Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District made the announcement on Tuesday, in response to Indiana's recent change in restrictions.
The Christmas event was scheduled for December 5th and included Santa making a stop on Main Street. While the Christkindlmarkt was set to offer holiday shopping on both December 5th & 6th. Recently, the group also announced the addition of a large Farris-wheel to the weekend.
Vanderburgh County is currently at an Orange Warning Level, which under the recent statewide changes limits gathers to 50 people or less. By December, the community could drop out of the Orange classification, but the district says after in-depth discussion with the Vanderburgh County Health Department, they made the difficult decision not to move forward with the events.
This comes hours after the City of Evansville changed the Annual Christmas Tree Lightning to an all-virtual event. People will no longer be able to watch the tree light up for the first time in-person but are invited to stop by during the holiday season to see the tree outside the Civic Center's
The Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District is also encouraging the community to still shop the local shops and support area restaurants.