Holiday Getaway: French Lick, Indiana

  • Date

    December 14-16, 2023 | Thu / Sat – 3 Days 

  • Location

    French Lick, Indiana


Escape from the everyday and wrap yourself in elegance at the French Lick Springs Resort, where the rich history and elaborate architecture of the resort’s two grand hotels are amplified during the holidays, and the trails around the resort grounds twinkle with a half-million lights. Built more than a century ago and once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the West Baden Springs Hotel is a dazzling sight, from the glowing 40-foot Christmas tree in the atrium to the majestic dome spanning 200 feet above. French Lick Springs Hotel is loaded with charming holiday displays including Santa’s village, a reindeer barn and one of the Midwest’s largest gingerbread houses.

The French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs hotels were the iconic symbols of great economic achievement for rural southern Indiana, which became a famed vacation and gathering place for wealthy and prominent society members.Today, they offer a fascinating window into the grand hotel era of the early 20th century and the tradition of “taking the waters.”


  • Historical tours of West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs hotels, decorated for the holidays
  • Accommodations at the French Lick Springs Hotel
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Derby Dinner Theater
  • Christmas Treasures performance at Abbeydell Hall
  • Visit historic Jasper with delightful German lunch


  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Thu, Dec 14: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach for Clarksville, Indiana, along the Ohio River. At the Derby Dinner Theater enjoy lunch and a matinee performance of A Christmas Carol: The Musical, a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dicken’s most well-known story. Continue to French Lick and check in to your room at the French Lick Springs Hotel. Relax and enjoy the evening at leisure. (Meal: Lunch)

Fri, Dec 15: Following breakfast at the hotel, discover its captivating history on a guided tour of the property, from the creation of tomato juice in 1917 to the infamous Derby Weekend Raid of 1949 when gambling became suddenly taboo. Later in the day tour the West Baden Springs Hotel, which was once renowned for Pluto Water, and the interesting effect it had on guests. Learn about the mysterious Angel Room high above the atrium. You’ll also hear about the movers and shakers who came to make deals, gamble and “take the waters” in the early 20th century. In your free time explore the hotels, shop the quaint stores, try your luck at the casino or just relax and bask in the holiday spirit. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal with your fellow travelers before going to see the original musical production Christmas Treasures at Abbeydell Hall, located on a 20-acre estate and former home of Larry Bird, a basketball legend who grew up in French Lick. (B,D)

Sat, Dec 16: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before packing up your holiday memories and heading home. On the way to Indianapolis enjoy one more special stop with lunch included. (B,L)

French Lick Springs Hotel. Established in 1845, French Lick Springs Hotel seamlessly blends its fascinating history with modern amenities and services. Family-friendly activities and facilities make this an ideal destination for celebrations or relaxing getaways. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary Internet access • complimentary shuttle • restaurant • bar • pool • spa • fitness center • shops • bowling alley/arcade 


  • Per Person*
  • Double P/P – $979
  • Triple P/P – $909
  • Single – $1,189

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