Indianapolis Holiday Attractions
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Indianapolis is a city of tradition and the holiday season is no exception. Join 100,000 spectators on Monument Circle as we flip the switch on the Circle of Lights for the 54th time. Or be a part of a new tradition and see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway covered in over 400 light displays. From old to new, here are few of our favorite holiday attractions and traditions.


Lights at the Brickyard 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, November 18-December 31

Lights at the Brickyard in Indianapolis
Join the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural year of Lights at the Brickyard. Visitors will have an opportunity to drive their cars around certain areas of the Speedway that will be covered in holiday lights. There will be more than 40 scenes filled with 400 light displays. The driving experience will cover 1.7 miles and will include the crossing of the famed Yard of Bricks. 

 

Festival of Trees

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, November 18-December 30

Festival of Trees

The Indiana Historical Society presents its first Festival of Trees this year, in addition to their traditional holiday celebrations. This year, visitors can take in the IHS’s charming holiday-based photos and enjoy the same family-friendly activities and events they’ve come to love - plus take a visit to an amazing tree-filled wonderland, featuring 72 unique holiday trees with themes like “Home for the Holidays” or “Santa’s Workshop.”


Christmas at the Lilly House

Indianapolis Museum of Art, November 19-January 8, 2017

Christmas at the Lilly House

Christmas at the Lilly House on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art uses the American country house setting to explore the decorative ideas of the 1930s and 1940s. Explore this piece of history and witness nearly a century of holiday tradition firsthand.


Jingle Rails

Eiteljorg Museum, November 19-January 16, 2017

Jingle Rails

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a journey to the Great American West - the real West and the West of the imagination. With over 1,200 feet of railroad, watch seven trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station, and Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as historical sites, including Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, and Old Faithful.


Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, November 25-January 8, 2017

Jolly Days

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland is a holiday treat for the whole family at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Complete with an indoor "ice skating" rink for children to skate in their socks, an ice fishing area, and a holiday train, this is an unbeatable family tradition. Mark you calendar - on November 25, Santa will arrive Indy style in a Dallara IndyCar!


Circle of Lights

Monument Circle, November 25-January 6, 2017

Circle of Lights

Circle of Lights is the world's largest Christmas tree, complete with nearly 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands streaming from Indy's beloved 242-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument. This tree has been named by Travelocity as one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the nation.


Celebration Crossing

Indiana State Museum, November 25-January 1, 2017

Celebration Crossing

Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum invites you to learn about holiday traditions, both longstanding and new. Visitors can ride the Santa Claus Express, visit with Santa and get their photo taken, and participate in holiday- and winter-themed activities on all levels of the museum.


Christmas at the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo, November 25-December 30

Christmas at the Zoo

Christmas at the Zoo is a wintertime extravaganza everyone will enjoy. Stop by the Indianapolis Zoo for its annual light spectacular, and experience one of the nation’s top 10 zoos in a whole new way as hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights delight and inspire. Soaring 150 feet above the Skjodt International Orangutan Center, you’ll be able to spot the Beacon of Hope glowing in holiday colors from miles away.


Outdoor Holiday Adventure

Conner Prairie, November 25-December 31

Outdoor Holiday Adventure

Outdoor Holiday Adventure at Conner Prairie will take you on a winter adventure through Prairietown as you enjoy the holidays the 1830s way! Meet a variety of characters in their homes as they prepare for the holidays. Discover what holiday treats, games, and gifts were offered and even what pranks were played more than 150 years ago.

 



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