Have a holiday to-do list? Better check it twice – Indianapolis is aglow with can't-be-missed holiday displays. While each place yields dozens of magical photos, here are 10 of our favorite views.
Snowflake Bridge at Winterlights
A stroll through Winterlights will leave you singing "Walking in a Winter Wonderland." More than one million bulbs light up the grounds of Newfields, including the "Snowflake Bridge." It's the perfect grand entrance to this new holiday tradition.
Garfield Park Conservatory
If the weather outside is frightful, get thee to Garfield Park Conservatory. The 10,000-square-foot building features a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains, and thousands of dazzling lights.
Indiana Historical Society
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! At the annual Festival of Trees, 80 beautifully themed trees deck the halls of the Indiana Historical Society. There's a 30-foot show-stopper, too, and even a "Good Beers and Ugly Sweaters" party later this week.
Mass Ave Window Displays
[Window] shop 'til you drop. The displays along Massachusetts Avenue are fun, festive, and photogenic. If your feet are up to it, walk from Silver in the City to Homespun, snapping as you go.
This may not be your go-to locale for festive photos. But when the Canal (and adjacent Indianapolis Cultural Trail) is decked out in its holiday best, it's definitely worth a shot
Tunnel of Lights at Christmas at the Zoo
As the sun sets on the Indianapolis Zoo, the grounds turn into a whimsical wonderland. There are countless animal-themed displays in addition to the Tunnel of Lights. Some of the zoo's residents even stay up for the illuminated celebration. Sea lions and tigers and brown bears, oh my!
For classic holiday décor, head to this historic neighborhood in downtown Indianapolis. The use of garland, red bows, and twinkle lights are stop-in-your-tracks stunning.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Before heading to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for this traveling festival, make sure your memory card has plenty of room. More than 30 larger-than-life displays beg to be photographed.
Already on a downtown photo excursion? Swing by this seven-story glass and steel icon. The Arts Council of Indianapolis hosts a number of free, public performances and exhibitions in the space, annually decorated with snowflakes and icicles.
Lights at the Brickyard
This drive-through holiday display has it all: 2.5 million lights, 500 colorful displays, choreographed music, and a two-mile course that crosses the world-famous Yard of Bricks start/finish line. Admission starts at $25 per car, so best pack yourself and your photo-loving friends into one vehicle.