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Dawn Olsen is a native Iowan, a Purdue graduate, and a defender of the Oxford comma. She moved to Indianapolis in 2012 and first lived in an 1860s Victorian in Herron-Morton. Dawn currently resides in historic Holy Rosary, in an apartment that is equidistant from both General American Donut Company and Rocket 88 Doughnuts. She works full-time as an editorial assistant for the Indiana General Assembly, and also works as a freelance writer. Dawn’s work can be found on Historic Indianapolis; Big City, little Indiana; and on her personal blog, where she shares creative non-fiction. When she’s not writing, Dawn is Instagramming, shopping at Homespun, or biking the Cultural Trail.
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DECEMBER 14, 2017

10 Instagram-able Holiday Views

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


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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


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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


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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.

Canal Walk 


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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


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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! 

Lockerbie Square


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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


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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. 

Indianapolis Artsgarden


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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


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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. 


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