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Holiday Attractions in Indy
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Holiday Attractions in Indy

Be a part of a new tradition

Indianapolis is a city of tradition and the holiday season is no exception. From old to new, here are a few of our favorite holiday exhibits and traditions.

HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS IN INDY

Where to see holiday lights in Indy
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Where to see holiday lights in Indy

Historic streets, attractions, monuments, & more

Make your hot cocoa, pile in the car or bundle up for a walk, and enjoy these top holiday light displays in Indianapolis.

TOP HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS

Winterlights
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Winterlights

Newfields

  • Choreographed lightshow that invites you to walk through the garden trails as you sip your favorite hot beverage
  • From the “whimsy trees” to the lawn, it will be impossible to not marvel at Indy’s newest holiday date night or family outing destination

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 - JANUARY 3, 2021

Winterized Patio Dining
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Winterized Patio Dining

There’s a crisp breeze of winter in the air here in the Circle City. Luckily, many restaurants in the greater Indianapolis area are rolling out the red carpet (or actually the heated spaces) for those wanting to have a bite to eat while sitting outdoors. 

If you find yourself longing for a good meal while continuing to dine al fresco, the following restaurants have outdoor heated dining areas.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
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Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

Eiteljorg Museum

  • See seven chugging trains on 1,200 feet of track wind from Indy to famous western locations 
  • Marvel that the entire display is made of bark, leaves, twigs, and other natural products
  • Visit this locomotive wonderland and take part in a favorite family tradition

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 - JANUARY 18, 2021

Circle of Lights
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Circle of Lights

Monument Circle

  • A 58-year-old sparkling Indy tradition, with 4,784 lights adorning the Soldiers & Sailors Monument
  • Tune in virtually the day after Thanksgiving to see the flipping of the switch 
  • Throughout the season, kids love the toy soldiers, giant candy canes, and Santa’s mailbox

NOVEMBER 27, 2020 - JANUARY 10, 2021

Festival of Trees
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Festival of Trees

Indiana Historical Society

  • Be inspired by this year's theme - Life is a Gift - as you admire 50 elaborately decorated holiday trees 
  • Enjoy extended hours (open until 8 pm) on select Fridays
  • Stop in the Cole Porter Room for a holiday singalong and enjoy a virtual story time with Santa

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 - JANUARY 9, 2021

A Merry Prairie Holiday
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A Merry Prairie Holiday

Sparkling lights. Breathtaking rides. Enchanting performances.

  • Enjoy the Conner Prairie holiday family fun you already love and a host of new features you won’t want to miss
  • Explore the North Pole Village for a midway and games
  • Sample warm holiday treats and beverages

NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 23, 2020

 

Celebration Crossing
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Celebration Crossing

Indiana State Museum

  • Eager kids line up to ride the Santa Express train transporting them to the North Pole
  • Visit the home of Santa and Mrs. Claus for plenty of holiday cheer
  • Early risers may join Mrs. Claus, Snowflake Sam, and Raggedy Ann for breakfast ​

NOVEMBER 27, 2020 - JANUARY 3, 2021

Christmas at the Zoo
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Christmas at the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

  • Visit your favorite creatures as the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights
  • Keep warm with hot chocolate and other “Cups of Cheer”  
  • Explore award-winning indoor exhibits from the Dolphin Dome to the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

NOVEMBER 21 - DECEMBER 30, 2020

Jolly Days
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Jolly Days

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • Let the kids experience the magic of winter while staying toasty indoors
  • Includes an indoor “sock skating” rink, a snow castle, ice fishing, your favorite Jolly Days characters, and more
  • Visit with jolly ol’ St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 - JANUARY 3, 2021

Shopping in Indy
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Shopping in Indy

Local boutiques, luxury malls, and thrift shops

Indy Coffeehouses
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Indy Coffeehouses

Find the best peppermint hot chocolate

Grab a hot cup of hot chocolate or coffee to warm up on a bitter-cold day in the Circle City. From award-winning brunch destinations to local Wi-Fi hot spots, Indy’s coffee shop scene has something just for you.

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Local Holiday Gift Guide
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Local Holiday Gift Guide

Not sure what to gift your loved ones this holiday season? Why not surprise them with one—or more—of these unique, artisan, Indiana-sourced items

  • Shop from handcrafted jewelry to next-level children's clothes to locally sourced hot sauce
  • All locally sourced here in Indiana
  • Each item is featured on Yelp's Totally Virtual Bazaar, a month-long shopping celebration