December 8, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Experience the magic of the holidays!
Celebration Crossing holiday festivities will take on a magical feeling this year with a new 13,000-square-foot, 4½-minute train ride called the Snowfall Express that will transport visitors through a forest where Indiana’s animals past and present are preparing for winter’s first snow.
Visitors riding the train will experience the sights, sounds and even aromas of the season.
Celebration Crossing begins Nov. 26 when Santa arrives by helicopter at 11 am to light the 92 County Tree and kick-off the holiday season. This year, Santa will be back in his house and available for either up-close or socially distanced visits. (Throughout the season, there will be three Santas available to meet the public.
Also this year, the historic L.S. Ayres train will be on display again, and the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ will be open for lunch and other events (registration required). The Great Hall will again be decorated with giant ornaments and lit-trees, and experiences that were new last year – like the Reindeer Barn – will be returning. Next to the Reindeer Barn will be a new feature called the Tot Spot, where the museum’s youngest visitors can enjoy toys and activities built for them.
The new ADA-accessible trackless train has four cars and seats about 18, including adults. The ride, which is free with museum admission, was created and designed by Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ staff and enhanced by the artwork of Indianapolis artist Candice Hartsough with original music composed by Fort Wayne-based Eric Van Cleave.