Indianapolis Holiday Attractions

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Indianapolis is a city of tradition, and the holiday season is no exception. Join 100,000 virtual spectators and tune into Circle of Lights, where Monument Circle becomes one of the most iconic Chrismast trees in Indy. Or be a part of a newer tradition and see the grounds of Newfields decorated with more than one million dazzling lights. From old to new, here are a few of our favorite holiday traditions and attractions.

Festival of Trees

Indiana Historical Society, November 13, 2020 - January 9, 2021

The Indiana Historical Society presents Festival of Trees in addition to their other traditional holiday celebrations. 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 visit an amazing tree-filled wonderland featuring 50 unique holiday-themed trees and a special 30-foot show-stopper tree you have to see to believe. 


Newfields, November 21, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Winterlights at Newfields is a new family tradition for Indy. A dazzling choreographed lightshow 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 this holiday date night or family outing destination.

Jingle Rails - The Great Western Adventure  

Eiteljorg Museum, November 21, 2020 - January 18, 2021

Jingle Rails 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 21, 2020 - Janurary 3, 2021

Jolly Days at The Children's MuseumCelebrate family traditions and holidays with Jolly Days Winter Wonderland. Enjoy favorites like Jingles the Jolly Bear, exploring the Ice Castle, your favorite Jolly Days characters, visits with Santa, and so much more. Who knows? You may even be there when a snowball fight breaks out (using soft yarn pom-poms, of course)!

Circle of Lights

Monument Circle, November 27, 2020 - January 10, 2021

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 284-foot-tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Travelocity named this tree one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the nation. This year's tree-lighting will be virtual, so tune in to see the magic begin.

Celebration Crossing

Indiana State Museum, November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Celebration Crossing is alive with holiday merriment once more at the Indiana State Museum! From the sounds of bands, bells, and vocal choirs, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Ride the Santa Claus Express, and play and create in Santa’s Playground. Rekindle memories of holidays past as you gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows. Make a full day of it with a meal at the iconic L.S. Ayres Tea Room (reservations recommended).

Christmas at the Zoo 

Indianapolis Zoo, November 21 - December 30, 2020

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 spot the Beacon of Hope glowing in holiday colors from miles away.

A Merry Prairie Holiday 

Conner Prairie, November 27 - December 23, 2020

A Merry Prairie Holiday

A Merry Prairie Holiday includes several different family-friendly holiday events. Transport back to 1836 through the Prairietown walking tour, Conner Prairie by Candlelight. Guests can marvel at the famous Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights in their new home, visit the North Pole Village for a midway and games, enjoy local entertainers and musicians performing, and sample warm holiday treats and beverages. Finally, Santa is coming to town to enjoy breakfast and dinner with guests at the prairie!