THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD DO DURING THE HOLIDAYS 

 

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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
  • Purchase a s'mores kit and roast your own marshmallow
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Yuletide Celebration

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

  • This Indy holiday tradition includes caroling, dancing, and puppetry
  • Welcome the season with legends Jack Everly, Angela Brown, and 2014 winner of The Voice Josh Kaufman 
  • Annual favorites include 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and, of course, the Tap Dancing Santas
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Lights at the Brickyard

See the historic oval in a new light

  • Drive your cars around sections of the famed oval covered in 2.5 million bright lights
  • The driving experience will cover 2+ miles and will include the crossing of the famed Yard of Bricks
  • Open daily November 16-December 30
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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 
  • Visit this locomotive wonderland November 17-January 21
  • Marvel that the entire display is made of bark, leaves, twigs, and other natural products
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Circle of Lights

Monument Circle

  • A 56-year-old sparkling Indy tradition
  • Join Santa the day after Thanksgiving to turn on the 4,784 lights adorning the Soldiers & Sailors Monument
  • Throughout the season, kids love the toy soldiers, giant candy canes, and Santa’s mailbox
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Festival of Trees

Indiana Historical Society

  • Be inspired by 80 elaborately decorated holiday trees, November 16-January 5
  • Enjoy live music and extended hours (open till 8 pm) with Twilight Tuesdays, plus vintage Santa visits on weekends
  • Pose for a family photo in Ralphie’s pink bunny onesie, made famous in A Christmas Story
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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, and a trip down the giant Yule Slide
  • Visit with jolly ol’ St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus
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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 ​
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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
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Conner Prairie by Candlelight

Experience the holidays in 1836

  • It’s the night before Christmas in 1836 Prairietown 
  • During daytime hours, enjoy an Outdoor Holiday Adventure in Prairietown and help with the winter chores, the baking, and the preparations for the season’s festivities
  • Just like Mom’s kitchen, aromas fill Gingerbread Village. Marvel at the creations of professional and amateur bakers
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Eleven Can't-Miss On-Stage Favorites

Our guide to holiday performances

The Circle City is magical this time of year.  You, your family, and friends will delight in holiday on-stage performances that range from Scrooge to dancing Santas. 

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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 few of our favorite holiday exhibits and traditions.

 

CLICK FOR HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS IN INDY

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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 during select dates, November 23-December 30 
  • 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
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Shopping in Indy

Local boutiques, luxury malls, and thrifty shops

From luxury malls to cozy gift shops, the Indianapolis shopping scene is composed of easy-to-find retail pockets. Can't decide where to go? Learn from Indy local and fashionista Polina Osherov.

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Indy Coffeehouses

Find the best peppermint hot chocolate

Grab a hot cup of 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 scene has something just for you.   

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Santa Sightings in Indy

The holiday season is here, but only Santa knows if you’ve been naughty or nice this year. Below, we’ve highlighted several places across the city where you can take your kids to see Mr. Claus.

WHERE TO SEE SANTA IN INDY





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