THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD DO DURING THE HOLIDAYS 

 

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

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

  • This Indy holiday tradition includes caroling, dancing, and puppetry
  • Welcome the season with Emmy-nominated and first-time Yuletide host Frankie Moreno
  • Annual favorites include 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and, of course, the Tap Dancing Santas
Lights at the Brickyard
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Lights at the Brickyard

See the historic oval in a new light

  • Drive your car 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 27-January 5
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 
  • Visit this locomotive wonderland November 23-January 20
  • Marvel that the entire display is made of bark, leaves, twigs, and other natural products
Circle of Lights
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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
Festival of Trees
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Festival of Trees

Indiana Historical Society

  • Be inspired by 92 elaborately decorated holiday trees, November 15-January 4
  • Enjoy extended hours (open until 8 pm) December 16-23, plus Santa visits on weekends
  • Pose for a family photo in Ralphie’s pink bunny onesie, made famous in A Christmas Story
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, and a trip down the giant Yule Slide
  • Visit with jolly ol’ St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus
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 ​
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
Local Gift Guide
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Local Gift Guide

Shop locally this holiday season

  • Provide a loved one with the perfect gift in person or by mail through these local businesses
  • Give back to the environment and plant a tree by shopping at Becker Supply Co. 
  • Elevate you child’s craft collection with customized crayons from Art 2 the Extreme
Can't-Miss On-Stage Favorites
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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. 

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.

 

CLICK FOR HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS IN INDY

Shopping in Indy
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Shopping in Indy

Local boutiques, luxury malls, and thrift 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.

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.   

Santa Sightings in Indy
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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. 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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