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Circle of Lights
Monument Circle

  • A 55 -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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Yuletide Celebration
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

  • Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, this holiday tradition includes caroling, dancing, and puppetry
  • Welcome the season with legends Jack Everly and beloved Sandi Patty
  • 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 whole new way

  • 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 17-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 expanded locomotive wonderland November 18-January 15, 2018
  • Marvel that the entire display is made of bark, leaves, twigs, and other natural products
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Festival of Trees
Indiana History Center

  • Be inspired by 80 elaborately-decorated holiday trees, November 17-January 6, 2018
  • Pose for a family photo in Ralphie’s pink bunny onesie, made famous in A Christmas Story
  • On weekends participate in craft making and enjoy a visit from a vintage Santa
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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 more
  • Visit with jolly ol’ St. Nicholas, Mrs. Claus, and other special guests 
  • Take a trip down the giant Yule Slide – who can slide down the fastest?
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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.



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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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Ten 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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Hotel Deals in Indy
Save on your next holiday getaway

  • Big deals at some of Indy's top hotels: ConradJW Marriott, and The Alexander
  • Check Indy Daily Deals for complimentary parking, discounted rates & more
  • Between light displays, shopping deals, and New Year’s Eve extravaganzas, you’ll have plenty to see and do while you’re in city
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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.



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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 25-December 30 
  • Keep warm with bottomless 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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  • 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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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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