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.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

November 23-January 5, 2020, included with museum admission

You don't want to miss Santa’s Big Arrival at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on November 23. After the festivities have concluded, visitors can be the first to experience the museum’s annual JJolly Days Winter Wonderland exhibit, which features a two-story Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, your favorite Jolly Days characters.

Indiana State Museum

November 29-December 22, included with museum admission

Santa will arrive at the Indiana State Museum in style on Nov. 29, when he lands on the front lawn in a helicopter at noon. Be among the first to ride the Santa Claus Express train, hear music from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at 10 am and visit with Santa on this special day to kick off the holiday season in Indy. Throughout the holiday season, enjoy multiple ways to visit Santa, including Santa's Holiday Breakfast. 

Traders Point Creamery

December 7-8

Celebrate the sights, sounds, and spirit of country Christmas at this 100-percent grass-fed dairy farm and artisan creamery in Zionsville. After paying Santa a visit in his Big Red Barn, visitors can venture outside and meet the jolly one’s live elk, while also taking part in some sing-a-longs and craft-making. 

Conner Prairie

November 30-December 22, prices vary

While traveling back in time on the Conner Prairie grounds, be sure and arrange for dinner with jolly St. Nicholas himself. A variety of food and drink options are available, giving all the good little girls and boys something yummy to munch on with Santa. 

Indianapolis Zoo

November 23-December 30, included with price of admission

While enjoying the beautiful Christmas at the Zoo light displays, stop by White River Gardens and take a picture with Santa. Here, you can also write letters to Santa or decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus.

Indiana Historical Society

Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 - Dec. 22 

Every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Santa strolls through the History Center from noon to 4 pm, handing out special treats to children of all ages. He’ll stop for breaks in the Multipurpose Room on the Canal Level at 1 and 3 pm for storytime with the little ones in the Citizens Energy Group Santa’s Reading Nook.

Christmas at Garfield

December 14 from 10 am to 1 pm, free

Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory on December 8 to meet Santa and see “Conservatory Crossing,” the holiday train and poinsettia show. You can also visit the Arts Center to make toys with Santa’s elves and head to the Family Center for more festive fun.

Santa in the Square

December 14 from 10 am to noon,  free

Santa will come to downtown Indianapolis just a few days before Christmas. Old St. Nick will be jolly in the Fountain Square Library


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