16 Free Holiday Festivals in Indianapolis

Get ready to welcome the holiday season with some fantastic free events in Indianapolis. There are so many cost-free festivals happening this time of year, perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the holiday magic without spending a cent. You can look forward to shining Christmas lights, festive Santa parades, live music, and great shopping at local artisan markets. These events don’t just light up the city, they also bring joy and togetherness, reflecting the true spirit of the holidays. In Indianapolis, it’s definitely a season to be jolly!

Free Holiday Festivals near Indianapolis:

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Nov. 18-Dec. 24 | Center Green

Dive into an authentic market experience filled with traditional food, unique gifts, and captivating performances.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Circle of Lights

Nov. 24 | Monument Circle 

Kick off the holiday season with the Circle of Lights musical acts and Santa lighting up Monument Circle.

Bridgeton County Christmas

Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-3 | Bridgeton Historic District

Celebrate Christmas in Bridgeton with unique gifts, crafts, decorations, live music, and culinary delights.

Athenaeum Christkindlmarkt

Nov. 24-Dec 17 | Athenaeum

This festive event invites you to eat, drink, and be merry while embracing the rich German culture and traditions.

Christmas in the Village: Parade Day

Nov. 25 | Main Street- Downtown Zionsville

A family-friendly parade featuring a marching band, reindeer, and Santa. Enjoy tree lighting and professional Santa photos.

Christmas in the Village - Parade Day

NPT Night Lights

Dec. 1-3 | Nickel Plate District

Experience Fishers Parks’ NPT Night Lights, a vibrant light display along the downtown Nickel Plate Trail.

Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista 

Dec. 1-2 | Minnetrista Museum & Gardens

Enjoy the free Enchanted Luminaria Walk, with sweet treats, winter crafts, and festive lights.

enchanted glow

Brownsburg Christmas Under the Stars

Dec. 2 | Brownsburg, IN

Head to Brownsburg Town Hall for tree lighting, live music, Santa’s Workshop, photos with Santa, and a winter market with vendors.

Franklin Holiday Lighting 

Dec. 2 | Downtown Franklin, IN

Shop at a winter market, view a lighted parade, and enjoy the courthouse lighting at Franklin Holiday Lighting.

Victorian Christmas Celebration

Dec. 2 | Downtown Mooresville

Discover Victorian Christmas in Downtown Mooresville with a free shuttle, carolers, craft fair, carriage rides, and more.

Victorian Christmas Celebration

Fortville Winterfest

Dec. 2 | Downtown Fortville

Celebrate the holidays with a parade, Santa, live music, food vendors, and the tree lighting at Fortville Winterfest.

Holiday in the Arts District

Dec. 2 | Indiana Design Center

Delight in the holiday season with elves, reindeer, carolers, trolley rides, and Santa in the Arts & Design District.

Westfield in Lights

Dec. 2 | Grand Junction Plaza

Join the free festive Westfield in Lights festival, with Santa pictures, reindeer show, games, live music, and tree lighting at 5:50 PM.


Westfield in Lights | Dec. 2

Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 2 | Cumberland Town Hall

Kids can play Reindeer Games, visit a vendor tent, do crafts, see Santa, and enjoy the light parade and tree lighting.

Broad Ripple Lights Up Holiday Festival and Parade

Dec. 3 | Broad Ripple Village

Explore the magical Wonderland Village, meet Santa, see the dazzling light displays, and experience holiday entertainment at the Lights Up Festival.broad ripple lights up

Merry at Main

Dec. 9 | Main Street Park

Shop at Merry at Main and enjoy seasonal treats, reindeer, and handcrafted items from local artisans.



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