2021 Holiday Sneak Peek

The holidays are just around the corner, and there are lots of fun and festive events happening around Indy that are guaranteed to get you in a merry mood. Here is a sneak peek at some of the ones we’re looking forward to! 

Christmas Nights of Lights 

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Dates: November 12-January 2, 2022

Indy’s largest synchronized light show is happening at Indiana State Fairgrounds from November 12-January 2, 2022. See over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show! 

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Jingle Rails 

Location: The Eiteljorg Museum
Dates: November 20-January 17, 2022

Train lovers: This one’s for you! Jingle Rails at The Eiteljorg will get you into the holiday spirit as you view nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. New this year: a miniature version of San Francisco! Jingle Rails will be making tracks from November 20-January 17, 2022. 

A Beef & Boards Christmas  

Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Dates: November 26-December 23

November 26-December 23, guests will be treated to an array of all their holiday favorites at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. With a beat-boxing, rapping Santa Claus and a Rudolph that actually flies onto the stage, you’ll see something special each night throughout the holiday season.  

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland  

Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Dates: November 27–December 24

Celebrate family traditions and holidays with Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! From November 27–December 24, enjoy visits with Santa, “ice skate” in your socks, explore the Ice Castle and much more.  

Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker  

Location: Clowes Memorial Hall
Dates: December 2-5

This student production of The Nutcracker at Clowes Memorial Hall includes spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, glorious scenery and pyrotechnical flash. December 2-5, the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s music will be brought to life by the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark. 

AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration

Location: Clowes Memorial Hall
Dates: December 2-5

AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration returns this December 3-23 at Hilbert Circle Theatre! Your favorite holiday music will be brought to life with Broadway-style showstoppers, the famous tap-dancing Santas, and more. 

Indiana Ballet Conservatory Presents The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Sweets 

Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre & The Toby at Newfields
Dates: The Nutcracker: December 10-12; The Nutcracker Sweets: December 17-19

The classic holiday tradition returns December 10-12! Join Indiana Ballet Conservatory at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre to experience The Nutcracker, an iconic holiday classic. For kids who might have a shorter attention span, Indiana Ballet Conservatory presents Nutcracker Sweets, a 1-hour version of The Nutcracker at The Toby at Newfields. Nutcracker Sweets is happening December 17-19, and is recommended for children ages 4 and older. 


Ballet Theatre of Carmel Presents The Nutcracker  


Join the Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy’s pre-professional ballet company for The Nutcracker, a spectacular holiday tradition. Performances are happening December 18 and 19 in the heart of downtown Zionsville at STAR Bank Performing Arts Center. This is a family-friendly production with plenty of pre- and post-show activities to get everyone into the holiday spirit! 

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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