Celebrate Saturday with Family: Top 10 Free Events near Indianapolis on Dec. 2

Treat your family and your wallet at the same time! On Saturday, December 2, Indianapolis has an incredible lineup of free events awaiting you. With everything from mesmerizing Christmas light displays to festive holiday celebrations, there’s bound to be something that piques everyone’s interest. So, plan your weekend right, save money, and embark on an unforgettable journey exploring the best of what Indianapolis has to offer, without spending a dime.

Top 10 Free Events Taking Place on Saturday, December 2

*All events take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, unless otherwise noted

NPT Night Lights

*Dec. 1-3 | 6-8 pm | 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 | 5-9 pm | Minnetrista Museum & Gardens

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

enchanted glow

Brownsburg Christmas Under the Stars

5 pm* | Brownsburg, IN

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

*Winter Market Opens at 5 PM Parade Begins at 6 PM Holiday Activities Begin 30 Minutes After Parade End

Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt

Noon-7 pm | Cumberland Town Hall

At Weihnachtsmarkt, kids can enjoy the Reindeer Games, artisan vendor tent, and a variety of kid’s crafts. Don’t miss the chance to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus as they spread joy and cheer throughout the event. Indulge in delicious food and drink options from the diverse food trucks while enjoying live music. The highlight of the evening will be the expanded light parade and the spectacular Town Christmas Tree Lighting.


Franklin Holiday Lighting 

10 am-6 pm | Downtown Franklin, IN

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

Victorian Christmas Celebration

10 am-4 pm | Downtown Mooresville

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

Victorian Christmas Celebration

Fortville Winterfest

Noon-7 pm | 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

2-5 pm | Indiana Design Center

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

Westfield in Lights

3-6 pm | 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 | *Family programming from 4-7 pm | Athenaeum

The Krampusnacht event has special activities from 4 pm to 7 pm perfect for families. This session is filled with engaging, family-friendly performances that promise a good time for everyone. Among the main attractions are unique presentations by NoExit Performance. This beloved theatre group from Indy will be sharing the tale of the REAL Krampus – creating an experience that’s enriching and entertaining for all ages!

Bonus Sunday Event! 

Broad Ripple Lights Up Holiday Festival and Parade

*Dec. 3 | 3-6 pm | 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


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