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Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum

Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum

Celebration Crossing, the Indiana State Museum’s holiday experience, kicked off with a bang (or, we should say, a whir) as Santa made his arrival into Indianapolis via helicopter on the front lawn of the museum on November 23. The museum’s holiday experience will run through January 6, 2019, and is included with general admission.


Featuring photos with the jolly old elf himself and Mrs. Claus in their house, holiday music from local bands and choirs, rides on the Santa Claus Express train and other holiday activities, Celebration Crossing is one way to experience the magic of the holidays without having to travel all the way to the North Pole.

New for 2018, visitors can have fun in Santa’s Workshop on the second floor of the museum, creating on the elves’ workbenches, mapping the flight of Santa’s reindeer around the globe and helping Santa pack his sleigh full of presents. Another new feature this year is Santa’s Front Yard, where visitors young and old can explore the outside of Santa’s house, decorate Christmas trees, build a snowman, create fake snowballs and more.

Holiday Fun for Little Ones

This year on Fridays during Celebration Crossing, there is special fun at the museum for preschoolers during Preschool Fridays. Children ages 5 and younger and their families can explore the museum from 9 to 10 am on November 30 and December 7, 14, 21, 28 and January 4. During this time, little ones can enjoy early rides on the Santa Claus Express train and enjoy all of the holiday activities with other kids their age.

Dining with Santa

No elf can live on cookies alone, which is why Santa is hosting breakfast and dinner on select days at the museum. On November 25 and December 1, 2, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23, you can enjoy breakfast with Saint Nick in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room or Farmers Market Café. Museum members can also grab dinner with Santa on December 13.

“The holidays are a time for making memories with friends and family,” says Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “After spending time with us, our visitors will remember what the holiday season is all about.”

More Info about Celebration Crossing

Celebration Crossing runs from November 23 through January 6, 2019, including Mondays in December. The museum is closed on Christmas Day. The holiday experience and activities are included in general admission. For more information, visit

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