For young and old alike, there’s something magical about the twinkling of Christmas lights in Indianapolis during the season.
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Clark Griswold, the lovable Christmas fanatic from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, understood an important fact about these lights – the more, the better. People will go to great lengths to spread Christmas cheer by putting on an incredible display. And luckily, right here in Indy, we’ve got quite a few Christmas light displays to enjoy this time of year!
So, bundle up, hop in the car and take a drive to see some of these remarkable Christmas light displays near Indianapolis.
Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1698 E 42nd St., 46205 *Use gate 12 on 42nd Street*
Dates: November Nov 12, 2021 – Jan 02, 2022
Hours: Dusk until 10 pm
Cost: $30 carload special (up to 8 people)
Christmas Nights of Lights drive-thru light show is returning to Indianapolis for it’s 3rd season. Prepare to be dazzled as you drive through an over 2–mile route that’s full of colorful light displays set to holiday music, a 300-foot tunnel, a 240-foot wall of lights and more merriment, all from the comfort of your own vehicle!
Location: Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 West Washington St, Indianapolis
Dates: November 20 – December 30, 2021
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5-9 pm; Friday-Saturday: 5-10 pm
Cost: Included with general admission to the Indianapolis Zoo. Find daily ticket price here.
Lions, tigers, polar bears – and Santa Claus! Oh my! See the animals during the day and stay as the sun goes down – watch as the Indianapolis Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland before your eyes. This Christmas tradition, now in its 53rd year, has added even more lights to fill the Zoo with a warm glow. And the best part is it’s all included with regular admission!
Location: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers
Dates: Fridays-Sundays, November 26-December 19; and December 21 & 22
Hours: 5:30-9:30 pm
Cost: $22; Conner Prairie members can purchase tickets for a discounted price of $11
Sparkling lights, breathtaking rides, and enchanting performances. They’re all part of A Merry Prairie Holiday Festival at Conner Prairie, and they’re sure to be among your cherished winter memories for years to come. Enjoy the Conner Prairie holiday family fun you already love and a host of new features you won’t want to miss.
Location: Ruoff Music Center, 12880 E. 146th Street, Noblesville
Dates: Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 5:30-10 pm; Friday-Sunday: 5:30-11 pm
Price: $25-$30 per car
Magic of Lights™ is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life.
Location: Monument Circle
Dates: The “Flip with Switch” on Nov. 27 at 7 pm. Shining a Light holiday presentation will continue nightly from Nov. 28 – Dec. 31.
Time: The “Flip with Switch” on Nov. 27 at 7 pm. After that catch nightly presentations at 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m
Downtown Indy Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 is Indy’s most time-honored holiday tradition. This year, the Circle of Lights event will take place on Monument Circle as well as a special made-for-TV event seen exclusively on WTHR Channel 13.
Location: Newfields, 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis
Dates: November 22, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Hours: 5-9 pm
Price: Tickets are $20-$25 for adults, $13-$17 for youth 6-17, and free for 5 and under. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours today!
This season, the magic returns to Newfields for the fourth year of Winterlights. November 22 through January 2, experience the wonder of over a million and a half lights glittering on one-hundred-year-old trees in the historic garden.
Location: White River State Park,
Dates: December 2, 2021-January 1, 2022
Hours: Sunset to 11 pm
White River State Park will celebrate the holidays with a special outdoor lighting display. Visitors can view the lighting display along the Canal, the Old Washington St. Bridge, and outside of the White River State Park Visitor Center from sunset to 11 PM.
Location: Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 East Troy Avenue, Indianapolis
Dates: November 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Hours: 6-10 pm
MacAllister Machinery Gift of Lights opens November 13 and runs through January 2. Drive-thru and see beautiful holiday displays. You just might catch a sneak peek of Santa. The last car will be admitted at 9:45 pm.
Location: Ellis Park, 600 E Main St, Danville
Dates: November 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 6-9 pm; Fri-Sat: 6-10 pm
Winterland Holiday Light Show in Ellis Park in Danville, Indiana, showcasing hundreds of thousands of lights in hundreds of displays to celebrate the holiday season. New this year, a 30 foot Christmas tree with lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music.