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Best Spots to See Christmas Lights in Indianapolis

May your nights be merry, bright and filled with Christmas lights

For young and old alike, there’s something magical about the twinkling of Christmas lights in Indianapolis during the season.

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 in Indianapolis. You’ll be glad you did!

Christmas Nights of Lights

Indiana State Fairgrounds
1698 E 42nd St., 46205 *Use gate 12 on 42nd Street*

November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021

  • Dusk until 10 pm
  • $7 per person
  • $30 carload special (up to 9 people)
  • Kids under 3 are free

The holiday season is coming, and in case you need a little Christmas cheer, you will find a ho-ho-humongous amount of it at the Indiana State Fairgrounds with Christmas Nights of Lights, the biggest light show ever built in Indianapolis. 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, 240-foot wall of lights and more merriment, all from the comfort of your own vehicle!

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Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis
Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis
Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis

Christmas at the Zoo

1200 West Washington St, Indianapolis
November 21 – December 30, 2020

  • Extended hours 5-9 pm Sundays through Thursdays, until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Included with regular admission and free to Zoo members

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. For their 52nd year, they’ve added even more lights to fill the Zoo with a warm glow. And the best part is it’s all included with regular admission!

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A Merry Prairie Holiday

Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers
Friday – Sunday evenings, November 29 – December 29

  • Advance tickets: $16 visiting guest, $8 member
  • Gate tickets: $20 visiting guest, $10 member
  • Kids 2 and under are free

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.

Winterlights at Newfields

4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis
November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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 21 through January 3, experience the wonder of over a million and a half lights glittering on one-hundred-year-old trees in the historic garden.

Patrons at Newfields Winter Lights
Winterlights Patrons 2017
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Winterlights Patrons 2017

The Circle of Lights

Monument Circle Circle of Lights Celebration: Tune in to WTHR Channel 13 on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. to watch the celebration.

Downtown Indy Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 is Indy’s most time-honored holiday tradition. In 2020, the event is going to look and feel a little different than the past 57 years due to precautions being taken to protect against COVID-19. This year, the Circle of Lights event will be a special made-for-TV only event. Instead of congregating Downtown, the show will be seen exclusively on WTHR Channel 13 on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.  Beginning Saturday, Nov. 28, a special nightly Shining A Light holiday presentation at 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m. will complement the lights on Monument Circle.

Photo Credit: Downtown Indy
Photo Credit: Downtown Indy


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