For young and old alike, there is something spectacular about seeing the twinkling of brightly-lit Christmas lights on the days leading up to Christmas.
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.
Bundle up, hop in the car and take a drive to see some of these remarkable Christmas light displays in Indianapolis. You will be glad you did.
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, Santa and elves…..it’s time to start your engines!! Feel like Mario Andretti (if he were going super slow) while you drive around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a unique, fun experience where Christmas lights and Indiana’s love of racing collide. Keep your eyes open for the big man himself. Rumor has it, he is a race fan too.
General admission will be $25 per car on Mondays through Wednesdays and $30 per car Thursdays through Sundays at the gate, with standard entry lane access. Vehicles with 15 or more passengers will be charged $50 at the gate, with standard entry lane access. General admission can be purchased only at the gate, with each admission valid for one drive through the displays per vehicle.
The popular Speedy Pass will also return, allowing participants who want the quickest access to the course to skip the longer lines and arrive through a special entry near the IMS golf course. This pass can be purchased now at IMS.com. Online price is currently $50. The on-site price is $50 Monday – Wednesday and $60 Thursday – Sunday.
Address: 4790 West 16th St, Indianapolis
Dates: Nov. 16 through Dec. 30, 2018
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. While you are there, be sure to visit the all-new enchanted Santa’s Village, where you can visit with Santa in his study, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and even spend some time with the reindeer.
Christmas at the Zoo runs Nov. 23-Dec. 23 & Dec. 26-30. The zoo opens at noon, with festivities from 5-9pm. NEW Fridays and Saturdays extended 5-10pm. Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission and free for Zoo members!
Address: 1200 West Washington St, Indianapolis
Date: Nov. 23-Dec. 23 & Dec. 26-30
Crisp air, hot beverages, crackling outdoor fireplaces and more that a million and a half lights multi-colored lights – you’ll experience all of this and more during Winterlights at Newfields. Winterlights is open through Sunday, January 6.
Newfields and Winterlights are closed Mondays except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but only the Winterlights show will be open during those two days. The show will also be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Purchase your tickets online in advance to save 20% and ensure a spot to your desired show. Advance tickets are: $20 adult ($15 adult member); $12 youth 6-17 ($8 youth member); children 5 & under are free.
Address: 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis
Dates: Nov. 18 – Jan. 6
What do Santa Claus, the Grinch, a farmhouse, basketball players and a train all have in common? They are all a part of the incredible FREE light display at Reynolds Farm Equipment in Fishers. Crank up the Christmas music, turn up the heat and drive through in amazement as you look out your window at all of the intricate scenes they have created with Christmas lights. This is sure to become a family tradition for years to come. Reynolds is located off State Road 37. You won’t miss it! Just look for the giant Abominable Snowman!
The lights at Reynolds are on 24/7 during the holiday season through January 1. Rain, snow, or shine – the lights stay on. Drive through hours are 5:00-9:00 pm every night except Christmas.
Address: 12501 Reynolds Dr, Fishers
Dates: Nov. 20-Jan 1
Downtown Indianapolis has so much to offer visitors this time of year. There is something about being at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument that feels incredibly festive and fun. Bundle up and take a walk around Monument Circle as you take in all of the sights and sounds. See the monument beautifully draped in bright lights with large toy soldiers and candy canes lining the street. Listen to the sound of the brightly-lit horse drawn carriages as they go clip-clopping by. While you are there, bring letters for Santa to put in his mailbox. If you are feeling cold – stop by the South Bend Chocolate Company Chocolate Café to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa before you head home.