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.

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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. 

Christmas Nights of Lights

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!

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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

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!

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A Merry Prairie Holiday

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.

A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie
A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie

Magic of Lights at Ruoff Music Center

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.

Magic of Lights at Ruoff Music Center
Magic of Lights at Ruoff Music Center
Magic of Lights

The Circle of Lights

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
Cost: FREE

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.

Downtown Indy Circle of Lights - Best Place to see Christmas lights indianapolis

Winterlights at Newfields

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.

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Holiday Lights at White River State Park

Location: White River State Park, 
Dates: December 2, 2021-January 1, 2022
Hours: Sunset to 11 pm
Price: Free

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.

Holiday Lights at White River State Park
Holiday Lights at White River State Park

Gift of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show

Location: Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 East Troy Avenue, Indianapolis
Dates: November 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Hours: 6-10 pm
Price: $30/Car

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.

Danville Winterland Holiday Light Show

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
Price: $5-10/Car

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.

Danville Winterland Holiday Light Show

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