For young and old alike, there’s something magical about the twinkling of Christmas lights 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!
4790 West 16th St, Indianapolis
November 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020
- Standard Lane: $25 Monday – Wednesday, $30 Thursday – Sunday (purchase onsite only)
- Auto Speedy Pass (1-14 passengers): $40 online, $50 onsite Monday – Wednesday, $60 onsite Thursday – Sunday
- Auto Standard Pass (1-14 passengers): $25 Monday – Wednesday, $30 Thursday – Sunday (purchase onsite only)
- 15+ Passenger Speedy Pass: $100 every day
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, Santa and elves… start your engines!! Feel like Tony Kanaan (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.
1200 West Washington St, Indianapolis
November 23 – December 30, 2019
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. 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.
4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis
November 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Tickets are $15-$20 for adults, $8-$12 for youth 6-17, and free for 5 and under. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours today!
It’s very merry. It’s really bright. Winterlights returns for a third year, making it an official holiday tradition in Central Indiana. Create even more memories this season with friends and family as you stroll through our spectacular Winter Wonderland, sip apple cider or hot chocolate (spiked options are available, parents) and make s’mores over a fire pit. Watch lights dance to music on the Lilly House lawn and stop to take photos at the Snowflake Bridge, Frosted Forest and other illuminated displays throughout the grounds. Special glasses will be available that transform every one of the 1.5 million lights into a shimmering snowflake.
Guests can also revisit another beloved Newfields tradition, Deck the Halls at the Lilly House, during Winterlights. Each room in the elegant, historic mansion will feature decorative surprises, including beautiful holiday floral arrangements.
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. All under the shimmering backdrop of a local, time-honored favorite moving to a new home at Conner Prairie: the Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights.
PLUS, join us on December 31 for New Year’s Eve with a special early fireworks display at 9:00pm.
Circle of Lights Celebration: November 29, 6:00 – 8:00pm
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.
Indiana State Fairgrounds
November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020
- $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!