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Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis 2022

Christmas Nights of Lights is returning to Indianapolis for the 2022 season! See over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the Christmas lights and begin a new Christmas tradition.

202211nov(nov 11)12:00 am02jan(jan 2)11:00 pmChristmas Nights of Lights(November 11) 12:00 am - (January 2) 11:00 pm Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205SeasonalChristmas Lights,Holliday Fun


Whether you’re visiting Christmas Nights of Lights with your kids or making it a holiday date night, here are some pro tips to help make your experience extra merry.  

Know When to Go to Christmas Nights of Lights

To avoid the crowds, plan your visit on a weekday. Mondays and Wednesdays are especially great for experiencing shorter wait times. If the weekend is more your thing, make a night of it and plan to have dinner first, and then stop by around 9 pm when the crowds will have slowed. Christmas Nights of Lights is open until 10 pm daily. It is also open rain, shine or snow, so no matter the weather, the show will go on! 

Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis

Bring the Whole Fam

Christmas Nights of Lights is the perfect holiday activity for the entire family because there is no walking, and you never need to get out of your car. Plus, since you never leave the car, you’re automatically social distancing! It’s a win-win for everyone. Tickets are $30 per carload, up to 8 people. Just be aware that there is a vehicle height restriction of 11 feet. 

Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis

Buy Your Tickets Online

New this year: ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Make your reservation and purchase your tickets online. With their new reservation system in place, wait times should be under an hour. However, since there are limited tickets each night, there are no refunds. Exchanges for a different night or time slot based on availability. On the day of the experience, be sure to use the entrance at Gate 12 on 42nd Street. 

Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis
Christmas Nights of Lights Indianapolis

Plan for Potty Stops and Grumbly Tummies in Advance 

One thing that you WILL want to plan ahead for is a restroom visit before you visit Christmas Nights of Lights. The 2.5-mile scene will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to experience. There are no pit stops along the way. Portable toilets are located at the entrance to the show, so visitors with young kids will want to make sure to visit those before getting in line.Be sure to also pack some hand sanitizer! 

It’s also a smart idea to pack some snacks and drinks for the ride. Nothing puts a damper in the holiday spirit like a “hangry” attitude! 

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Christmas Nights of Lights -Indianapolis Christmas Lights

Turn On Your Radio, Turn Off Your Headlights

To really immerse  yourself in the magic, set your radio dial to the Christmas Nights of Lights’ radio station. They will let you know the station numbers at check-in. The station plays new and classic Christmas tunes, and all of the light displays are synchronized to the music.  

And to preserve the magic for everyone else, turn off your headlights at check-in and keep them off throughout your visit. Trust us: You — and everyone else — will be able to see the light show much better this way! 

Put Your Observational Skills to Work

Make a game of your visit and try to find the eight elves that are hiding throughout Christmas Nights of Lights. Look carefully — those elves can be sneaky! 

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Christmas Nights of Lights in Indianapolis

Stay Informed

Check out the Christmas Nights of Lights Facebook page to stay up-to-date with special events that may happen throughout the season. 

Christmas Nights of Lights is located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from November 11, 2022-January 2, 2023, from 6 pm until 10 pm. Click here for more information! 


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