The History Center’s “Festival of Trees” Lights Up Trees by Night

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is upping the wow factor of Festival of Trees with Trees by Night.

Guests can experience the holiday enchantment, December 16 – 23, when the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, stays open until 8:00pm.

Throughout the run of Trees by Night, guests will see the twinkling lights of 92 elaborately decorated trees located throughout the History Center. Dozens of new themes are complimented by plenty of trees built from creative materials, such as wine bottles, chairs and even an Apollo space rocket constructed by students from Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Mooresville, Ind. Each guest will receive a ballot to cast a vote for Festival of Trees fan favorite.

Other family-friendly activities include searching for The Elf on the Shelf or the Weihnachtzgurke, 10 pickle ornaments hidden in trees throughout the building. On Friday, December 20, guests 21 and up can enjoy Friday Night Lights with a complimentary wine from Chateau St. Michelle Wine Estates. Additional refreshments will be available for $5 each.

Admission to Festival of Trees, including Trees by Night, is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for kids (ages 5 to 17). Tickets are $2 for Access Pass holders. Admission is free for IHS members, educators and military members, as well as children younger than 5.

The History Center is open daily throughout the run of Festival of Trees. For more information, visit or call (317) 232-1882.

Festival of Trees is presented by The Salvation Army, with support from The Mothershead Foundation, OneAmerica and MacAllister Machinery, Inc.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

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