Halloween is over and now it’s time to make plans for holiday fun! Here are our picks for the top 10 holiday events in Indianapolis you’ll want on your calendar!
Nov. 24- December 23 | Beef & Boards
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Beef & Boards celebrates in style with its annual crowd pleaser. A glittering array of music and dance numbers, presented in a variety show format, create the perfect holiday tradition. Bring a group, bring the family, just don’t miss it!
Nov. 24 | The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Clear your calendar the morning after Thanksgiving and join us for Santa’s Big Arrival and Jolly Days: Winter Wonderland! Santa arrives at the museum Saturday morning as chauffeur Ed Carpenter, driver and owner of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar, skids to a stop in the museum’s plaza around 9:00 am. Come join the fun, along with the elves, as you enjoy a free cup of cocoa. Welcome the jolly old elf into the museum with a sing-along led by The Chorduroys.
Nov. 24 | Monument Circle
Generations of families are drawn to this beautiful centerpiece each year with 52 garland strands and 4,784 colored lights strung from the top of the Monument to its base. Additionally, the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors, along with 26 peppermint sticks.
Millions of sightseers will take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit through early January. Travelocity named the Circle of Lights® one of the top five “must-see Christmas trees” in the nation. USA Today also listed the Circle of Lights® as one the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.”
Nov. 13- Dec 11 | City Hall and Fishers Parks & Recreation
This holiday season, let us deliver a little magic straight to your mailbox! A Fishers tradition, children in 4th grade and under can drop off their letters to Santa in our special mailboxes to be sure they arrive safely to the North Pole. All letters must be dropped off by Monday, December 11 at 4:30 PM to ensure that Santa has enough time to reply. Please be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter. Santa’s Mailboxes are available inside City Hall (1 Municipal Drive) and at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office (11565 Brooks School Road).
Nov. 24-26, 29-30; Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 13-23, 26-30 | The Indianapolis Zoo
It will be an exciting year at Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Cre dit Union with an all-new, enchanted Santa’s Village under the Bicentennial Pavilion. Magical scenes of wonder and light will fill Santa’s Village where you can decorate delectable cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, visit with Santa in his charming study and see Santa’s reindeer in his barn.
A visit to Christmas at the Zoo is unlike any other time of the year as we bring together the best of the holiday season with a “wild” twist! As the sun sets over White River State Park, enjoy the warm glow of twinkling lights, creating a magical nighttime experience. You’ll find yourself eager to celebrate everything the holidays should be … plus animals! Several of the Zoo’s hardiest will stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights, including seals and sea lions presented by Carrier Corporation, walrus, tigers, red panda, brown bears and more!
Nov. 24 – Jan. 7 | Indiana State Museum
This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands, bell and vocal choirs and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will entertain visitors in their cozy home through Dec. 24. Early risers may join Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and Santa’s Elves for breakfast and late sleepers may join Santa for supper. Children of all ages may ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and take advantage of a playscape for pre-school and primary elementary aged children in Santa’s Playground. Take a trip back in time by gazing into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows rekindling Christmases past.
Nov. 18 – Jan. 15 | The Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. The popular locomotive wonderland and Indianapolis family tradition opens Saturday, Nov. 18.
New this year: Hollywood!
Nov. 17 – Jan 6 | Indiana History Center
Celebrate the holidays all season long in a winter wonderland at Festival of Trees Nov. 17 through Jan. 6. This year we have 80 beautifully themed trees plus a 30-foot show-stopper in Eli Lilly Hall – you have to see it to believe it! You can vote for your favorites, but it will be a tough choice.
This year, we have more special programs as well as old favorites. Bring the kids and grandkids to the Sugarplum Breakfast to meet characters from The Nutcracker, imbibe craft brews at Good Beers and Ugly Sweaters and channel Ralphie at A Christmas Story Day. On Dec. 2, the Holiday Author Fair is sure to round out your gift-giving list. And, of course, Santa, Elf on the Shelf and Twilight Tuesdays will make even the Grinch in your life full of holiday spirit.
December 9-10 | Traders Point Creamery
Visit Santa in the Big Red Barn, then step outside to see his live Elk. Sing along with Live Holiday Music and create old-fashioned Christmas Crafts and Cookie Decorating in the barn. Take in the beauty of the farm on a Sleigh-Hayride, then treat yourself to organic Traditional Eggnog, creamy Hot Chocolate, classic Christmas Cookies, and other festive old-fashioned Food. For the young and young at heart, Christmas on the Farm is the perfect way to enjoy a holiday extravaganza for the whole family!
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 | Conner Prairie
Join them for a season of festive fun. Make Conner Prairie a part of your holiday traditions with family-friendly experiences sure to get you in a festive spirit. Programs fill quickly, so get ahead of the holiday chaos and make your reservations today!
For more holiday events in Indianapolis make sure to check out the Indy’s Child calendar.