Holiday Happenings around Indy

‘Tis the season for holiday fun in Indy! From tree lighting ceremonies and performances to train rides and parades, there is so much to see and do this time of year. With so much to see and do, we asked our advertisers to share some of the fun activities they have in store this season.
Indiana Ballet Conservatory

The Indiana Ballet Conservatory is thrilled to continue the magnificent holiday tradition with its 8th annual production of The Nutcracker featuring Lasha Khozashvili, acclaimed principal dancer with Boston Ballet. Lasha will return to Indianapolis for his 6th appearance in Indiana’s premier Nutcracker tradition. IBC’s Nutcracker sets itself apart by offering unique experiences for Hoosier audiences. For example, this particular staging is closest to that of the original version of The Nutcracker that premiered in Russia in 1892. Children and adults of all ages will be transformed by this heartwarming tale of a young girl and her beloved Nutcracker toy as she battles off evil and learns the value and resiliency of the human spirit. The imaginative storyline and magnificent dancing takes you through a snowy land and we have beautiful butterflies then we see the cutest little angels. We then have Sugar Plum Fairies and the enjoyment of seeing dances of all the sweets like Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, French Marzipan and more! Performance Dates: Dec. 14-17

Phone: (317) 202-1617
Address: 849 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

CIDE presents The Nutcracker, December 15th – 17th, Zionsville Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 adults, $18 students and are available at Don’t miss the Sugar Plum Fairy Dessert Party prior to the Saturday and Sunday matinees. Dessert Party tickets are a $12 add on with a show ticket. Give the gift of Rhythm! this holiday season! Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost drum and percussion museum – located in downtown Indianapolis. With unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and over 100 hands-on instruments, we welcome visitors of all ages to come Find Your Rhythm!

Phone: (317) 844-7453
Address: 14950 Greyhound Court Carmel, Indiana 46032

Indiana Transportation Museum

Ride the rails to the North Pole this holiday season aboard the Polar Bear Express! Departing Kokomo and Logansport. Visit with Santa, see Snowflake the Polar Bear, enjoy refreshments, receive a gift and more! New! Ride first class. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Indiana Transportation Museum.

Phone: (317) 773-6000
Address: 825 Park Drive, Noblesville 46060


Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Fun for the entire family, it’s the 25th Annual “A Beef & Boards Christmas!” Join Santa, Rudolph, and their friends for a holiday musical spectacular that’s a glittering celebration of the season. Plus, children can meet with Santa during intermission! And it all includes Beef & Boards’ holiday buffet.

Phone: (317) 872-9664
Address: 9301 Michigan Road Indianapolis 46268


Indianapolis Children’s Choir

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir presents its holiday concerts: This Indianapolis tradition will ensure you have a “White Christmas” in a classic holiday experience inspired by Bing Crosby.Angel’s Sing – Dec 15 & 16 | 7pm. Celebrate the Season – Dec 16 | 12:30pm. Sounds of the Season – Dec 16 | 3pm

Phone: (317) 794-0806
Address: St. Luke’s UMC, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260


Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Celebration Crossing is alive with holiday merriment once more at the Indiana State Museum! From the sounds of bands, bells and vocal choirs to the hearty greetings from Santa and Mrs. Claus as they invite you into their cozy home, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Visit with Santa to share your wish list and take a photo with him, ride the Santa Claus Express, and play and create in Santa’s Playground. Rekindle memories of holidays past as you gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows. Make a full day of it with a meal at the iconic L.S. Ayres Tea Room (reservations recommended). *Santa’s Holiday Breakfasts, *Tea with Raggedy Ann, and Family New Year’s Eve add to list of offerings you’ll find at Celebration Crossing, open now through Jan. 7 during regular museum hours. Santa will be on-site to receive visitors through December 24. Make it a part of your family’s holiday traditions! *reservations required.

Phone: (317)262-1637
Address: 650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis 46204

Broad Ripple Lights Up Parade and Holiday Festival

Join us in Broad Ripple Village on Sunday, December 3, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the 11th annual Broad Ripple Lights Up! Holiday Festival and Parade.Broad Ripple Lights Up! features a Kids Wonderland activity village, live entertainment, Indianapolis’ only twilight parade, and a holiday light display lighting ceremony along the brand new Canal Esplanade (north bank of the Central Canal between Guilford Ave. and College Ave.). Get all the details at

Phone: (317) 251-2782
Address: 6301 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis 46220

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