Christmas events around Indiana

What puts you in the holiday spirit? Is it that first mug of hot chocolate? Maybe it’s a particular annual event or exhibit? We’ve compiled some of our favorite places across Central Indiana that symbolize the holidays for us. Do you have others to add to the list? Let us know!

Circle of Lights
While the lighting of the “Circle of Lights” was Nov. 27, the lights remain through the holiday season for all to enjoy!

circle of lights

Christmas at the Zoo
Christmas at the Zoo runs from 5- 9 p.m. Nov. 27-Jan.3, 2016, plus Dec. 21-22. The Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo to host a holiday lights event back in 1967. You can visit your favorite animals and watch the lights transform the landscape into a winter wonderland. Find more details and a list of Christmas at the Zoo events here.


Conner Prairie by Candlelight
Conner Prairie offers a 90-minute guided tour through Prairietown, where guests can learn how different families celebrate the holidays. The event includes holiday dancing and singing! Click here for event info.

connor prairie

Festival of Trees
Now through Jan. 2 you can visit the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of Trees at the organization’s History Center. You can see 50 elaborately decorated trees, double the amount featured last year! Click for Center hours.

History Center Tree

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
Celebrate the holidays at the Children’s Museum, now through Jan. 3, 2016. You can take a trip down the two-story Yule Slide, and visit with Santa and Jingles the Jolly Bear. Jolly Days is free with museum admission. More info here.

childrens museum

Jingle Rails
The Eiteljorg Museum says its Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure exhibit is bigger and better than ever before. The train exhibit features three new scenes, including the Las Vegas Strip and the Hoover Dam. The exhibit runs now through Jan. 18, 2016, and includes nearly 1,200 feet of track and more than 30 features. Learn more here.


City Sidewalks
Georgia Street will turn into a Winter Wonderland Dec. 18-19. There will be Christmas music, a canopy of lights, and a tree decorating contest. Details here.

georgia street

Christmas at Lilly House
Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Lilly House now through Jan. 3 and get a sense of decor that was current during the 1930s and 1940s. The tour is included with museum admission.

lilly house
So get out and about and take time during this busy season to see what our great City has to offer!

Vicki Reed

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