OK Team.. it is no secret that I am the Christmas queen. My tree goes up the day after Halloween (it’s worth looking at for longer than a month!!!), I have Christmas music in my car year round, and I watch Home Alone 2 about once a week. I love love love Christmas time. I wanted to put together a guide of some of my favorite holiday events for you all to enjoy in Indy… with that being said.. I introduce to you…
THE ULTIMATE INDY HOLIDAY GUIDE!
Circle of Lights – The Monument Lighting –
This is one of my most favorite events to kick off the holiday season. This takes place in the heart of downtown at the monument. The Circle of Lights is presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481. There is entertainment before the lighting and fireworks after. Most people stand around the circle. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to watch it from one of the office buildings around the circle. The Sheraton hotel overlooks the monument. You might be able to get a room that has a circle view and stay warm! The weather is looking like it will be in the mid 40’s, so be sure to bundle up.
Shop Small Saturday –
This is the 7th year for Mass Ave’s #SmallBizSat. There many businesses offering swag bags for the first 10 customers at their shops! There will also be local stores such as our favorite, Howl and Hide, who will be located at the pop-up shop location next to Yats. One of my favorite gifting shop is Silver in the City. They have everything from Indiana-themed gifts, jewelry, bags, posters, kitchen items, to even tea. You will surely find something for everyone on your list at Silver in the City.
Yelp’s Totally Bazzar –
If you have to miss Shop Small Saturday, you can make up for it on December 8th from 6:30pm – 10pm for Yelp’s Holiday Bazzar! You must RSVP on yelp though for admission. This takes place at the Indianapolis Public Library. It is a huge shopping party with over 150 local businesses. This has become one of my favorite holiday shopping events. RSVP here
Sullivan Santa Express –
Do you have a fan of the Polar Express in the family? This is a trip for you! The website describes it as “As the Sullivan Express leaves the woods, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh greens as our North Pole-bound train moves through the Sullivan Christmas tree lot. As the train gets closer to the North Pole, there is a small problem that leads the train on a new course and some unexpected surprises… that you’ll have to see for yourself! Upon your arrival at the North Pole, the kids can play in Santa’s workshop as your family takes turns visiting with Kris Kringle himself. Afterward, you will catch the next train back to Central Station.” The price is AWESOME – $30 for a family (parents and children). For more information including ticket purchase and schedule, please visit Sullivan Hardware
Jolly Days At the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
I have fond memories of visiting the Children’s Museum as a child around Christmas time. The most memorable memory being the two-story slide that replaces the big staircase. The Yule slide is a blast for children and adults! You can ice skate in your socks, explore the ice castle, make it snow in the giant snow globe and so much more. The exhibit is free with admission. You can even visit Santa here!
Santa Pet Photo Days –
I adopted my fur baby a little under a year ago from the Indianapolis Humane Society. What better way to celebrate the season than to take your pet to get their picture taken with SANTA? PetSuites Resort and Spa is offering a few dates (December 2nd-4th) with Santa. The pictures all benefit the humane society. Prices start at $15. While you’re there, the groomers are also offering holiday makeovers before the photos. Bonus: They board pets. Why not check out the place before making your holiday travel plans? Information can be found at IndyHumane.org
Reynolds Drive Thru Light Show –
This is a quick trip for the whole family. They put together the most beautiful displays every year! This display runs from dusk until dawn, November 22nd to January 2nd. It is a completely free event! In the spirit of giving, there are specific nights where donations are collected for the Fishers Come-To-Me Food Pantry. The address to the beginning of the display is 12501 Reynolds Drive Fishers, IN. For more information, please visit Reynold Farm Equipment.
Indianapolis School of Ballet/ISO – The Nutcracker –
What a wonderful way to mix both the ISO and local ballet together! This is actually the first time EVER that the ISO will perform the Nutcracker with the ballet – how cool! The nutcracker is a classic Christmas story. This is one of my favorite Christmas stories. This is only running one weekend Thursday – Sunday in December so be sure to pick up your tickets stat! For more information visit Indyballet.org
Christmas at the Zoo –
Bundle up! The Christmas lights at the zoo make for a magical winter wonderland. Traditional Carolers perform from 6pm-8pm. Enjoy delicious treats. You can also see Santa here. Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission. You can receive $1 off admission for up to four people when you bring a new hat, scarf or glove donation for the Mitten Donation Tree that supports our local St. Mary’s Child Center.
St. Nikolaus Fest – This is SO MUCH FUN for the kiddos! Located at the athenaeum, St. Nikolaus Festival has been honoring the German tradition since 1985. Refreshments, dancing, make-your-own gingerbread house, and most importantly the court is Sankt Nikolaus. You don’t have to be German to enjoy this – however, if you have younger kids, I would brush up on their version of Christmas. Ruprecht is St. Nikolas’s companion who is there to “punish” the naughty kids. Of course, no actual punishment here, just laughter, joy and celebrating the wonderful season of Christmas. For more information, visit the Anthenaeumfoundation.org
See Santa LAND at IND –
Ok, this looks wild! Santa will be practicing his route for his Christmas deliveries! He will be making a special stop at the Indianapolis Airport at 12pm on November 26th! You can watch him race across the tarmac to greet everyone awaiting his arrival. This is a great FREE event! You must register to attend.
Lights at the Brickyard –
This begins TODAY, November 25th! This is the first year for this event so I am super excited to check this out. . Attendees will experience more than 2 million lights in 400 displays across 40 scenes along a 1.7-mile driving experience, which includes crossing the famous “Yard of Bricks.” An absolute must for any Indy Car fan. The tickets are a bit pricey, starting at $20 a car, but worth loading up the family to go check it out. Visit IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com for ticket information.
Would you like your event featured here? Please contact me and I’d be happy to add it on the list! What are some holiday events you and your family never miss?