Fun and Festive Things to Do In Indianapolis this Holiday Season

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Dennis Nottingham
November 30, 2022
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Tis' the season to be jolly! A feast for your senses awaits Hoosiers and everyone visiting the Hoosier state this holiday season with all the fun and festive things happening in and around Indy. Below is our must-see guide that will surely get you into the holiday spirit! 

Christkindlmarkt

Rathskeller at the Athenaeum

401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Thu, Dec 1, 2022 - Sun, Dec 4, 2022  

Thu, Dec 8, 2022 - Sun, Dec 11, 2022  

Thu, Dec 15, 2022 - Sun, Dec 18, 2022  

 Located in the heart of Mass Avenue's Arts District is the Christkindlmarkt, where you can be bright this holiday season and feast your senses with live entertainment, good food, and drinks.

Christmas at the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

November 19 - December 30 ( Close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

 A beloved holiday tradition now its 53rd year! Meet Santa and Mrs. Clause while visiting your favorite animals at the Indianapolis Zoo. Beautiful new decors have been added to enhance your holiday experience. 

Christmas Nights of Lights

Enter at Gate 12 - located on 42nd Street

Nov 11, 2022 - Jan 01, 2023 

ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Witness a synchronized show of over a million lights and Christmas music played through your car stereo.

Holiday Lights Downtown Tour

The HandleBar

501 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225

This December Classic Activity is a guided tour through the monument circle to see the beautiful holiday lights, along with a few other downtown spots that have holiday cheer.

Indy Winter Farmers Market

The Amp Marketplace at 16 Tech

1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Every Saturday from November 5, 2022, through April 29, 2023

Take family and friends to enjoy live music and good food, let kids play in the area, and find some of Indiana's best local produce, artisan food, sustainably raised meats, dairy products, unique baked goods, and more!

Jingle Rails

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • Sat, Nov 19, 2022 - Mon, Jan 16, 2023  

 Get into the holiday spirit at Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure G- scale model train wonderland.

 More than 30 features, including:

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • OneAmerica Tower
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Old Faithful geyser (it actually erupts!)
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • Hoover Dam

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Santa is very busy this time of year, but he's made some special arrangements - from Gingerbread Houses to Countdown to Noon and everything in between. Create holiday memories with your family at the special Jolly Days events with The Children's Museum!

Magical Mornings

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

9am - 10am | Dec. 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30

Families with kids aged five and under can come to the Indiana State Museum during the early opening hours to engage in interactive story times with Santa, North Pole elves, a ride on the Snowfall express through a winter wonderland, and more.

Merry Movie Nights

Historic Athenaeum (December 1 & 2) 

Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort (December 15, 16, 17 & 18)

Enjoy 8 Winter Classic Movies and a free hot chocolate with every ticket at the Heartland Film's Merry Movie Nights.

It's a Wonderful Life ( with Ugly Sweater Contest)

Thurs | Dec 1 | 7 pm

 A Christmas Story

Fri | Dec 2 | 7 pm

The Grinch

Thu | Dec 15 | 6:30 pm

Elf

Fri | Dec 16 | 6:00 pm

White Christmas SING-A-LONG

Fri | Dec 16 | 8:15 pm

The Polar Express

Sat | Dec 17 | 6 pm 

White Christmas

Sat | Dec 17 | 8:15 pm

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Sun | Dec 18 | 7 pm

Tinseltown: Where Everyday Is Christmas (Indianapolis)

Nevermore Union Station 

39 W Jackson Pl, Indianapolis, IN 46225

A pop-up bar for those over 21, and family-friendly sessions are available for those under the drinking age. This event is overflowing with holly, jolly Christmas spirit - expect Santa, elves, presents, tinsel, festive tunes, and lots of winter warmer drinks.

Twilight Tuesdays

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

5 pm - 8 pm | Dec. 6, 13, 20  

The perfect downtown spot for fun and libations as IHS will open late with special evening hours during the Festival of Trees on select Tuesdays, where visitors can view the beautiful and specially-decorated trees after dark. Adults over 21 can sample a selection of bourbon.

Winterlights

NEWFIELDS

4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

5 pm - 9 pm |Nov. 20 - Jan.  8 2023 

The tradition continues at the Garden at Newfields with more than a million and a half lights aglow, bringing wonder and warmth to the holiday season.

The events we’ve listed above are based on the research we’ve conducted and are subject to change, make sure to visit the event’s official website for updates and complete details of the deals. 

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