5 Fun Holiday Events in Indy

November 2nd, 2017 by

holiday-events-indianapolisThe holidays are a time for friends, family, and fun. In a city like Indianapolis, there’s no shortage of holiday cheer to go around. Get in the mood for the season by attending one of these exciting holiday events in the area.

Lights at the Brickyard

Take a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to gaze upon over 2.5 million lights on display. Happening from November 17 to December 30, Lights at the Brickyard is a drive-through display of lights that covers over two miles of territory. Turn your radio station to 100.1 FM to listen to some holiday tunes as you peruse the 500 various displays. It costs $25 per automobile Monday through Wednesday and $30 Thursday through Sunday, so pack up the family for a night of fun.

Festival of Trees

Get a good dose of history and Christmas festivities at the Indiana History Center’s Festival of Trees. From November 17 to January 6, the museum is transformed with the addition of 80 themed trees scattered throughout. The main display is a 30-foot tall tree in the Eli Lilly Hall. Visitors have the chance to vote on their favorite trees to decide which version is the best. Every Tuesday, there will be a musical performance from a local group, as well as various special programs throughout.

Christmas at the Zoo

What could be better than celebrating Christmas with some of the world’s most exotic animals? From November 28 to January 4, you’ll have just this chance. Each of the animal displays will be decorated for the season, especially the creatures like polar bears and seals that love the cold. Kids can journey over to Santa’s workshop to get a glimpse of the man in red and his elves, while adults can sample holiday refreshments.

Circle of Lights

Are you ready to get a glimpse of the world’s biggest Christmas tree? If so, head down to the Circle of Lights at Monument Circle anytime between November 24 and January 6. The nearby Soldiers and Sailors Monument is also decked out in holiday cheer with 52 garland strands and almost 5,000 lights. Surrounding it are 26 peppermint sticks and 26 toy soldiers. It’s a great place for photo opportunities with your family and friends.

Celebration Crossing

You need to make it to Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. From November 28 to December 31, kids will have the opportunity for arts and crafts while you can check out a number of decorated window displays. Join back up to find the Santa Claus Express train, eat breakfast with Santa, or have a tea party in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. There’ll also be no shortage of live music from local choirs and bands to keep you entertained.

The holidays are one of the best times of year in Indianapolis. Make sure you take full advantage of the season by attending one of these fun events in the city. They will help get you in the holiday spirit and prepare yourself for celebrating.


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