Halloween is behind us and now it’s time for the best holiday festivities in Central Indiana. Whether you’re looking forward to cooking a tasty turkey, ringing in the new year, or all the other stuff in between, we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few of our favorite holiday events in and around Indianapolis.
Santa’s Roaring Arrival
Santa’s got his engines started for sure! Don’t miss his big arrival at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! Fill up on turkey Thanksgiving Thursday, and head over to the museum on Friday, November 23 to watch him race in, trading his sleigh for a real life IndyCar. The fun gets started at 9 a.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a good view. Learn more here.
Circle of Lights Tree Lighting
After you’ve watched Santa arrive, stick around, grab a bite, and head over to Monument Circle to see the city’s most illuminating holiday display. The Circle of Lights Tree Lighting has been a shining tradition for more than 50 years, and this year won’t disappoint. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting ceremony at 7:00 (the actual flick of the switch will occur at about 7:55). Once the Circle is glowing, turn your attention up to the twilight skies for a fireworks finale. Visit www.indianawarmemorials.org for more event information.
Christmas at the Zoo
If you haven’t been before, you’ve never seen the Indianapolis Zoo quite like this. A winter wonderland for animals and visitors alike, take part in a magical experience every evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Christmas at the Zoo is included with regular admission, and runs from November 23 through December 30 (the zoo is closed December 24 & 25). Learn more here.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Indy’s original festive charity race, the Jingle Bell Run is one of the most holiday-spirited fun runs in the whole country! One in four Americans lives with arthritis, and this themed 5K raises money for research to find a cure. Dress in your favorite holiday costumes and strap some jingle bells to your shoes. The event kicks off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 8 at 8:45 a.m. Registration here.
A Christmas Carol
A holiday tradition in Indianapolis and just about everywhere else, get out of the cold weather and warm your heart with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. It’s a classic story of redemption with plenty of humor and heartfelt fun for the entire family. A Christmas Carol runs from November 16 to December 26 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Tickets start at $25. Get yours here.
These are just a few of our staff favorites here at Lawn Pride, but the holiday fun never stops in and around this great city! From the Nutcracker ballet to egg nog bar crawls; bazaars, bake sales, and some Trans-Siberian Orchestra, baby! – Indy is the place to be this holiday season. What are some of your family’s favorite things to do around town? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and let us know!