December is here and you can feel the magic in the air! Here in central Indiana, the weather has turned cold, snow flurries are flying, and the largest Christmas tree in the world has been lit! Contributing the the magic are the many great holiday events happening all over Central Indiana.
Here are my favorite holiday events in Indianapolis & Central Indiana:
IPL Yuletide Celebration has been Indiana’s greatest holiday tradition for 30 years! Each year, a celebrity host joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theater to bring audiences Christmas carols, dancing, and laughs. It’s not to be missed!
Experience a 19th century holiday season in Conner Prairie’s Prairietown. Visitors will learn which residents celebrate Christmas and which do not. Families can help with wintertime chores, learn about the science of baking, and see historical chocolate processing techniques. This event is great for young families and history lovers!
Did you know that the Indianapolis Zoo was the first in the country to host a holiday lights event? With all that experience, you can bet they do it right! At Christmas at the Zoo, your family will enjoy strolling through millions of twinkling lights, sipping hot chocolate, and listening to carollers. Many of the zoo’s animals are still on display—it’s the polar bear’s favorite time of year after all! Don’t forget to visit with Santa and ride the train!
Train lovers must head to the Eiteljorg Museum in White River State Park to see the amazing holiday train display. Watch trains travel through Indianapolis and then out west past the Hoover Dam, the Las Vegas Strip, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and more!
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a wonderful place for young families to celebrate the holidays together. Kids and parents alike will love making it snow in the giant snow globe, riding the Yule slide, ice skating in socks, exploring the ice castle, and visiting with Santa.
One weekend each December, Georgia Street is transformed into a winter wonderland. During City Sidewalks you can visit with Santa, see a live nativity, buy a fresh cut Christmas tree, do your holiday shopping, and much more!
The Indiana History Center’s Festival of Trees includes holiday-themed sing-a-longs, a vintage Santa Claus, face painting, holiday crafts, and of course beautifully decorated Christmas trees!
Here are a few other Central Indiana holiday events you may want to consider:
What is your favorite Central Indiana holiday event? Please share!