Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone (we might still be stuffed from Thanksgiving Dinner…), we can finally talk about some of our favorite holiday traditions throughout the city of Indianapolis! There are so many festive things to do and see around our great city during the month of December, but these 10 events and sights are definitely our favorites for 2017.
1. Christmas At The Zoo
Everyone in the family will enjoy this winter extravaganza. There is a brand new “Santa’s Village” this year where you can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, visit with Santa, and see Santa’s Reindeer in his barn! Our zoo is one of the top 10 in the nation, and this light display does not disappoint!
Where: The Indy Zoo
Dates: 11/24 – 12/30
2. A Christmas Carol
In it’s 25th year at IRT, this is truly one of Indy’s favorite holiday traditions. Watching Scrooge visit the past, the present, and the future brings us hope in the dark of winter – when we need it most! Performances are 90 minutes with no intermission… tickets sell out fast (especially for weekend shows) so get yours quickly!
Where: Indiana Repertory Theatre
Dates: 11/18 – 12/24
3. Carmel Christkindlmarket
This is a new event this year, and we’re so excited for everything it has to offer! Old world charm, traditional German food and drinks, ice skating, and even several vendors so that you can get some of your holiday shopping done!
Where: 10 Center Green – Carmel, IN
Dates: 11/18 – 12/24
4. Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
The classic animated TV special comes to live in this stage adaption featuring all of your favorite characters and music! Watch Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang uncover the true meaning of Christmas… this show is intended for small children, and has a runtime of 85 minutes – which includes a brief intermission.
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall
Date: 12/10 (1 pm and 4 pm Showtimes)
5. A Christmas Story: The Musical
This new musical is based on the classic 1983 movie, which depicts Ralphie Parker’s quest to ensure that his most desired Christmas gift ends up under his tree. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, this event has proven itself to be the perfect addition to your holiday calendar!
Where: Old National Centre
Dates: 11/28 – 12/3
6. Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Join some of Broadway’s best singers and dancers right here in Indiana… Jack Everly, Sandi Patty, and Kyle Van Newkirk (the 21-year-old dancing sensation) bring the Yuletide magic and your holiday favorite music to life!
Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre
Dates: 12/1 – 12/23
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
If you’ve never seen the TSO, then you may not know what to expect! Their performances are a fun blend of heavy metal, your favorite holiday classics, and a light show.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8. 10th Annual Christmas On The Farm
For the young and young at heart, Christmas on the Farm is the perfect holiday event for the entire family. You can visit Santa in the Big Red Barn, sing along with live holiday music, enjoy a sleigh ride, and treat yourself to your favorite holiday treat — eggnog, hot chocolate, and cookies!
Where: Traders Point Creamery – Zionsville, IN
Dates: 12/9 and 12/10
9. Holidays On The Prairie
Make Conner Prairie a part of your holiday tradition with family-friendly experiences to get everyone in a festive spirit! Make reservations early as programs fill up quickly!
Where: Conner Prairie
Dates: 11/25 – 12/23
10. Reynolds Farm Equipment Light Display
And last but not least… Your holiday season isn’t complete without a drive through the always-impressive light display at Reynolds! This display is FREE to see… and you stay in your vehicle!
Where: Reynolds Farm Equipment – Fishers, IN
Dates: 11/21 – 12/31
Are we missing something on our list that you or your family does every year?
Let us know what your favorite holiday event or tradition is and we’ll consider it for next year’s list… 🙂 We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season!
-The Epps Elson Team
Kathy Epps (317) 590-0660
Kevin Elson (317) 281-2575