Indianapolis comes alive during the Christmas season! From the Circle of Lights on Monument Circle, to the historic Connor Prairie, you will find many Christmas activities you can enjoy with your entire family. All of the Indianapolis Christmas events are sure to bring out the child in everyone!
Indianapolis Christmas Activity #1 – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration has been an Indianapolis Christmas tradition for years! Children and parents will enjoy many of the perennial favorites, such as “T’was the Night before Christmas” as well as some new surprises. This year the Yuletide Celebration will be hosted by Maureen McGovern. At each performance, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies in front of the beautifully decorated tree in the Indianapolis Symphony’s historic lobby. Take your pick of 26 performances running between December 4 and December 23. See the Indianapolis Symphony Yuletide Celebration for more information.
Indianapolis Christmas Activity #2 – Christmas at Connor Prairie
Historic Connor Prairie on the far north side of Indianapolis offers a plethora of unique Christmas activities throughout the month of December. Take the kids to enjoy the Gingerbread Village, Holiday on the Prairie, Happy Holiday Party or Holiday Ornament Decoration. For a truly memorable Indianapolis Christmas experience, be sure to reserve your spot for Connor Prairie by Candlelight. During this special Christmas event, you will journey back in time to December 24, 1836 when Prairietown residents are finishing their holiday preparations. As this 60-minute guided tour concludes, stay for a spell at the Campbell’s holiday party! Visit Connor Prairie Christmas Events for a full calendar of Indianapolis Christmas events, times and reservation information.
Indianapolis Christmas Activity #3 – Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo
Throughout the month of December, be sure to visit Christmas at the Zoo and be dazzled by the animals and the millions of twinkling Christmas lights that glow bright. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Village, decorate a cookie or write a letter to Santa. Be sure to Ride the Holiday Train and sing with the carolers strolling through Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo. This year, Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo has a special 4D presentation about THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Tickets are required. Receive $1 of admission when you bring a new hat, scarf or pair of gloves for St. Mary’s Children’s Center. For more information about all the events, see Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo!
Indianapolis Christmas Activity #4 – Christmas at the Children’s Museum
While the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is delightful any time of year, the Jolly Days Winter Wonderland is sure to thrill the child in all of us! Learn about Christmas in times past as well as other holidays in an exhibit that could only be brought to you by the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Be sure to visit the Indianapolis Children’s Museum website for more information.
Indianapolis Christmas Activity #5 – Christmas at the Indiana State Museum
If you want to take your children to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, there is no better place to visit than the Indiana State Museum during Christmas! The museum hosts a variety of Christmas activities such as Tea with Mrs. Claus in the re-creation of the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, breakfast with Santa, Supper with Santa, Peewinkle’s Christmas puppet show or the Girl Scout Holiday Sing! For all prices, dates and activities be sure to visit Christmas at the Indiana State Museum calendar and website.
Finally, it would not be Christmas in Indianapolis without a visit to Monument Circle to see the Circle of Lights. For all the information you need to know about the Indianapolis Circle of Lights, see Celebrate the Magic of Indianapolis ‘ Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. If you miss the lighting of the world’s tallest Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, you can still enjoy the magical Monument Circle throughout the Christmas season! For the impressive information about the set up of the world’s largest Christmas tree, be sure to visit IBEW electrical union contractors website.