The Indianapolis area will be hopping with holiday events and activities during the month of December. From shows to museums to elaborately decorated mansions and much more, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate the yuletide season in Indy.
Visit the Children's Museum Indianapolis and try out a two-story yule slide, make it snow in a giant snow globe, meet the Jolly Days characters, from Scrooge to Mrs. Claus, "ice skate" in your socks, explore an ice castle, go “ice fishing” in a pretend pond, “bake” wintertime goodies, take part in a “snowball” fight—using soft yarn pom-poms—and have your picture taken with Santa.
Festival of Trees
Walk through a holiday forest at this Indiana History Center event, featuring dozens of elaborately themed trees. The festival includes weekend visits from a vintage Santa, craft-making and more. "Drop by to create a special handmade craft to take home with you," the center notes on its website. "From coloring to creating an elf to paper works, there's a lot to choose from for kids of all ages." And, if you're feeling a bit naughty, the center invites you to: "Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enjoy some holiday cheer as you taste complimentary seasonal beers produced by local craft brewers and enjoy live music." You might even win a prize if you have the best costume.
The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Blood Center invite you to Indy’s largest single-day blood drive, cosponsored in part by CBS4, Indiana University Health, ATI Physical Therapy, the Indiana State Department of Health and the 20/20 Institute.
The event at Lucas Oil Stadium will include free family-friendly activities, such tours of the field and the Colts' locker room, chances to win prizes and appearances by Colts cheerleaders and Blue, the official mascot of the Colts.
Take a short walk—through a path lit by holiday lights—from the Indianapolis Museum of Art's main building to the nearby Oldfields-Lilly House, which is featuring an array winter bulbs and holiday floral arrangements—poinsettias, amaryllises, cyclamens and paper-whites.
Your olfactory senses will be awakened with the scent of pines, cedar and spruce. Lit branches make the house dance with light, while each room offers a different experience—from spiraling vertical gardens climbing up the grand staircase to landscaped herbs in the kitchen.
Beef & Board has been presenting its annual holiday variety show for about a quarter century. "The Reporter-Times" notes that in addition to plenty of well-performed Christmas classics, the show also features a superb orchestra playing holiday favorites and terrific choreography. In past years, Santa, Elvis and the Grinch have made appearances, and the performers even gave a moving salute to U.S. troops. "I can see why families make this a holiday destination point," Julie Varnell writes in the Martinsville, Indiana-based paper, noting that you can also purchase a holiday buffet along with the show. "It goes without saying that the food was excellent and the service even better."