The holiday season is a time to spend time with family and friends enjoying the festive events, decorations, and lights in Indianapolis. Take the family to enjoy the colorful Christmas events in central Indiana in 2017.
Jingle Rails at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Nov. 18-Jan 15 (Closed 11/23, 12/25, & 1/1)
Eiteljorg Museum, 500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Visit the Eiteljorg Museum to see their holiday model train exhibit, “Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure.” The family will take an imaginative journey through a western wonderland of Indianapolis and the great American West. Admission: $13/adults, $11/seniors, $7 youth 5 -17), Free/children 4 and under.
Festival of Trees
Nov. 18-Jan 6 @ 10 a.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Take the family to enjoy this festive display of 80 trees decorated with holiday themes. Weekends will feature entertainment, holiday music, and carolers. Vintage Santa will hand out treats on Sat. and Sun. afternoons until Christmas. Admission $9/adults, $7/seniors, $5/student and kids ages 5-17, and free/ children under 5. .
Nov. 25-Jan. 7
Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Celebration Crossing will offer kid-friendly holiday activities, including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, rides on the Santa Claus Express, and playtime in Santa’s Playground. The event will come alive with holiday music by bands and vocal choirs. Admission $9.95-$14.95, children under 3 admitted free.
Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
Nov. – Dec. 31
Children’s Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Kids will have fun playing at Jolly Days Winter Wonderland, where they can slide down a two-story Yule Slide, make it snow in the Giant Snow Globe, meet Jolly Day characters like Mrs. Claus and Scrooge, explore the Ice Castle, visit Santa, and more. Tickets are $12-$15 and children under 2 are admitted free. Purchase tickets in advance for a discount.
Nov. 18 -Dec. 24 (Wed.-Sun.)
Carmel, IN 46032
The German Christmas Market, Christkindlmarkt, inspired by the holiday markets held in Europe for centuries. Will be open on select days through Christmas Eve. Take the family for an old-fashioned shopping adventure to find unique gift items and enjoy the European delicacies.
The Ice at Center Green
Nov. 18-March 11
Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032
Ice skating is a classic holiday and winter activity for the entire family. Admission to the ice skating rink will be $6-$9 for a 90-minute session, skate rental will be $3.