Free family Thanksgiving events in Indianapolis 2017
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The week of Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy feasting and togetherness. There will be several festive events in Indianapolis and the surrounding area to enjoy with loved ones in 2017. Check out all the fun-filled seasonal events in Indianapolis in 2017.

Circle of Lights
Nov. 24-Jan. @ 6 p.m.
Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

The IBEW #481 will present the festive Circle of Lights at Monument Circle. The opening festivities will be on the day after Thanksgiving when a crowd will gather for the illumination of the lights in Downtown Indianapolis. The night of fun will include free entertainment, so bring the family to join in to see the spectacular holiday lights. The Circle of Lights will be illuminated through the holidays, so you can enjoy the sight into early January.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Nov. 18 -Dec. 24 (Wed.-Sun.)
Carmel, IN 46032

Enjoy the charming European tradition of the German Christmas Market, Christkindlmarkt, which has been held in villages since the Middle Ages. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will open on the weekend before Thanksgiving, along with the Holidays in Carmel opening. Stroll through the market and shop for unique gift items and taste some of the tantalizing food offerings. The ice skating rink will also open, so the family can enjoy some invigorating exercise.

Festival of Trees & Host of Angels
Nov. 24-Dec. 24
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill St., Madison, IN 47250

Visit Madison to see one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in the nation. Admission will be free, so bring the family to enjoy the magic forest of 115 magnificent trees shimmering and shining with holiday lights.  Inside, Lanthier Winery will display their Host of Angels, the largest collection of angels in the Midwest. Admission will be free, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reynolds Farm Equipment John Deere Christmas Lights Display
Nov. 22-Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment, 12501 Reynolds Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

The Annual Reynolds Christmas Lights Display will be a drive-through display of twinkling lights for the holidays. Admission will be free.

Christmas in the Village
Nov. 25 @ 12 p.m.
Zionsville Main Street, Zionsville, IN 46077

Lionsville will kick off the holidays with a family-friendly parade featuring the Zionsville High School Marching Band, reindeer, the Eagle Mascot, and Santa Claus. The parade will step off at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the tree lighting ceremony. There will fun activities throughout the day so plan to arrive early to enjoy the petting zoo, sleigh rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live entertainment. Santa will pose for photos immediately after the parade to 8 p.m. at the corner of Pine and Main Streets.

NOT FREE BUT STILL FUN

Christmas Walkway of Lights
Nov. 18-Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m.
Marion Riverwalk, River Dr., Marion, IN 46952

The popular holiday light attraction in Marion will be a 2.5-mile long display that you can drive or walk through. Take the family to enjoy this festive seasonal display with 2.5 million glittering lights. The display will be illuminated nightly. There will be a nominal fee of $5 for a season sticker, so you can visit often.  

The Ice at Center Green
Nov. 18-March 11
Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032

The family will have fun as they glide across the ice at the skating rink at Center Green in Carmel.  Admission to the skating rink will be $6-$9 for a 90-minute session, skate rental will be $3.

Lights at the Brickyard
Nov. 17-Dec. 30 @ 6 p.m.
Indianapolis Speedway

Take the family for a drive through this 2+ mile holiday lights display at the famous racetrack. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be decorated with more than 2.5 million lights and over 500 displays. Admission $25-$50/carload or $50-$100/15+passenger vehicles.

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

The Eiteljorg Museum will feature their holiday model train exhibit, “Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure,” over the holiday season. Take the family on a magical 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 decorated holiday trees, with themes including Santa’s Library, A Picture-Perfect Christmas, and Making Smiles Bright. Twilight Tuesdays will feature the beauty of the trees in glowing light at night. Weekends will feature holiday music and carolers. Vintage Santa will be at the center on Sat. and Sun. afternoons from Thanksgiving to Christmas to hand out treats to children. Admission $9/adults, $7/seniors, $5/student and kids ages 5-17, and free/ children