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Thanksgiving Events In Indy

Best Thanksgiving Events in Indy

Thanksgiving is a time for family, tradition, and shopping! We’ve found the best Thanksgiving events Indianapolis has to offer, including the top spots for shopping in Indy this Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving Events
Thanksgiving weekend traditionally ushers in the holiday season. If your favorite family tradition includes Christmas lights, be sure to check out these events:

Circle of Lights Tree Lighting:

  • Located at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, this spectacular lighting ceremony starts at 6pm on the day after Thanksgiving.
  • For over 55 years, Indy families have enjoyed this display of over 5,000 lights which are strung from the top to the base of the monument.
  • 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers & sailors and 26 peppermint sticks surround the display.
  • One lucky child is chosen to “flip the switch” and help Santa illuminate the night.
  • The finale is a spectacular firework show, televised on NBC!

Winterlights at Newfields:

  • Located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, celebrate a brand-new family tradition with a dazzling outdoor light experience throughout the holiday season (November 19th-January 7th).
  • Enjoy the choreographed light show on the Lilly House Lawn, stroll garden pathways nestled amongst trees glowing with color.
  • Listen to your favorite Christmas songs as you sip hot chocolate and warm your hands by the fire while roasting marshmallows.

Lights at Brickyard:

  • This popular drive-through holiday display can be found at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from November 17th-December 30th.
  • Over 2.5 million lights illuminate the 2-mile IMS infield, along the front stretch of the historic oval and crosses the world-famous yard of bricks start-finish line.

Holiday Entertainment
A Christmas Carol:

  • It wouldn’t be the holidays without Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miserly ways are revealed by visits of the ghosts of his past, present, and future.
  • The play runs from November 18th-December 24th at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

A Beef & Boards Christmas:

  • Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents an original production featuring beautiful costumes, heartwarming songs, dazzling dancing, and even Santa himself!
  • For over 20 years, this show has been a tradition for the whole family to enjoy.

Top Shopping Destinations in Indy
Here are the best spots for unique Black Friday shopping in Indianapolis:

    • The Fashion Mall (Keystone at the Crossing): High-end retailers.
    • Circle Centre: Connected via skywalk to our Marriott Indy.
    • Castleton Square Mall: The largest mall in Indiana.
    • Mass Ave: One of Indy’s cultural districts, known for eclectic and independent boutiques.
    • Fountain Square: Another cultural district, known for retro charm. Full of antique shops, music stores, and art galleries.
    • Broad Ripple: Locally owned shops.
    • The Shop: Locally designed and handprinted Indy gear.

Relax with Family & Friends at Marriott Indy

Located in the heart of Indianapolis, Marriott Downtown Indy serves as the perfect central hub for your Thanksgiving weekend experience.

We offer a relaxing refuge from the bustling city outside and a convenient launching pad for all your Indy adventures. Rooms and suites fill up fast for the holidays, so don’t delay and book today!