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Indy’s Winter Holiday Events

Experience the Holidays in Indy

Twinkling lights, snow-frosted rooftops, and Yuletide shopping sprees—join us at our downtown Indy hotel and experience the magic of a winter wonderland this holiday season.

Things to Do in Indy During the Winter Holidays

  1. Go sledding on one of the nearby sledding hills
    • Garfield Park – 2450 S Shelby St. (3.5 miles)
    • Rhodius Park – 1001 S Belmont St. (2.4 miles)
    • Christian Park – 4200 English Ave. (3.9 miles)
  2. Enjoy an afternoon of cross-country skiing
    • Northwest Parkway Park – 5253 W 62nd St. (10 miles)
    • Eagle Creek Park – 7840 W 56th St. (12 miles)
    • Indy Parks Greenways – Various locations (if trail conditions allow)
  3. Go ice skating at Indy’s NHL sized ice rink
    • Parry Park – 451 E Stop 11 Rd. (9 miles)
  4. Visit Veal’s Ice Tree
    • Depending on weather conditions, the tree ranges anywhere from 20 to 70 ft. in height.
    • 11333 Southeastern Ave. (13 miles)
  5. Bundle up for a hike along Indy’s Cultural Trail
    • Downtown – 132 W Walnut St. (1 mile)
    • The 8-mile trail connects all 6 of Indy’s Cultural Districts.

Christmas and New Year’s Events

Baby, it’s cold outside, but Indy is teeming with a sizzling lineup of holiday events—all conveniently located near our downtown hotel.

Indy Holiday Events
11/17 – Mass Ave Midnight Shopper at Massachusetts Avenue (5 miles)

  • Jump start your holiday season and enjoy a late night of shopping, dining, and entertainment.
  • 6pm-midnight

11/18-01/06 – Festival of Trees at Indiana Historical Society (0.4 miles)

  • Check out 80 holiday trees uniquely decked out in themes like Santa’s Library and Making Smiles Bright.
  • 10am-5pm

11/18-12/24 – A Christmas Carol at Indiana Repertory Theatre (0.2 miles)

  • Watch the classic holiday tale come to life on stage with Scrooge and his three Yuletide ghosts.
  • Times Vary

11/18-1/15 – Jingle Rails at Eiteljorg Museum (0.3 miles)

  • Kids will love watching the magical model train exhibit journey through a locomotive wonderland.
  • 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm on Sundays)

11/24-1/7 – Celebration Crossing at Indiana State Museum (0.4 miles)

  • Ride the Santa Claus Express, and step back in time for a look at recreated store windows of Christmases past.
  • 10am-5pm (11am-5pm on Sundays)

11/24 – Santa’s Big Arrival at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (3.5 miles)

  • Check out the Jolly Days exhibit and wait for Santa to arrive in a 2-seater IndyCar!
  • 10am-2pm

11/24 – Downtown Indy’s Circle of Lights at Monument Circle (0.5 miles)

  • Join the gathering at Monument Circle and watch the lighting of 4,784 lights. It’s a brilliant spectacle and one of Indy’s must-see annual events.
  • 6pm-8pm (The lights will come on around 7:50pm)

12/8 – Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas at The Cabaret

  • Enjoy a 1960’s style Christmas special performed by the Broadway and Emmy Award winning actress.
  • 7pm-9pm

12/15 – Christkindl Village at Georgia Street (0.5 miles)

  • In its 5th year, the traditional holiday market attracts thousands of locals and visitors. The event features tons of fun things to do for small children, teens, and adults.
  • 5pm-9pm

12/31 – Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve on Georgia Street (0.5 miles)

  • Ring in the new year with an exciting line-up of entertainment, fireworks, and a unique midnight extravaganza.
  • Starting at 8pm

12/31 – Countdown to Noon at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (3.5 miles)

  • This family-friendly event allows kids to join in the excitement of the New Year festivities (long before bedtime).
  • Starting at 10am

For a complete list of holiday events near our downtown Indy hotel, please visit: