Celebrate the Holidays in Indy

Circle of Lights

Indianapolis is a city of tradition and the holiday season is no exception. From the L.S. Ayres cherub to our decorated, tree-lined streets, holiday cheer spreads throughout the Circle City.

Bring the family and join in the celebration as you experience the cheer with our favorite holiday picks! If you’re an Indiana resident you can enjoy exclusive savings on hotels with Hoosier Holidays. Click here to book your getaway.

Yuletide Celebration


A Beef & Boards Christmas is a song and dance show and a family-favorite tradition. As one of the longest-running dinner theatres in the country, Beef & Boards has perfected this Indy celebration.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is an unforgettable experience, performed by the world-class Indiana Repertory Theatre. Marvel at the opulence of the historic 1927 Indiana Theatre while you take in this decades-long Indy holiday tradition.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration is located in the Hilbert Circle Theater, just steps from the Circle of Lights. This year’s show features five-time Grammy Award-winner, Sandi Patty, and the sounds of Indy’s symphony. After the show, make your way around the Circle and enjoy a cup of legendary hot chocolate from the South Bend Chocolate Company.

White Christmas at Footlight Musicals is a much anticipated holiday performance in this season's lineup at Hedback Community Theater, located just north of downtown in the Herron-Morton neighborhood.  


Lilly House


Circle of Lights is the world's largest Christmas tree, complete with nearly 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands streaming from Indy's beloved 242-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument. This tree has been named by Travelocity as one of the top five must see Christmas trees in the nation. 

Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum invites you to learn about holiday traditions, both longstanding and new. Visitors can ride the Santa Claus Express, visit with Santa and get their photo taken, and participate in holiday and winter themed activities on all levels of the museum.

Christmas at the Lilly House on the grounds at the Indianapolis Museum of Art uses the American country house setting to explore the decorative ideas of the 1930s and 1940s. Explore this piece of history and witness nearly a century of holiday tradition firsthand.

Christmas at the Zoo is a wintertime extrvaganza everyone will enjoy. Stop by the Indianapolis Zoo for its annual light spectacular, and experience one of the nation’s top 10 zoos in a whole new way as hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights delight and inspire.

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a journey to the Great American West -- the real West and the West of the imagination. With over 1,200 feet of railroad, watch seven trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as historical sites, including Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, and Old Faithful.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland is a holiday treat for the whole family at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Complete with an indoor "ice skating" rink for children to skate in their socks, an ice fishing area and a holiday train, this is an unbeatable family tradition. Mark you calendar - on November 29, Santa will arrive Indy style in a Dallara IndyCar!

Holiday Adventure at Conner Prairie will take you on a winter adventure through Prairietown as you enjoy the holidays the 1830s way! Meet a variety of characters in their homes as they prepare for the holidays. Discover what holiday treats, games and gifts were offered and even what pranks were played more than 175 years ago. 

Winterfest at the Indiana History Center invites guests to explore the festive Eli Lilly Hall, lined with holiday trees and homemade star lanterns. Step into a scnee from A Christmas Story for a photo opp with the infamous leg lamp -- or take one home, as the leg lamp, among other only-in-Indy gift items, are for sale at the Basile History Market. Winterfest is free every Saturday in Decemeber as well two days following Thanksgiving and Christmas. 


Downtown Shopping


Christmas on the Farm at Traders Point Creamery is Indy's own winter wonderland, filled with sleigh-hayrides, stocking stuffers and holiday gifts! As if that's not enough, we'll sell it to you in three words: organic, grass-fed eggnog. 

Circle Centre is located in the heart of the city. Anchored by Carson Pirie Scott, downtown Indianapolis' foremost shopping, dining, and entertainment complex offers shoppers more than 100 specialty stores, plus a vast array of dining options. Circle Centre also offers convenient underground parking (some of the cheapest you'll find in the city).

City Sidewalks on Georgia Street, Indy's own pedestrian boardwalk, is weekend holiday celebration featuring our favorite local artisans, perfect for holiday shopping!

The Fashion Mall at Keystone is a mix of high-end anchors, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, upscale and luxury specialty retailers, and a full complement of dining options.

Fountain Square Cultural District is a funky Indianapolis neighborhood filled with vintage shops, a vibrant arts scene, and one-of-a-kind stores that sell comics, musical instruments, and home decor. Be sure to check out IndySWANK, a lifestyle store that features works from local artists alongside the best in high fashion vintage clothing.

Mass Ave Arts District is a five-block area ripe with theaters, restaurants, and art galleries. But, best of all, Mass Ave is rich with independent boutiques. You'll encounter unique finds on each block. From Stout's Shoes, the nation's oldest shoe store, to Silver in the City, you’ll find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift, unique to Indy.

Lift your holiday spirit with a getaway to the capital city. From our delectable restaurants to our vibrant art scene, Indy is the perfect place to celebrate the season. Continue the tradition. Spread the cheer. Visit Indy.