Indianapolis is a wonderful place to be during the holidays. Winter brings cheery lights, warm smiles, and wonderful attractions to the Circle City each year, helping families all over get into the holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite Indianapolis holiday attractions!
10 Can't-Miss Holiday Attractions in Indianapolis:
Celebrate the holiday season each year with this beloved tradition. Reynolds Farm Equipment, a family-owned farm and home goods store in Fishers, opens up the season with a fabulous light display. Beginning November 22 and lasting through the holiday season, you can take your family by to see the delightful lit-up trees, sleighs, and stars. The best part: this is a free holiday attraction everyone will enjoy!
Likely the best-known Indianapolis holiday attraction is Christmas at the Zoo. Some people wait all year long to make their one annual zoo visit during this season. As temperatures drop, lights and Christmas cheer go up! Seeing the amazing animals at the Indianapolis Zoo is a marvel on its own, but even more enchanting with the lights and awe of the holiday season. Bring your children to this event for a magical experience they will always remember!
Especially kid-friendly is the jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. November 25- January 8, you can celebrate your favorite holiday traditions at the museum and even visit with Santa! There’s even an “ice-skating” rink where kids can skate in their socks—it makes for some adorable holiday photos!
This is just what it sounds like—a glorious gathering of 72 decorated, extravagant winter trees. Check out the schedule of daily programs and events going on among the trees this winter: from musical performances to craft-making.
This holiday adventure begins at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. If you have never been, you should definitely check it out sometime with your family for a fun learning experience! During the holiday season, their Exhibit “Jingle Rails” brings nine train displays with nearly 1,200 feet of track to life. Watch the trains whiz through downtown Indianapolis monuments and west through legendary sites.
Get a boost on your holiday shopping at the annual pop-up shop shopping party in Indianapolis. Over 100 local businesses join in on this tradition, bringing their goods and an excited crowd to the Indianapolis Central Public Library.
Put on your hats, mittens, and scarves and head to Monument Circle to see the dazzling holiday lights that make up the world's largest Christmas tree! Pose for pictures near the beloved Nutcrackers. For an extra special evening, take a carriage ride around the city. You'll find carriages waiting for you on the Circle.
Next year, plan ahead and gather with 100,000 other locals for the lighting of the Indianapolis Monument Circle. Enjoy live performances too! This event occurs annually on Black Friday once all the shopping sprees have subsided.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been transformed into a winter wonderland! This brilliant drive-through holiday event is new to Indy this year. Maneuver through 40 different winter scenes along 1.7 miles of the track all while sipping on a hot cup of cocoa. The dates to join are Nov. 18 – 20, Nov. 23 – 27 and Dec. 1 – 31. This could be a new Christmas Eve tradition for you and yours!
Indy’s favorite mansion, with its 1930’s allure and treasured history, opens its doors for a wonderful Christmas celebration. Visit and see the home decorated with the traditional holiday garb, and just a touch of the unusual too. USA Today voted Christmas at Lilly House one of the top Indianapolis holiday attractions!
The sounds of the season are the most alive at this can’t-miss Indianapolis attraction. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs some of your most beloved holiday songs, along with tap dancing Santa’s and so, so much more! It is an experience that will send you home with a twinkle in your heart for the holidays to come. This year Josh Kaufman joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, returning to his home town for this wonderful celebration after winning The Voice in 2014.
We hope you enjoy making your way through Indianapolis this season to take part in these traditions. As the years go on, these attractions keep getting better and always remind us how much we love this great city. Happy Holidays, Hoosiers!