Renew the wonder this year simply by going into the sparkly Indianapolis downtown neighborhoods during the holidays. With its combination of major Indianapolis attractions and the many world-class Indianapolis restaurants, not to mention the Circle Centre Mall, the number one downtown Indianapolis shopping destination, downtown Indianapolis is a one-stop holiday all by itself. Grab the fam and your camera and spend some time in the heart of the Circle City before the holidays whiz by altogether. Below is a handy list of the main 2009 downtown Indianapolis holiday happenings to get you started. Once you’re there, you will find treasures galore.
|Circle of Lights – Friday, Nov. 27 through the New Year
Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis
This is the premier holiday magnet for Indianapolis visitors as well as Indy residents and Hoosiers from across Indiana.
|A Christmas Carol – Nov. 20 through Jan. 7
The new and magical Disney release
IMAX Theater Downtown, 317.233.4629
|Stutz Artists Association Holiday Show – Nov. 20, 5 pm – 9 pm
Some 40 Indianapolis artists present everything from paintings to wearable art and cards
Free! Stutz Artists Association Center, 317.503.6420
|Celebration Crossing – Nov. 27 – Dec. 26
Huge holiday fun for Indianapolis kids! Santa makes a big entrance by helicopter to kick off the popular Indianapolis event.
Indiana State Museum, 317.232.1882
|Jolly Days Winter Wonderland – Nov. 27 – Jan. 10
Ride the Yule Slide and visit the Winter Wonderland Snow Castle! Don’t miss The Marvelous Land of Oz in the Lilly Theater.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 317.334.3322
|Skate with Santa – Dec. 1, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Ring in the holidays on the sparkly ice!
Indiana World Skating Academy, 317.237.5565
|It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec. 3, 6:30 pm
The classic holiday tear-jerker teams up with free appetizers, a visit with Santa and a silent auction to benefit Downtown Beautification.
United Artists at the Circle Center, 317.570.5970
|Holiday Open House at the IMA – Dec. 3 and 17
Indianapolis music, shopping, refreshments and a gorgeous luminary display complement “Christmas at the Lilly House,” an annual ramble back to the holidays in the 1930s.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 317.923.1331
|Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo – Dec. 4 – 30
Thousands of trees at the Zoo will be lit up to transform this already-beautiful place into a wonderland. Don’t miss the Christmas Shoppe and the Hilbert Conservatory exhibit in beautiful White River Gardens.
Indianapolis Zoo, 317.630.2001
|Holiday One Piece Show – Dec. 4 – Jan. 7
Over 50 active members of the Indianapolis art community present this special once a year event.
Dean Johnson Design, Inc., 317.634.8020
|Eiteljorg Museum’s Winter Market – Dec. 5
Enjoy the fine creativity of over 50 Indiana artists, the Southwestern Fare and the music of Cathy Morris and Monica Herzig.
Eiteljorg Museum, 317.636.9378
|Indypendent Holiday Art Sale – Dec. 11, 10 am – 9 pm
A vast selection of unique art from $10 to $300 for your holiday gift-giving.
Indianapolis Artsgarden, 317.631.3301
|Live Family Christmas at the President’s Home – Dec. 12, 10 am- 3 pm
10th Annual Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street – Dec. 29
Both these spectacular Victorian holiday events take place at the beautiful President Benjamin Harrison Home in downtown Indianapolis. 317.631.1888
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