If you’re a Hoosier from Indy or its environs, you’re liable to have already wondered just what’s going on this month in the energetic heart of the Circle City known as downtown Indianapolis. For starters, take a look below at our directory of Indianapolis’ downtown holiday happenings for 2010’s splendid finale. You might also want to glance at some of the many article links at the bottom of this page about things to do in Indianapolis and its many fine satellite cities in Central Indiana.
Ringing out 2010 just may be more fun than you ever imagined.
Downtown Holiday Happenings for 2010’s Finale
|12 FREE Days of Christmas in Indy – Starting December 13 at the Eiteljorg Museum and finishing with a flair at the Children’s Museum on December 24, 2010, visitors to the magical downtown Indianapolis neighborhoods can find free entrance to some of the most famous attractions in Indianapolis. Designated hours only.|
|A Christmas Carol – The renowned Indiana Repertory Theatre brings this all-time holiday favorite to the boards for the 14th Christmas running at their excellent downtown Indianapolis performing arts venue.|
|Children’s Museum Jolly Days – Wherein the world-famous Indianapolis Children’s Museum is transformed into a winter wonderland, with a Yule Slide, the Snow Castle, a Polar Bears to Penguins display and pictures with Santa himself. Through January 2, 2010|
|Circle of Lights – The brilliant crown jewel of Christmas in Naptown, a must-visit during December. Located at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis’ famous Monument Circle.|
|Circus and Ice – Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros. meet Disney at the Conseco Fieldhouse and the result is pure holiday and new year bliss. The circus comes from December 1-5, 2010 and Disney on Ice Toy Story 3 is presented from January 19-23, 2011.|
|Downtown Indianapolis Restaurants – Dining specials abound in downtown Indy during the holidays. You might try the one dollar happy hour at Adobo Grill, then a free meal for the kids at Scotty’s Brewhouse and Restaurant, and then take home a special $20 holiday pie from R Bistro.|
|Las Posadas – A time-honored Mexican tradition comes to downtown Indy. Start at the Indiana History Center, then wend your way down the Canal Walk to the famous Eiteljorg Museum, with piñatas, ponche and pan dulce all along the way, as well as live music and lots of colorful fun. December 12, 2010, 6 pm – 8 pm|
|Polar Express – The fabulous IMAX Theater brings you this classic 3-D adventure, just in time for the holidays. Indy’s biggest screen is downtown in the White River State Park.|
|Sankt Nikolaus Fest – The historic Athenaeum presents this holiday favorite Indianapolis festival from the Old World. Take your kids to see the gingerbread house building, a puppet show, the festive Christmas tree candle-lighting and especially the arrival of ole Saint Nick. December 5, 2010, 1 pm – 5 pm|
|Winter Market – A free offering for all at the Eitlejorg Museum, this timely Old West-themed happening has Cowboy Santa for your Indianapolis children and arts and crafts for sale by over 50 greater Indianapolis artists for their folks. December 4, 2010, 10 am – 5 pm|
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