101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Indianapolis - 2021 | Kids Out and About Indianapolis

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Indianapolis - 2021

(This list is always a work in progress: We update it continually through the season, so check back frequently!)

KidsOutAndAbout is Indy's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but with COVID, you never know. All activities should be checked for updated status, and many require reserving ahead of time. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 20, 2021 Holiday at Carter Green
Multiple dates beginning Nov 20, 2021 2021 Reindeer Ride Express Nickel Plate Express
Nov 18, & 19, 2021 Pictures with Santa - With Noblesville Parks and Recreation
Nov 21, 2021 Meet Santa Claus - At The Philippines Cultural Community Center
Nov 28, 2021 Santa’s Big Arrival - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Multiple dates beginning Nov 18, 2021 - Dec 24, 2021 Santa Photo Experience - At Castleton Square
Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2021 Meet Santa & His Reindeer Tour-Reindeer Ridge
Multiple dated beginning Nov 26, 2021- Dec 23, 2021 2021 Sullivan Santa Express - With Sullivan Hardware & Garden
Multiple dates beginning Nov 26, 2021 - Jan 2022 2021 Celebration Crossing -Indiana State Museum
Nov 27, 2021 Christmas in the Village Parade & Tree Lighting - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Nov 27, & Dec 11, 2021 Christmas At The Orchard- Beasley's Orchard
Multiple dates beginning Nov 27, 2021 Santa Saturdays
Dec 1, 2021 2021 Annual Tree Lighting in McCordsville
Dec 3, 2021 Deck the Downtown - With Downtown Noblesville
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas in the Village- With Town of Zionsville
Dec 4, 2021 Sankt Nikolaustag - At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Dec 4, 2021 2021 Christmas in the Cabin - Lebanon Parks & Recreation
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas on the Square - The Heart of Lebanon
Dec 4, 2021 KiD CiTY Christmas in Greenwood
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday in the Arts District
Dec 4, 2021  Santa Claus & Grinch Meet & Greet - At Books & Brews - South Indy
Dec 4, 2021 2021 Christmas Parade - With Lebanon Parks & Recreation
Dec 5, 2021 Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit the Palladium
Dec 5, 2021 2021 Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular & Christmas Tree Lighting - With Visit Morgan County
Dec 10 & 11, 2021 Christmas with the Ponies! - With Strides To Success
Dec 10 & 17, 2021 Pictures with Santa - At Maplelawn Farmstead
Dec 11, 2021 Doughnuts with Santa - With Johnson County Shrine Club
Dec 11, 2021 2021 Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa at Conner Prairie
Dec 11, 2021 2021 Santa’s Workshop & Santa Parade - with Town of Whitestown
Dec 21, 2021 Santa in Holiday Village - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation

Holiday Themed Meal 

Nov 28, Dec 4, 5, 12, & 18 2021

2021 Santa's Holiday Breakfast - At Indiana State Museum

Nov 28 - Dec 19, 2021

Breakfast with Santa -Conner Prairie

Dec 4 & Dec 11, 2021

2021 Breakfast with Santa - Indianapolis Zoo (Members only)

Dec 4, & 5, 2021

9th Annual Breakfast with the Grinch - At The Silver Centre

Dec 4, 5, 12, & 18, 2021

Breakfast with Santa-Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Dec 4, 2021

2021 Cookies & Cocoa at Natural Valley Ranch

Dec 11, 2021

2021 Breakfast with Santa in Greenwood

Dec 11, 2021 Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast with Santa - With City of Greenfield
Dec 11, 2021

Nutcracker Tea -Indianapolis Ballet - At Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

Dec 12, 2021

Sensory Santa - With Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 13, 2021 Christmas in Pendleton 2021 - With Town of Pendleton
Nov 13, 2020 - Jan 9, 2021 Festival of Trees-Indiana Historical Society 
Multiple dates beginning Nov 26, 2021 A Merry Prairie Holiday - Conner Prairie
Multipile dates Nov 27, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021 2021 Christmas in the Village - Zionsville
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas on the Farm-Traders Point Creamery
Dec 4, 2021 2021 Fortville Winterfest
Dec 4, 2021 2021 10th Annual Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt
Dec 4, 2021 LIVE! Family Christmas - At Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Open House 2021 - At James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
Dec 8, 2021 Propylaeum Holiday Open House - At The Indianapolis Propylaeum
Dec 10 , 2021-Jan 2, 2022 2021 Winterfest - With Town of Zionsville

 

Light Displays

November 12, 2021 - January 2, 2022 Christmas Nights of Lights- Indiana State Fairgrounds
November 13, 2021 - January 2, 2022 MacAllister Machinery Gift of Lights - At Marion County Fairgrounds & Events Center
November 19, 2021 - January 2, 2022 Magic Of Lights: Drive-Through Holiday Lights Experience - Ruoff Music Center
Nov 20, 2021 Grand Lighting Celebration 2021 - With Log Run Lights
November 22, 2021 - January 2, 2022 2021 Winterlights - At Newfields-Newfields
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Christmas at the Zoo - Indianapolis Zoo
Multiple dates beginning Nov 20, 2021 Danville Winterland Holiday Light Show - With The Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce
November 20, 2021- January 1, 2022 2021 Holiday Lights - With Log Run Lights
Multiple dates starting November 26, 2121 2021 Holiday Stroll at Kelsay Farms
Multiple dates beginning Nov 26, 2021 CHRISTMAS tyme lights - At Harvest Tyme
Nov 26, 2021 Downtown Indy, Inc.'s Circle of Lights - Downtown Indy
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights - Wellfield Botanic Gardens
Nov 29-Dec 4, 2021 Westfield in Lights - Westfield
Dec 4, 2021 2021 Holiday Lighting and Winter market -Franklin
Dec 4, 2021 Annual Tree Lighting-Avon
Multiple dates beginning Dec 4, 2021 The Lighted Trail - Powered by Duke Energy - With City of Greenwood
Dec 10, 2021 The lighting of the Old Northside- A Winter Light in the Old Northside- With Old Northside Historic District
Dec 11, 2021 Christmas Overload Home Tour - With Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis

 

Living Nativities

Dec 3 & 4, 2021 Holy Walk 2021- A walk through Bethlehem- At St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Dec 3 & 4, 2021 Live Nativity- At Castleton United Methodist Church
Dec 10-12 & Dec 17-19, 2021 Lafayette Living Nativity-Faith Church
Dec 12, 2021 2021 Live Nativity - With Danville United Methodist Church
Dec 17, 2021 Live Nativity - First Baptist Greenwood

 

Hanukkah

Nov 27, 2021 Hanukkah Handmade: Family Workshop (Festival of Trees ) -With Indiana Historical Society
Nov 28, 2021 2021 Chanukah Celebration and Dinner - With Chabad Lubavitch of Indiana
Dec 1, 2021 Menorah Aflame Channukah sevice - At Carmel Christkindelmarket- With Chabad Lubavitch Indiana
Dec 2, 2021

Menorah Lighting and After-Party (21 +) - - At Indiana War Memorials - With Young Jewish Professionals of Indianapolis & Chabad Lubavitch Indiana

Dec 2, 2021 “Night at the Menorah Museum: Beth-El Zedeck’s Hanukah Celebration and Siddur Ceremony” - With Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
Dec 5, 2021  2021 Latkes and Lights - At Newfields
Dec 5, 2021 Chanukah Parade - With Chabad of Northwest Indiana
Dec 28, 2021  Chanukah Pizza and Pottery - With Chabad Lubavitch of Indiana

Holiday Concerts 

Nov 18, 2021 The Collingsworth Family: A True Family Christmas Tour - At The Palladium
Multiple dates Nov 30, 2021 - Jan 2 , 2022 The Mistletoes Family and Friends Reunion! - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Multiple dates Dec 3-23, 2021 2021 YULETIDE CELEBRATION - With Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Dec 5, 2021 Jingle Bones 2021 - At Indianapolis Artsgarden
Dec 7, 2021 K-LOVE Christmas Tour - Indianapolis, IN -At Old National Centre
Dec 9, 2021 A Motown Christmas - At The Palladium
Dec 11, 2021 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2021 - At The Palladium
Dec 12, 2021 Elf-A-Palooza Christmas Sing-A-Long Show - At Brandywine Creek Vineyards & Winery
Dec 12, 2021 A Baroque Christmas- At Indiana Landmarks - With Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Dec 17-19, 2021 Festival of Carols with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Dec 19, 2021 The Christkind's Choir Competition - At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Dec 22, 2021 Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Christmas Eve & Other Stories - At Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Dec 23, 2021 Handel's Messiah - At The Palladium

Holiday Theatre

Nov 18, 2021 The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical- At Butler Arts & Events Center
Multiple dates Nov 26-Dec 23, 2021 A Beef & Boards Christmas - At Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Multiple dates Nov 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 The Christmas Quest - In Lilly Theater - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Multiple dates starting Nov 26-Dec 26, 2021 A Christmas Carol-Indiana Repertory Theatre
Multiple dates Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2021 A Charlie Brown Christmas - At The Tarkington - Civic Theatre
Nov 27 & 28, 2021 The Nutcracker - At The Palladium - Civic Theatre
Dec 2-5, 2021 Butler Ballet Presents The Nutcracker - At Butler Arts & Events Center
Multiple dates Dec 3 - 24, 2021 Elf the Musical - The Tarkington - Civic Theatre
Multiple dates Dec 3-21, 2021 A Christmas Carol- Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
Dec 4, 2021 Peewinkle's Christmas Puppet Show - With Arts for Lawrence
Dec 5, 2021 A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol - with Indiana Fine Arts Academy
Dec 5, 2021 The Nutcracker Short & Sweet - With Village Dance Studio
Dec 10-12, 2021 The Nutcracker -Indianapolis Ballet
Dec 11, 2021 Peanut Butter & Jam: "Holiday Cabaret on Strings" with Melchior Marionettes - At The Studio Theater
Dec 17 - 19, 2021 Nutcracker Sweets-Indianapolis Ballet
Dec 18, 2021 Cereal Cinema: The Muppet Christmas Carol - At Athenaeum Indy
Dec 18 & 19, 2021 The Nutcracker - With Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy
Dec 19, 2021 A Magical Cirque Christmas - At Butler Arts & Events Center

Hands on Holiday Fun 

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, Nov 8, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 Special event Igloo rental at - At Penguin Park - With Washington Township Parks & Recreation
Nov 20, 2021 Twinkly Tree Family Class - At Painting with a Twist - Carmel
Nov 20, 2021 Gingerbread Houses - At Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
Nov 30, 2021 CHRISTMAS VACATION TRIVIA!! - Books and Brews- South Indy
Dec 1, 2021 Cookie Decorating Class ( Ages 13+) - At Books & Brews - Brownsburg
Dec 3 & 4 , 2021 Holiday Gingerbread House - At Broad Ripple Park - With Indy Parks and Recreation
Dec 4, 2021 Cutesy Penguin Family Paint ( Ages 5 & Up ) - At Painting with a Twist - Indianapolis
Dec 4, 2021 Winter Scavenger Hunt - With Zionsville Nature Center
Dec 5, 2021 The Grinch Stole our Candy Canes - At Avon Washington Township Park- With Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department
Dec 10, 2021 Santa - MyArt-Noblesville (Ages 5 & up) 
Dec 11, 2021  Indiana’s Statehood Day: Family Workshop (Festival of Trees) -With Indiana Historical Society
Dec 11, 2021 Princess Singing & Signing Party Event - Books and Brews- South Indy
Dec 11, & 18, 2021 Christmas Morning Favorites at Sprouts Cooking School
Dec 11, 2021 Kids Cookie Art Class (Ages 5+) - At Books & Brews - South Indy
Dec 11, 2021 2021 Candy Cane Hunt at Natural Valley Ranch
Dec 12, 2021 kidscommons Polar Express
Dec 12, 2021 Holly the Elf Book Release Party - At Books & Brews - Brownsburg
Dec 12, 2021 2021 Holiday Celebration - Care Kits for The Homeless - Books and Brews- South Indy
Dec 12, & 18, 2021 Santa's Workshop - At Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Multiple dates Dec 13-28, 2021 Make & Takes at Winterfest - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Dec 17, 2021 Family Art Night | Clay Holiday Trees - At Garfield Park Arts Center - Indy Parks and Recreation
Dec 18, 2021 Gnome for the Holidays ( Ages 12 & up ) - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Dec 18, 2021 Tis The Season s Family Paint ( Ages 5 & up) - At Painting with a Twist - Indianapolis
Jan 7, 2022 Snowman - With Myart - Carmel (Ages 5 & up)

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 20, 2021 Pheifer’s Tree Farm-Monrovia
Opening Nov 20, 2021 Piney Acres Farm-Fortville
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Dull's Tree Farm-Thorntown
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Gore's Christmas Trees-Indianapolis
Opening Nov 25, 2021 Lost 40 Christmas Tree Farm-Greenfield
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Hilgert Tree Farm - Fairland
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Evans Whispering Pines Tree Farm-Danville
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Clearview Family Christmas Tree Farm-Arlington
Opening Nov 20, 2021 Tower Family Christmas Tree Farm -Columbus
Opening Nov 26, 2021 Jay's Tree Farm - Mooresville
Opening Nov 27, 2021 Emmanuel Tree Farm- Trafalgar

Active Holiday Fun 

Dec 1-31, 2021 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ 5K/10K/13.1 Virtual Run - with Medal Dash Virtual Runs
Dec 3, 19, & 23, 2021 2021 Winter Luminary Walks - With Town of Zionsville ** 3 dates & locations **
Dec 4, 2021 Glühwein Gallop 5k- At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Dec 5, 2021 2021 Santa Hustle® Indy 5k & Half Marathon
Dec 11, 2021 The Red Nose Romp Half Marathon & 5k - At White River State Park - With Racemaker Productions
Dec 14, 2021 Homeschool Ice Exploration (Ages 7 & up) - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Dec 18, 2021  15th Annual Donut 5K Holiday Run/walk - At Carmel Racquet Club
 Dec 19, 2021 Lilly Lake Lantern Walk - Lilly Lake inside Eagle Creek Park -Indy Parks and Recreation
Jan 1, 2022 Resolution XC Run - At Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department - With Racemaker Productions

Ice Skating

Public skate open 2021 The Arctic Zone Iceplex
Public skate open 2021 Hamilton Ice Arena
Multiple dates beginning Nov 20, 2021 The Ice at Carter Green
Multiple dates Dec 10, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022 Holiday Themes on Ice - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 6, 2021 Indy MADE Market- Holiday 2021
Nov 6, 2021 Indianapolis Holiday Market Extravaganza - At Castleton Square
Nov 6, 2021 Arts and Crafts Marketplace - At St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Nov 10-14, 2021 2021 Christmas Gift & Hobby Show - At Indiana State Fairgrounds & Events Center
Nov 13, 2021 2021 Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair - At Morgan County Fairgrounds
Nov 13, 2021 The Inside Out Sale - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Nov 13, 2021 Holiday Open House - At Fables and Fairy Tales
Nov 19 & 20, 2021 Holiday Fair 2021 - At Irvington Historical Society
Nov 20 & 21, 2021 4th Annual Holiday Open House - With The Little House at Earth & Turf
Nov 20, 2021 Christmas Market at the Mercantile - With Farm Girl Mercantile
Multiple dates Nov 20, 2021-Dec 24, 2021 Carmel Christkindlmarkt - 2021
Nov 20, 2021 Washington Township Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 - Feb 27, 2022 Holidays in the Arts District - Carmel
Dec 3, 2021 2021 Holiday Bazaar & World of Trees Expo - At Indy's International Marketplace
Dec 3, 2021 Irvington Holiday Open House - With Irvington Historic District
Dec 3, 2021 HOLIDAY FEST & COOKIE WALK - At Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds
Dec 3, 2021 Christmas Market & Santa Train - With Town of Bargersville
Dec 4, 2021 Little Red Barn Market Christmas on the farm - At Walker's Homestead
Dec 4, 2021 2021 50th Gingerbread Christmas Plainfield High School - With Plainfield Tri Kappa
Dec 4, 2021 Winter Wonderland of Art - With Fishers Art Council
Dec 11, 2021 Hometown Holiday Market - With City of Greenfield
Dec 11, 2021 Downtown Indy, Inc. Holiday Arts Market on the Circle
Dec 18, 2021 Hoosier Handmade Craft Fair & Winter Market - With The Crafty Coop at Acker Farm

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2021 Ring in the new year - At Indiana State Museum
Dec 31, 2021 Countdown to Noon at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Dec 31, 2021 Annual Hoosier Warriors Gym New Year's Lock-In ( Ages 5-15 )

Miscellaneous

   
Nov 20, 2021 2021 Festival of Trees by Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County
November 20, 2021 – January 17, 2022 2021 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure -Eiteljorg Museum
Multiple dates Nov 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 2021 Conservatory Crossing - At Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens
Dec 4, 2021 2021 Winter Wonderland - With Fishers Parks
Dec 5, & Dec 19, 2021 You've Been Grinched! - With Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department
Dec 10-12, 2021 ‘Tis the Season - At Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Multiple dates Dec 10, 2021-Jan 2, 2022 Campfire & Smores - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Dec 11, 2021 Holidays at Garfield Park
Dec 11, 2021 Holiday Porchfest - At Midtown
Dec 11, 2021 Military Appreciation Day- At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
   
Dec 11, 2021 North Pole PJ Party! - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Dec 11, 2021 2021 Holiday Party at Wolf Park
Dec 11, 2021 Reindeer Encounter - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Dec 11, 2021 2021 Candy Cane Hunt at Natural Valley Ranch
Dec 12, 2021 A Princess Christmas Ball
Dec 14, 2021 Snowflake Pajama Party - At Indiana State Museum 
Dec 16, 2021 Christmas in the Village - Christmas Crawl - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 18, 2021 Ghosts of Holiday’s Past - With Indiana Historical Society
Dec 17, 2021 Friday Night Campfire - At Holliday Park
Dec 18, 2021 Frozen Princess Party - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
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