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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Indianapolis - 2022

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Santa Sightings

Nov 19, 2022 Holiday at Carter Green
Multiple dates beginning Nov 19, 2022 2022 Reindeer Ride Express Nickel Plate Express
Nov 18, & 19, 2022 Pictures with Santa - With Noblesville Parks and Recreation
Nov 25, 2022 Santa’s Big Arrival - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Multiple dates beginning Nov 18, 2022 - Dec 24, 2022 Santa Photo Experience - At Castleton Square
Nov 19 - Dec 24th, 2022 Meet Santa & His Reindeer Tour- Reindeer Ridge
Multiple dated beginning Nov 25, 2022- Dec 23, 2022 2022 Sullivan Santa Express - With Sullivan Hardware & Garden
Multiple dates beginning Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 31st,  2022 2022 Celebration Crossing -Indiana State Museum
Nov 26, 2022 2022 Holly Jolly Jetway - At Indianapolis International Airport - With Town of Plainfield - IN
Nov 26, 2022 Christmas in the Village Parade & Tree Lighting - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Nov 26, 2022 Polar Express Experience - At Murphy Aquatic Park - With Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department
Nov 26, & Dec 3, 10, & 17 2022 Christmas At The Orchard - Photos with Santa - At Beasley's Orchard
Dec 1-24, 2022 Photos with Santa at Hamilton Town Center
Dec 2, 2022 2022 Town of McCordsville Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration - With Town of McCordsville
Dec 2, 2022 Deck the Downtown - With Downtown Noblesville
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Christmas Parade - With City of Greenfield
Dec 3 - 24, 2022 Santa Saturdays - At Indiana Design Center - With City of Carmel
Dec 4, 2022 Meet Santa Claus - At The Philippines Cultural Community Center
Dec 4, 2022 Cookies with Santa - At Urban Vines Winery & Brewery
Multiple Dates Dec 1 - 24, 2022 Santa Photo Experience- At Clay Terrace
Dec 3, 10, & 17, 2022 Christmas in the Village - Santa Photos - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 4, 11, & 18, 2022 Santa Sundays At the Carmel Christkindlmarkt - With City of Carmel
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Christmas in the Cabin - Lebanon Parks & Recreation
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas on the Square - The Heart of Lebanon
Dec 2, 2022 KiD CiTY Christmas in Greenwood 
Dec 3, 2022 Holidays in the Arts District - At Indiana Design Center - With City of Carmel
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Christmas Parade - With Lebanon Parks & Recreation
Dec 3, 2022 Fortville Winterfest 2022 - With Town of Fortville
Dec 4, 2022 Caring Santa - At Castleton Square
Dec 4, 11, & 18, 2022 Christmas in the Village - Santa Selfies - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 4, 2022 2022 Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular & Christmas Tree Lighting - With Visit Morgan County
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas in the Village Family Day- With Town of Zionsville
Dec 10 & 11, 2022 Holiday Happenings - At Hamilton Town Center
Dec 10, 2022 Santa Claus Christmas Parade - With Santa Claus, Indiana
Dec 9 & 10, 2022 Christmas with the Ponies! - With Strides To Success
Dec 10, 2022 Doughnuts with Santa - With Johnson County Shrine Club
Dec 10, 2022 2022 Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa - At Conner Prairie
Dec 10, 2022 2022 Santa’s Workshop & Santa Parade - with Town of Whitestown
Dec 11, 2022 Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit the Palladium - The Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 10, 2022 Sensory Santa - With Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department
Dec 17, 2022 Pictures with Santa - With Town of Plainfield - IN
Dec 3 & 10, 2022 PHOTOS WITH SANTA - At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Holiday Themed Meal 

 

Nov 27, Dec 3, 4, 11, & 17 2022

Dine with Santa in the great hall - At Indiana State Museum

Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2022

Breakfast with Santa -Conner Prairie

Nov 26, Dec 10, & 18, 2022

Santa's Holiday breakfast in the L.S. AYRES TEA ROOM™ - At Indiana State Museum

Dec 3, & 4, 2022

Breakfast with the Grinch 2022- 10 Year Anniversary Celebration - At The Silver Centre

Dec 3, 4, 11, & 17, 2022

Breakfast with Santa-Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Dec 4, 2022  Nutcracker Tea - At The Bridgewater Club - With Indianapolis Ballet
Dec 8, 2022

MEMBERS ONLY! Supper with Santa and Friends- At Indiana State Museum

Dec 10, 2022

2022 Breakfast with Santa in Greenwood

Dec 10 & 11, 2022

Christmas Tea- At Maplelawn Farmstead

Dec 17, 2022 Ho Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast - With Greenfield Main Street
   
Dec 17, 2022

Donuts with Santa 2022 - At McAllister Recreation Center - With Lafayette Parks & Recreation

Dec 17, 2022

Breakfast with your favorite elf - At Murphy Aquatic Park - With Washington Township Parks and Recreation

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 12, 2022 Christmas in Pendleton 2022 - With Pendelton Business Association
Nov 11, 2022 - Jan 7, 2023 Festival of Trees-Indiana Historical Society 
Multiple events & dates beginning Nov 19, 2022 - Jan 9, 2023 2022 Holidays at the Hill - At Federal Hill Commons
Multiple dates beginning Nov 25, 2022 A Merry Prairie Holiday - Conner Prairie
Multipile dates Nov 27, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021 2021 Christmas in the Village - Zionsville
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas on the Farm-Traders Point Creamery
Dec 3, 2022 33rd Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration - Mooresville Park & Recreation District
Dec 4 & 11, 2022 Go back in time- Christmas of the past - At Indiana State Museum
Dec 3, 2022 LIVE! Family Christmas - At Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Dec 7, 2022 Propylaeum Holiday Open House - At The Indianapolis Propylaeum
Dec 9 , 2022-Jan 2, 2023 2022 Winterfest - With Town of Zionsville
   

 

Light Displays

Multiple Dates Nov 2022- Jan 2023 Map of Holiday Lights in Fishers
November 11, 2022 - January 1, 2023 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 18, 2022 - January 1, 2023 Magic Of Lights: Drive-Through Holiday Lights Experience - Ruoff Music Center
Nov 19, 2022 Grand Lighting Celebration 2022 - With Log Run Lights
Nov 19, 2022 - Jan 9, 2023 Holiday Walking Light Tour - At Federal Hill Commons
November 20, 2022 - December 31st, 2022 2022 Winterlights - At Newfields
Multiple dates beginning Nov 19, 2022 Christmas at the Zoo - Indianapolis Zoo
Multiple dates beginning Nov 19, 2022 Danville Winterland Holiday Light Show - With The Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce
November 19, 2022- January 1, 2023 2022 Holiday Lights - With Log Run Lights
Multiple dates beginning Nov 24 - Dec 26, 2022 Santa Claus Land of Lights - With Santa Claus, Indiana
Nov 24, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 Christmas in Dale synchronized light show
Multiple dates beginning November 25, 2022 2022 Holiday Stroll at Kelsay Farms
Multiple dates Dec 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022 Holiday Walking Path - At Clay Terrace
Multiple dates beginning Nov 25, 2022 CHRISTMAS tyme lights - At Harvest Tyme
Multiple dates Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 Lights in the Airpark - At Grissom Air Museum
Nov 25, 2022 Downtown Indy, Inc.'s Circle of Lights - Downtown Indy
Nov 25 - Dec 31, 2022 Dasher's Holiday Light Show - A Christmas Drive thru - At Castleton Square
Multiple dates beginning Nov 25, 2022 Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights - Wellfield Botanic Gardens
Dec 2 & 3, & 9 & 10, 2022 NPT Night lights - With Fishers Parks
Dec 3, 2022 Westfield in Lights - With Westfield Welcome
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Holiday Lighting and Winter market -Franklin
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Avon Tree Lighting - With Town of Avon Indiana
Multiple dates beginning Dec 4, 2022 The Lighted Trail - Powered by Duke Energy - With City of Greenwood
Dec 9, 2022 The lighting of the Old Northside- A Winter Light in the Old Northside- With Old Northside Historic District
Dec 12, 2022 Holiday of Lights: Bicentennially Bright - At John R. Drybread Community Center - With Edinburgh Parks and Recreation
Dec 15, 2022 2022 Las Posadas at Winterlights - At Newfields
Dec 16, 2022 Winter Luminary Walk- At Maplelawn Farmstead

 

Living Nativities

Dec 2 & 3, 2022 Live Nativity- At Castleton United Methodist Church
Dec 9-11 & Dec 16-18, 2022 Lafayette Living Nativity-Faith Church
Dec 18, 2022 2021 Live Nativity - With Danville United Methodist Church
Dec 16, 2022 Live Nativity - First Baptist Greenwood

 

Hanukkah

Dec 18, 2022  2022 Latkes and Lights - At Newfields
Dec 18, 2022 Fort Wayne Chabad Jewish Center Chanuka Celebration
Dec 18, 2022 Menorah Aflame Hanukkah Service - At Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Holiday Concerts 

Multiple dates Nov 19 - Dec 30, 2022 Daily Entertainment Variety - At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Multiple dates Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 1 , 2023 The Mistletoes Family and Friends Reunion! - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Nov 26, 2022 Elf-A-Palooza Christmas Sing-A-Long Show - At Brandywine Creek Vineyards & Winery
Multiple dates Dec 2 -23, 2022 2022 YULETIDE CELEBRATION - With Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Dec 3, 2022 Canadian Brass Christmas - At The Center For The Performing Arts
Dec 5, 2022 Holiday Concert at the Library - Indianapolis Public Library - Wayne Branch
Dec 11, 2022 Jingle Bones 2022 - At Indianapolis Artsgarden
Dec 6, 2022 A Motown Christmas - At The Palladium - The Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 8, 2022 Luminare Christmas - At The Center For The Performing Arts
Dec 8-11,2022 Deck the Halls - At Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Dec 9, 2022 Dave Koz & Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour - At The Center For The Performing Arts
Dec 11, 2022 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve - At Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Dec 11, 2022 A Classical Christmas - At Indiana Landmarks - With Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Dec 13, 2022 Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites - At The Center For The Performing Arts
Dec 15, 2022 Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony Tour 2022 - At The Center For The Performing Arts
Dec 16-18, 2022 Festival of Carols with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir - At The Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 17, 2022 The Christkind's Choir Competition - At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Dec 22, 2022 Handel's Messiah - At The Palladium

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates Nov 25-Dec 23, 2022 It's A Wonderful Life - At Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Dec 1-4, 2022 Butler Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker - At Butler Arts & Events Center
Dec 3 & 4, 2022 Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Murat Theatre, Old National Centre
Dec 4, 2022 The Nutcracker Short & Sweet - With Village Dance Studio
Dec 9, 10, & 11, 2022 Nutcracker Sweets-Indianapolis Ballet
Dec 10, 2022 Cereal Cinema: The Muppet Christmas Carol - At Athenaeum Indy
Dec 16-18, 2022 The Nutcracker -Indianapolis Ballet - At Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Dec 10, 2022 "Holiday Cabaret on Strings" with Melchior Marionettes | Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam - At The Center For The Performing Arts
Dec 16-18, 2022 The Nutcracker - With Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy

Hands on Holiday Fun 

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, Nov 11, 2022 - Feb 26, 2023 Special event Igloo rental at - At Penguin Park - With Washington Township Parks & Recreation
Nov 19, 2022 Gingerbread Houses - At Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 
Dec 3 & 8, 2022 Hands-on Holiday activities - At Indiana State Museum
Multiple dates Nov 1- Dec 17, 2022 Write a Letter to Santa -At Santa Claus Museum & Village - With Santa Claus, Indiana
Dec 3, 2022 Candy Cane Unicorn - At Painting with a Twist - Carmel ( Ages 7 & up )
Dec 10, 2022 The Sweet Experience - At Indiana Historical Society
Dec 10, 2022 Family Day - In the Village - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 10, 2022 Holidays Around the World - at Garfield Park Arts Center
Dec 11, 2022 Sunday Family Camp Holiday Scoops - At Painting with a Twist - Carmel
Dec 13, 2022 Flow Paint - Xmas Ornaments - At Garfield Park Arts Center ( Ages 16+)
Dec 15, 2022 Gnomie for the Holidays - At Painting with a Twist - Carmel ( Ages 7 & up )

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 26, 2022 Pheifer’s Tree Farm- Monrovia
Opening Nov 19, 2022 Piney Acres Farm-Fortville
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Dull's Tree Farm-Thorntown
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Lost 40 Christmas Tree Farm-Greenfield
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Hilgert Tree Farm - Fairland
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Evans Whispering Pines Tree Farm-Danville
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Clearview Family Christmas Tree Farm-Arlington
Opening Nov 19, 2022 Tower Family Christmas Tree Farm -Columbus
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Jay's Tree Farm - Mooresville

Active Holiday Fun 

Dec 1-31, 2022 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 3, 2022 Glühwein Gallop 5k- At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Dec 10, 2022 The Red Nose Romp Half Marathon & 5k - At White River State Park - With Racemaker Productions
Dec 24, 2022  15th Annual Donut 5K Holiday Run/walk - At Carmel Racquet Club
Dec 18, 2022 2021 Santa Hustle® Indy 5k & Half Marathon
Dec 18, 2021 Friends in the Forest (Winter Stroll) - At Cope Environmental Center
Dec 18, 2021 Cold Full Moon Hike - At Cope Environmental Center
Dec 18, 2022 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

Opens Nov 11, 2022 - Feb 26, 2023 Ice Skating - At Penguin Park - With Washington Township Parks & Recreation
Public skate open 2022 The Arctic Zone Iceplex
Public skate open 2022 Hamilton Ice Arena
NOV 19, 2022 - FEB 26, 2023 The Ice at Carter Green

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 4, 2022 First Friday: Holiday Open House- With Downtown Noblesville
Nov 5, 2022 Arts and Crafts Marketplace - At St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Nov 9-13, 2022 2022 Christmas Gift & Hobby Show - At Indiana State Fairgrounds & Events Center
Nov 12, 2022 Holiday Open House - With Time & Again Shop Fortville
Nov 12, 2022 2022 Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair - At Morgan County Fairgrounds
Nov 19, 2022 2022 Holiday Craft Fair - With Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department
Nov 18 & 19, 2022 Holiday Fair 2022 - At Irvington Historical Society
Nov 19 & 20, 2022 4th Annual Holiday Open House - With The Little House at Earth & Turf
Multiple dates Nov 19, 2022-Dec 30, 2022 Carmel Christkindlmarkt - 2022
   
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 - Feb 27, 2022 Holidays in the Arts District - Carmel
Nov 25, 26, & 27, 2022 Suburban Indy Holiday Show - At Grand Park Sports Campus
Nov 26, 2022 Downtown Lebanon Ornament Stroll - With The Heart of Lebanon
Dec 2 & 17, 2022 Garfield Winter Art Market - at Garfield Park Arts Center
Dec 2, 2022 Irvington Holiday Open House 2022- With Irvington Historic District
Dec 2, 2022 Christmas Market & Santa Train - With Town of Bargersville
Dec 3, 2022 WCFA Family Day - At Warwick Center for the Arts
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Holiday Bazaar & World of Trees Expo - At Indy's International Marketplace
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt - With Town of Cumberland
   
   
   
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Author Fair - At Indiana Historical Society
Dec 3 & 4, 2022 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair - At Brandywine Creek Vineyards & Winery
Dec 4, 11, 18 Holiday Happenings - At Hamilton Town Center
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas on the Farm, 2nd Annual Mini Holiday Market - At Walker's Homestead
   
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas Shopping By Candlelight - With Farm Girl Mercantile
Dec 10, 2022  Open-Air Maker's Market - At Mulberry Fields Park - With Zion Nature Center
   

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 Ring in the new year - At Indiana State Museum
Dec 31, 2022 Countdown to Noon at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Dec 31, 2022 Annual Hoosier Warriors Gym New Year's Lock-In ( Ages 5-15 )
Dec 31, 2022 Noon Year's Eve - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks and Recreation

Miscellaneous

Nov 12, 2022 - Dec 24, 2022  The Wishing Tree 2022 - With Time & Again Shop Fortville 
Multiple dates Nov 19, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022 Character Meet & Greets - At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
Nov 20, 2021 2021 Festival of Trees by Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County
November 19, 2022 – January 16, 2023 2022 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure -Eiteljorg Museum
Multiple dates Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022 2022 Conservatory Crossing - At Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens
Multiple dates Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 24, 2022 2022 Holiday Trolley - With City of Carmel
Nov 25, 2022-Dec 16, 2022 2022 Santa's Mailbox - With Fishers Parks
Nov 26, 2022 Films at the Fort - The Muppet Christmas Carol - With Arts for Lawrence
Dec 2, 2022 Movies in the Plaza - Elf - At Grand Junction Plaza - With Westfield Welcome
Dec 3, 10, & 17, 2022 MEET SANTA'S REINDEER - At Clay Terrace
Multiple dates Dec 9 - Dec 31, 2022 Campfire & S'mores - At Mulberry Fields - With Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Dec 11, 2022 Military Appreciation Day- At Carmel Christkindlmarkt
   
Dec 11, 2022 Sensory Friendly Afternoon - At Indiana State Museum
Dec 10, 2022 Carmel PorchFest - At Midtown Plaza - With City of Carmel
Dec 10, 2022 North Pole PJ Party! - At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Dec 10 & 17 2022 2022 Howliday Howl - At Wolf Park
Dec 13, 2022 Snowflake Pajama Party - At Indiana State Museum 
Dec 15, 2022 Christmas in the Village - Christmas Crawl - With Zionsville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 17, 2022 Reindeer on Main - With Greenfield Main Street
   
Dec 16, 2022 Friday Night Campfire - At Holliday Park
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