Top Upcoming Holiday Events in Indy
The holidays are a special time in Indianapolis, with plenty of fun and festive events taking place throughout the season. To help you start planning your holiday plans, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite Indianapolis holiday events below.
Indy locals always look forward to the Circle of Lights, when Monument Circle’s 284-foot Soldiers and Sailors Monument is transformed into a giant Christmas tree with more than 5,000 twinkling lights. The annual lighting ceremony takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving, with a local child chosen to flip the switch with a little extra help from Santa and the mayor. The Circle of Lights also includes a show stage with Santa’s Workshop, oversized toy soldiers, live entertainment and other fun festivities followed by a fireworks show.
Another popular annual event is the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show, which includes close to five acres of fun, silly and unique holiday gifts – with many items falling below $20. You’ll find more than 350 exhibitors showcasing everything from books and jewelry to sports memorabilia, collectibles, and home décor. The show also features live entertainment, giveaways, celebrity appearances and more. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show.
Hosted by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Jolly Days Winter Wonderland lives up to its name with activities like the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, fun games, and “outdoor” fun at the Snow Castle and Ice Fishing holes. Another kid-friendly favorite is Christmas at the Zoo, an annual event at the Indianapolis Zoo with special activities, twinkling holiday lights, Santa’s Workshop, traditional carolers, rides, and so much more.
All aboard for the Eiteljorg Museum’s annual Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, where visitors can explore a locomotive wonderland featuring nine working model trains that wind past downtown Indy landmarks, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains continue their journey through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites like Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Hoover Dam and more.
Kick Back at Our Downtown Indy Hotel
After exploring the multiple holiday events Indy has to offer, unwind at a hotel near the center of it all. Located in the heart of Circle City, JW Marriott Indianapolis boasts luxury accommodations across over 1,000 guest rooms. Travelers will enjoy world class amenities like exceptional dining at Osteria Pronto and High Velocity along with our ideal location near all of downtowns most popular attractions. Rest up after a weekend of holiday events at JW Marriott Indianapolis.