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Hamilton County Happenings - Dec. 7

Dec 07, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday, see a "tale as old as time" come to life on stage and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Handmade in Indiana
Handmade in Indiana
Dec. 7 - Dec. 31
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Shop for one-of-a-kind art gifts in this annual holiday exhibit that feels more like a gift shop than a gallery show.

Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie Holiday Festivities
Dec. 7 - Dec. 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Admire the artistic creations in the Gingerbread Village, experience the holiday in 1836 Prairietown at Holiday Adventures or Conner Prairie by Candlelight and have breakfast or dinner with Santa.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Dec. 7 - Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment | Fishers, Indiana

This free annual Christmas lights display returns to dazzle the winter sky with more than two million lights.

Santa Sightings
Santa Sightings
Dec. 7 - Dec. 24
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Snap a photo with Santa at Clay Terrace or in Fishers, mail a letter to him and visit Santa’s House in Noblesville.

Country Christmas
Country Christmas
Dec. 7 - Dec. 18
Stonycreek Farm | Noblesville, Indiana

Take a hayride to the field to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Sip cider and browse the gift shop with custom-made wreaths.

Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Dec. 9 - Jan. 1
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

“Be our guest” and see this “tale as old as time” come to life on stage.

RL Wilson
R.L. Wilson House Presents: A Holiday Tea
Dec. 10
R.L. Wilson House | Noblesville, Indiana

Enjoy a five-course meal featuring a menu based on Tanya Marshall’s appearance on Food Network’s “Clash of the Grandmas.”

Winter Farmers Markets
Winter Farmers Markets
Dec. 10
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Stock up on local produce and more in Westfield, Carmel and Fishers.

Statehood Day
Statehood Day
Dec. 11
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

We’ve spent all year celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday, and the big day is finally here. Find a list of bicentennial events on our website.

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Looking Back on Indiana's Bicentennial

Dec 06, 2016 by Lindsay Parker Williams

Happy birthday, Indiana! We’ve spent this past year celebrating 200 years of statehood and Dec. 11 is officially the 200th birthday of our state. To honor our great Hoosier home, we’re taking a look back at some of the ways we’ve paid tribute to the state’s bicentennial right here in Hamilton County.

Tree of Hope Forest Park
Trees of Hope
This spring, trees were planted at eight area parks as part of the Bicentennial Trees of Hope program as a living legacy to future generations and the next 200 years of Hoosier history. Some of the parks include Forest Park in Noblesville, Cicero Community Park and Dolles Park in Atlanta.

Summer reading
Bicentennial Summer Reading Program

Libraries throughout Hamilton County celebrated the bicentennial with a special Hoosier reading program to honor the history of the state. The program encouraged readers to visit historic sites throughout the county and then share with photos, songs and art at their local library.

Torch Relay - Westfield
Torch Relay
In mid-October, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay traveled through Hamilton County, including Carmel, Westfield, Fishers and Noblesville. Thirty-seven community members carried the torch and made stops at area churches, Conner Prairie, Fishers Town Hall, The Palladium and Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville.

On the horizon
Looking for ways to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in style?  Check out these events right here in Hamilton County for some special ways to wish the Hoosier state a very happy 200th birthday!

Happy Birthday Indiana Bash at the Carmel Clay Public Library

On Dec. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can have cake and ice cream as you join in wishing Indiana a very happy birthday and celebrate the yearlong efforts of the library to remind us what a great state we all call home.

The Great Indiana Songbook: Two Centuries of Hoosier Music

This free exhibit of singers, songwriters and songs of Indiana is located on the Gallery level of the Palladium and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Indiana Bicentennial State Song Contest Finals/Award Show

Gather at the Hedgehog Musical Showcase in Arcadia Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. to hear songwriters from around the state present their works inspired by this year’s bicentennial.

How did you celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday? Let us know in the comments or by tagging us on social media using #VisitHC and @VisitHamiltonCo.

Hamilton County Happenings - Nov. 30

Nov 30, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, the holiday spirit is in full swing with festivals and activities celebrating the season. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie Holiday Festivities
Nov. 30 - Dec. 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Admire the artistic creations in the Gingerbread Village, experience the holiday in 1836 Prairietown at Holiday Adventures or Conner Prairie by Candlelight and have breakfast or dinner with Santa.

Handmade in Indiana
Handmade in Indiana
Nov. 30 - Dec. 31
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Shop for one-of-a-kind art gifts in this annual holiday exhibit that feels more like a gift shop than a gallery show.

Country Christmas
Country Christmas
Nov. 30 - Dec. 18
Stonycreek Farm | Noblesville, Indiana

Take a hayride to the field to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Sip cider and browse the gift shop with custom-made wreaths.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Nov. 30 - Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment | Fishers, Indiana

This free annual Christmas lights display returns to dazzle the winter sky with more than two million lights.

Santa Sightings
Santa Sightings
Nov. 30 - Dec. 24
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Snap a photo with Santa at Clay Terrace, mail a letter to him in Fishers and visit Santa’s House in Noblesville. For more Santa sightings, visit our blog.

Palladium
Sandi Patty Christmas
Dec. 2
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Simply known as “The Voice,” Sandi Patty performs holiday classics.

Holiday Festivals
Holiday festivals
Dec. 2 - 3
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Get in the seasonal spirit at Fishers’ Frost Fest, Holiday in the Arts District in Carmel, Our Town Cicero’s 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival and Westfield in Lights.

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Your one stop holiday shopping destination

Nov 29, 2016 by Katie Utken

Thanksgiving leftovers are gone and the countdown is on: the holidays are here and the season is in full swing! Can you believe it’s already the most wonderful time of the year?

Sometimes, it can be a struggle to make a shopping list of holiday gifts to buy for friends and family. We all have that person in our life that is hard to shop for and seemingly has everything they could ever want or need. Or the endearing relative who says, “Don’t get me anything – I don’t need it!”

Shopping at Nickel Plate Arts
Get the gift-giving creative juices flowing with our 2016 giftable guide. Download it digitally or watch the presents in action in this video. Want a hard copy? Pick up a free copy of Kit Indy magazine at your local grocery store – it’s in there, too!

Make it a memorable holiday with tickets to enjoy a show at the Palladium or race into the new year at K1 Speed. Got a fashion-forward friend? There are tons of cute and comfy wearable items at local boutiques. You can’t go wrong with a scrumptious edible gift to share, like Lisa’s Pie Shop treats or Chocolate for the Spirit sweets.

We invite you to come wine and dine in our county and shop for everyone on your list – we bet you can find something here that will have everyone exclaiming, “This is the best gift ever!”

Book your holiday getaway and save up to 20 percent on hotel stays on our website. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at Hamilton County Tourism!

Happy Holidays

Hamilton County Happenings - Nov. 23

Nov 23, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, see two million twinkling lights at the free Reynolds Lights Display, kick off the holidays in Hamilton Coutny and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Country Christmas
Country Christmas
Nov. 23 - Dec. 18
Stonycreek Farm | Noblesville, Indiana

Take a hayride to the field to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Sip cider and browse the gift shop with custom-made wreaths.

Santa Sightings
Santa Sightings
Nov. 23 - Dec. 24
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Snap a photo with Santa at Clay Terrace, mail a letter to him in Fishers and visit Santa’s House in Noblesville.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Nov. 23 - Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment | Fishers, Indiana

This free annual Christmas lights display returns to dazzle the winter sky with more than two million lights.

Noblesville
Noblesville Holiday Activities
Nov. 24-27
Noblesville, Indiana

Run or walk on Thanksgiving Day at the Turkey Trot, then come back to see the tree lighting and ice sculptures and the holiday parade with Santa’s arrival.

Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie Holiday Festivities
Nov. 25 - Dec. 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Admire the artistic creations in the Gingerbread Village, experience the holiday in 1836 Prairietown at Holiday Adventures and have breakfast with Santa.

Shopping
Small Business Saturday
Nov. 26
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Shop local this season! Get inspiration from our holiday giftable guide and check out Nickel Plate Arts’ Handmade in Indiana exhibit.

Palladium
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
Nov. 26
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Swing into the spirit of the season with a special holiday performance with Big Bad VooDoo Daddy.

Winter Farmers Markets
Winter Farmers Markets
Nov. 26
Carmel and Fishers, Indiana

Buy local produce and artisan products year-round at the Carmel Winter Farmers Market and Fishers’ Winter Farmers Market.

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Eat your way through Westfield

Nov 22, 2016 by Andrea Davis

There’s not much my husband and I enjoy more than sampling the impressive array of local restaurants throughout Hamilton County. Our most recent adventure took us to Westfield, where the choices have multiplied in the past few years thanks to the influx of visitors from nearby Grand Park Sports Campus—to say nothing of the city’s planned Grand Junction Plaza in the heart of downtown.

Because we made the trek on a Sunday afternoon, our options were more limited than usual: foodie favorite Rail Epicurean Market was closed, as was next door neighbor The Italian House on Park. Billed as a farm-to-table restaurant and bar, Rail was the first to plant its flag on Park Street, transforming an old barn into destination dining using local ingredients. Before long, The Italian House and Greek’s Pizzeria renovated and moved into houses on each side of Rail.

Grand Junction
On nearby Union Street, family-friendly Grand Junction Brewing Co. serves up craft beer and an inventive take on some traditional bar favorites.  Even snail haters will find it hard to resist the Redneck Escargot, which features chicken tenders and banana peppers wrapped in bacon and fried. Fish and Chips stands out from the sandwiches and flatbreads as the lone “signature dish,” but be sure to save room for Keltie’s Signature Bread Pudding, a holdover from the days when the building housed a popular local catering operation.

Bahn Mi
We were tempted by Grand Junction as well as neighbors Jan’s Village Pizza and Erika’s Place—especially after I got a taste of Erika’s tenderloin this summer—but in the end we opted for Vietnamese. Super Bowl Pho has been open about three years, and it appears the secret is out.

Super Bowl Pho
In addition to its namesake dish (a savory beef broth with rice noodles, veggies and a choice of protein) Super Bowl Pho offers a delectable array of options sure to appeal to any palate. Take the Grilled Beef Lemongrass appetizer we tried, for example: mozzarella cheese wrapped with thin slices of sweet onion and beef, marinated in a lemongrass sauce and grilled. What’s not to like? The Grilled Pork Banh Mi sandwich was another big hit. Thin slices of marinated pork married well with the perfectly crunchy French bread topped with pickled veggies and cilantro.

We ate our fill and headed home to Fishers pleased with our choice, but we still added Rail and The Italian House to our must-try list. We hadn’t even made it a mile outside of downtown before the list grew to include Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, J. Razzo’s 2 and Lincoln Square Pancake House. We’d better get to work! 

Holiday hoopla: Where to get in the seasonal spirit

Nov 17, 2016 by Katie Utken

Halloween is long gone, Thanksgiving Day is nearly upon us and there is a definite chill in the air (well, at least there's supposed to be - if Mother Nature cooperates!).  This can only mean one thing: the holiday season is approaching faster than a team of reindeer. We’ve rounded up a list of festive events to get you stoked for Santa and more!

Holiday Festivals
Holiday Festivals
Usher in the most wonderful time of the year at local festivals, like the Annual Holiday Festival at Hamilton Town CenterHoliday on the Square in Carmel, Holiday in the Arts District, the Noblesville Holiday Parade, Frost Fest and the Cicero Christmas Festival. Most of these events include live music, kids’ activities and fun for the whole family!

Santa Claus
Meet Santa
The big man in the red suit will be making appearances right here in Hamilton County! At Clay Terrace, his big arrival is Nov. 19 and you can find him there for photo ops until Christmas Eve. In Fishers, snap a photo with Santa at Fishers City Hall Dec. 7 – 8, or drop him a letter from Nov. 14 – Dec. 12. Rather join him for a sweet treat? Visit Santa’s house in downtown Noblesville for hot chocolate and photos Dec. 2 or get an inside look at his workshop at Nickel Plate Arts for Cookies and Canvas Dec. 3-10.

Reynolds Light Display
Light Displays
December isn’t complete without viewing a spectacular light display! Check out Reynold’s Farm Equipment Annual Christmas Light Display in Fishers starting Nov. 22 and Westfield in Lights on Dec. 3 – both free.

Hats off to a holly jolly holiday season. Tag us in your winter adventures on social media with @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC for a chance to be featured!

Shareable gifts: Hamilton County food souvenirs

Nov 16, 2016 by Kara Baber

The group gifts are always the toughest to buy. How do you “wow” an entire family of diverse ages? Gifts to pass around and share are often the best bet. And something sweet is always a plus. Treats like specialty fudge, Christmas cookie boxes and local restaurants gift cards are perfect to divvy up.

Lisa's Pie Shop
Award Winning Pies | Lisa's Pie Shop, Atlanta
Mouth-watering pies or try the famous pie-in-a-jar.

Four Day Ray
Fill a Growler | Four Day Ray Brewing, Fishers
Hamilton County’s newest craft brewery.

Chocolate for the Spirit
Toffee Covered in Swiss Chocolate| Chocolate for the Spirit, Carmel
Small batch toffee from a nationally acclaimed artisan chocolatier.

Cabela's
Hoosier Trails Fudge | Cabela's, Noblesville
Specialty fudge made only at this location.

Sure Shot Coffee
Sure Shot Coffee| Vardagen, Fishers
Locally roasted coffee beans, mugs and “bullet” bottles.

Crazy Charlie's
Crazy Charlie’s Salsa | Vine & Table, Carmel

Delicious salsas in a variety of flavors.

For groups of three of more, a gift to share is quite suitable. Be sure to pick up a food souvenir for yourself Your appetite (and memory) will thank you!

Find affordable hotel deals and delectable dining for your memorable getaway at VisitHamiltonCounty.com/shopping.

Hamilton County Happenings - Nov. 16

Nov 16, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, seasonal festivities begin county-wide with light displays, Santa sightings and more! Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Follow the North Star
Follow the North Star
Nov. 16 - 19
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Take on the role of a fugitive slave traveling along the Underground Railroad in this nationally acclaimed program.

Santa Sightings
Santa Sightings
Nov. 16 - Dec. 24
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Santa Claus is coming to town! Starting Nov. 16, drop your letter in his mailbox at Fishers’ City Hall. See Santa’s big arrival at Clay Terrace, then get your photo taken with him through Christmas Eve.

Palladium
LeAnn Rimes
Nov. 18
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

The youngest person ever to win a Grammy Award, LeAnn Rimes brings her show to Carmel.

Holiday festivals
Holiday Festivals
Nov. 19
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Celebrate the season at Hamilton Town Center’s Annual Holiday Festival and Holiday on the Square in Carmel, both Nov. 19.

Frosty Paws 5K
Frosty Paws 5K
Nov. 19
Forest Park | Noblesville, Indiana

Bring your furry friends to Forest Park for the annual Frosty Paws 5K.

Country Christmas
Country Christmas
Nov. 19 - Dec. 18
Stonycreek Farm | Noblesville, Indiana

Take a hayride to the field to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Sip cider and browse the gift shop with custom-made wreaths.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Nov. 22 - Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment | Fishers, Indiana

This free annual Christmas lights display returns to dazzle the winter sky with more than two million lights.

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Cheers to holiday beers: A pairings guide

Nov 15, 2016 by Luis Ruvalcaba

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Nothing makes me jollier than an excellent local brew and a delicious bite to eat in my own neck of the woods. While some of you may like to go over the hills and through the woods to score a fancy draught, I find that the holidays’ best options are found nearby.

Four Day Ray

Take, for instance, the newest brewery in Hamilton County: Four Day Ray Brewing. This Fishers original is home to, no exaggeration, the best burger I have ever had. The only downside to my trip here is that my wife was the one who ordered the burger and I had to beg for her scraps. It was that good, with a buttery, crispy bun that makes the whole thing irresistible. Speaking of irresistible, don't even get me started on the pork tenderloin! FDR’s burger paired with their housemade root beer has replaced the sugarplums that usually dance in my head this time of year. If root beer isn't your style, their delicious Laplander Blonde or Track Jumper IPA will do the trick.

Beer
If you venture to Carmel, head to Upland Brewery where you can score the county’s best buffalo chili. I tasted this delicious stew the first time I visited on a job interview three years ago and it was a solid 15 percent of the reason I ultimately decided to bring my family out here. The chili includes local buffalo, a three-bean blend and Upland’s own porter. It will warm your soul as well as your body during those cold nights out shopping for the gift that you are promising yourself you won’t buy at the very last minute. In the interest of consistency, I recommend you pair it with the Bad Elmer’s Porter.

Sun King Brewing
At this point in the season, Sun King Brewery’s tap room basically becomes a pilgrimage location for all of us weary husbands out shopping. While they don't have a menu of their own to choose from, they do allow take out and delivery from four nearby restaurants. Unless you are completely new to the Hamilton County beer scene, you probably already have a favorite Sun King brew, but if you are a neophyte you're welcome to take my favorite as yours. Some of their newest brews like When the Light Go Out and their Small Batch Orange Whip pairs well with most things, so you can’t go wrong either way.

Holiday Beer
Here in my neighborhood of Noblesville, you can check out Deer Creek Brewery. It doesn't have a restaurant itself, but it’s a spin-off and sister brewery of Barley Island which is located just off the square. Downtown Noblesville has an amazing Small Business Saturday turnout every year, so while you’re out patronizing these local businesses, grab a pint of Deer Fly, Black Fly or yes, White Fly. It’s a great way to congratulate yourself on scoring a one-of-a-kind gift and supporting a local business.

These are my top suggestions, but you can also check out Scotty’s Brewhouse in Carmel or Noblesville, which always have great seasonal options this time of year with monthly burgers to match. Or hit up Grand Junction in Westfield for a growler to go before you stop at Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q for the best barbecue in the state of Indiana.

As always, make sure to share with us on Instagram and Twitter by tagging @VisitHamiltonCo, #VisitHC and #HCEats. Cheers!

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