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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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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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Your memorable holiday getaway awaits!

Nov 10, 2016 by Katie Utken

The holidays are just around the corner in Hamilton County, Indiana! Looking for a shoppable, delectable and affordable getaway? Below are great ideas to mix and match to create a memorable getaway.

Family of Four Getaway for $350
Fire up the kiln and create a custom piece of pottery at Kiln Creations in downtown Noblesville, great for decorations or a holiday gift. ($8 studio fee for adults, $6 for children 12 and under; unpainted pottery ranges $4-$70).

If you have the need for speed, suit up for a racing adventure at K1 Speed in
Fishers. ($20/race).

Parents can sip a craft brew while the whole family enjoys dinner and a movie at Flix Brewhouse in Carmel. (~$100 for movie tickets, food and beverage).
    
Overnight lodging for four at a familiar name like Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Carmel. (~$150)

Couples or Friends Getaway for $350
The curtain rises for spectacular performances year-round at The Center for the Performing Arts. Experience the world-class acoustics at The Palladium! ($70 and up per ticket).

Wine and dine in the Carmel Arts & Design District before the show. Enjoy a tasting flight at Peace Water Winery and get dinner for two at a local pizzeria like Bazbeaux Pizza. ($75 for dinner and drinks)

Between vintage and antique shops surrounding the Historic Noblesville Square to destination malls like Clay Terrace and Hamilton Town Center, you’re sure to find a souvenir to take home or get a head start on your holiday shopping list. (Price varies)

Settle in for the evening at Prairie Guest House in Fishers. Enjoy a homemade breakfast and sunrise yoga, courtesy of owners John and Karen. (~$100)

Something missing? Don't see what you're looking for? At VisitHamiltonCounty.com, you can browse many more ideas and build your own itinerary in the trip planner. No matter what you choose, the cost of memorable time spent with loved ones is priceless.

Hamilton County Happenings - Nov. 9

Nov 09, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This, watch collegiate soccer play at Grand Park, celebrate those who served in our armed forces 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. 9 - 19
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

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

Cabaret
Cabaret
Nov. 9 - 19
The Studio at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Travel back to pre-WWII Germany and the infamous 1929 Kit Kat Klub with Sally Bowles, featuring the hit “Maybe This Time” and more.

Veteran's Day
City of Carmel Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Nov. 10
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

Join the city of Carmel for this ceremony honoring our veterans. Student winners of the poster and essay contest will present their works.

Nickel Plate Arts
Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy
Nov. 11
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

It’s a hands-on craft night focusing on female empowerment and the galaxy we live in. Suggested donation is $10.

Big Ten soccer
Big Ten Men’s Soccer

Nov. 11 and 13
Grand Park | Westfield, Indiana

Watch collegiate soccer action on Grand Park turf. Semi-final action starts Nov. 11 with winners advancing to the Nov. 13 championship.

Verdi's Requiem
Carmel Symphony Orchestra Presents Verdi’s Requiem
Nov. 12
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Giuseppe Verdi's towering masterpiece blazes with great power and beauty. CSO will be joined by four soloists and a chorus from Anderson University.

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Hamilton County Happenings - Nov. 2

Nov 02, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, enjoy musical selections celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday, learn about our county’s connection to the Underground Railroad and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
Nov. 2 - Nov. 5
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s Transylvania estate and finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors.


Follow the North Star Follow the North Star
Nov. 3 - 19
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

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

Nickel Plate Arts
First Friday
Nov. 4
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Celebrate the first Friday of November by exploring local artists’ galleries and more.


Havana Cuba All-Stars Havana Cuba All-Stars
Nov. 4
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Be transported to Cuba with the music of this authentic group, performing for the first time in the United States.


More Light More Light: Douglass Returns
Nov. 4 -6
Logan Street Sanctuary | Noblesville, Indiana

Learn about the life of escaped slave Frederick Douglass and his connections to Indiana in this thought-provoking performance.

Bicentennial
Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Cabaret
Nov. 4-6
Clay Terrace | Carmel, Indiana

Carmel Community Players presents the best of Indiana’s musical history in this cabaret performance, featuring songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Michael Jackson.


Fall Fest Fall Fest
Nov. 5
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve | Fishers, Indiana

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of nature hikes, games, crafts and s’mores around the campfire.

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Hamilton County Happenings - Oct. 26

Oct 26, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, celebrate Halloween in Hamilton County with events the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Spooky Family FunSpooky Family Fun
Oct. 26 - Oct. 29
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Halloween is here! To celebrate, check out Westfield Fireside Tales, Little Haunt on the Prairie, Family Halloween Party, Pumpkin Fest, Fall Festival/Wicked Walk and so much more.

Nickel Plate Arts
Nickel Plate Arts Exhibits
Oct. 26 - Nov. 1
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Wrap up Halloween by checking out Heroes and Horrors, then return to experience the Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov. 1.

Carmel Theatre
Carmel Theatre Productions
Oct. 26 - Nov. 5
Carmel, Indiana

Celebrate Shakespeare’s greatest works at the Bard Fest in Studio 15 Theatre. Get in the spooky spirit at Young Frankenstein at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.


Headless HorsemanHeadless Horseman Final Weekend
Oct. 27 - Oct. 30
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Take a trip to Conner Scairie before the Headless Horseman runs off. Enjoy one final caramel apple of the season at the Apple Store while you’re there.


Brew Festivals Brew Festivals
Oct. 28 - Oct. 30
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Cheers to beers! Raise a glass to All Saints’ Day at Danny Boy Beer Works, Beards and Brews and Boo ’N Brew.


Ghost WalksGhost Walks
Oct. 28 - Oct. 31
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Learn the ghost folklore and speak with spirits at the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk Oct. 28 and the Westfield Ghost Walks Oct. 28 and Oct. 31.

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