If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County's 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation to kick off your holidays, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend.

1. Visit with Santa, listen to carolers, take a carriage ride and do a little shopping during hometown Christmas on Friday night in downtown Noblesville, Indiana. The holiday merriment starts at 5 p.m.

2. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday night, you can tour three historic Noblesville homes, all decked out for the holidays, during the 3rd Annual Candlelight Holiday Home Tour.

3. Join in the Cicero Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Saturday at 11 a.m. After the parade, visit the Hamilton North Library and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Toy donations for children in need will also be accepted at this event.

4. Celebrate Christmas Victorian style at the Historic Ambassador House in Fishers, Indiana, Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy story time in the Peppermint Parlor, make crafts, play games and visit with St. Nick!

5. See Conner Prairie in a whole new light candlelight! Visit Prairietown with your family and learn how Indiana residents celebrated Christmas 175 years ago. Tours start between 5:30 to 9 p.m., December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17.

6. Listen to the sounds of the season at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. On December 2, you can enjoy beautiful holiday music from the Indiana Wind Symphony and award-winning vocalist and Carmel native Jessamyn Anderson. On December 4, Chanticleer, the leading mens a cappella chorus, takes the stage.

7. Have breakfast with Santa at the Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel. Join in a sing-a-long and dine on a scrumptious hot breakfast buffet. December 3, 10 and 17, at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Call (317) 843-9850 for reservations.

8. On Saturday (and again on December 10), enjoy the holiday dcor and an elegant dining experience during tea time at the R.L. Wilson House in Noblesville. A 5-course tea with desserts awaits you! *For a complete listing of things do in Hamilton County, Indiana visit our online calendar at 8GreatTowns.com!