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

1. Escape the usual post Thanksgiving weekend traffic and hop aboard the Holiday Shoppers Express Train Ride. The Saturday, Nov. 27 excursion departs from the Fishers Train Station and takes guests to downtown Noblesville, where over 40 unique specialty shops and restaurants await eager shoppers. Trains depart from Fishers Train Station at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The trains then leave Noblesville at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

2. Looking to find unique, unusual and fun gifts? Stop by the Old Town Carmel Antique Mall for their Annual "Antiques Make Great Gifts" Party. Hosted Friday, November 26 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

3. Kick off the holiday season with the Noblesville Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 26. Other activities include special holiday music and Mayor John Ditslear's rendition of The Night Before Christmas.

4. On Sunday, November 28, return to Noblesville for the 31st annual Christmas Parade. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. and ends with the arrival of Santa Claus. (Be sure to stop by Santa's house on the courthouse square after the parade to tell him what is on your wish list.)

5. Choose and cut your own Christmas tree at Stonycreek Farm as part of their Country Christmas celebration.

6. Take a trip to yesteryear when swing and big band standards were the pop music of the day. The Hedgehog Music Showcase Radio Revue offers a variety of tunes in a live radio show format on Saturdays at 8 p.m. for only $5 per person.

7. Drive down Reynolds Drive for the annual Reynolds Free Christmas Lights Display. For the 18th year, Reynold’s Farm Equipment will be transformed into a festive wonderland of twinkling lights.

8. Make your plans to celebrate the holiday season - or get away from it all - with a weekend escape to Hamilton County, Indiana. *For a complete listing of things do in Hamilton County, Indiana visit our online calendar at 8GreatTowns.com!