The holidays are on the horizon and it’s time to start planning. There is no shortage of events and things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this winter. Here are just a few of the can’t-miss holiday events in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and beyond.
Holiday at Center Green
Kick off the holiday season in Carmel with the opening of two holiday attractions: the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and the Ice at Center Green. Join Santa, his elves, and reindeer as the city of Carmel hosts a ceremonial tree lighting.
Nov. 17 – Dec. 23
The authentic German holiday market returns for its second season with a new layout, more vendors and a signature gluhwein pyramid. Shop for handcrafted German goods, enjoy a warm raclette sandwich and sip mulled wine or hot cocoa in a 2018 collector’s mug.
Nov. 17 – Dec. 23
Hayrides aren’t just for fall and pumpkin patches. Pay a visit to Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville and hop on a wagon to the Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree. Smaller festive décor like wreaths and poinsettias in the gift shop will have your house adorned in festive décor in no time.
Nickel Plate Express Reindeer Ride
Nov. 23 – Dec. 23
Start new holiday traditions this season with the Reindeer Ride train excursion, boarding in Atlanta, Indiana. Kids from one to 92 can enjoy Christmas carols, festive crafts and a visit from Santa. During the Bright Night experience, the entire train will be lit in a dazzling lights display thanks to Gaylor Electric.
Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie
Nov. 24 – Dec. 30
Amateurs and professionals made handcrafted gingerbread masterpieces and they’re on display for all to see. Marvel at the gingerbread house creations, both traditional and with a twist, and cast a vote for your favorite.
Holiday in the Arts District
Shop the galleries and stores in the Carmel Arts & Design District to find the perfect gift for that special someone, as carolers roam about and carriage rides pass by. If all that shopping makes you hungry, there’s no shortage of dining options along Main Street in Carmel.
Westfield in Lights
The downtown Westfield tradition continues. Celebrate the season with photos with Santa and Frosty the Snowman, reindeer petting, live entertainment, and a tree lighting.
Conner Prairie by Candlelight
Dec. 7 – 22
Stroll through 1836 Prairietown where it’s the night before Christmas and see how new settlers to Indiana’s frontier carried on family traditions. This family-friendly, 90-minute walking tour is ideal for those ages 7 and up.
The popular summer Porchfest festival returns with a holiday twist. Join carolers and performers on porches on Rangeline Road to listen to your favorite holiday songs.
Toast to the holidays at this adults-only evening of hors-d'oeuvres, wine, craft beer, and spirits. With beverage in hand, visit Prairietown to partake in historical cooking demonstrations and see 19th-century holiday traditions.