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 happenings – scroll down to learn more about each!
- Holiday at Center Green
- Country Christmas
- Reynold's Christmas Lights Display
- Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie
- Holiday in the Arts District
- Westfield in Lights
- Conner Prairie by Candlelight
- Holiday Cheers
Holiday at Center Green
Kick off the holiday season in Carmel with the grand opening of two new 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.
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 pointsettias in the gift shop will have your house adorned in festive décor in no time.
Reynold’s Christmas Lights Display
Passersby can’t miss this light display along I-69 in Fishers, shining bright in the night sky. Drive through this free holiday display of a million lights, featuring the classic cast of holiday characters.
Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie
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 food and drink 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
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.
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.
The fun doesn't stop when the holidays are over. Ring in 2018 at the Palladium's New Year's Eve Extravaganza. The Ice at Center Green in Carmel and the Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza remain open past Jan. 1. Visit Conner Prairie in January for Hearthside Suppers, a winter tradition.
For more events and things to do this winter in Hamilton County, Indiana visit our events calendar or check out our special holiday page. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see how we celebrate the season in #VisitHC.