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.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Nov. 16 – Dec. 24
The authentic German holiday market returns for its third season with more than 50 vendors and the signature glühwein pyramid. Shop for handcrafted German goods, enjoy a warm raclette sandwich and sip mulled wine or hot cocoa in a collector’s mug.

Holiday at Center Green

Nov. 23
Head to Center Green, home of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and The Ice at Center Green, for the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony and a chance to see Santa and his reindeer.

Reindeer Ride

Reindeer Ride Express

Nov. 23 – Dec. 22
A family-favorite holiday tradition returns with the Reindeer Ride Express, boarding in Forest Park in Noblesville. Kids from one to 92 can enjoy Christmas carols, festive crafts and a visit from Santa aboard the Nickel Plate Express.

A Merry Prairie Holiday

A Merry Prairie Holiday

Nov. 29 – Dec. 29
Head to Conner Prairie to enjoy a new holiday event, the new home of the Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights. Guests can hear music at Blitzen's Bandstand, enjoy food and beverages at Clowes Common, stroll through Prairietown and more.

Holiday in the Arts District

Dec. 7
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

Westfield in Lights

Dec. 7
The downtown Westfield tradition continues. Celebrate the season with photos with Santa and Frosty the Snowman, reindeer petting, live entertainment, and a tree lighting.

Holiday Porchfest

Dec. 14
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.

For more events and things to do this winter in Hamilton County, Indiana visit our events calendar or check out our holiday page. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.