Palladium InteriorDo you have family visiting you in Hamilton County this holiday season? Firstly, give them the gift of extra space. Reserve them a hotel room with one of these 9 divine holiday hotel rates that are available at select Hamilton County hotels. Your family, wallet, and sanity will thank you. 

Once settled in, it's time for festive fun! Browse Hamilton County Tourism's other holiday blogs and online calendar of events to plan an itinerary packed with delights. Be sure to reserve ahead for things like Dinner with Santa at Conner Prairie and holiday shows at The Center for the Performing Arts. Don't forget to fill the days after Christmas with joy too! Try the Take Santa Home Train on December 27 where passengers can say farewell to Santa as he travels back to the North Pole. Chocolate for the Spirit chocolates

Forgot your crazy, I mean... "favorite" aunt was joining you? Pick up a last-minute meaningful gift for her at the Nickel Plate Arts Gifted exhibit or a local shop. Big malls like Clay Terrace and Hamilton Town Center have tons of gift ideas as well. When in doubt, choose a selection of chocolates from Chocolate for the Spirit and pair with a wine from Vine & Table. Who doesn't like chocolate and wine? 

Don't stress out and try to prepare a million meals, let local chefs take the reigns before or after your big family celebration. Try divvy for sophisticated tapas and drinks, Rosie's Place for brunch, Big Hoffa's for a Dining at Divvy by Carriefamily-friendly BBQ feast, or the ever-pleasing chicken finger platter at Nickel Plate Bar & Grill. Discover even more local flavors here or make reservations ahead of time (where available) here. Extra tip: if you're not an expert baker, leave the holiday pies to Lisa's Pie Shop. A large selection of flavors are available to please every palate.  

Whatever your plans are this holiday season, I hope they are filled with joy and a little dose of Hamilton County holiday fun. Cheers!