Back home in Hamilton County for the holiday weekend or have guests coming in town to celebrate Thanksgiving? There’s plenty of things to do to keep friends and family entertained in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and beyond. Read a list below of the top things to do near Indianapolis during Thanksgiving Weekend 2021.
Visit the Carmel Christkindlmarkt.
This authentic German holiday market is back with unique gifts like wooden toys, nutcrackers, music boxes, ornaments, and the collectible boot mug. While you’re shopping the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, sip a hot mug of Glühwein (mulled wine) or hot cocoa, and come hungry to enjoy a Lebkuchen (German cookie), Raclette (melted cheese sandwich) or Stollen (dried fruit bread). The market also includes the Ice at Carter Green skating rink.
Drive through the Magic of Lights at Ruoff Music Center.
For the first time ever, Ruoff Music Center will celebrate the holiday season with a brand-new event. “Magic of Lights” is a family-friendly drive-through holiday lights festival with twinkling and magical light displays to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
See "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Civic Theatre.
The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Shop for holiday gifts in Carmel and ride the Carmel Holiday Trolley.
The holiday trolley is free and open to the public. It makes stops in the Arts & Design District, City Center, Indiana Design Center and Carter Green for the Christkindlmarkt and Ice at Carter Green skating rink.
Take a train ride on the Reindeer Ride Express.
All aboard the Nickel Plate Express for a fun-filled ride on the Reindeer Ride Express featuring sing-alongs, a visit with Santa and more holiday cheer. The train departs from Forest Park in Noblesville.
Watch a performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Palladium.
Visit with Santa at the Indiana Design Center.
See the big man in the red suit and tell him what's on your holiday wish list. He'll be at the Santa House in the Indiana Design Center parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 2 - 5 p.m for Santa Saturdays.
Experience A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie.
A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie is a unique holiday experience. New for 2021, the William Conner House will feature a magical 3D projection mapping holiday show. Immerse yourself in the story as the house comes to life with the imaginative and heartwarming show. Don’t forget to take a ride on Kringle's Carousel or zoom down the 150-foot Polar Bear Plunge tubing hill.
Skate around a local ice skating rink.
Pick out a Christmas tree.
Visit Spencer Farm in Noblesville and select your Christmas tree to bring home and deck the halls.
Support local businesses.
Shop small on Small Business Saturday to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Visit the downtown shopping and dining destinations like Carmel City Center, Carmel Arts & Design District, Historic Noblesville Square, Nickel Plate District and Fishers District.