My favorite part of the holiday season is the pretty holiday decorations. I love seeing a tree lit up and decorated with garland. I love seeing holly, mistletoe and Santa's Village. As I drive my toddler son around the county (he also loves the lights), we have discovered a few neat places that are worthy of a visit.
Reynolds Farm Equipment, 126th & 37, Fishers - Every year they light up the entire block with their village of lights. See animals climb in 2 by 2 into Noah's Arc, see a boy warm up next to a fire, see a large, but friendly, monster hang the star on top of the tree. Turn your radio station to 107.9 and enjoy the holiday music as you slowly drive through the lights.
Clay Terrace Outdoor Mall, 146th & Meridian, Carmel- Take the family for dinner and holiday shopping, then before heading back to the car, stop by to visit with Santa (and to give him your wish list) in his home.
Carmel Arts & Design District, Main Street & Rangeline Road - To really enjoy the magic of this town square, be sure to stroll through the art galleries, shop in the boutique stores, dine at a great local eateries, and enjoy the twinkling trees and festive window displays.
Noblesville Square, 10th & Conner Street - Another great downtown to experience during the season is Noblesville Historic Square. Stop into Noble Coffee & Tea to warm up with a cup of hot coffee, and to stop in the Faux Flower & Gift Shop for beautiful decorations and great gift ideas.
Country Christmas at Stonycreek Farm, SR 38 & 37, Noblesville - One of my favorite local traditions is Country Christmas. Until December 21, your family can take a wagon ride to pick out (and cut down) your prefect Christmas tree. Once you return, sip warm cider and visit the greenhouse for fresh garland and wreaths.
Snow Flakes & Silent Nights Exhibit at Cool Creek Nature Center, US 31 & 151st Street, Westfield - Visit this exhibit to explore the beauty and peace of winter. Learn about animal tracks, the uniqueness of snowflakes or simply relax during a walk in the park.