Winter in Hamilton County, Indiana
When there’s a chill in the air and the first snowflake falls, it’s undeniably winter. Winter in Hamilton County means it's time for Koteewi Run and Carmel Christkindlmarkt. Koteewi Run is 700-foot sledding hill tubing experience in Noblesville. If you are feeling festive, explore the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German-themed holiday market which attracts visitor from all over the Midwest.
Warm-up during the coldest season with seasonal activities. Glide around outdoor ice skating rinks in Carmel and Noblesville. Slide down Koteewi Run, a 40-foot snow tubing hill. Ride the rails with trains excursions by Nickel Plate Express. Take in holiday shows at the Center for the Performing Arts. Visit Conner Prairie for Conner Prairie by Candlelight, Gingerbread Village and new holiday celebrations including a carousel, tubing hill, and wagon rides.
This authentic German holiday market in Carmel, Indiana will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. Browse through more than 50 wooden huts selling authentic German products, like wooden toys, nutcrackers and ornaments. Come hungry (and thirsty) to enjoy seasonal food and beverages like glühwein (mulled wine), hot chocolate, bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels and more. Glide around the Ice at Center Green located in the center of the Christkindlmarkt – skates can be rented on-site or reservations made in advance.
Nickel Plate Express Reindeer Ride
All aboard for a new holiday train ride boarding out of Forest Park near downtown Noblesville. Families will enjoy a one hour train ride through central Indiana featuring Christmas carols, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa himself. Adult beverages are available for those over the age of 21.
A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie
It’s an all-new way to experience the holidays at Conner Prairie. Visit the North Pole Village to make a gift with Santa’s elves, zoom down the Polar Bear Plunge dry snow tubing hill, test your skills at the Reindeer Games Midway, meet the Clauses, ride Kringle’s Carousel and more. You can also visit your favorite characters in Prairietown to see how they celebrate the season in 1800s Indiana. Enjoy this all under the bright backdrop of the local-favorite Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights Display.
The Center for the Performing Arts has a holiday show for everyone this season, including Elf the Musical based on the popular movie, Postmodern Jukebox, Carmel Symphony Orchestra IU Health Holiday Pops, Handel’s Messiah and Festival of Carols. Purchase tickets now before the best seats are gone.
Make your list and check it twice. Find gifts for everyone on your list at local shops and boutiques in the Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel City Center, the Historic Noblesville Square, downtown Fishers and beyond. Looking for big-name stores you know and love? Find them at Clay Terrace or Hamilton Town Center. If all that shopping makes you hungry, there are plenty of places to drink and dine nearby.
Ready for adventure? Bundle up and head to Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville (pictured above) for a thrilling winter adventure at Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes. Opening mid-December (weather permitting), guests ride a tow line to the top of the hill before gliding down a groomed tubing hill at top speeds.