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Is There Any Place More Beautiful Than Indy at Christmas?


I may be biased but there may not be a more beautiful Hoosier city at Christmas than Indianapolis

The best part of Indianapolis is not just seeing it from above. Dozens of activities are available during the season that offer fun, beauty and excitement for your family and friends.Watch this video for ideas of how to be part of the festivities this year!

 Butler University dance department's The Nutcracker on stage in Clowes Memorial Hall December 3, 2014.

Butler Ballet Nutcracker

Each holiday season during the first weekend in December, ballet students at Butler University perform the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker at Clowes Hall.

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Jolly Days at The Children’s Museum

As if this locale is not already strewn with fun activities for little ones, The Children’s Museum has holiday-related events just their size!

This world’s largest children’s museum offers a huge slide, indoor ice skating rink for sock skates, ice fishing area, and holiday train, making this an unbeatable family holiday destination.


Downtown Circle of Lights

When temperatures allow, slip outside in the downtown district to view life-size toy soldiers. They are one of many decorations featured at the Circle of Lights on Monument Circle.


Yuletide at the Hilbert Circle Theatre

If the holidays get you down, the upbeat Indianapolis Symphony orchestra performance at the Hilbert Circle Theatre may lift your spirits. Hey, tap dancing Santas would make anyone smile.


Santa at the Indiana State Museum

You can find the Big Man at numerous places around the city, but why not sneak in a little education at the Indiana State Museum while you’re at it?

 When you need adult time, grab a friend and trek around the cultural district of Massachusetts Avenue. It offers a variety of restaurants and holiday shopping opportunities, including stores such as Homespun and Silver in the City.

 Circle of Lights Tree

Plan a visit to what may be the largest Christmas tree lighting in the world. As you gaze at the 4,000+ bulbs, you’ll appreciate the effort made to make the city beautiful!

 Christmas at the Zoo

A holiday visit to the Indianapolis Zoo offers guests the chance to enjoy hot cocoa, caroling, cookie decorating, and both outdoor and indoor exhibits including the award-winning Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Be sure to see Rudolph and other live reindeer!



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Written by : Kayleen Reusser is a lifelong resident of northeast Indiana and loves to write about her home state to excite others about its treasures. She has written 11 children’s books and had stories published in Chicken Soup, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Bluffton News-Banner.