Twas that time of year and all through the city... parks, streets, and museums were all twinkly and pretty. There were Sugar Plum Fairies and carols galore, plus concerts, films, plays, and group shows to explore. Happy Holidays!
Crowd pleasers Luminare return with a new genre-blending holiday music spectacular. Luminare’s debut album, "That Star," showcases their powerful blend of rock, pop, classical, and folk music applied to Christmas classics and originals. $25 and up. Discounts for students and military.
A mysterious book arrives for the holidays with the promise to heal a family…if only they can complete every story by midnight! It’s a campy, genre-switching show filled with magic, music, and drag that speaks truth to the pressures of the holidays. $20. Discounts for seniors, students, and military.
Give one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season and support Indianapolis Art Center students, staff, and faculty, as well as artists in your community. Peruse original works including paintings, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and more. Admission is FREE.
Shop with some of the finest black-owned businesses Indianapolis has to offer. Find gifts for your friends and family while the kids create a custom piece of artwork with their selected free craft. Take family photos with unique balloon sculptures. FREE.
It’s the show you didn’t know you were waiting for, a holiday musical that brings that singular West Wing energy to the North Pole world of high-stakes gift delivery. Will there be fast-paced walk-and-talks? Stirring speeches from the commander in chief? You’d better believe it. $20. Student discount available.
Join the chorus and troll the ancient yuletide carol at this unique theatrical experience that combines the classic songs of the season with history, myth, and humor. There are six one-hour shows each day; make sure you’re in fine voice because audience sing-along is encouraged. $14.95 and up.
Experience all the joy, laughter, and love of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in an abbreviated, one-hour adaptation with no intermission. Perfect for the wiggliest ballet lovers in your family, and a scrumptious way to start the holiday season. $25 and up.
Your favorite chamber orchestra holiday tradition has been reimagined, with highlights from Handel’s Messiah and inspiring Christmas themes by J.S. Bach, Berlioz, Corelli, and Charpentier. Delight in an evening with the ICO joined by professional soloists and chorus. $35. Student discount available.
Hang onto your hats because the enormous sounds of these big bands might just blow them away. Catch the JoySwing Jazz Orchestra on Dec. 6 or the Serenade Jazz Orchestra on Dec. 13. The show on the 20th is sold out, unless you’ve got a connection. You know...in the kitchen. $20 and up.
Hear the Freetown Village Singers carol amid more than a million and a half lights during the sixth season of Newfields’ Winterlights, bringing holiday cheer and celebrating the culture and history of African American lives and culture. Tickets $29, Members $22. Discounts for seniors and youth. Children under 5 FREE.
Wear your ugly sweaters or other themed apparel, and enjoy sipping on complimentary local seasonal beverages, including craft beer, spirits, cocktails, and more. Stroll through the Festival of Trees and campaign to win best—or worst—holiday attire at this 21+ event. Tickets $25, members $20, designated drivers $15.
Get ready for a celebration of joy, love, and, most of all, holiday fun. It’s a family-friendly showcase of song and dance with appearances by the Elves of the North Pole, Tap-Dancing Toy Soldiers, and even Santa himself. $25. Discounts available for youth and groups of 10+.
Refresh your senses at this juried exhibition of contemporary works by nearly 50 early-in-career artists, curated by Flava Fresh! founder D. Del Reverda-Jennings. Plus, explore a solo show of paintings, “Play,” by Bekah Pollard and “Meraki” by Best of Student Show winner Bobbi Gumino. FREE.
Warm up your winter evenings with classic holiday films like “It’s a Wonderful Life” (featuring an ugly sweater contest) or a sing-along version of “White Christmas." And enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate. Click through to see the whole schedule. $12. Youth discounts available.
It’s elementary, dear theater lovers: Sherlock and the holidays are a match made on stage. In this play by Ken Ludwig, Broadway star William Gillette, famous for portraying the Baker Street sleuth, investigates a real-life murder on Christmas Eve. $18. Discounts for seniors, students, and youth.
Experience another holiday comedy from the brilliant mind of composer and creator Ben Asaykwee. Get a dose of Dickens done differently, performed by a lineup of the brightest stars of local musical comedy. It’ll put a smile on the face of even the Scroogiest Scrooge. $25. Discounts available for seniors and students.
Experience Indianapolis Ballet’s iconic interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. Join Clara, Fritz, and all your favorite fantastic characters for a magical outing the whole family will enjoy. This is the full-length, two-hour version with one intermission. $24 and up.
Celebrate the season with baritone Michael Preacely, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Rodnie Bryant & the Puritan Praise Team, Spotlight Choirs from Franklin Community and New Castle high schools, and Santa himself. See it in Indy or in Carmel. $35 and up.
Fill your belly and your heart with this special holiday brunch screening of the Dickens-Muppet mashup. Michael Caine is Scrooge, Gonzo portrays Dickens, and Rizzo the Rat appears as…himself. Brunch and movie tickets sold separately. Brunch $30, Movie $11. Youth discounts available.
The spirit of the season comes alive in holiday pieces sung by our city’s youngest voices. This year’s theme, “Gloria,” is explored through four concerts, with Saturday evening featuring a special candlelight performance. Livestreams and downloads are available for those who can’t be there in person. $14 and up. Kids under 5 FREE.
Make the season magical on the prairie during these holidays with a new set of holiday lights to dazzle and delight you on an all new Winter Wonderland stroll! A new light tunnel will help guide you to the Polar Bear Plunge. Plus Kringle’s Carousel and Selfies with Santa. Tickets $22, Members $11, Under 2 FREE.
The greatest story ever told, and the most majestic music ever conceived. Experience the Messiah of the season, music’s most powerful message of faith, performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra along with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. $25 and up. Student discounts available.
Carol Sprague is determined that this Christmas won't be any different, even if she has to wear a mask while whipping up her famous Holly fudge. But with her daughter’s girlfriend crashing Christmas and protests erupting on her front lawn, the traditional holiday is going to be tough to deliver. $25 and up. Student discount available.
The North Pole’s saddest elf is in for a big surprise. His annual dark poetry reading in the break room of the toy workshop is being transformed into a glitzy, happy, holiday musical, much to his horror. General admission $32. Discounts for students and groups of 10+.
Emmy-nominated singer Frankie Moreno returns to host Yuletide, adding his sparkling piano and vocal talent to the musicians of the ISO. Also featured: the Moipei triplets, Expressenz Dance Center, and a virtuosic solo performance by ISO Concertmaster Kevin Lin. $38 and up. Youth discounts.
Banish your bah humbugs and raise a toast to the season with Scrooge’s visits to the past, the present, and the future. Help keep the holiday season in your heart all year long. Janet Allen directs this Indianapolis holiday tradition in her final season as Artistic Director. $25 and up.
Revel in the holiday magic of the 2022 Carmel Christkindlmarkt: melty Raclette sandwiches, warm Glühwein, sausages, sweets, handmade German gifts, and ice skating on the outdoor rink. It’s a heartwarming Central Indiana tradition. Entrance to the market is FREE.
Take a walk on the wild side of the holiday at the zoo this season. Marvel at some of the best zoo lights in the nation and take a cup of cheer as you enjoy carolers from the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, plus campfires, rides, and of course your favorite animals. $16.25 and up. Discounts for seniors and youth.
See the gardens decked out in their holiday best with red, white, and pink poinsettias, model trains and village, and thousands of twinkling lights. It’s holiday fun for the entire family. Individual $5, Family $12.
Hey, kids, tired of missing all the fun and excitement of New Year’s Eve? Get your parents to take you to this mid-day bash, complete with big-time countdown celebrations at noon and 1:00 p.m. under the museum’s dramatic (and educational) Water Clock. Admission price varies depending on purchase date. FREE for Museum members.
Ride the Snowfall Express through late autumn and winter scenes come alive with charming, whimsical characters, animals, and music, plus annual favorites including visits with Santa, activities in Santa’s Front Yard, the 92-County Tree, Santa’s Holiday Breakfast, and Winter Wonderland Workshops. Museum admission $17. Discounts for seniors, youths, and students.
Bask in the glow of more than 75 elaborately decorated trees representing individuals, families, and organizations from around Indiana. Open evenings on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, and 20 for 21+ Twilight Tuesdays, with bourbon cocktails in the mix. $15. Discounts for seniors and youth.
One and one-half million lights illuminate some new attractions at Winterlights. Experience the “Big Piñata” by Mexico-based art collective Happy Rebels, and “Astraeus” by local artists Owens + Crawley, lighting the way through the woods. Tickets $29, Members $22. Discounts for seniors and youth. Children under 5 FREE.
Great things come in small packages at this annual exhibition featuring more than 500 pieces by 125 local artists, each of them 6"x6"x6" or smaller: paintings, works on paper, fiber art, interactive art, and more, most priced $100 or less. FREE.
Enter a locomotive wonderland at this one-of-a-kind holiday adventure featuring garden-scale model trains that crisscross miniature replicas of famous landmarks around Indianapolis and across the West, with landscapes built from all-natural materials and decorated with holiday lighting. $15. Discounts for seniors and youths available.
These 75 nonprofit arts and culture organizations are supported by the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program administered by Indy Arts Council. More listings will be added as this website grows.
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