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!
Mingle with fellow Mavens as you sip and shop more than 40 women-owned businesses and makers! Tickets to Indy Maven’s end-of-year marketplace meet-up include light bites and a gift bag for the first 25 attendees. A cash bar will be available. This is a 21+ event. Tickets $20, FREE for Maven members.
Warm up with this annual color-themed group show in the Harrison Gallery and Gallery Annex, featuring works in ranges of orange from deep auburn to bright apricot. Plus the Winter Window Walk, and work by Dee Dee Bernhardt, Tashema Davis, Brian Charles Johnson, and the Plein Air Painters Association. FREE.
A cast of 10 actors and singers recreates a World War I incident in which German and British soldiers on the Western Front laid down their arms briefly on Christmas Eve to bury their dead, exchange gifts, play soccer, and sing carols. A remarkable true story of the camaraderie of the season. $25 and up. Discounts for students and military.
Celebrate ArtMix’s 40 years of transforming the lives of people with disabilities through the creation of art. Explore the gallery, enjoy winter treats and art activities, and do a little holiday shopping. Be there between 4 and 5 p.m. for a cake and beverage toast. FREE.
Find unique creations for everyone on your gift list at the holiday market and explore Stutz artists’ studios. Plus, enjoy a breakdance battle from 31Svn Street Dance Academy, help build a collaborative gingerbread house with Project One Studio, and create your own DIY Ugly Sweater with StitchWorks. FREE.
Rediscover the true meaning of the holiday with Tim Lowry’s spirited retelling of the classic Dickens tale. Lowry has toured this show from coast to coast and has performed the story more times than Dickens himself. In addition to the in-person show, virtual watch-from-home tickets are available. $20.
It's December 1922, and a vaudeville company from Poughkeepsie, New York, is stranded in Indianapolis. Can they pull together an impromptu show featuring magic, song, dance, mime, and feats of amazing skill, in order to get home for the holidays? $20. Discounts available for seniors and students.
Thomas Linger, winner of the American Jazz Pianist Competition in 2017, performs solo and trio as a finalist for the 2023 American Pianists Awards. He has performed at the Village Vanguard, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club, and in many more prestigious venues. $20 and up.
Celebrate family and community at this holiday concert featuring performers from the Asante Prep4Life and Zora’s Daughters programs, Krash Krew Dance Company, the Classic Man Fashion Show, and Warren alum Keisha Ballinger. FREE.
If you know your Runyon, you know the story: Nathan Detroit is looking for cash to set up the biggest craps game in town. He turns to Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky’s got his sights set on a strait-laced missionary named Sarah Brown. $25.
Revel in the magic of live ballet: spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, glorious scenery, and theatrical flash. The brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s music is brought to life by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. $25 and up. Discounts for seniors, students, and youth.
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.
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.
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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