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Holiday Events Guide

The holiday season is quickly approaching! If you are looking for festive things to do, look no further. Below are several events happening from now until New Year’s Eve that will surely get you in the holiday spirit. Perfect for date night or girls night out!

November 16 – December 30
Lights at the Brickyard
See over three million lights at Indy’s Brickyard! Drive through the two mile stretch and see race cars, trees and fun displays all covered in lights.

November 17 – December 26
A Christmas Carol: Indiana Repertory Theater
Celebrate this classic play of past, present and future with Scrooge and all his “friends.” Presented by the Eli Lilly and Company, this play will surely get you into the giving season and warm your heart.

November 18 – January 6
Winterlights at Newfields
View a million and a half lights as Newfields and The Lily House illuminate for Christmas! Enjoy warm drinks and s’mores as you walk through the gardens and take amazing pictures to make all your friends jealous.

November 23 – December 23
A Very Phoenix Xmas 13: Merry Superstitious
This sketch comedy/cabaret/variety hour show is turning 13! Celebrate with them at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis.

November 23 – December 30
Christmas at the Zoo
See your favorite animals in lights as you walk around the Zoo at night! Visit Santa’s Village, see some of the animals, and take a holiday card picture.

November 23 – January 9
Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
Looking for something to do with the kids? Check our Jolly Days at The Children’s Museum! Visit Santa, slide down a Yule Log Slide, “ice skate” in your socks, explore the ice castle and much more.

November 30 – December 16
Christmas Don’t be Late: BroZone
A midwestern boy band, BroZone, books a gig in California over the holidays but gets snowed in on Christmas Eve. This show will surely have you laughing and wondering how it will end.

November 30-December 23
IPL Yuletide Celebration: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The 33rd installment of the IPL Yuletide Celebration will be brought to life as Broadway’s best singers and dancers perform on stage. Hosted by Jack Everly, Josh Kaufman and Angela Brown, this show will have new editions to the typical lineup, including a performance by Indy’s own dance group Expressenz.

December 5
Ghosts of Christmas Eve: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Returning to Indianapolis for their 20th Anniversary Tour, this show will focus on founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s Ghost of Christmas Eve story about a “runaway who finds her way into an abandoned theater.

December 6
Christmas Together: The Piano Guys
From YouTube to the big stage, The Piano Guys will surely get you into a jolly mood by playing your favorite holiday songs live!

December 6 – 22
A Christmas Carol: Beef & Boards
See Charles Dickens play live surrounded by ghosts, Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Sing along to the classic carols and watch the ultimate Christmas transformation unfold right before your eyes!

December 7
Hip Hop Nutcracker
A fusion of Tchaikovsky’s classic score and hip hop choreography, this mash-up will surely have you dancing in the aisles. All-star dancers, a live DJ and a violinist tell the story of the Nutcracker set in contemporary New York City.

December 7 – 22
Conner Prairie by Candlelight
Experience Christmas Eve in the year 1836 in the heart of Prairietown. Familes of all ages will hear stories from new Indiana settlers, Ullmans who celelbrate Hanukkah, and receive a special visit from Santa!

December 8
12 Chefs of Christmas
This culinary celebration showcases 12 Indy Chefs and 12 Indiana breweries! By purchasing a ticket you will enjoy a sample of each food and brew and hear music from DJ Rusty Redenbacher.

December 8 – 31
Christmas at Garfield Park Conservatory
See the Conservatory decked in it’s Christmas attire of poinsettias, lights and toy villages. You can also visit with Santa, make crafts, listen to a reading of The Polar Express, and more!

December 9
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Watch as the classic tale come to life as a musical on December 9. Hear from all your favorite characters including Clarice, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.

Santa Hustle Indy 5K & Half Marathon
Start your New Year’s Resolution early with Santa Hustle Indy 5K and Half Marathon. Sign up and receive a swag bag full of festive goodies including a Santa hat, beard and metal!

December 10
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Hear his legendary Christmas album come to life as John Legend performs December 10th at The Murat Theatre.

Noel The Musical
Set in modern day London, this musical tells the story of a little girl, Noel, who will be performing in her school’s Christmas play but hides the fact that her mother recently disappeared. See if Noel finds her mother and restores the believe of Christmas again in Noel The Musical.

December 11
Holiday Sounds: Indiana State Museum
Hear from local school and community choirs, bands, soloists and ensembles perform in the Great Hall.

December 12
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular
Listen to your favorite Holiday tunes performed by Santa and his merry helpers!

December 14-16
The Nutcracker Ballet – Indianapolis Ballet
Get swept away as the Indianapolis Ballet performs The Nutcracker.

Norm Lewis: Nutcracker Cool – The Cabaret
Hear Norm Lewis’s take on several holiday classics including “This Christmas” and “Santa Baby.” The Tony award nominee will also be performing songs that have made him very well known on Broadway.

December 24
The Great Russian Nutcracker: Moscow’s Ballet
This performance is unlike the rest as it includes life-size dancing puppets, a 60-foot Christmas tree, amazing costumes, and a large set of Russian nesting dolls. You don’t want to miss The Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet performance at the Murat Theatre on Christmas Eve.

December 31
Family New Year’s Eve – Indiana State Museum
Enjoy face painting, magician acts, as well as activities and music as you ring in the New Year with Indiana State Museum!

Downtown Indy Inc.’s New Year’s Eve
Have you ever wanted to ring in the new year with your friends on Georgia Street? Well now’s your chance! Downtown Indy has an exciting performance lineup, food and drinks and “a unique midnight extravaganza.”

The Indy Masquerade
Ring in the new year in style! Spend the evening partying at Union Station with The Indy Masquerade. Each ticket awards you access to three rooms, Speakeasy Lounge, Grand Hall and DJ HQ, that each have different attractions. Tickets are limited.

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