It seems like everyone I know is sick with, or currently recovering from, the flu. Flu season is upon us and has hit the Indianapolis area heavily these past few weeks. With so much illness going around, you might want to consider taking extra precautions to ensure that your holiday plans aren't ruined. Check out this Indianapolis Flu Prevention Guide to learn how to prevent the illness and locate flu vaccine clinics in your neighborhood.
Treat yourself to a timeless holiday classic this weekend. Christ Church Cathedral presents its annual holiday performance of George F. Handel's Messiah at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at The Palladium in Carmel, and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, at Christ Church Cathedral, downtown. Go back in time to the early 1750s and hear this masterwork as it was intended to be heard - on period instruments. The authentic instruments are matched by a choral configuration that that very closely matches those used by the composer in his original London performances.
Tickets to the event range in price from $10 - $50. And here's a chance to win a pair of tickets to Friday's performance at the Palladium. In order to win, write a comment below about why you'd love to attend the performance! I'm giving away two pairs of tickets, so enter now!
Update: Congratulations to Kristen and Autumn who both won a pair of tickets! Enjoy the show!
According to a recent ranking by Thrill List, Lucas oil Stadium is very best stadium in the NFL. The website puts Lucas Oil at the top because of its close proximity to restaurants, bars and shopping; its loudness, pretty brick exterior, retractable roof and view of the city. In addition, the article cited the amount of food kiosks (over 350) as a plus, making the Indianapolis Colts games that much more enjoyable! What do you think? Is Lucas Oil Stadium truly the best?
This Saturday, November 23 at 1 p.m., local Half-Price Book stores will observe "Booksgiving". Every child who attends story time will receive a free book to take home. Half-Price Books has donated over 1 millions books this year through its charities and advocates childhood literacy through many of its programs. So, take a break from holiday shopping this Saturday and bring your kids for a fun story and a free book!
It is an Indianapolis tradition and this year, the Circle of Lights Ceremony celebrates its 51 year. Each year during the holiday season, Monument Circle is transformed into a 265 foot Christmas tree. The event draws in over 100,000 spectators. Throughout the holiday season, over a million visitors will see the city's circle.
This year's event takes place the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, 2013. The show will begin at 6 and end at 8. The event will be televised on local television stations. The show includes performances by Sandi Patty and The von Trapp Family singers, both appearing at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration.
The Santa Mailbox is also located on Monument Circle throughout the season. If you're downtown, stop to see the beautiful lights and let your kids drop off a letter for Santa!
The holiday mailbox has returned to Monument Circle. Each year, the mailbox is installed on the Circle, but don't drop off regular letters. This mailbox is special and all letters in this mailbox go directly to Santa. All letters with a return address will receive a reply back from Santa himself! Letters can be sent from now through December 13, 2013. Last year, over 5,000 letters were sent to Santa from the special holiday mailbox. Stamped, self-addressed return envelopes are appreciated.
Keep the magic going while downtown this holiday season and check out Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The exhibit opens November 23, 2013.
It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and with that, comes the big holiday plans. Getting together large family groups can be daunting, but add a huge traditional Thanksgiving meal on top of that and you've got days of work! That's why dining out has become more and more popular over the past few years. Families can get together at a restaurant and spend more time visiting without all the clean up! While it can be difficult to find restaurants that are open on the actual day, there are some that are advertising special Thanksgiving menus. Check out this list of Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day and keep in mind, this list is by no-means all-inclusive. Make reservations early and be prepared for slower service as these restaurants are likely working with smaller staffs.
One of Broadway's most "popular"shows is headed to the Old National Centre this week. Wicked is the smash hit about the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrives. The musical opens November 13, 2013 and runs through December 1, 2013. Tickets range in price from $35 to $153. Be sure to check out the November Calendar of Events for more ideas of fun things to do this month.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping in the quaint town of Pendleton, Indiana. The Christmas in Pendleton festival is this weekend in downtown Pendleton. The event features shopping, parade, pictures with Santa, lighting of the Christmas Tree, Kids Zone, crowning of the Snow Queen, food, friends and yes, even snow. The stores open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and vendor booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We love our pets and this weekend, there's a great opportunity to explore the world of pet ownership. The Great Indy Pet Expo brings together animal lovers of all sorts for the largest pet-trade show in the state. Enjoy family entertainment, shopping, food and more. Your well-behaved and older pets are welcome at the expo. They must be up-to-date on all their shots. Younger pets are discouraged because they often feel overwhelmed at the expo. The Great Indy Pet Expo takes place this weekend, Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 at Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $4 for children (6-12) and free for children 5 and under.