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Indianapolis December Calendar of Events

Check Out These Indy Area Holiday Events and Activities


The Indianapolis calendar of events for December is packed full of events and activities for Indy area residents of all ages. From shows to museums to elaborately decorated mansions and much more, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays here!

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
Phone: (317) 334-3322
When: Tue-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $13.50, $12.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 2-17, under age 2 free

Take a ride on the Yule Slide, try your hand at ice fishing, visit an ice castle, bake pretend cookies in the Cookie Cafe, check out the world-renowned Steiff collection from the German-based toymaker, attend holiday shows in the Lilly Theater and the planetarium, and, of course, have your picture taken with the jolliest one of all--Santa Claus. (Note: Santa will be available to visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Dec. 23, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 24.)

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

450 West Ohio St., Indianapolis
Phone: (317) 232-1882
Admission: Free for all listed events

  • "Holidays in the Heartland" Exhibit Through Jan. 3, 2009, Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Hoosier holiday traditions as you walk through vignettes of wintery scenes in Indiana, have your photo taken next to the famous leg lamp in a scene from the movie A Christmas Story, vote for your favorite holiday cookie, and mail a letter to Santa.
  • Sixth Annual Holiday Author Fair Sat, Dec. 6, noon-4 p.m. Meet more than 90 Indiana authors of fiction and non-fiction books for both children and adults, plus photographers and illustrators. Get books signed and find the perfect holiday gift for the bookworm on your list.
  • Winterfest 2008 Sat, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Drink hot chocolate, eat cookies, and watch a showing of the movie A Christmas Story at this family-oriented, winter-themed day of activities, crafts, and entertainment. Radio Disney will be on site from noon-2 p.m.

    The Indianapolis Colts' Bleed Blue Blood Drive

    Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis 46225
    Phone: (317) 262-8600
    When: Dec.9, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    What could be more in keeping with the holiday spirit than giving someone a gift of life? All participants who donate will receive a limited edition Gary Brackett Football and photograph. The days events will also include:

  • All day: Free blood pressure screenings from Novartic Pharmaceuticals
  • All day: Periodic opportunities to kick a field goal or throw a pass on the Lucas Oil Stadium field.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Gary Brackett autograph session for donors.
  • 5-7 p.m.: Pictures and autographs with the Colts' mascot, Blue, and the Colts cheerleaders.
  • 5-7 p.m.: Free face painting.

    Celebration Crossing

    Indiana State Museum
    650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis 46204
    Phone: (317) 234-1022
    When: Through Dec.31, Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors $6.50, Children ages 3-12, $4.00

    Throughout this holiday event, the state museum will come alive with a distinctly festive look and feel. Bands and choirs will perform every weekday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and on weekends from 12-3:30 p.m. Visit Santa's Workshop (a.k.a. the museum's gift shop) for a unique selection of gifts and toys, ride the Santa Claus Express train, and participate in craft activities. Adults can reminisce with re-creations of old L.S. Ayres store windows. Santa is available for breakfast and Mrs. Clause for tea on select dates.

    Las Posadas 2008

    Jointly hosted by The Eiteljorg Museum and The Indiana History Center
    When and Where: Sun, Dec. 14. Event begins at the Indiana History Center from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (450 West Ohio St., Indianapolis, Phone: (317) 232-1882), followed by a procession along the Central Canal from 5:30-6:00 p.m., and ends at The Eiteljorg Museum from 6-8 p.m. (500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Phone: (317) 636-9378).
    Admission: Free

    Join the Indiana History Center and The Eiteljorg Museum in this annual celebration of the Latino Christmas tradition, Las Posadas, a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for room at a posada (inn). The event will begin at the history center where you can learn more about the tradition, watch a pastorela (shepherd's play), or see how pinatas are made. Local choirs and musicians will then lead a traditional procession along the canal. At the ending point, the Eiteljorg, you can view exhibits, enjoy pan dulce and poncha, and break pinatas.

    Christmas at Lilly House

    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, 46208
    Phone: (317) 923-1331; 24-hour info line, (317) 920-2660
    When: Tue, Wed, Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun, noon-5 p.m.
    Admission: Free

    Witness the wonder of the elegant, historic Lilly House all decked out for Christmas, 1930s style. The home displays how decorating with evergreens, fruiting plants, lights, and luminaries helped to spread light in a dark era of depression and war.

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