Explore the history of Christmas decorations of America in the 1930s and 1940s at the Lilly House. The beautifully-decorated country house is the perfect backdrop for the trees, wreaths and evergreens we've come to expect with holiday motifs. Visitors will enjoy experiencing the historic feel. The Lilly House is free to tour during regular museum hours.
Where: Lilly House at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
When: Now - January 6, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Saturday,(until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays), plus Sun 12-5 noon - 5 p.m., Sunday; Closed Mondays.
Indy's own Angela Brown and Broadway star Ben Crawford will join Jack Everly for his musical extravaganza. The show's featured acts include 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', 'The Enchanted Toy Shoppe' featuring Cirque de la Symphonie, songs from 'Elf: The Musical', the tap dancing Santas. Tickets range in price from $30 - $55 for adults; $19 - $40 for children.
Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre
When: November 30 - December 23, various performance times
The Indianapolis Zoo comes alive with brilliant lights every evening during Christmas at the Zoo. The animals enjoy the cooler weather and are more lively. The event includes visits with Santa, carolers, animated light shows and a special holiday-themed dolphin show. Holiday train and carousel rides are available at additional cost. The event is free with regular zoo admission. Admission is $15.25 for adults; $10.25 for children and seniors. Children under two are free. Parking is $6.
Where: Indianapolis Zoo
When: Wednesday-Sunday, November 23 - December 30, 5 - 9 p.m.
What kid (or adult) doesn't enjoy a good slide down Children's Museum's Yule Slide? A family holiday tradition, the museum's Jolly Days continues to be a favorite. Visit Santa go ice fishing, ice skate and explore the Snow Castle. Children will even have the opportunity to help Santa's reindeer prepare for Christmas Eve. Jolly Days is included in regular museum admission. Admission for adults is $17.50; tickets for children are $12.50 and senior tickets are $16.50. Children 2 and under are free.
Where: Indianapolis Children's Museum
When: November 23 - January 6, 2012, Tuesday - Sunday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Eiteljorg Museum is currently featuring Jingle Rails, a new holiday tradition. Take a visual journey from Indianapolis to the West in this elevated train display. Featuring eight trains that ride on a series of trestles and seven overhead bridges, the holiday-themed exhibit is sure to delight all ages. Journey with the trains as they wind through Indianapolis by such sights as the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle and Union Station. As the trains leave Indy, they pass through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, the Rocky Mountains and more. Jingle Rails is included in museum general admission. Admission for adults is $10, $9 for senior citizens, children 5-17 and full-time students is $6. Children four and under are free.
Where: Eiteljorg Museum
When: November 3 - January 6, 2012
This warm and witty comedy is set in turn of the 20th century French Guiana. Despite the sweltering heat of the tropics, three paroled convicts use any means necessary to ensure that one hapless family of colonist enjoys the Christmas Holiday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children under 12.
Where: Belfry Theater, 10690 Greenfield Ave, Noblesville
When: November 23 - December 9, 2012
It's a winter wonderland at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Decorated in its holiday best, the conservatory is alive with a brilliant display of poinsettias. Enjoy running model trains, a train village and thousands of twinkling lights. Price is $3 per person or $8 per family.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory
When: November 23 - December 31, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday; 1 - 5 p.m, Sunday.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents a full-length modern version of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The presentation will include both local dance students and dancers of G2. Cost is $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors.
Where: Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis
When: December 7-9: Fri at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., Sun at 3 p.m.
It's the classic rendition of A Christmas Carol as told through music! This musical takes us through a holiday journey with one of literature's most popular misers! Tickets range in price from $22 - $25.
Where: The Studio, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
When: December 7 - 23
If you are looking for something unique this holiday season, this operatic production might be just the ticket. Amahl and the Night Visitors is the story of the Three Kings, who are following the star of Bethlehem. The trio stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the Wise Men's tale of a kingdom "built on love alone," Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. And then a miracle happens. The production is about 50 minutes in length. Tickets range in price from $25 - $50. Special family packs start at just $75.
Where: Basile Opera Center, 250 East 38th Street, Indianapolis
When: December 5 - 16