FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS


Peewinkle's Christmas Puppet Show

12-04-2021

Presented by Arts for Lawrence at Theater at the Fort, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 11:30 am

ONE DAY ONLY. TWO PERFORMANCES This fun-filled, high-spirited, holiday show is a perfect event for the whole family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents, will host this variety show of holiday marionettes, music, and audience participation.

ONE DAY ONLY. TWO PERFORMANCES This fun-filled, high-spirited, holiday show is a perfect event for the whole family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents, will host this variety show of holiday marionettes, music, and audience participation.

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Putting On Ayres: Tales from the Tea Room (ages 15+)

12-05-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 05 @ 3:30 pm

Enjoy a festive dessert buffet including mini pecan ice cream balls, lemon berry mascarpone cake and miniature pastries, plus add a Clown Cone or Snow Princess option, from the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ as museum staff share items from the...

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Enjoy a festive dessert buffet including mini pecan ice cream balls, lemon berry mascarpone cake and miniature pastries, plus add a Clown Cone or Snow Princess option, from the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ as museum staff share items from the collection that are associated with the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. Relax, enjoy tea (and other beverages), and learn about stories and holiday traditions as you experience (and taste!) the history of the Tea Room.

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Jingle & Mingle

12-08-2021

Presented by Indianapolis City Market at Indianapolis City Market, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 08 @ 12:00 pm

The Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St.) is proud to present “Jingle & Mingle” a last minute market with local vendors, artists and entertainment to take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Jingle &...

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The Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St.) is proud to present “Jingle & Mingle” a last minute market with local vendors, artists and entertainment to take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Jingle & Mingle” presented by the Indianapolis City Market is a special holiday event that will feature musical performances, cooking demonstrations and local artists. Businesses will showcase their work and products available for purchase. Many market house merchants will have special presentations and offer daily specials.

This year's only large-scale "City Market presents" holiday engagement event, is a great opportunity to continue to support and inspire merchants who have remained resilient throughout the pandemic and foster deeper relationships between existing and new merchants.

Musical performances by Valerie Phelps and The Phelps Connection, Classical Music Indy and DJ Kyle Long. Music curated by Jared Thompson.

Artists from Reclaiming The Space, an art activation which took place in October 2020 where 17 artists painted the barricades that surround Market Street construction, will be popping up with their art, large and small, with live paintings by Deonna Craig and Alex Kim. Event flyers designed by Kaila Austin, a Reclaiming The Space artist.

Artist activations at Jingle & Mingle made possible by a Cultural Connection Grant, which is part of the #IndyKeepsCreating 2021 Series, a program powered by the City of Indianapolis led by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, administered by Big Car Collaborative.

The Historic Indianapolis City Market has been a great place for small, well known, locally owned businesses to get their start. Check out Just Cookies, His & Hers Boutique, Jack’s Barber Shop just to name a few. Several vendors have breakfast offerings including Mambo’s Cheesesteak Grill which opens at 8:00 a.m.

Just Cookies | His & Hers Boutique | Jack’s Barber Shop | Mambo’s Cheesesteak Grill

Tomlinson Tap Room anchors the City Market’s evening and weekend business, Tuesday through Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Gift certificates are available for purchase directly from the Indianapolis City Market and can be used at a variety of market house eateries, shops and at Tomlinson Tap Room. Consider buying in bulk to treat your staff this holiday season. Email info@indycm.com to order or obtain more information.

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Winter Wonderland Workshop

12-09-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 09 @ 11:00 am

Celebrate winter festivities with this hands-on, STEAM-inspired workshop for your 4- to 6-year-olds! Step into a winter wonderland as kids design and engineer their own inedible cardboard gingerbread homes.

Celebrate winter festivities with this hands-on, STEAM-inspired workshop for your 4- to 6-year-olds! Step into a winter wonderland as kids design and engineer their own inedible cardboard gingerbread homes.

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Christmas OVERLOAD Home Tour

12-11-2021

Presented by Phoenix Theatre at Phoenix Theatre (Tour is in a private home), Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm

The home is located at 3706 North Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
There will be:
-A Home Tour OVERLOADED WITH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!
-Food Trucks
-Warm Drinks For Adults and Kids
-Gifts from various vendors will be available for...

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The home is located at 3706 North Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
There will be:
-A Home Tour OVERLOADED WITH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!
-Food Trucks
-Warm Drinks For Adults and Kids
-Gifts from various vendors will be available for purchase.
-Fine Art Throughout The Home
Masks Required.
Proof of Vaccine Required for Patrons Over Age 12. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. More info here https://www.phoenixtheatre.org/health-safety
Please ​arrive during the time block ​listed on your receipt (either 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm, ​or 5pm-7pm)
Join us for this Christmas Experience to Benefit the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre.

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Holidays Around the World

12-11-2021

Presented by Garfield Park Arts Center at Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am

Join us for holiday-themed arts and crafts, live music, performances, and more, as we celebrate holidays from around the globe. Create crafts that explore these worldwide holidays, and view a variety of performances in this melting pot of a...

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Join us for holiday-themed arts and crafts, live music, performances, and more, as we celebrate holidays from around the globe. Create crafts that explore these worldwide holidays, and view a variety of performances in this melting pot of a holiday event.

Programming provided by Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, Inc. and Arts With A Purpose.
No registration required. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult.

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The Nutcracker

12-12-2021

Presented by Indianapolis Ballet at Old National Centre (Murat Theatre), Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues with the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Join us at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre to experience Indianapolis Ballet’s iconic holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled...

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An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues with the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Join us at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre to experience Indianapolis Ballet’s iconic holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled to bring our audiences joy, laughter, and love through magical storytelling and dancing.

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Snowflake Pajama Party

12-14-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm

Explore our multi-level holiday experience Celebration Crossing, ride out NEW! Snowfall Express train and even get a special photo moment with Santa – all while wearing your PJs during this night filled with wonder. We’ll also have plenty of...

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Explore our multi-level holiday experience Celebration Crossing, ride out NEW! Snowfall Express train and even get a special photo moment with Santa – all while wearing your PJs during this night filled with wonder. We’ll also have plenty of hands-on activities for the holidays.

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Family Art Night | Clay Holiday Trees

12-17-2021

Presented by Garfield Park Arts Center at Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm

Bring your grandpa, daughter, cousin, or best friend to this family oriented art night! We’ll provide the project and materials; you bring the creativity! All ages. Fee covers materials for 1 project.
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Clay Holiday Trees
It's a Winter...

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Bring your grandpa, daughter, cousin, or best friend to this family oriented art night! We’ll provide the project and materials; you bring the creativity! All ages. Fee covers materials for 1 project.
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Clay Holiday Trees
It's a Winter Wonderland in Garfield Park, and fir trees are sprinkled with snow. Bring the whole family into to create your own winter forest of Holiday Trees.
Dec 17 | Fri | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | $10

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Arts for All | Draw Your Neighborhood

12-18-2021

Presented by Garfield Park Arts Center at Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am

Visit our literary arts room for free art activities every Saturday! These easy projects will take a deeper look at the exhibition on display in the Main Gallery. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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What’s your...

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Visit our literary arts room for free art activities every Saturday! These easy projects will take a deeper look at the exhibition on display in the Main Gallery. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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What’s your neighborhood look like? Use our handy guide to help you draw buildings like houses, the post office, a library, a school, and more.

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

12-18-2021

Presented by Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Ar..., Carmel
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 04 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am + 3 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas...

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The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas was first shown as an animated television special in 1965 and has been part of the holiday tradition ever since. The stage adaptation was completed in 2013.

All event attendees ages three and up are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building. Guests ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering the theatre. For more information, visit TheCenterPresents.org/Health.

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Irvin Berlin's White Christmas

12-19-2021

Presented by Main Street Productions at Westfield Playhouse, Westfield
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 09 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 12 @ 2:30 pm Thu, Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 2:30 pm - less dates and times

Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties: his...

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Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties: his quaint country inn is failing. So, what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

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The Nutcracker

12-19-2021

Presented by Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy at Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Zionsville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker – the classic story of a girl and her beloved nutcracker doll that comes to life! You will be transported on an enchanted journey – from a joyous holiday party at The Stahlbaum’s, into...

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Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker – the classic story of a girl and her beloved nutcracker doll that comes to life! You will be transported on an enchanted journey – from a joyous holiday party at The Stahlbaum’s, into an epic midnight battle between mice and toy soldiers, to the Kingdom of Snow, and finally through the Land of Sweets. Along the way you’ll meet iconic characters including Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Godfather Drosselmeyer, the evil Mouse Queen, the beautiful Snow Queen, Mother Ginger and her Gingersnaps, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier!

From the spectacular costumes, to the stunning sets, to the timeless music, this Nutcracker experience will be one you won’t soon forget!

This is a family-friendly production with plenty of pre- and post-show activities to get everyone into the holiday spirit! Children and adults alike will be thrilled to pick out a delicious treat at the Land of Sweets Bake Sale. And finishing your Christmas shopping will be easy as you browse the splendid Nutcracker Boutique! It’s filled with handmade and specially selected items— think Nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes, hand-decorated pointe shoes, ballerina ornaments and more—for the dancer or Nutcracker enthusiast in your family. After the show, dancers will be available for a meet-and-greet in the lobby.

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The Nutcracker Suite

12-19-2021

Presented by Arts for Lawrence at Theater at the Fort, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm

Under the direction of Oybek Tashpulatov & Cristina Pretorius, dancers of various ages will perform a shortened version of "The Nutcracker Suite". Come celebrate the holiday season with this timeless Christmas classic.

Under the direction of Oybek Tashpulatov & Cristina Pretorius, dancers of various ages will perform a shortened version of "The Nutcracker Suite". Come celebrate the holiday season with this timeless Christmas classic.

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Magical Mornings (ages 6 and younger)

12-31-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 10 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 17 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 31 @ 9:00 am

During this early opening hour for families with young children, you can visit Santa, engage in two interactive story times (9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.), and experience our new toddler area and holiday fun in Santa’s Front Yard. This space...

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During this early opening hour for families with young children, you can visit Santa, engage in two interactive story times (9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.), and experience our new toddler area and holiday fun in Santa’s Front Yard. This space features an interactive Reindeer Barn where families can learn more about these amazing wintery animals by feeding and caring for them. In addition to the Front Yard fun, make sure you ride the Snowfall Express!

Magical Mornings feature fewer light shows, limited sounds and small crowd sizes to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for the littlest museum visitor and children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Family New Year’s Eve: Sparkle & Shine

12-31-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm

Start off the 2022 festivities with glittering tattoos, music, a dance party, and more. Strike a pose at one of the photo ops, visit activity stations in the galleries, experience a science show, and make sure to ride the brand-new Snowfall...

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Start off the 2022 festivities with glittering tattoos, music, a dance party, and more. Strike a pose at one of the photo ops, visit activity stations in the galleries, experience a science show, and make sure to ride the brand-new Snowfall Express train. End the night with a balloon drop and confetti celebration at 8 p.m. Be sure to reserve your spot early so you don’t miss out. This is an alcohol-free event.

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Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum

01-17-2022

Presented by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A... at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A..., Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 05 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 06 @ 10:00 am + 40 more dates and times

Tue, Dec 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 08 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 09 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 10 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 13 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 14 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 15 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 23 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 24 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 26 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 27 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 28 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 29 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 30 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 31 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jan 02 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Jan 03 @ 10:00 am Tue, Jan 04 @ 10:00 am Wed, Jan 05 @ 10:00 am Thu, Jan 06 @ 10:00 am Fri, Jan 07 @ 10:00 am Sat, Jan 08 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jan 09 @ 10:00 am Mon, Jan 10 @ 10:00 am Tue, Jan 11 @ 10:00 am Wed, Jan 12 @ 10:00 am Thu, Jan 13 @ 10:00 am Fri, Jan 14 @ 10:00 am Sat, Jan 15 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jan 16 @ 10:00 am Mon, Jan 17 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown...

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Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head 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—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and much more.

NEW scene this year: iconic San Francisco featuring downtown, the San Francisco Hills, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Warf coastline, Pier 39 and more!

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FREE DAY! Martin Luther King Jr. Day

01-17-2022

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Jan 17 @ 10:00 am

Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equity in America. Videos will highlight Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, and activities and performances will explore civil and human rights. Reflect on what...

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Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equity in America. Videos will highlight Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, and activities and performances will explore civil and human rights. Reflect on what you can do to ensure the dream lives on.

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CREATE!

01-29-2022

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 29 @ 10:00 am

Join us as we celebrate all things creative! Shake off the winter blues and celebrate with performances, art making and many other experiences. Enjoy artistic displays, sing and dance along with performers, or try your hand at a new skill.

Join us as we celebrate all things creative! Shake off the winter blues and celebrate with performances, art making and many other experiences. Enjoy artistic displays, sing and dance along with performers, or try your hand at a new skill.

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Peewinkle's Christmas Puppet Show

12-04-2021

Presented by Arts for Lawrence at Theater at the Fort, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 11:30 am

ONE DAY ONLY. TWO PERFORMANCES This fun-filled, high-spirited, holiday show is a perfect event for the whole family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents, will host this variety show of holiday marionettes, music, and audience participation.

ONE DAY ONLY. TWO PERFORMANCES This fun-filled, high-spirited, holiday show is a perfect event for the whole family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents, will host this variety show of holiday marionettes, music, and audience participation.

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Putting On Ayres: Tales from the Tea Room (ages 15+)

12-05-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 05 @ 3:30 pm

Enjoy a festive dessert buffet including mini pecan ice cream balls, lemon berry mascarpone cake and miniature pastries, plus add a Clown Cone or Snow Princess option, from the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ as museum staff share items from the...

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Enjoy a festive dessert buffet including mini pecan ice cream balls, lemon berry mascarpone cake and miniature pastries, plus add a Clown Cone or Snow Princess option, from the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ as museum staff share items from the collection that are associated with the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. Relax, enjoy tea (and other beverages), and learn about stories and holiday traditions as you experience (and taste!) the history of the Tea Room.

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Jingle & Mingle

12-08-2021

Presented by Indianapolis City Market at Indianapolis City Market, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 08 @ 12:00 pm

The Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St.) is proud to present “Jingle & Mingle” a last minute market with local vendors, artists and entertainment to take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Jingle &...

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The Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St.) is proud to present “Jingle & Mingle” a last minute market with local vendors, artists and entertainment to take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Jingle & Mingle” presented by the Indianapolis City Market is a special holiday event that will feature musical performances, cooking demonstrations and local artists. Businesses will showcase their work and products available for purchase. Many market house merchants will have special presentations and offer daily specials.

This year's only large-scale "City Market presents" holiday engagement event, is a great opportunity to continue to support and inspire merchants who have remained resilient throughout the pandemic and foster deeper relationships between existing and new merchants.

Musical performances by Valerie Phelps and The Phelps Connection, Classical Music Indy and DJ Kyle Long. Music curated by Jared Thompson.

Artists from Reclaiming The Space, an art activation which took place in October 2020 where 17 artists painted the barricades that surround Market Street construction, will be popping up with their art, large and small, with live paintings by Deonna Craig and Alex Kim. Event flyers designed by Kaila Austin, a Reclaiming The Space artist.

Artist activations at Jingle & Mingle made possible by a Cultural Connection Grant, which is part of the #IndyKeepsCreating 2021 Series, a program powered by the City of Indianapolis led by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, administered by Big Car Collaborative.

The Historic Indianapolis City Market has been a great place for small, well known, locally owned businesses to get their start. Check out Just Cookies, His & Hers Boutique, Jack’s Barber Shop just to name a few. Several vendors have breakfast offerings including Mambo’s Cheesesteak Grill which opens at 8:00 a.m.

Just Cookies | His & Hers Boutique | Jack’s Barber Shop | Mambo’s Cheesesteak Grill

Tomlinson Tap Room anchors the City Market’s evening and weekend business, Tuesday through Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Gift certificates are available for purchase directly from the Indianapolis City Market and can be used at a variety of market house eateries, shops and at Tomlinson Tap Room. Consider buying in bulk to treat your staff this holiday season. Email info@indycm.com to order or obtain more information.

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Winter Wonderland Workshop

12-09-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 09 @ 11:00 am

Celebrate winter festivities with this hands-on, STEAM-inspired workshop for your 4- to 6-year-olds! Step into a winter wonderland as kids design and engineer their own inedible cardboard gingerbread homes.

Celebrate winter festivities with this hands-on, STEAM-inspired workshop for your 4- to 6-year-olds! Step into a winter wonderland as kids design and engineer their own inedible cardboard gingerbread homes.

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Christmas OVERLOAD Home Tour

12-11-2021

Presented by Phoenix Theatre at Phoenix Theatre (Tour is in a private home), Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm

The home is located at 3706 North Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
There will be:
-A Home Tour OVERLOADED WITH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!
-Food Trucks
-Warm Drinks For Adults and Kids
-Gifts from various vendors will be available for...

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The home is located at 3706 North Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
There will be:
-A Home Tour OVERLOADED WITH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!
-Food Trucks
-Warm Drinks For Adults and Kids
-Gifts from various vendors will be available for purchase.
-Fine Art Throughout The Home
Masks Required.
Proof of Vaccine Required for Patrons Over Age 12. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. More info here https://www.phoenixtheatre.org/health-safety
Please ​arrive during the time block ​listed on your receipt (either 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm, ​or 5pm-7pm)
Join us for this Christmas Experience to Benefit the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre.

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Holidays Around the World

12-11-2021

Presented by Garfield Park Arts Center at Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am

Join us for holiday-themed arts and crafts, live music, performances, and more, as we celebrate holidays from around the globe. Create crafts that explore these worldwide holidays, and view a variety of performances in this melting pot of a...

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Join us for holiday-themed arts and crafts, live music, performances, and more, as we celebrate holidays from around the globe. Create crafts that explore these worldwide holidays, and view a variety of performances in this melting pot of a holiday event.

Programming provided by Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, Inc. and Arts With A Purpose.
No registration required. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult.

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The Nutcracker

12-12-2021

Presented by Indianapolis Ballet at Old National Centre (Murat Theatre), Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues with the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Join us at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre to experience Indianapolis Ballet’s iconic holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled...

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An Indianapolis holiday season tradition continues with the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Join us at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre to experience Indianapolis Ballet’s iconic holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Indianapolis Ballet is thrilled to bring our audiences joy, laughter, and love through magical storytelling and dancing.

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Snowflake Pajama Party

12-14-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm

Explore our multi-level holiday experience Celebration Crossing, ride out NEW! Snowfall Express train and even get a special photo moment with Santa – all while wearing your PJs during this night filled with wonder. We’ll also have plenty of...

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Explore our multi-level holiday experience Celebration Crossing, ride out NEW! Snowfall Express train and even get a special photo moment with Santa – all while wearing your PJs during this night filled with wonder. We’ll also have plenty of hands-on activities for the holidays.

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Family Art Night | Clay Holiday Trees

12-17-2021

Presented by Garfield Park Arts Center at Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm

Bring your grandpa, daughter, cousin, or best friend to this family oriented art night! We’ll provide the project and materials; you bring the creativity! All ages. Fee covers materials for 1 project.
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Clay Holiday Trees
It's a Winter...

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Bring your grandpa, daughter, cousin, or best friend to this family oriented art night! We’ll provide the project and materials; you bring the creativity! All ages. Fee covers materials for 1 project.
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Clay Holiday Trees
It's a Winter Wonderland in Garfield Park, and fir trees are sprinkled with snow. Bring the whole family into to create your own winter forest of Holiday Trees.
Dec 17 | Fri | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | $10

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Arts for All | Draw Your Neighborhood

12-18-2021

Presented by Garfield Park Arts Center at Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am

Visit our literary arts room for free art activities every Saturday! These easy projects will take a deeper look at the exhibition on display in the Main Gallery. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Visit our literary arts room for free art activities every Saturday! These easy projects will take a deeper look at the exhibition on display in the Main Gallery. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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What’s your neighborhood look like? Use our handy guide to help you draw buildings like houses, the post office, a library, a school, and more.

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

12-18-2021

Presented by Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Ar..., Carmel
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 04 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am + 3 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas...

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The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas was first shown as an animated television special in 1965 and has been part of the holiday tradition ever since. The stage adaptation was completed in 2013.

All event attendees ages three and up are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building. Guests ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering the theatre. For more information, visit TheCenterPresents.org/Health.

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Irvin Berlin's White Christmas

12-19-2021

Presented by Main Street Productions at Westfield Playhouse, Westfield
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 09 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm + 5 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 12 @ 2:30 pm Thu, Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm Fri, Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 2:30 pm - less dates and times

Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties: his...

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Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties: his quaint country inn is failing. So, what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

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The Nutcracker

12-19-2021

Presented by Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy at Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Zionsville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm - less dates and times

Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker – the classic story of a girl and her beloved nutcracker doll that comes to life! You will be transported on an enchanted journey – from a joyous holiday party at The Stahlbaum’s, into...

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Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker – the classic story of a girl and her beloved nutcracker doll that comes to life! You will be transported on an enchanted journey – from a joyous holiday party at The Stahlbaum’s, into an epic midnight battle between mice and toy soldiers, to the Kingdom of Snow, and finally through the Land of Sweets. Along the way you’ll meet iconic characters including Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Godfather Drosselmeyer, the evil Mouse Queen, the beautiful Snow Queen, Mother Ginger and her Gingersnaps, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier!

From the spectacular costumes, to the stunning sets, to the timeless music, this Nutcracker experience will be one you won’t soon forget!

This is a family-friendly production with plenty of pre- and post-show activities to get everyone into the holiday spirit! Children and adults alike will be thrilled to pick out a delicious treat at the Land of Sweets Bake Sale. And finishing your Christmas shopping will be easy as you browse the splendid Nutcracker Boutique! It’s filled with handmade and specially selected items— think Nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes, hand-decorated pointe shoes, ballerina ornaments and more—for the dancer or Nutcracker enthusiast in your family. After the show, dancers will be available for a meet-and-greet in the lobby.

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The Nutcracker Suite

12-19-2021

Presented by Arts for Lawrence at Theater at the Fort, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm

Under the direction of Oybek Tashpulatov & Cristina Pretorius, dancers of various ages will perform a shortened version of "The Nutcracker Suite". Come celebrate the holiday season with this timeless Christmas classic.

Under the direction of Oybek Tashpulatov & Cristina Pretorius, dancers of various ages will perform a shortened version of "The Nutcracker Suite". Come celebrate the holiday season with this timeless Christmas classic.

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Magical Mornings (ages 6 and younger)

12-31-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 10 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 17 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 31 @ 9:00 am

During this early opening hour for families with young children, you can visit Santa, engage in two interactive story times (9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.), and experience our new toddler area and holiday fun in Santa’s Front Yard. This space...

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During this early opening hour for families with young children, you can visit Santa, engage in two interactive story times (9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.), and experience our new toddler area and holiday fun in Santa’s Front Yard. This space features an interactive Reindeer Barn where families can learn more about these amazing wintery animals by feeding and caring for them. In addition to the Front Yard fun, make sure you ride the Snowfall Express!

Magical Mornings feature fewer light shows, limited sounds and small crowd sizes to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for the littlest museum visitor and children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Family New Year’s Eve: Sparkle & Shine

12-31-2021

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm

Start off the 2022 festivities with glittering tattoos, music, a dance party, and more. Strike a pose at one of the photo ops, visit activity stations in the galleries, experience a science show, and make sure to ride the brand-new Snowfall...

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Start off the 2022 festivities with glittering tattoos, music, a dance party, and more. Strike a pose at one of the photo ops, visit activity stations in the galleries, experience a science show, and make sure to ride the brand-new Snowfall Express train. End the night with a balloon drop and confetti celebration at 8 p.m. Be sure to reserve your spot early so you don’t miss out. This is an alcohol-free event.

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Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum

01-17-2022

Presented by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A... at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western A..., Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 05 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 06 @ 10:00 am + 40 more dates and times

Tue, Dec 07 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 08 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 09 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 10 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 13 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 14 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 15 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 23 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 24 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 26 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Dec 27 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 28 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 29 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 30 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 31 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jan 02 @ 12:00 pm Mon, Jan 03 @ 10:00 am Tue, Jan 04 @ 10:00 am Wed, Jan 05 @ 10:00 am Thu, Jan 06 @ 10:00 am Fri, Jan 07 @ 10:00 am Sat, Jan 08 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jan 09 @ 10:00 am Mon, Jan 10 @ 10:00 am Tue, Jan 11 @ 10:00 am Wed, Jan 12 @ 10:00 am Thu, Jan 13 @ 10:00 am Fri, Jan 14 @ 10:00 am Sat, Jan 15 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jan 16 @ 10:00 am Mon, Jan 17 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown...

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Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head 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—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and much more.

NEW scene this year: iconic San Francisco featuring downtown, the San Francisco Hills, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Warf coastline, Pier 39 and more!

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FREE DAY! Martin Luther King Jr. Day

01-17-2022

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Jan 17 @ 10:00 am

Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equity in America. Videos will highlight Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, and activities and performances will explore civil and human rights. Reflect on what...

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Celebrate Dr. King’s dream and explore the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equity in America. Videos will highlight Dr. King’s most iconic speeches, and activities and performances will explore civil and human rights. Reflect on what you can do to ensure the dream lives on.

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CREATE!

01-29-2022

Presented by Indiana State Museum at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 29 @ 10:00 am

Join us as we celebrate all things creative! Shake off the winter blues and celebrate with performances, art making and many other experiences. Enjoy artistic displays, sing and dance along with performers, or try your hand at a new skill.

Join us as we celebrate all things creative! Shake off the winter blues and celebrate with performances, art making and many other experiences. Enjoy artistic displays, sing and dance along with performers, or try your hand at a new skill.

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