Indianapolis & Surrounding Areas

It's the unique, "only-in-Indy" experiences that makes the capitol city a must-visit destination any time of the year. Go swing dancing in Fountain Square, watch a movie at the IMAX, visit White River Gardens, take the City Market Catacombs tour, enjoy St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail, view the city from the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and more.

During the holidays

  • Lights at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    • If you’ve ever dreamed of driving your car across the yard of bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this holiday season gives you just the right excuse to do so. Lights at the Brickyard is back with more than 2.5 million bright lights and 400 shining displays spread along a 2 mile stretch through the IMS infield and a portion of the oval course – truly a bucketlist experience.
  • Circle of Lights, Monument Circle
    • More than 100,000 people will gather on Monument Circle the Friday after Thanksgiving to celebrate the lighting of nearly 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands streaming from Indy’s beloved 242-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument –known as one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the nation.
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    Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

    • The Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the US to hold a holiday lights event, and since then, Christmas at the Zoo has become a fan-favorite for both Indy residents and visitors alike. Sip on a hot beverage as you stroll around to see then lights then check out some of the zoo’s indoor animal exhibits or listen to the carolers around the campfire. Extended hours and a new, enchanting Santa’s Village awaits you! Special activities include decorating Christmas cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, visiting with Santa, and even visit with Santa’s reindeer in the barn! Nov 24-26, Nov 29 – Dec 3, Dec 6-10, Dec 13-23, Dec 26-30 / 5-9 p.m.
  • Winterlights at Newfields
    • For the first time in its storied history, The Indianapolis Museum of Art has named their campus, Newfields, a place for art and nature. The transformation of The Garden was designed by Tres Fromme who also designed world-renowned Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and the holiday illuminations for Atlanta Botanical Garden and Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. The gardens will be completely blanketed in lights, as the campus will both shine and entertain through a synchronized light show, hovering Christmas trees, larger than life sculptures, warm cocktails, snacks and soft sounds.
  • Other Indy holiday attractions to highlight include Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum and the kid-friendly Jolly Days at the world’s largest children’s museum, where Santa kicks off the holiday season with his annual arrival via an IndyCar.