Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Where: 10 Center Green Carmel, IN

When: Now through Sunday December 23 | Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Wednesdays 4 – 9 p.m.; Friday/Saturday/Sundays, 12 to 9 p.m.

What:  Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt is an outdoor “village” of traditional German foods and gifts surrounding a holiday ice skating rink. Watch the ice skaters while you explore the authentic German market. Browse through the unique handmade gifts and items.

How Much: FREE



Holly Jolly Jamboree

Where: Cool Creek Nature Center2001 E. 151st Street, Carmel

When: Saturday, December 8th from 2 to 4pm

What:  Hamilton County Parks and Recreation welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a live Reindeer! Silly Safaris will be on hand to present its Indiana Reindeer Reserve program.

How Much: FREE



Carmel Holiday Trolley

Where: Carmel Arts & Design District – E Main St at N Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN 46032

When: Saturday, December 8th from 2-9pm

What:   Shop around the unique, local boutiques and galleries while riding in a trolley.

Hop on or off the trolley at the following locations: 
31 E. Main Street (next to Agave)
Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream (W. Main Street)
Indiana Design Center Parking Lot (200 S. Range Line Road)
Carmel City Center
Carmel Christkindlmarkt & Ice at Center Green

How Much: FREE



Reindeer Ride Express

Where: Nickel Plate Express – 105 E Main Street, Atlanta, IN 46030

When: Saturdays and Sundays from now until 23rd at 4 and 5 pm

What: Make a new holiday tradition aboard the Nickel Plate Express. Celebrate the season on the train with your favorite Christmas carols, festive crafts by Caravan Art Classes and Santa himself! See the entire train lit up in a dazzling lights display made possible by Gaylor Electric during the Bright Night experience. The ride will be an hour and fifteen minutes long, with Santa available before and after the train ride! Make sure to check out Mr. Muffin’s holiday train layout and grab a bite to eat at the Choo Choo Cafe.

How Much: Tickets Here



Christmas at the Zoo

Where: Indianapolis Zoo – 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

When: Now through December 30th 5pm-9pm

What: As the sun sets, the warm glow of twinkling lights fills the Zoo, creating a magical nighttime experience. While taking in the lights, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, sample some delicious holiday treats and enjoy the sounds of choirs singing. Enjoy watching the brown bears, tigers, and Polar Bears out and about.

How Much: Tickets Here


Elf, The Musical

Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre – 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268

When: Now through Dec. 23rd, Dec 27th through 31st times in link

What: Buddy, a young orphan, crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole where he is raised as an elf. But when he grows much taller than the other elves and has a lack of toy making skills, Buddy decides to travel to New York City to discover his true identity.

How Much: Tickets Here