Five Things to Do This Holiday Season in Hamilton County, Indiana


Just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County has plenty of holiday fun for the whole family. Feel the spirit of the season and create new memories with your loved ones with these festivities.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

This authentic German holiday market is back with unique gifts like wooden toys, nutcrackers, music boxes, ornaments, and the collectible boot mug. While you’re shopping, sip a hot mug of Glühwein (mulled wine) or hot cocoa, and come hungry to enjoy a Lebkuchen (German cookie), Raclette (melted cheese sandwich) or Stollen (dried fruit bread). The market also includes the Ice at Center Green skating rink.

A Merry Prairie Holiday

A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie is a unique holiday experience. New for 2021, the William Conner House will feature a magical 3D projection mapping holiday show. Immerse yourself in the story as the house comes to life with the imaginative and heartwarming show. Don’t forget to take a ride on Kringle’s Carousel or zoom down the 150-foot Polar Bear Plunge tubing hill.

Reindeer Ride 

All aboard the Nickel Plate Express for a fun-filled ride! Guests will sing carols, enjoy a cookie and cocoa, and see Santa himself. The train is festively decked out in Christmas lights. 

Magic of Lights

For the first time, Ruoff Music Center will host “Magic of Lights,” a family-friendly drive-through holiday lights display. Nearly a million lights sparkle along the route!

Holiday Concerts

Live music is back, and there are plenty of toe-tapping shows on the calendar. Check out performances of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Elf” at Civic Theatre, or concerts like “Festival of Carols” at the Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts.

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