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5 Best Christmas Events in Indianapolis

best christmas events in indianapolis

With Thanksgiving all but a distant memory, Indianans can finally set their sights on the Christmas season. Christmas is a big deal in the middle, and it always has been. Not only is Indiana the setting for the greatest Christmas movie ever made – A Christmas Story – it continues to uphold longstanding holiday traditions, as well as usher in new ones every year. This year is no exception.


A mixture of old classics and new favorites – Indianapolis has Christmas events that will inspire awe and wonder in all.  Central Indiana’s HVAC leader for over 30 years, Action Air has built a reputation for providing stellar service at a fair and honest price. Today, we’re going to countdown the 5 most spectacular Christmas events in Indianapolis.


  1. Festival of Trees.

What better way to kick the season off right than with 80 glittering and twinkling Christmas trees? The Festival of Trees features old Christmas favorites like the Sugarplum Fairy and Santa’s Sleigh as well as new Christmas charms like the Champagne Bottle tree. There’s even a Christmas tree based on the award-winning Netflix show Stranger Things. In addition to the forest of brightly lit Christmas trees, there is also an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt and the Weihnachtzgurke – where the whole family can get their pickle hunt on. The Festival of Trees runs from December 3 to January 5.

450 W. Ohio St., Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Phone: 317-232-1882


  1. A Christmas Story Day!

I don’t know about you, but we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the Saturday before Christmas than spending the day celebrating the iconic Indiana film – A Christmas Story. Look forward to a morning and afternoon of answering trivia, taking photos, and eating Chinese take-out related to the film. They’ll also be a decoding challenge while you try and not shoot your eye out. To get you in the mood, we’ll kick things off with A Christmas Story trivia question of our own. In the 1983 film A Christmas Story, what did the Parkers eat for Christmas dinner? If you said turkey, you’re wrong. It was duck! A Christmas Story Day is December 22, 10 AM – 4 PM 450 W. Ohio St., Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Phone: 317-232-1882


  1. Winterlights.

With an astounding 1.5 million lights, Winterlights promises to warm the heart of any Christmas Scrooge. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and some tasty s’mores as you walk with friends and family on the brightly lit Lilly House Lawn. This year is promised to be bigger and better than last year’s show – which seems next to impossible. Tickets are available online (discounted) or at the door. November 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019.


  1. Christmas at the Zoo.

A stunning nighttime experience, this historic Christmas event is a favorite of Hoosiers everywhere. For 50 years now, Christmas at the Zoo has given countless kids and families a show they’ll never forget. The Indianapolis Zoo was America’s first zoo to have a lighting display, and this event just keeps getting better and better every year. See the Zoo as you’ve never seen it before – a winter wonderland full of merriment and memories for the whole family. Indianapolis Zoo located in White River State Park 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. Phone: 317-630-2001

  1. Jungle Rails – The Great Western Adventure.

ALL ABOARD! This exciting event promises to awaken the child and wonder in us all. An Indianapolis family tradition, The Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure takes you on a trip down the rails of history. Visit downtown treasures like the Hilbert Circle Theater, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Stadium – where you can hear Bob Lamey call a Colt’s game before you head deeper into the storied American West. This is one event not to be missed.

Jingle Rails runs December 3 to January 21. 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Phone: 317-636-9378


We at Action Air hope you find these events as charming as we do. We take pride in our city and state, and we enjoy being known as Central Indiana’s most trusted HVAC company. So, if you want to ensure your heating and air system is in peak condition, regular maintenance checkups with Action Air is the way to go. Call our experts at (317) 585-8981, or email us at info@actionairfishers.com to schedule an appointment today! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a warm night!