Indianapolis Moms Guide to December


December Events in IndianapolisThe holiday season has arrived! We blinked and DECEMBER is here!

Here is our round up of some of the family fun activities and events happening this month in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas! 

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Indianapolis Moms Event – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Bloom A Celebration of Motherhood

Join us for BLOOM: An Event for Mothers. This year’s event will take place on April 26th. Be on the lookout for more information. This year is shaping up to be our best event ever! 

Follow our Facebook page for all the event details and updates!

December 1st – January 1st

Christmas Nights of Lights: Indiana State Fairgrounds

From Indy’s largest synchronized light show! Christmas Nights of Lights is coming to Indianapolis for the 2019 season! Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and begin a new Christmas tradition with us. 

Check here for details and ticket information! 

December (All Month Long)

YMCA (All Locations- Dates vary by location): PARENTS Night Out- 5-10pm

Head to your local YMCA for their KIDS NIGHT OUT EVENT. Parents, this event is perfect to allow yourself a night out on the town and the kids will be having fun too! Program activities include swimming, gym play, arts and crafts, and kid friendly movies. Dinner and snacks provided. Prices and details vary with each YMCA. Call your local YMCA for more details and date information.

YMCA Information

December 1st-December 31st, excluding Mondays. Times Vary.

A Christmas Story: Beef and Boards

Based on the movie classic and set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie plots numerous schemes to receive the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here, together with a versatile score. Rated PG Cost: Tickets start at $45

December 7th

The Children’s Museum: First Thursday Discount Evening: 4-8pm

On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! This is only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets for First Thursday at the Children’s Museum

December 1st-December 25th

Festival of Trees: Indiana State Museum: 10-5pm

Indulge in a winter wonderland of 92 beautifully decorated trees and special programs at the Festival of Trees. There’s something magical happening every day.


Elf on a Shelf – Where is Hoosier Buddy, the History Center’s Elf on the Shelf, today? Check their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages for a clue. Tell the Welcome Center staff you found him for a prize.

Where’s the Weihnachtsgurke? – See if you can spot the 10 pickle ornaments hiding in different trees all over the building.

Holiday Sing-Along – Jump into the holiday spirit in the Cole Porter Room and sing along with traditional carols.


Every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Santa strolls through the History Center from noon to 4 p.m., handing out special treats to children of all ages. He’ll stop for breaks in the Citizens Energy Santa’s Reading Nook at 1 and 3 p.m. for storytime with the little ones. Saturdays also include special crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Trees By Night

The trees are so pretty in the twilight! Experience the holiday enchantment Dec. 16 through 23 when the History Center stays open until 8 p.m.

Special Programs

A Christmas Story Day*
Saturday, Dec. 14 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“You’ll shoot your eye out!” Celebrate the iconic film A Christmas Story with movie trivia, photo ops, decoder puzzles and making your own icicle ornament.

*Included with admission

December 1st-January 20th

Jingle Rails: Eiteljorg Museum

Be one of the first to experience the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a favorite family holiday tradition that is unlike any other. Marvel as model trains wind past miniature landscapes of Indianapolis and the American West. NEW THIS YEAR: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and historic Spanish Colonial missions of the Southwest. Visit the exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

On Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 will be museum open until 8 p.m.

Get tickets HERE.

December 1st-December 30th

Christmas at the Zoo: Indianapolis Zoo

Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to hold a holiday lights event. Year after year, Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union continues to grow. For our 51st year, we’re adding even more lights to fill the Zoo with a warm glow. And the best part is it’s all included with regular admission!

Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, Santa’s Village is one of our newest additions. Here, you’ll discover:

  • Santa’s Study: Free visits with Santa through Dec. 23 with photo packages available for purchase. Please be in line by 9pm to visit Santa.
  • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen: Free visits with Mrs. Claus through Dec. 23 and treat decorating available for purchase. New this year, find different ways to decorate our cookie shapes.
  • Santa’s Barn presented by State Farm: See Santa’s sleigh and a few of his reindeer.
  • The Snowflakery presented by Honda Manufacturing: Wind through the mirror maze that is full of wintery twists and turns!
  • Tunnel of Lights: Have your camera ready to remember the moment you step inside the tunnel and are surrounded in glowing lights!
  • Penguin Encounter: Get up close to these winter-ready birds from 6-8pm (animal and weather dependent).
  • Mistletoe Kisses Gazebo: A picturesque place to find one of 10 hidden mistletoe. Look for more mistletoe hidden throughout the Zoo and submit your answers in the main gift shop to try to win an Animal Art Adventure.
  • Holiday Card Photo Opportunity: Larger than life holiday card for a larger than life family photo moment!

December 1st-January 5th

Winterlights 2019 at Newfields

It’s very merry. It’s really bright. Winterlights returns for a third year, making it an official holiday tradition in Central Indiana. Create even more memories this season with friends and family as you stroll through our spectacular Winter Wonderland, sip apple cider or hot chocolate (spiked options are available for adults) and make s’mores over a fire pit.

Watch lights dance to music on the Lilly House lawn and stop to take photos at the Snowflake Bridge, Frosted Forest and other illuminated displays throughout the grounds. Special glasses will be available that transform every one of the 1.5 million lights into a shimmering snowflake.

Guests can also revisit another beloved Newfields tradition, Deck the Halls at the Lilly House, during Winterlights. Each room in the elegant, historic mansion will feature decorative surprises, including beautiful holiday floral arrangements.

Tickets are now on sale. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets. 

December 1st-December 26th

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Indiana Repertory Theatre

A delightful ensemble of players brings Scrooge, Tiny Tim, four spirits, and all of Victorian London to life on our snow-covered stage for this holiday treasure infused with music and song. In the darkness of winter, we all need the shining light of forgiveness, redemption, and love. Come celebrate the joy of the season and the spirit of giving.

APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission

For ticket information, click HERE

Nickel Plate Express Reindeer Ride: Noblesville

Reindeer Ride operates Nov. 23- Dec. 22 on Saturdays and Sundays

Book your seats for a newly enhanced Christmas adventure in Forest Park, Noblesville.

Where does it board? The excursion boards in Forest Park, Noblesville. (701 Cicero Road, Noblesville). Check in and warm up at the Duke Energy Reindeer Shed, or the big white tent!

How long is the ride? The ride is an hour and fifteen minutes long and travels through Cicero and Arcadia. The train stops briefly at ‘Santa’s Workshop,’ courtesy of Gaylor Electric…the Noblesville-based company also decks the train out in approximately 2,000 Christmas lights! The train will return to Noblesville at the end of the ride. Passengers will not disembark at Santa’s workshop.

What is included in the ride?: The ride includes interactive sing alongs, a story, visit with Santa, a gift from Santa and a cookie.

Can I purchase food and drinks?: Passengers are encouraged to purchase holiday treats, hot chocolate and adult beverages from the blue Treat Truck (located at the boarding platform) before their ride. Food and drinks from the treat truck are allowed on the train. Select adult beverages are available on board as well.

Where do I park? There is ample & free parking available within Forest Park! Find a spot near the white boarding tent and park your car.

What else can I do in Noblesville? Noblesville has dozens of boutiques and restaurants located on the Noblesville square! Visit for dining and family fun options!

Are there restrooms on the train?There are small restrooms on the train in case of emergencies. There are also restrooms located at Forest Park, about a block behind the boarding platform. Look for the white restroom building!

Can adults ride too? Of course! Or, check out our holiday date-night ride, Holiday Cheer(s)! This 21+ only ride features holiday cocktails, Christmas music and snacks. This ride operates at the same time as Reindeer Ride in a separate train car.



Fortville Presents: Winterfest! Kick off the 2019 Holiday Season with us in Fortville on December 7, 2019.

A community and business sponsored event hosted by Fortville Action, Inc., featuring food, drinks, and entertainment including:

Tentative Events Include….

-Main Street Parade
-Main Stage Caroling
-Snowflake Princesses
-Ice Ninjas
-Meet Winter Characters
-Carriage Rides
-Lights on Main
-Santa Appearance
-Family Photo Ops
-Street Vendors
-Town Tree Lighting
-Fire Pits on Main

Fortville welcomes paraders, contestants, performers, vendors, activity hosts, and sponsors to discover our Town. Visitors of all ages welcome! More info, HERE

December 5-8th
TCHAIKOVSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER: Clowes Memorial Hall: Butler
Presented by Butler Ballet

Butler Ballet proudly presents the longest running, fully staged production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in IndianaA holiday family tradition, children and adults will be dazzled and delighted by spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, glorious scenery, and pyrotechnical magic.  The brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s music will be brought to life by the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark.

Ticket info found HERE

December 6th-15th

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience: Indiana State Museum

December 1-31st

Conservatory Crossing 2019: Garfield Park & Conservatory 

Christmas at Garfield

Saturday, December 14, 10 – 1 pm

Free admission during the above times | All Ages

Visit the Conservatory to meet Santa and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show. You can also visit the Arts Center to make holiday-themed crafts and head to the Burrello Family Center where Mrs. Claus will have some tasty treats. All activities are free. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa.

More Information


Train Tales

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 10 & 11, 10 – 11 am

$6 per child | Ages: 2-5 years

Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join us for a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month. In December, we will have Train Tales to enjoy Conservatory Crossing and a Wednesday session is also available. Registration required. Click on the desired session below for registration information.

Tuesday, December 10 – Session                    Wednesday, December 11 – Session


Holiday Family Storytime

Friday, December 20, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

$15 per family or $7 per individual | Ages: All

Join us for a reading of The Polar Express complete with hot chocolate, a craft and a chance to explore Conservatory Crossing. This program is geared towards kids ages 4-8, but all families are welcome. Program fee includes admission to the Conservatory (open until 8pm). Registration required, as space is limited.

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Evenings at Conservatory Crossing

December 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28 Open until 8:00 pm

$4 per person | $10 per family (1-2 adults per family, children under 18)

You’ve seen our Conservatory Crossing display, but have you seen it at night?  It’s a whole other experience! Come see all the lights aglow on the Christmas tree, train display and throughout the Conservatory. Come in and warm up from the cold Indiana winter with the warm glow of holiday lights all around you in our tropical Conservatory. Admission is the same as day time admission.

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Herbal Gifts – Adults

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am

$5 per person paid to instructor upon arrival to class

Central Indiana Herb Society

Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for a holiday craft workshop. Attendees to this popular program will receive snacks, recipes, and handouts in addition to the opportunity to make gifts for family and friends. $5 fee to be paid to program instructor. Registration required.

More Information



Take a look at the following places in the Indianapolis area that will be hosting BREAKFAST WITH SANTA this month. Check out each vendor for ticket, scheduling, and detailed information. 

Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Camp Belzer

Conner Prairie

Tea’s Me

Greenwood Community Center

Indianapolis Zoo

Indiana State Museum

Boys & Girls Club

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis 

University of Indianapolis

Wolfies at Geist 

Stony Creek Fishers

Maple Creek Golf Course

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