January Guide to Family Events in and around Indianapolis



Winter is in full effect! Here is our January round up of our favorite family events right here in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

January 1 – January 15

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure – Indianapolis – Eiteljorg Museum – 10 a.m.

One of Indianapolis’ most popular family holiday traditions returns. Be one of the first to experience the Eiteljorg’s magical holiday model train exhibit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Journey through a locomotive wonderland as trains wind past icons of Indianapolis and the American West.

Cost: Museum admission    https://www.eiteljorg.org/explore/exhibitions/jingle-rails-the-great-western-adventure

January 1 – April 28

Broad Ripple Winter Market – 5301 N. Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis, IN

We are committed to supporting locally grown & produced foods. The Broad Ripple Winter Market brings Midtown Indianapolis and the greater Indianapolis community the very best and freshest of the season. Join Midtown’s neighborhoods of Broad Ripple, Butler-Tarkington, Mapleton-Fall Creek and Meridian-Kessler in celebrating great food, life and buying local. The market is open to all ages and off street parking is available behind Bent Rail and south of Developer Town. The Bent Rail Brewery offers a full brunch menu, libations, free WiFi and an ATM.


January 1 – January 6

Festival of Trees – Indiana Historical Society – 10 a.m.

The Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) popular Festival of Trees holiday exhibit now includes 80 beautifully themed trees, plus a special 30-foot show-stopper tree that guests will have to see to believe.

Cost: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children, ages 5-17             http://www.indianahistory.org/

January 1 – January 7

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel – 2 p.m.

This classic and legendary play comes to town!

Cost: Ticket prices vary     http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/

January 1 – January 7

Circle of Lights – Indianapolis – Monument Circle

Come see the annual spectacular, highly acclaimed Circle of Lights in downtown Indianapolis.

Cost: Free    http://www.downtownindy.org/happening-downtown/hot/downtown-indy-incs-circle-of-lights/

January 1 – January 7

Chinese Lantern Festival  – Indiana State Fairgrounds – 5:30 p.m.

Produced by Tianyu Arts and Culture, Inc., the Lantern Festival will illuminate the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center with 33 sets of larger-than-life lantern displays and more than 1000 LED light components. Each display is handmade and custom built by dozens of Chinese artisans who travel the world to keep this centuries-old tradition alive. Visitors will explore both the ancient culture of China while learning about the Chinese traditions of today by taking a walking interactive tour of breathtaking displays, including a 100 ft. long Chinese dragon and a 30 ft. tall traditional Chinese arch. The festival also features nightly performances by Chinese acrobats, traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations, and the flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Cost: $15, adult; $12, seniors 65+ and military; $10, child; free, children four and under. Parking is $5.


January 1 – January 7

Celebration Crossing – Indiana State Museum – 10 a.m. 

This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands, bell and vocal choirs and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will entertain visitors in their cozy home through Dec. 24. Early risers may join Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and Santa’s Elves for breakfast and late sleepers may join Santa for supper. Children of all ages may ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and take advantage of a playscape for pre-school and primary elementary aged children in Santa’s Playground.

Cost: Museum admission    https://www.indianamuseum.org/

January 11 – January 14

Harry Potter Film Concert Series; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Hilbert Circle Theatre, Monument Circle – 3 p.m.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce six performances of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, as part of the Global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films.

The tour will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note. Indianapolis audiences will be able to relive the magic of three films in one of the world’s most beloved franchises on a 40-foot high-definition screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable scores.

Cost: $25-$85                      https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/harry-potter

January 11 – January 14

Hearthside Suppers – Conner Prairie – 6 p.m.

Help prepare a delicious meal the 19th-century way in an authentic 1836 kitchen, and then enjoy your meal in the historic William Conner House with family and friends. Hearthside Suppers invite guests to take part in an entertaining evening with our costumed interpreters. Hosted in the historic 1823 William Conner House, you’ll arrive just in time for a light appetizer, then lend a hand with the final preparations of the meal. You might churn butter, grind coffee, prepare the vegetables, or more. Through work, conversation, and play, you’ll learn about 19th-century food and cooking techniques. Then, after receiving instruction in proper etiquette, settle in and enjoy a delicious supper by candlelight, followed by 19th-century parlor games and dessert.

Cost:  $60-$65, adults; $55-$60, youth 10 and up. Reservations required            


January 13

Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! – Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University – 4 p.m.

Shopkins Live! is finally here! The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances! Shopkins Live! immerses audiences in the world of Shopville using custom-designed theatrical costumes, creative onstage characters, state-of-art video and set design, and original pop songs and music!

Cost: $26-$36      https://www1.ticketmaster.com/shopkins-live-shop-it-up-indianapolis-indiana-01-13-2018/event/05005304DE9C8CDF?artistid=2358338&majorcatid=10003&minorcatid=55

January 14

The Voice Auditions – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The next winner of The Voice could be you! The Voice is a four time Emmy Award winning, #1 series on NBC, featuring the nation’s best artists and four of the biggest names in music as coaches. The show is searching for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, Latin, country, blues, indie. Show off your vocal stylings at this open call.


January 17 – January 21

Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream  – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza when beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.

Cost: Ticket prices vary     https://www.disneyonice.com/dare-to-dream?h=1

January 19 – January 28

Indianapolis Home Show – Indiana State Fairgrounds

The Indianapolis Home Show is the nation’s oldest and the Midwest’s largest home-focused extravaganza with more than 900 exhibits. Now in its 95th year, the Indianapolis Home Show offers thousands of products, decorating, construction and remodeling ideas for visitors to gather and compare. Cozy, livable luxury. A modern-day farmhouse — built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Cost: $14, adults; $3, children 6-12; free, children 5 and under                                https://indianapolishomeshow.com/

January 21

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman – The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel – 7 p.m.

Having recently marked the 70th anniversary of its founding, the Royal Philharmonic has cemented its status as Britain’s national orchestra, embracing every strand of music from the core classical repertoire to the work of leading contemporary composers. Celebrated violinist Pinchas Zukerman will serve as soloist and guest conductor at the Palladium as the orchestra presents a program of Mozart, Dvořák and Weber.

Cost: Ticket prices vary     http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=6162

January 27

Indy’s Bacon Fest – Pan American Pavilion, Downtown

Join us for the 4th Annual Indy BaconFest! Dig into bacon & pork inspired dishes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Indianapolis and wash it down with plenty of beer, bourbon & more! This event is 21 and over.

Cost: $20-$55      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indys-baconfest-1-27-2018-tickets-39921867380

January 27 – February 24

Romeo and Juliet – Indiana Repertory Theatre

A timeless and timely tale of young love struggling to survive amid old hatreds. Shakespeare’s most beloved play is as vibrant and lively as ever, speaking boldly across the centuries to the divided world we live in today.

Cost: $25 and up                 http://www.irtlive.com/plays-and-events/2017-2018-season/romeo-and-juliet