The 2016 Indianapolis Santa Guide | Where to Find Santa Claus in Indy

The 2016 Indianapolis Santa Guide | Where to Find Santa Claus in Indy

santa guide where to get santa claus photos kids pictures holiday indy indianapolis indianaNo matter your schedule or what part of town you’re visiting, there is sure to be a Santa available to visit. There are even Caring Santas especially for kids on the autism spectrum or with similar special needs. Check out our list and let us know if we missed your favorite Santa.

Places to Get Your Picture Taken with Santa

Castleton Mall
11/5 – 12/24
Optional reservations can be made here.

Greenwood Park Mall
11/5 – 12/24
Optional reservations can be made here.

Hamilton Town Center Breakfast with Santa at Children's Museum
11/18 – 12/24

Keystone at the Crossing Mall
11/19 – 12/24
Optional reservations can be made here.

Clay Terrace
11/20 – 12/24

Earth Explorer Toys
11/25 – 11/26 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
11/25 – 12/24

Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum
11/25 – 1/1/17

Christmas at the Zoo Nov. 25-27, 30; Dec. 1-4, 7-11, 14-23, 26-30 • Festivities from 5-9 pm Indianapolis Zoo opens at Noon.

Winterland Holiday Light Show
11/25 – 12/30 Ellis Park, Danville
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays visitors can stop at the Train Station inside the park and get photos taken with Santa.

Shireman Homestead’s Holiday at the Farm
Every weekend from 11/26-12/18, 5-7 pm

Scoops & Treasures Holiday Gift Open House
12/3 Scoops & Treasures has gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list and beautiful holiday home decor at their Holiday Gift Open House! Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive at noon. Be sure to bring your camera. Food available!

Special Opportunities to See Santa

santa 11/19 Carmel Holiday on the Square
Carmel Civic Square 3:30-6:30 pm
Holiday on the Square includes the holiday lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, live reindeer and other animals to pet, holiday entertainment, children’s activities and the Holiday Farmers’ Market. This year, visitors will also be able to help fill Santa’s sleigh with donated items that will go to the Carmel Fire Department’s Community Assistance Program.

11/19 Clay Terrace Annual Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Join Clay Terrace as we welcome Santa home for the Holidays! Come get your picture taken with Santa and visit with his reindeer! Enjoy Carriage rides, face painting, a balloon artist, Carolers, work on your wish list for Santa and Much more!

11/19 and 11/26 Christmas at the Orchard
Beasleys Orchard in Danville 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Take a step back in time as you walk into the nostalgic 150-year old Civil War-era barn where you’ll find jolly old Santa sitting in his antique one-horse sleigh. Not to mention all of the fun and festivities also offered at the event. A variety of artisans and vendors will be available in an adjacent heated tent, where kids can also enjoy festive face painting.

11/19 Greenwood-A-Glow
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Greenwood Public Library
Each year Greenwood-A-Glow celebrates the Holiday season. The event begins at the Greenwood Public Library with crafts, shows, food and Santa Claus. Later in the night the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Greenwood City Center will take place.

11/19 Hamilton Town Center Holiday Festival                                                                             The Holiday Festival will include Santa’s Arrival to Hamilton Town Center and the Annual Tree Lighting presented by L&M Gardens.

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11/20 and 12/4 Caring SantaSEE OUR FULL LISTING HERE
With this program, select Simon malls across the country host Santa visits outside regular mall hours for special needs kids. Click here to register for one near you.

11/25 Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights                                                                               Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. After Circle of Lights, make your way to Carson’s Department Store to take a free “Selfie with Santa” from 8 – 10 p.m.

11/25 Light Up Danville: Christmas on the Square
Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FREE evening filled with holiday cheer visiting the Courthouse Square to enjoy the Live Nativity, trackless train, strolling Christmas characters, carolers and the lighting of the Christmas Tree and canopy of lights by Santa has become a family tradition!

11/26 Christmas at the Seiberling
After the lighting ceremony, tour the beautifully-decorated, Victorian splendor of the remarkable Seiberling. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride*, take a photo of the kids or grandkids with Santa Claus, and enjoy cookies and wassail.

11/26 Christmas in the Village
Festivities begin at 12:00 pm. Immediately after the 5:00 pm parade, families can enjoy photos with Santa and photos with live reindeer.

11/26 Festival of Lights
Jimmy Nash Park 5:00 pm – 10 pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at the Nash Family Pavilion with music and time for everyone to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

11/26 Jolly Holly Day
Bring the whole family and meet St. Nick, enjoy cookies and cocoa while you browse our winter wonderland and get ideas for your holiday home!

11/28 Santa’s Arrival
Indianapolis International Airport
11:00-2:00
As part of Santa’s travels around the world, he’s making a special stop at the Indianapolis International Airport. Activities include a photo with Santa, face painting, balloon artistry, glitter tattoos, magician, holiday decorations, music and more.

11/30 McCordsville Christmas Tree Lighting
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm There will be singing, crafts, treats, the lighting of our big tree and the arrival of Santa.

12/2 Indiana Rail Road Santa Train
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Kids of all ages are invited to climb aboard and visit St. Nick on his very own express train! The Santa Train will be in Morgantown on Friday, December 2nd, arriving on the tracks behind the Morgantown Fire Department at 6:30 pm. The line to see Santa (and his friends) will close at 7:30 pm. The Fire Station will be open and refreshments will be available.

12/3 Broad Ripple Lights Up!
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Broad Ripple Village and Firehouse
Broad Ripple Lights Up! features a Kids Wonderland activity village, live entertainment, Indianapolis’ only twilight parade, pictures with Santa and a holiday light display lighting ceremony at the fire house.

12/3 Christmas Under the Stars
Brownsburg Town Hall
At the conclusion of the annual night-time parade, which begins at 6 p.m. on Main Street, Santa will be available for pictures inside Town Hall.

12/3 Discover Downtown Franklin Holiday Lighting 
9:00 am – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Franklin will host a day of holiday fun including live reindeer, a visit with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus a lighted parade and much more.

12/3 Lights on Main Fortville Winter Festival                                                                               Festivities begin at noon. Event includes story telling, music, Santa, parade and lighting ceremony.

12/3 Santa Meet and Greet, Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade
Join us at 4:00 pm in the lobby of Anderson’s City Hall to meet with Santa and snap a few photos, then head to the tree lighting and parade.

12/3 and 12/10 Santa Visit
Johnson County Museum of History
Come get your picture taken with Santa! Pictures are free of charge and limited to one per family.

12/3 Westfield in Lights
Main Street Programming Center
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
This special event includes free pictures with Santa at the Parks Programming Facility (330 E. Main St.), horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, a live nativity at Hadley Park, a gingerbread house display, annual Tree Lighting, and more!

12/4 Santa Claus Open House
Downtown Noblesville Courthouse Square
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come visit Santa Claus at his house on the courthouse square in downtown Noblesville and tell him what you’d like for Christmas! This is a free event and parents are welcome to bring a camera and take photos at no charge.

12/6 and 12/7 Fishers Parks Pictures with Santa
Fishers City Hall
6:00-7:30
Stop by City Hall for a free picture with Santa. Light refreshments will be served and live reindeer will be onsite for the children to enjoy.

12/9 Creekside Holiday Open House
Creekside Conference Center 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ride the Nashville Express Holiday Train, visit with and have your picture taken with Santa and the Grinch, decorate cookies, have s’mores around the fire pits, and enjoy some tasty refreshments! Creekside Retreat has partnered with Brown County Weekend Backpacks program and Brown County Schools to collect food donations at the event. No child deserves to go to bed hungry and everyone can help by donating and having a fun evening.

12/9 Christmas Fun Fair
Crafts, coloring, games, cookie decorating, music, snacks, and an appearance by Santa & Mrs. Claus!

12/10 New Castle Holy Trinity Lutheran’s Christmas Bazaar
Santa will be on site to take pictures with the children who attend this festive event. Photos will be shared via email and social media (upon request) or will be available for purchase for $5 at the bazaar (all of the proceeds will be used for outreach programs for the community).

12/10 and 12/11 Christmas on the Farm
Trader’s Point Creamerybreakfast with santa in indy indianapolis indiana grinch dinner lunch cookies conner prairie museum Three time slots to choose from between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. $12.50 per person
Come see Santa and his reindeer, get a sleigh hayride, listen to music and caroling, and participate in crafts for kids. Yummy old fashioned fare is served, as well!

12/10 Christmas at Garfield
Garfield Park Conservatory
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
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 toys with Santa’s elves and head to the Burrello Family Center for more festive fun. All activities are free. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa.

12/10 Visit From Santa and Mrs. Claus
Noblesville Barnes and Noble at 12:30 pm
Join us as we sing some kids’ Christmas songs and chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This visit is part of the itty bitty library book fair. This event is free and open to the public. Please call Margi at (317) 773-7952 with any questions.

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