24 FREE Days of Christmas in Indy | An Advent Calendar of Free Indianapolis Family Fun

24 FREE Days of Christmas in Indy | An Advent Calendar of Free Indianapolis Family Fun

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December 1

NutcrackerThe Indiana Ballet Conservatory is hosting a special performance of Storytime and Ballet at the Nora Branch Library. This event runs from 10:30 to 11:30 AM and is geared toward the preschool bunch, ages 3 to 5.

December 2
Enjoy a spirited reading of  ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, yummy cookies and milk, holiday carols and make a craft to take home! No registration required. 7pm at the Fishers Library.

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Drop off a letter for Santa at the Santa mailbox closest to you! Email accepted too. Santa will respond before Christmas!

December 4
Check out a live nativity scene. Walk through the biblical story of Christmas with costumed characters, beautiful scenery and live animals. Nibble on some cookies afterwards. If you can’t make it to this live nativity play, there are others.

Live Nativity Plays and Scenes in IndianapolisDecember 5
Discover Downtown Franklin’s 2015 Holiday Lighting9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.. A day of holiday fun including live reindeer, a visit with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus a lighted parade and much more. Click here for a complete schedule.

December 6
Attend a community Hanukah celebration or Menorah Lighting

December 7
The Martinsville Candy Kitchen is in full swing, producing the yummiest candy canes made right in front of your nose! Watch as the candy is poured, flavored, colored, pulled and formed into itty candy canes. Call ahead to check on pour times.

Reynolds Farm Equipment might be home to the most popular holiday light display in all of central Indiana. Drive through, see the handmade light displays and elements. On special nights Santa will be there and donations for charity will be collected.

December 9
Stop in to the Fishers Town Hall, 6:00-7:30 for a free picture with Santa. Light refreshments will be served and live reindeer will be onsite for the children to enjoy.

December 10
Silly Safari Reindeer Reserve Family Program Johnson Co. Public Library – Clark Pleasant Branch Thursday, December 10th 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Join us for Silly Safaris’ Reindeer Reserve starring one of Santa’s elves with a LIVE REINDEER and other animals from the North Pole! Please register ahead of time!

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Rowdie Claus is a special holiday event from the Indianapolis Indians’ own Rowdie! Get a free photo with Rowdie Claus. Rowdie will also have art projects and crafts for kids from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m inside Victory Field suite level. Enjoy festive food and drinks with Rowdie Claus. Please bring a canned food donation if you are able.

Christmas at Garfield takes place from 10am – 1pm and is free. Visit the Conservatory to meet Santa (bring your camera for photos) and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train conservatory crossing at garfield park indianapolis with kidsand 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.

December 13

December 14
Pick up a Ginger Bread Scavenger Hunt clue sheet at Auntie Em’s Custard and make your way along the Gingerbread trail to discover hand decorated gingerbread houses in the merchant windows. Earn a prize when you find them all. Get inspiration for your own creations and enjoy the creativity of others. The scavenger hunt takes place through December 23rd.

December 15
Visit the “North Pole” at the Noblesville Library where you can visit reindeer and other animals from the North Pole! Participate in crafts and other activities, as well, at this free event, 6:30pm – 8pm.

December 16
The Holiday Concert Series at Garfield Park Arts Center is a 90 minute performance that is open to all ages. This concert will Christmas music and holiday stories.

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The IMA Winter Solstice Celebration is 5:30-9 pm and features musical performances to a fifty foot “Christmas Tree” and includes FREE admission to the Museum and Gardens all day.

December 18
Georgia Street comes to life for City Sidewalks on December 18th & 19th. Georgia Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Santa, holiday shopping, a live Nativity, kid’s activities, fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale, a basketball free throw game/contest and more!

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See the most impressive view of Indianapolis’ downtown and the Circle of Lights Christmas Tree on Monument Circle. The Observation Deck of the City County Building is only open two more nights this year.

December 20
A Christmas story time takes place in front of the fireplace at Cabela’s every Saturday at 10am and 2pm and Sundays at 2pm. Families are also invited to take their own photos with Santa.

December 21
Hop in the car and check out all of the fabulous residential light displays. Here’s where we’ll have our updated map and driving tour directions to help you find the best light displays near your home!

December 22
Make a wintry ornament, drink hot chocolate, and watch The Polar Express at the Pike Branch Library at 10:30am.

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Weather permitting, check on the status of the GIANT ICE TREE or go sledding!

December 24
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Monument Circle. Take a family selfie beneath the giant tree of lights on the Monument. See the toy soldiers and giant candy canes, look for the giant tree in the windows of the IPL building, see the colorful window displays, visit the manger, look for occasional sightings monument circle christmas tree circle of lights indy with kidsof Santa on a Motorcycle riding around the circle, borrow a book from the Little Free Libraries.


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Katy Mann

My name is Katy Mann, and I'm the creator of Indy with Kids. With over 10 years of experience working with children, and my excitement towards the great city of Indianapolis; I offer readers guidance about great events and activities to do around Indianapolis with their kids and grandchildren. Join us on our family travels and adventures across the country!