Tree Lighting Ceremonies That Will Light Up Your Life | 2022

Between now and Christmas, there are a ton of fantastic holiday events! Some of our favorites, which tend to be scheduled earlier in the holiday season, are Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies.  Bookmark this page and come back weekly to check out all the local Christmas tree events, organized here by date, so you can start planning to make many joyful memories with your family and friends. You aren’t going to want to miss this!  From the Indy with Kids family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season!

Tree Lighting Ceremonies on November 12, 2022


Falls Park, Pendleton

6:00 pm

460 Falls Park Dr, Pendleton

Join in the traditional lighting of the Community Christmas Tree to celebrate the season together. Everyone will have an opportunity to place a wish on the tree, and we will sing carols with Pastor Derek Bishop to celebrate the Christmas season in Pendleton. Mark your calendars for November 12 at 6 pm in the Falls Park Memorial Garden.

Afterward, stop by the large shelter house for a cup of hot cocoa take on your walk, or drive through historic Falls Park for the first night of lights during Falls Park Hometown Christmas.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies for November 19, 2022


Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony

3:30-6:30 pm

10 Carter Green, Carmel

Holiday at Carter Green takes place on the lawn of the Palladium in Carmel. This tree lighting ceremony is the perfect kickoff to the season, with the holiday lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, live reindeer, and other animals to pet, holiday entertainment, and children’s activities. Come see your neighbors and friends and get in the holiday spirit.

The Shops at Perry Crossing Annual Tree Lighting

6:00 – 9:00 pm

2499 Perry Crossing Way, Plainfield

Meet us in Town Square at The Shops at Perry Crossing at 6 pm for craft making, live reindeer, character appearances, treats from our favorite donut truck, photo opportunities, and more! Then Santa Claus arrives to light the tree.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies for November 25, 2022


Nashville Tree Lighting

5:30 pm

90 E Gould St , Nashville

There will be music, homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and tea served at the Brown County History Center at this year’s tree lighting! Santa will greet children from 5:30-7:30 p.m.!

Light Up Danville

4:00-7:00 pm

49 North Wayne Street, Danville

Christmas on the Square is a free evening filled with holiday cheer. Visit the Courthouse Square to enjoy the live nativity, carolers, kids activities. Santa lights the Christmas Tree and canopy of lights at 6:00. This has become a favorite family tradition!

Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights

6:30 pm

Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument, Downtown Indianapolis

Enjoy this free, outdoor celebration celebrating the Hoosier holiday spirit with lighting and video elements, outstanding live entertainment, a festive beer and whiskey garden, and Santa, of course. Entertainment begins at 6:30 pm or you can watch the made-for-TV special from home televised starting at 7 p.m. on WTHR-13. The lighting is at 8:00 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies on November 26, 2022


A Lawrence Christmas

2:00 -8:00 pm

5710 Lawrence Village Pkwy, Indianapolis

Enjoy skating this year on November 26 during A Lawrence Christmas! There will also be a parade, choir performances, a variety show, and tree lighting.

Christmas in the Village Tree Lighting

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Main Street, Zionsville

Zionsville hosts its Christmas in the Village Parade and Tree Lighting. The parade begins at 5 and the tree will be lit on Main Street across from fivethirty home at approximately 6:15. Paid and Selfie stations for photos with Santa will be offered.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies on December 2, 2022


McCordsville Town Hall

6:00-8:00 pm

6280 W 800 N, McCordsville

At McCordsville’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa shows up not in a sleigh, but in a police cruiser. A local elementary school student helps him light the big Christmas tree. Other festive fun includes musical performances, crafts, free hot cocoa, cookies, balloon twisting, and glitter tattoos. Children also have the chance to write a letter to Santa and recieve a written response in the mail!

Mooresville Tree Lighting

7:00-9:00 pm

N. Indiana Street, Mooresville

The tree lighting will be at 7 pm. Santa, Mrs Claus, and elves (some naughty, some good) will be on hand, as well as choirs, food trucks, and more. The tree lighting event kicks off the town’s Victorian Christmas Celebration, which takes place the next day.

Franklin Tree Lighting Ceremony

2:00-8:00 pm

East Court Street, Franklin

Enjoy holiday festivities and a Winter Market all afternoon and evening. A lighted parade along Jefferson Street starts at 5:30pm and the lighting at the courthouse happens at 7:00 pm. 

Tree Lighting Ceremonies on December 3, 2022


Annual Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting

10:00 am -12:00 pm

14390 Clay Terrace Blvd Ste 165, Carmel

Join Clay Terrace as we welcome Santa home to the Village Green, in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods, with a welcome parade. Help us spread some Holiday Cheer as guests line down the sidewalks of Clay Terrace to welcome Santa this holiday season! This free event includes fun activities like a snowglobe photo station, reindeer meet-and-greets, crafts, face painting, and sleigh rides.

Westfield in Lights

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

225 South Union Street, Westfield

Join us in downtown Westfield to kick off the Holiday season! Westfield in Lights will feature pictures with Santa, Frosty the Snowman, vendors, live music & performances, caricature artists, carnival games, llamas, and more!

Winter Wonderland

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Join Fishers Parks for its annual celebration of the season! Experience the Winter Wonderland with the annual City of Fishers Tree Lighting at 6 p.m., carriage and train rides, fire pits and s’mores, cookie decorating, live ice carving, a special Winter Wonderland Storywalk, the Fishers Arts Council’s “Winter Wonderland of Art” exhibit inside City Hall, food, drinks, music, and more!

Arcadia Annual Tree Lighting Festivities

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

208 W Main St, Arcadia


Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus, dance in the street, cozy up to the fire pits, shop the artisan market for Christmas presents, eat some delicious chili, and enjoy many kids’ activities. The Festival starts at 5:00 pm and the tree is set to light up at 7:00 pm.

Brownsburg Christmas Under the Stars

5:00 pm

61 N. Green Street, Brownsburg

Christmas Under the Stars, Brownsburg Parks’ annual parade of lights, features colorfully lighted floats, including one featuring Old Saint Nick himself. A Winter Market begins at 5:00 pm and the parade steps off at 6:00 pm. After the parade, there will be a tree lighting, music, and Santa Claus at Town Hall. Bring a canned good to donate and receive a Brownsburg ornament!

Fortville Winterfest

12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Downtown Fortville

Dress warmly and bring the kiddos to Fortville’s Main St. for a little fun, food, and shopping at this year’s Winterfest. Visit our amazing shops and restaurants and see what holiday specials they may have for the day. The free kid zone features carnival rides, ice skating, and more! The parade begins at 1:30 and the tree lighting will be at 6:00.

Avon Christmas Tree Lighting

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6570 E US Highway 36, Avon

Join us for our Annual Tree Lighting at Avon Town Hall! The tree lights up at 6:00 pm. Visit with Santa at the Town Hall, and spend the afternoon enjoying holiday treats, entertainment, and kids’ activities.

Anderson Tree Lighting Ceremony

Time TBA

1135 Meridian St, Anderson

Celebrate the holiday season with a beautiful hometown parade, Santa, tree lighting, ice skating, and more! 

Tree Lighting Ceremonies on December 4, 2022


Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular & 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Main Street, Martinsville

Join us for a joyous, magical Christmas celebration in honor of Martinsville’s own Bobby Helms, the original artist to record the hit classic, Jingle Bell Rock. This event and all activities are FREE to all guests. Come and enjoy live entertainment, pictures with Santa, carriage rides, a trackless train for kids & adults, and life-size snow globes. Whoville characters will be there too!


Broad Ripple Lights Up

3:00-5:30 pm

Guilford Ave, next to the Broad Ripple Fire House

Broad Ripple Lights Up features a Wonderland Village with holiday-themed activities for the kids, live entertainment, and a holiday light display lighting ceremony.

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Greenwood Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Greenwood-A-Glow begins at the Greenwood Public Library with holiday crafts, shows, carriage rides, food and photos with Santa Claus. Later in the night, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Greenwood City Center will take place.

Martinsville Tree Lighting Ceremony

Festival of Lights at Jimmy Nash Park is held November 23 – January 2 from 6-10 pm each night. Santa will be on hand as the lights at Jimmy Nash City Park turn on. The holiday light displays are a tradition at the park and will remain lit throughout the holiday season until January 2. Visitors are welcome to drive through the park to view the display or park and walk around if the weather’s nice. There is a sleigh near the Family Pavilion that you are welcome to use for photos!

Ladoga Christmas Tree Lighting

Steve Bridgmon and Ladoga Christian Church Choir will be performing. Enjoy local food trucks, free hot cocoa, carriage rides & photos with Santa and more at the Ladoga Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Find all Indy holiday events here.

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