Merry Prairie Holiday Festival at Conner Prairie for 2020

Last year, Conner Prairie unwrapped a fantastic new lineup of holiday programs and activities across the historic grounds. Conner Prairie’s hit holiday festival, A Merry Prairie Holiday is back for the 2020 holiday season and we aren’t mad!

Merry Prairie Holiday will take place 5:30 – 9:30 pm, November 27-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 22, 23, 2020.

What is the Merry Prairie Festival?

Glittering lights, storytellers and warm fires will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

  • The Winter Wonderland Stroll throughout the grounds, featuring expansive light displays
  • Gift making with Santa’s elves in the North Pole Workshop
  • 150′ Polar Bear Plunge dry tubing hill
  • Historic Prairietown experiences, including holiday readings, storytelling, decorated homes/shops, and more
  • Festive rides and photo ops on the Kringle’s Carousel
  • Holiday treats & eats
  • A journey through time with “Letters Home: Holidays and the Civil War”
  • Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Performances by local musicians at Blitzen’s Bandstand
  • Warm firepits throughout the grounds
  • Reindeer Games Midway:
    • Gingerbread House Chimney Toss
    • North Pole Mega Soccer
    • Hi Striker
    • Reindeer Ring Toss and Long Jump
    • Polar Plinko
  • Holiday shopping at the Conner Prairie Store

Socially Distanced Holiday Activity

The acres of festival grounds allow for safe social distance between guests while getting back to favorite holiday traditions. Increased staff will be on hand to clean and provide guidance for guests to adhere to new safety precautions. Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be readily available, and masks will be required for staff and guests in ALL areas (you may remove your mask while drinking and eating). You can find more information about the Conner Prairie COVID precautions here.

Conner Prairie Merry Prairie Holiday Tickets

Advance tickets are required, no tickets will be available at the gates.

Tickets are $10 for members, age two and older or $20 for guests ages two and older.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of guests and staff alike, Conner Prairie’s made some changes: Midway games, as well as activities and visits at Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s Cabin will not take place this year, although Selfies with Santa will still be available for children at the Featherstone Barn. Instead of children making gifts on-site in our North Pole Workshop, “Take and Make” crafts like leather bracelets and holiday ornaments will be available for purchase. In addition, the Winter Wonderland Stroll experience will be offered without wagon rides this year – guests will explore the Reynolds Farm Equipment holiday lights displayed on the Conner Prairie grounds by foot. Tickets will also be sold by day and time, allowing for better management of attendance numbers and safeguarding against crowds.

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