Step into the magic of Christmas on the prairie this holiday season. A Merry Prairie Holiday is back at Conner Prairie and better than ever. Grab a hot cocoa and stroll into Prairietown to experience the wonder and excitement of Christmas. The sound of carolers in the air, the joy on your child’s face, and the twinkling lights illuminating around you will have your family coming back every year, to make this event your newest family tradition.
A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie
A Merry Prairie offers an assortment of food available for purchase, including themed reindeer hot cocoa, with extra special options for the adults to keep you warm. Take a magical stroll through the Reynold’s light display, where you will be wowed by the thousands of twinkling lights.
Santa at A Merry Prairie Holiday
As you walk through the lights you will find Santa’s lodge, where your kids will love the interactive elf experience. Head over to meet Trinket Puddingmoon, Santa’s official list keeper, where he will find your child’s name on the nice list, and give them a special sticker to wear with pride as they head into the lodge to see Santa. Here you will find a spot where you can write a letter to Santa to send to the North Pole, as well as an opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa and talk to him about your Christmas list. Outside the lodge, you can stop for a photo opportunity in Santa’s sleigh with his trusty reindeer!
Polar Bear Plunge
Your kids will love the Polar Bear Plunge. Experience this 150 foot tubing hill this holiday season on your visit, where you’ll see Santa and his reindeer riding down the hill with you in style. They have two different hills, one small and one large, so that even the little ones can enjoy this tubing experience.
The William Conner House in Prairietown has a brand-new magical projection. Have a seat, and enjoy an interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with illuminations, dancing reindeer, snow, and the Jolly Man himself! The show will be on a constant rotation, with only five minute breaks in-between, so you can stop by to see this at your convenience on your visit.
Step into Prairietown to experience the 1800’s on Christmas Eve. You will find warm fires, as well as an animated reading of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. Head into the houses to interact with the residents by candlelight, and experience the excitement as they prepare to celebrate Christmas on the Prairie. Enjoy the stroll through town illuminated by the beautiful Christmas lights you will find all throughout the grounds on your visit.
Holiday Fun at A Merry Prairie Holiday
Head over to the covered bridge, where you will discover a synchronized light display set to music that is sure to impress guests of all ages. Experience the magical stroll over the bridge to enter a dazzling display of lights illuminating the Civil War grounds. Here you won’t want to miss a ride on Kringle’s Carousel. The kids will love the moving horses, or the stationary sleighs as they spin around and enjoy all of the beautiful lights.
New at A Merry Prairie Holiday
New this year is Frosty’s Skating Rink! No need for skates, just kick off your shoes and enjoy this slippery sock skating experience. Slide around on the skating rink and pretend you are skating on real ice! Make sure to wear socks, or bring them with you, to join in on this sliding fun.
From start to finish, the magic of Christmas will warm you from the inside out at the Merry Prairie Holiday Festival. This festival is unique, because there is truly something for everyone in the family to enjoy, the kids, and adults alike. From the delicious treats, entertainment, and atmosphere created, this is the perfect family festival for the holiday season. Christmas is not complete without a visit to Conner Prairie for this one-of-a-kind Holiday celebration. You can purchase tickets here for your trip back in time this Christmas.
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. Effective September 7, 2021, in accordance with the CDC recommendations, all guests will be required to wear masks while in the Welcome Center and Historic buildings regardless of vaccination status. Guests will be highly encouraged to wear masks while outdoors if a 6-foot social distance is unable to be maintained. You can find more information about the Conner Prairie COVID precautions here.
Tickets for A Merry Prairie Holiday Festival
A Merry Prairie Holiday will take place on Friday-Sunday, November 26-December 19, and Tuesday-Wednesday December 21-22 from 5:30-9:30 pm. American Sign Language Tours of A Merry Prairie Holiday: December 10th and 18th at 6, 7, & 8 pm.
Tickets for Members are $11 per person, and $22 for non-members. Advance tickets are available online.