Indianapolis turns into a magical winter wonderland in December. There are events all across the city. Bundle up and hang on tight to your partner as you enjoy all of these amazing date nights in Indianapolis.
Rent an Igloo at Daniel’s Vineyard
9061 N 700 W, McCordsville
Daniel’s Vineyard is open year-round and makes enjoying the colder temps easy with their themed igloos. Each of the 8 igloos has a different theme, such as A Christmas Story, Elf, and Snowy Night. An igloo can hold up to 8 guests; inside, you have access to the full menu and wines. Grab a few other couples and spend the evening on a group date at Daniel’s! Make reservations ahead of time.
Watch a Christmas Classic at the Historic Artcraft Theater
57 N. Main St, Franklin
The Historic Artcraft Theater will be showing classic Christmas movies all throughout December. Choose from Die Hard, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Movies are shown on 35mm film, concessions are reasonably priced, and the marquee makes the perfect backdrop for photos.
Stroll Through the Carmel Christkindlmarkt
10 Carter Green, Carmel
Romance fills the air at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of old-world German traditions. Enjoy some warm Gluhwein as you meander through the market, stopping by shops and finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Top off the evening with ice skating. Hold on tight to your partner as you slide across the ice surrounded by glowing Christmas lights and beautiful music.
Admire the Lights on Monument Circle
1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis
The month of December brings so much magic to Monument Circle. The lights covering the Soldiers and Sailors Monument light up the night sky. All around the circle, you can find a variety of Christmas decorations and displays. Horse-drawn carriages are waiting to whisk you through the streets downtown. Pop into the South Bend Chocolate Company’s Chocolate Café for a coffee or hot chocolate to keep you warm. Grab some stocking stuffers at Rocket Fizz. The Hilbert Circle Theater will have performances all season long as well.
Attend One of the City’s Many Holiday Performances
Various locations around Central Indiana
Indy has a multitude of holiday performances with something for everyone. Ballets, symphonies, theaters, and local musicians have live shows all over the city. Dress up fancy, grab dinner at one of Indy’s many fine dining restaurants, and then enjoy an evening of festive entertainment. Here are some of our favorites.
Cheer on the Indy Fuel
1202 E. 38th St, Indianapolis
There are six opportunities to cheer on the Indy Fuel during the month of December. Each game also has a great promotion to go with it. December’s themed games include Wintertainment, Ugly Sweater Night, Festivus, and All You Can Eat. We love the excitement of a hockey game! Watching the Fuel is great for a date night or for an outing with the whole family.
Colts vs. Chargers Prime Time Game
500 S. Capitol Ave, Indianapolis
On December 26, the Colts will take on the Chargers in a prime-time battle. The game starts at 8:15 pm. This will also be a promotional night with a blue out and a holiday giveaway. With the late start, be sure to grab dinner beforehand. You can find the Whistle Stop Inn within walking distance of the stadium. You can also check out any of the local breweries for great food and drinks.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at a SoChatti Bean to Bag Chocolate Making Class
1125 E. Brookside Ave Suite D2, Indianapolis
SoChatti loves to share their passion for chocolate with everyone. Discover how the cacao bean transforms into the delicious chocolate in the SoChatti pouches. In addition to this experience, you will make your own chocolate drop candies and tour the facility. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Advance reservations are required.
Take in the Winterlights at Newfields
4000 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis
Winterlights at Newfields is a wonderful experience for any date night. The light displays are absolutely breathtaking. Bundle up and grab some hot chocolate or cider, offered in traditional and spiked versions. As you make your way through the grounds, you can hear beautiful holiday music, see twinkling lights, and snuggle up around fire pits while roasting marshmallows. Don’t miss the indoor decor inside the Lilly House.
Warm Up at Conservatory Crossing at Garfield Park Conservatory
2505 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis
Going to Garfield Park Conservatory on a cold day is a great way to experience the warmth of summer. The gardens are heated to provide the best climate for the exotic plants, but it also feels amazing when cold outside. Conservatory Crossing is one of their premier events and the conservatory gets all decked out for the holidays. Enjoy the beautiful poinsettia display, Christmas lights, and train layouts.
From everyone on the Indy with Kids team, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and are able to celebrate with the ones you love. Be sure to tag us at #IndyWITHOUTKids in all of your date night adventures.