12 December Family Nights Out in Indianapolis | Many Free & Cheap

Looking for some family night out ideas this month? Look no further. We’ve put together a list to help make planning a little easier for you. Check out our calendar for even more events around the greater Indianapolis area too. Share pics from your family night out with the hashtag #PLAYindy

Christmas Nights of Lights is the brand new light show to hit Indianapolis this holiday season. Over one million lights will illuminate the Indiana State Fairgrounds as visitors drive through the synchronized light show.  Learn more about this amazing light show here.

One of the exciting things about the holiday season is decorating a Christmas tree.  One decoration that always has family members in awe are those sentimental & colorful ornaments. Start off the Holiday season with your kids at Ornament Day at Bisque Barn. On Sunday, December 1st head over to bisque barn in Avon, anytime between 1pm-5pm (last seating at 4pm) to paint one free ornament per person. No purchase is necessary, and no reservations are required.

Join Broad Ripple Village on Sunday, December 1st for their annual Broad Ripple lights up! The event will feature activities such as wonderland kids’ village, visits with Santa, live music entertainment, a real live reindeer, food trucks, the lights parade, and a holiday lighting ceremony. The event is all completely free except for food trucks. All the activities will take place from 3pm-5pm and will be followed by the parade starting at 5:30pm.

Do your kids love watching Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer? What kid or grownup doesn’t! Head over to Clay Terrace Mall this holiday season for a Reindeer meet & greet. The meet & greet will be on Saturday, December 7th, 14th, and 21st from 11am to 2pm. It will take place in the Green Village in front of Santa’s house. Also, another family event to enjoy this season is a sleigh ride on Friday, December 6th, 12th, and 20th form 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. The events are all free and no registration is required.

Are you or your kids still longing for that orchard feel? Well head to Tuttle Orchards in Greenfield for a Santa at the Orchard cookie decorating event. The event will take place on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th with varying time slots available. The event is $10 per child and includes one accompanying adult, it is free for children ages one and under. Admission for this event includes a child and one adult, voucher for decorating 2 cookies, voucher for either hot chocolate or hot cider, and a visit with Santa. Registration is required in order to choose a time slot and day.

Head over to The Commons in Columbus for a Free Christmas village: a world of sweets. The event will be held Saturday, December 7th from 2pm-4:30pm. There will be children’s activities, games, crafts, festive holiday displays, music and much more. Children can also write a letter to Santa and then enjoy a festival of lights parade that will conclude the evening in downtown Columbus.

Who doesn’t love Christmas light displays during the holiday season? I know my kids absolutely love watching all those lights twinkle and change color. Take the kids out during a school night and grab some hot chocolate and check out a Free neighborhood light display.

Join your local library for a free family night, check out Brownsburg Public Library Ornament Decorating on December 4th from 6-7:30pm. Head to the Greenwood Public Library for a Holiday STEAM on December 2nd from 4:30-5:30pm. The Irvington Branch Library is having a Starry Storytime December 10th from 6-7pm. Join the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers for a family movie night featuring; “Grinch Holiday Special” on December 13th, at 5:30pm. Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville will be hosting a visit with Santa and pictures all day on December 16th from 10am-8pm, registration is required for this program.

Head over to Garfield Park Conservatory during the month of December for their winter wonderland. Check out the conservatory decked in the holiday spirit with lots of twinkling lights, poinsettias, model trains and villages. The event will run from November 29th-December 31st, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm-5pm. The cost is $4 per person or $10 per family. Also, another great event taking place is the Christmas at Garfield event which will feature crafts, games and Santa. The event will be held on Saturday December 14th from 10am-1pm and is Free to attend.

Check out a great family holiday classic at the Edinburgh Pixy Theatre. The theatre will be showing Elf and the cost is only $5 per person. The movie will be on Saturday, December 14th from 2:30pm-4pm.

Take the whole family to Plainfield’s Guilford Township Hummel park for their annual hometown holiday. The event will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 12-4pm. There will be lots of fun family activities for all ages that include; train rides around the trail, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating, petting zoo, pony rides, photos with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate and prize giveaways! All this is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

Did you know that December 26th is National Candy Cane day! An experience the whole family will enjoy and never forget is getting to see how a real candy cane is made. The Martinsville Candy Kitchen hosts holiday candy cane pours where everyone can see the process it takes to make a candy cane from start to finish. Afterwards your family can purchase a ready-made candy canes for the store. The event is free so watch but expect to pay for those delicious treats! Watch the magic in action from November 2nd-December 21st. The pouring process is usually held on evenings and weekends, call ahead for exact days and times.

Looking for something fun the whole family can enjoy on New Years Eve? The Indiana State Museum will be hosting a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party on Tuesday, December 31st from 6-9pm. Admission is $16 for non-members and $10 for members, children 3 and under free and includes the entire museum, face painting, magic show, music, dancing and a balloon drop. The Fishers YMCA will host a family friendly New Years at Noon. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will be hosting their countdown to noon celebration included with museum admission or membership. The celebration will feature music and countdown from Grammy-nominated Zak Morgan, festive favor, and children will get to create a time capsule to remember their 2019 year.

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