Winterlights at Newfields has enjoyed two years of rave reviews and sold-out nights during the holiday season and this year promises to be another landmark year! There are some changes to previous years due to COVID but Winterlights is still an amazing experience.
Winterlights at Newfields Indianapolis
Timed entry tickets for Winterlights are available 5 pm – 9 pm on weekends and until 8pm on weekdays, November 21 – January 3th, 2021. In the past Newfields has estimated that it will take the average guest 60-90 minutes to stroll through Winterlights, but we spent a few hours looking at everything with out young kiddos.
Holiday music playing, adults and children strolling along the paths beneath and among lights that shine as bright as day and people around fire-pits, roasting marshmallows to create s’mores. Don’t forget the glorious hot chocolate and hot cider — also available perfectly spiked for the 21+ crowd.
New for 2020: The Winterlights experience is 100% outdoors. The Lilly House will not be open at night and the museum store is also closed. Night time guests will receive a ticket to return during the day to see the inside of Lilly house all decked out for the holidays. All pathways are one-way and while you can take your time, you won’t be able to loop back on the path. Guests are required to wear a mask during their entire visit, even for photos.
This year, you’ll see the result of 1.5 million lights that create an awesome experience that will leave you awe-struck.
Newfields Winterlights with Kids
Bundle up, bring everyone along and get ready for breath-taking moments in the light. Last year when I attended, my kids were 2, 4, 6 and 8 years old, everyone had a great time and I didn’t regret taking everyone along.
We visited Winterlights early in the season on a very cold night so there weren’t a lot of people around and my kids danced to the music, twirled under the lights and acted exactly like they should, children. Since it wasn’t crowded, they weren’t in the way and didn’t bother anyone.
I brought along our little red wagon and piled it with blankets and everyone’s coats and gloves and hats. We brought along our own 3D glasses that I ordered from Amazon to see the lights in an even more intense way. These glasses, along with light up necklaces and other trinkets are available for sale at Winterlights, or you can bring them along to save money. In the past, the 3D glasses sold at Winterlights have had a coupon for a free drink (non-alcoholic) attached to them.
The most important thing to remember is to dress appropriately for the weather so that you don’t have to cut your night short and leave because you’re too cold.
In addition to the price of tickets, plan on your children asking you to spend money on s’mores kits and hot beverages. The s’mores kits typically are a fundraiser of the local Girl Scouts group. My kids are also very drawn to the twinkling light necklaces and flashy pins, so I try to grab some glow-sticks or light up jewelry from Amazon or the dollar store or bring along the ones we got suckered in to purchasing in the past. If it’s in your budget, definitely buy them at Newfields, as the funds are used for the art museum programs.
Santa will be at Newfields on Tuesdays through December and on December 21 and 22.
Newfields Winterlights Tickets
You’ll want to be sure to purchase your tickets in advance(like, maybe today?) so you don’t miss out this winter. Tickets are $25 per person (members $20), youth age 6-17 pay $17 admission (members $13) and children 5 and under enter free with paid adult. Families with an Indiana Access Pass pay $2.
Winterlights at Newfields Parking
Surface parking at Newfields is available if you enter from Michigan Road or 38th Street. Parking is also available in the underground parking lot with direct access to the building. Parking is free for Winterlights.