With our busy lives it is hard to settle on something to do during the holidays, other than relax. If you happen to live in Indiana, like I do, then I have found 10 places to visit during the holidays. Admissions for the events I’ve located are either relatively low or completely free. If specifics for the event or town were provided, then I posed them here for you. Each event is in a different town, so, it should be easy to locate something fun near you. I know that travel can be a hassle during the holidays, but it’s nice to try new things and create new memories with family or friends.
Check out this list of towns and events. Indiana has many things to offer during the holiday season. If you are looking to find more options in your own back yard or have been looking for an excuse for the little road trip you keep talking about, then let’s explore Christmas- Hoosier style.
1. Santa Claus, Indiana
This town can claim that it has the only post office in the world with the Santa Claus name. During the holiday season there are numerous Christmas themed events such as Santa’s Candy Castle, Santa Claus Christmas Store, Santa’s Stables, and many more. You can’t get more festive than this. The Kids can even write Santa a letter in the Santa Claus Museum and Village. Christmas is everyday here, but ringing in the actually holiday can be that much more magical.
2. Indianapolis – Christmas at the Zoo
This event has become known for its fantastic lighting displays around the holidays. You can also enjoy the active animals that enjoy the cooler weather of the season. You can get in Wednesday through Sunday from 5-9 p.m. through December 29th. The Zoo will, however, be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas at the Zoo is included in the regular entry fee for the grounds.
3. Hammond – A Christmas Story Comes Home
Hammond, Indiana is home to the setting for one of the most infamous holiday movies ever: A Christmas Story. The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will be showing an exhibit that contains six animated scenes from the movie. These displays were first showcased in the windows of Macy’s in New York City. Come enjoy a little piece of hometown cinema history. The free event will be held through January 5th everyday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
4. Shipshewana – Ice Festival
The festival is on December 27th and 28th. There will be ice carving from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 27th by teams of people creating themed sculptures. On the 28th the ice carving competition will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, there is a chili cook-off between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. You can even purchase a commemorative pin fro the event that is designed each year by a Westview High School student. The pin gets you into the chili cook-off for free and gives you discounts in town throughout January.
5. Zionsville – Christmas in the Village
Christmas lives in the town all month long. On the 21st, Santa will be in “Santa’s House” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horse drawn carriages are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the antique trolley car will be running during the same hours as “Santa’s House.”
6. Madison – Santa’s Cottage
Santa will be at the Broadway Fountain in his cottage from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 22. While you’re there check out the beautiful scenery of historic Madison and browse the unique shops lining the downtown strip.
7. Evansville – Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights
The event lends aid to the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, and includes more than 60 intricate lighting displays. Some of which feature animated pieces up to 20 feet tall. Event begins at 5 p.m. each evening and goes until the first of January.
8. Fort Wayne – Botanical Conservatory Christmas
The Conservatory Showcase will be filled with Red Poinsettias to set the mood for the holiday season, along with a cozy fireplace setting. It should provide warm memories and plenty of photograph opportunities.
Hours are: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday Noon – 4 pm, Closed Mondays Admission: Adults $5, Children (ages 3-17) $3, Age 2 and under Free.
9. Kokomo – Christmas at the Seiberling
Holiday events have been occurring all month, but they till continue through the 22nd. The holiday tours of the beautifully and seasonally decorated mansion run Tuesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m. Daytime tour admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 for kids 12 & under.
10. Michigan City – Christmas at Barker Mansion
Experience the magic of the holiday with three floors of decorated rooms. Lasts through January 15th. Must call for times. Admission Fee: $5 adults; $2 children.
By: Kyle YungGoogle+