With four distinct shopping districts in the heart of downtown, including the bustling Circle Center Mall, it’s no wonder Forbes magazine named Indianapolis one of the top five ‘Best Shopping Cities in the US.’
Shopping is a pretty old tradition in the Circle City. Indy has been a hotspot for holiday shopping since 1946. After World War II ended, legendary commercial artist Virginia Holmes moved to Indy to work in advertising at the L.S. Ayres department store. With merchandise in supply short and a catalog to fill, she created the whimsical cherub figure to splash the empty catalog pages.
Then, in 1947, in celebration of their 75th anniversary, L.S. Ayres commissioned David Rubins, an Indianapolis sculptor, to create a bronze rendering of the cherub to adorn its outdoor clock. In a tradition that continues today, the cherub appears the day after Thanksgiving on top of the clock outside the former L.S. Ayres building on the corner of Washington and Meridian Streets.
In honor of the holidays, we are offering the perfect opportunity to see the cherub in person. Now through January 6, Hoosier Residents can stay at 20 of our top hotels at rates up to 50 percent off along with discounts to Indy’s holiday events and attractions. Just make sure to book your room 72 hours in advance of the date of stay and have an Indiana ID handy at check-in. To keep you salivating, here’s a little taste of our crazy low hotel rates:
Conrad Indianapolis: $149/night
Omni Severin Hotel: $99/night
Crowne Plaza: $89/night
But that’s not it. At check-in, guests will be welcomed with a discount booklet to some of Indy’s best restaurants, stores and attractions.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, its about to get better:
While you’re downtown, take a break from holiday gift-hunting with four tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo, courtesy of Visit Indy! To enter, leave a comment depicting your favorite holiday memory. Winner will be selected at random on Monday, Nov. 19. Winner has 24 hours to respond to their email or we will pick another winner. Good luck!