Seven Holiday Lights and Sights in Indianapolis

They come in every color, can blink off and on and be brighter than sunshine – do you know what I’m talking about? Surely you’ve got a neighbor or two who have placed holiday lights on a tree or on top of the roof, and maybe even a Santa or reindeer in their yard. From ornaments to tinsel and everything in between, here’s a list of fun holiday lights and sights that will put you in the holiday spirit!

1) One of my favorite holiday activities is to plop everyone in the car and drive around looking for the biggest and brightest setups, but I don’t always know where to go. Thankfully, the Indianapolis Star has created an interactive holiday night lights map with a list of well-lit neighborhoods so you won’t waste your time or gas.

2) Visit the Indianapolis Repertory Theater for a holiday feel-good favorite, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In an age where we’re putting on glasses and watching 3D movies, there’s something to be said about taking a step away from the big screen and devoting your attention to the theater’s stage.

My new favorite ornament!

My new favorite ornament!

3) I’ve already got my trip to Christmas at the Zoo scheduled – do you? Even the animals have a certain holiday charm during this time of year, and there are special activities and shows that you won’t get a chance to participate in at any other time. Did you know that the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event back in 1968? Needless to say, this is an attraction you don’t want to miss.

4) Even though I’ve been there once this season, there’s just so much going on that it can’t all be done in one day! From the 1836 Daytime Outdoor Adventure to breakfast AND dinner with Santa, Conner Prairie has it all. Plan on staying at least a few hours to walk through Prairietown and view the beautiful winter scenery, tour the gift shop, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and jingle the sleigh bells.

5) “‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Morris-Butler house” – wait, that’s not how it goes, but you might be saying that after you attend Almost the Night Before Christmas! Family-friendly costumed characters from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas will be caroling and handing out refreshments throughout the Victorian house from 1865.

6) Delaware Street is home to many historic landmarks, but do you know their story? Attend the Candlelight Evening on December 28 for a guided tour, beginning at the Harrison home. A Pork roast with a port sauce, golden new potatoes, asparagus and bell peppers dinner will also be served, so tickets and reservations are required. This is a great way to keep the holiday spirit going and can also be a great gift for friends and family.

7) Indianapolis Opera will kick off it’s 2012-2013 season with Amahl and the Night Visitors, a story about the three kings who follow the star to Bethlehem, and on the way stop at the home of Amahl. A young boy with a widowed mother, Amahl lets the kings into his home and they share stories of their journey and gifts. Instead of keeping them all to himself, Amahl gives up one of the gifts to a newborn child and a miracle happens! Special family ticket pricing is available for this holiday treat.

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