Top Picks for Holiday Fun this Week - November 21 - 27, 2011
Spark that Holiday Spirit in Central Indiana
Picks of the Week ~ 11/21 - 11/27/2011
All of Indiana will be bustling this week and the excitement of the season will be brewing. With a chill in the air and the Holidays on our minds, we’ll all be searching for that perfect “something” that ignites our spirits. Here are our favorite events to kick off the Holiday season this Thanksgiving week.
11/21 Monday ~ Capitol Christmas Tree Tour
See the official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes a stop in Santa Claus, IN. Guests can sign the banner that travels with the tree to Washington, DC. This is one of only 26 stops the tree will make across country, and the only stop it will make in Indiana.
11/21 Monday – 11/27 ~ Sunday Public Ice Skating
Nothing says Holiday Fun like a brisk twirl on the ice. This week (and beyond) you can strap on those mittens and ice-skates for a chilling good time!
11/21 Monday – 11/22 Tuesday ~ The 23rd Annual Warren Holiday TreeFest
Hear the melodies of local choirs, watch performances from area dance troupes, listen to the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, gaze at the 40 fully-decorated trees, stroll the gift shops and more. This is one Holiday tradition that is worth an Encore!
11/23 Wednesday ~ Night Before Thanksgiving Bash
The building is a true historic work of art and the atmosphere is memory-making. Begin your Thanksgiving festivities at Indianapolis’s oldest restaurant and entertainment hall. Don’t miss this unique mixture of Bavarian flair and downtown sounds with live music in the ballroom all night. Cheers!
11/24 Thursday ~ Drumstick Dash in Broad Ripple Village
Work up your Thanksgiving appetite with a brisk morning run for a good cause. Run (or walk) 4.5 miles or choose the 2.3 mile fun run course. Join the 12,000+ expected runners and see who’s drumsticks can make the dash!
11/24 Thursday ~ Black Friday Shopping Research
Take a break from the turkey, football and family high-jinx and start planning your Black Friday shopping trip. This website allows you to virtually flip through the advertising inserts, search by store and even get daily updates. You can research online deals and in- store promotions. Make sure you’re one step ahead before you step out the door.
11/24 Thursday ~ Let’s Eat
Don’t feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? Happen to burn your bird? Never fear, because numerous downtown Indianapolis and surrounding restaurants will be open and serving up their finest fare on Thanksgiving Day. From down-home to up-scale, your favorite locale may be open. Here’s just a small taste of who we’ve found: Cracker Barrel, IHOP, The Claddagh Irish Pub, Weber Grill, Buca Di Beppo and Conrad Indianapolis.
11/24 Thursday – 11/27 ~ Sunday Midnight Shopping Madness at the Edinburgh Premium Outlets
You may not believe it, but it’s true! Many shops will open for business at midnight Thursday night (12:00 AM Friday morning). The biggest sales of the year will last through Sunday 11/27. See you there!
11/25 Friday – 11/27 ~ Sunday Thanksgiving Spectacular Flea Market
Check your Christmas list off once, or twice! Visit over 500 booths with something for everyone on your list. You may even fill your own stocking ...shh...I won’t tell.
11/25 Friday ~ Circle of Lights
This annual tradition is a must-see. Be there as Monument Circle lights up with thousands of sparkling strands of joy. Your heart will be warmed by the Holiday spirit, as it glows around you. Join with others for the lighting ceremony, live entertainment and the sounds of excitement in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.
11/25 Friday ~ Santa Arrives by Helicopter
For the grand opening of Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum, a very special guest will be dropping in, literally. Santa and Mrs. Claus and Raggedy Ann will make a grand entrance on the front lawn, via helicopter to the joyous sounds of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Stay for the tree-lighting and other festivities after the Big Guy’s big entrance.
11/25 Friday ~ Black Friday at the Children's Museum
Stay far from the crowds at the shopping meccas and enjoy some fun time learning, instead. One FREE youth admission will be given with each paid adult between 8:30AM and 10:00AM. Santa arrives at 9:50AM. This is also the opening day of the Jolly Days Winter Wonderland ... and the giant 2-story Yule Slide in the museum center. Ho, Ho Woah – Look Out Below!!
11/25 Friday ~ Santa Arrives at the Metropolis Mall in Plainfield
You thought Christmas Eve was a busy day for Santa? Well think again. This is the Jolly Old Elf’s third appearance on our list today! If the Metropolis Mall is your first Christmas shopping destination, than you’re in luck. Santa will arrive here via horse- drawn carriage at 10:00AM and will be giving free carriage rides and a listening ear.
11/25 Friday and 11/27 ~ Sunday Vienna Boys Choir Live
Take a jaunt to the Palladium in Carmel to see a truly unforgettable group of talented young men. Escape from the hustle and bustle to allow these remarkable and world- renowned voices take you to your very own winter wonderland.
11/25 Friday ~ Christmas at the Zoo Opening Night
Watch the first sparkle Holiday lights as they illuminate the paths of the Indianapolis Zoo once again this season. Take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday tradition which includes the animal exhibits, rides for the kiddos, great food for all, Christmas carolers and fantastic animated light shows. See you at the Zoo!
11/25 Friday Area Tree Lighting Ceremonies - FREE
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Danville, IN ~ Courthouse Square Also drive through the Winterland Light Show and visit Santa at Ellis Park in Danville. More Info
6:00PM Zionsville, IN ~ Main Street - More Info
7:00PM Noblesville, IN ~ Hamilton Co. Judicial Center - More Info
11/26 Saturday ~ Spirit of the Season Kickoff Concert
Bask in the ambiance of beautiful music and delicate wines at the Chateau Thomas Winery. Jennie DeVoe will return to begin the season with this annual Vinyard Room Christmas Concert.
Christmas at the Orchard
Santa loves apples, too – not just cookies! Meet Santa at Beasley’s Orchard, have a professional photo taken, enjoy spiced Cider, Hand-dipped Caramel Apples, Delicious Treats and purchase unique gifts and gourmet food items. A fabulous outing for the whole family is just a few apple trees away.
Beasley’s Orchard ~ Inside the Old Barn Market
11/27 Sunday Super Sunday Indy Automotive Swap Meet & Car Sale
Calling all Gear-Heads! Forget all the holiday fluff and tinsel! Get your motor running to the Car Sale and Swap Meet that has the feel of a car show and a parts shop all in one.
11/27 Sunday WISHTree Toy Drive and Colts Football Game
Think giving, sharing and pre-game festivities at the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Carolina Panthers game, Sunday. WISH TV, the Salvation Army and the Colts are teaming up to bring a joyous Christmas to those in need. Bring new, unwrapped toys to donate at each entry gate. Experience game day fun and brighten the Christmas of a child less-fortunate.