Holiday Happenings

It's the most wonderful time of the year... Downtown Indy is full of exciting events this holiday season. We’ve made it easy for you to be in the know. Below, find details about major events and happenings you won’t want to miss.

The Hilton Family of hotels in Downtown Indianapolis “Home for the Holidays” promotion

Enjoy discounted rates and special packages from Nov. 25, 2017 until Jan. 31, 2018* at any of the Downtown Indianapolis Hilton family brands through the “Home for the Holidays” promotion. Book a hometown holiday for yourself or for visiting family & friends today.

*Based on availability; black-out dates apply.

Click on a hotel below to book your room!

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Downtown Indy, Inc.'s New Year's Eve

Georgia Street is the place to be this New Year’s Eve! Come for an exciting entertainment line-up, stimulating sights, plenty of food and drink and a unique midnight extravaganza. Downtown Indy, Inc.’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry promises to be the best party in the city. The celebration takes place 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

At 11:59 p.m., an IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will once again descend to a collective countdown amidst great fanfare and fireworks at midnight.

Dec. 31
Georgia Street
FREE Admission | All Ages
9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.


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Spot Santa all over Downtown

Santa Claus is coming to town and Downtown Indy is his favorite stop! From the IPL Yuletide Celebration stage to the slide at The Children's Museum, here's where you can find a full list of Santa's holiday appearances.
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Make Downtown Indy a part of your holiday experience

During November and December, Downtown Indianapolis transforms into a joyous wonderland full of holiday activities, spectacles and fun for family and friends of all ages. Don’t forget your camera, as this season includes many opportunities to create memories with your loved ones!

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Keeping Spirits Bright: Circle of Lights Decor Campaign

Help us keep Monument Circle aglow! 


For 55 years now, thousands of spectators gather Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate now called Downtown Indy, Inc.'s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481. However, most of the electrical hardware and decor passed its prime and showed great signs of wear. The first step was to replace the 52 strands and 4,784 lights. Help us do more!

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Experience the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season

Create lasting memories with tickets to a holiday concert, play, ballet, musical or performance at Downtown Indianapolis’ top venues. Take a break from shopping or make an evening of it. Seasonal favorites are joined by new productions and offer something for everyone! (Performances are in date order.)

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The legend of the Cherub continues

It was 1946. World War II just ended and thousands returned home from military service. Among them was Virginia Holmes, a prize-winning commercial artist who came to Indianapolis to start her career in the advertising department at Downtown department store, L.S. Ayres. When it came time to compose the stores 1946 holiday catalog, merchandise was in short supply. To fill the somewhat empty pages, Holmes created whimsical cherubs. The cherubs captured hearts and began an Indianapolis holiday tradition that continues today.

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