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Circle city holiday activities

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Visitors stroll through the IMA grounds and see more than 2 million lights twinkling. photos by Kaitlin Wallis

Visitors stroll through the IMA grounds and see more than 2 million lights twinkling. photos by Kaitlin Wallis

Visitors stroll through the IMA grounds and see more than 2 million lights twinkling. photos by Kaitlin Wallis

Michael Mates

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Friends and families can enjoy a wide range of holiday traditions that involve visiting various places throughout Circle City. Some long-time spots (like downtown’s Monument Circle) and new attractions (like WinterLights at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) provide many options for Indianapolis residents:

  • Lights at the Brickyard: Last year, the people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened up the track for visitors to see the lights and drive on the famed oval.  The Lights at the Brickyard runs through Dec. 30. Visitors drive their cars through the light show with over 2.5 million lights and over 500 displays within 40 scenes.
  • WinterLights: New this year, WinterLights at Newfields overs a light display of over two million lights. Newfields also has s’mores and hot cocoa for their guests. This is a walking tour and guests can also tour the Lilly House that is on the grounds. The lights display is open until Jan 7.
    Visitors stroll through the IMA grounds and see more than 2 million lights twinkling. photos by Kaitlin Wallis
  • Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: The 32nd celebration of Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will take place through Dec 23. The celebration includes Kyle Van Newkirk, who is a 21 year-old dancer from NBC’s World of Dance. Senior Emily Sands said, “Christmas is my favorite holiday and I really enjoy celebrating it with my family at Yuletide.”
  • Jingle Rails: The Eiteljorg Museum is hosting its famous Jingle Rails exhibit again this holiday season. The exhibit contains 1,200 feet of track representing the Great American West. There are thirty special features, such as Lucas Oil Stadium and the Hoover Dam. The trains will be rumbling down the track through Jan 15.
  • Jolly Days Winter Wonderland: The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is hosting their holiday attraction, Jolly Days Winter Wonderland, through Jan 7. The winter-themed exhibit contains “ice skating” in socks, “ice fishing,” and “baking” winter goods with Mrs. Claus.
  • Circle of Lights: Monument Circle is hosting the annual Christmas tradition of the Circle of Lights. The 4,784 lights on 52 garnered strands will be lit around the monument until Jan 6.
  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: For theater goers, The One America Stage at Indiana Repertory Theatre will be presenting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The 90-minute show runs through Dec 24.
  • Christmas at the Zoo: The Indianapolis Zoo is hosting Christmas at the Zoo on Dec 13-23 and 26-30. The zoo is hosting the event for the 49th year from 5-9 p.m. on weeknights and 5-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The choirs recently performed at the zoo for visitors.