Here are some of the local sights to visit during Christmas Break



Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo by Erik Markov

Maggie Smith, Features and Opinions Editor

As the holiday season approaches, more and more events around the city are beginning to start up for the season. With the coronavirus pandemic, all lights and events have been moved completely outside with required masks and social distancing. Even with so many holiday traditions being cancelled, there are still ample opportunities to get outside with family and friends and celebrate the holidays. Here are just a few of the many holiday activities that are available to enjoy over the upcoming Christmas break. 

Newfields Winterlights

These entrancing lights of over a million and a half are set all around the IMA and allow visitors to experience a safe, relaxed, and fun environment. Visitors can view the dancing lights coordinated to music in front of the Lily house. Warm cookies, drinks, and popcorn are also available.

Christmas at the Zoo

Being the first zoo in the country to hold a lights event, the Indianapolis zoo has been doing Christmas at the Zoo since 1967. While seeing countless animals from around the world, visitors can enjoy the various lights throughout the zoo. There are also designated areas serving food, specifically in Santa’s village. More things to explore at this event include a penguin encounter, meeting Santa, and a light tunnel.

Festival of Trees

At the Indiana Historical Society, each year visitors can visit a winter wonderland. There are 50 unique holiday trees and one spectacular 30 foot tree. This event is filled with lots of fun family-friendly activities.

Circle of Lights

At the center of the city, every year, the circle lights up with lights streaming down the soldiers and sailors monument. These beautiful lights are great for pictures and holiday fun with places near by with food and hot chocolate. With Travelocity naming the 284-foot-tall monument one of the top 5 trees in the nation, it is a must see every holiday season.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

Located in the Children’s museum that is a holiday event that caters to the younger crowd. It includes characters, a giant slide, ice skating, and many more holiday themed activities.