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Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 16-22, 2013

December 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Concert, Dec. 22

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment
Scottish Rite Cathedral

Scottish Rite Cathedral. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Festival of Carols, the annual holiday show from the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, returns for the season following a sell-out run in 2012 and a sell-out opening performance on December 8 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 North Meridian Street, in downtown Indianapolis.

Performances will feature arrangements of holiday favorites including “Joy to the World, “O Holy Night,” the “Hallelujah Chorus” and more. Two performances remain on Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Festival of Carols is sponsored by Simon Property Group.

The 150-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, joined by special guests including soprano Maria Jette (as heard on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion), Butler University’s all-male a cappella group Out of the Dawg House and the city’s finest bell choir, the Circle City Ringers. As part of the Choir’s educational initiatives, students from the choir at Fishers High School will join the stage as well.

Tickets range from $15-$38 and may be purchased online. There may be a limited number of tickets available at the door. Group sales and student discounts are available. For performance details, audio preview links and ticket information, visit or call 317-940-9057.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Bohlsen Group.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 9-15, 2013

December 8, 2013 Leave a comment

’12 Free Days of Christmas’ in Indianapolis, Dec. 13-24

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Eli Lilly Civil War Museum on Monument Circle

Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum on Monument Circle. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Enjoy affordable fun for the family over the holidays. Each of the Downtown Indianapolis attractions listed below will offer FREE admission on one of 12 days leading up to Christmas. For more information, visit

Friday, Dec. 13

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, open noon – 6 p.m.

  • Get a glimpse into Kurt Vonnegut’s personal items and artwork or pull a book off the library shelves and relax with it in a comfy chair.  All guests will receive a FREE bumper sticker.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Pan Am Pavilion, open noon – 8 p.m.

  • Skate for FREE in the same arena where the Indiana Ice play! Note: skate rental is extra or you can bring your own. Enjoy the festivities on Georgia Street during the FREE City Sidewalks presented by BMO Harris Bank.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Elevator rides to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle and Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, open 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Did you know you could take an elevator ride to the top of the Monument? The observatory at the top offers breathtaking views of Downtown Indianapolis. Also visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum (see photo above) in the basement of the Monument.

Monday, Dec. 16

Indiana State Museum, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Experience Celebration Crossing and the much-loved L.S. Ayres Santa Claus Express train. Santa and Mrs. Claus will entertain visitors in their cozy home on level 3 of the museum.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

James Whitcomb Riley Museum, open 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Step back to the beginning of the 20th century – just as the great Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley experienced it for 23 years of his fascinating life.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Morris-Butler House, open noon – 3 p.m.

  • This beautiful restored 1865 home showcases the architecture, history and culture. The home also houses a collection of nineteenth-century sculptures, paintings and lithographs from all over the world.

Thursday, Dec. 19

The Indianapolis Museum of Art, open 5 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Grab some ideas for your own holiday décor during the IMA’s annual Winter Solstice. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Oldfields, the IMA will be looking to the 1900s and 1910s for decor inspiration. Warm up in the Lilly House with historic holiday decorations and music, then finish up your shopping at the Greenhouse and Museum.

Friday, Dec. 20

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Check out the impressive display of 75 vehicles, including The Marmon “Wasp,” which won the inaugural Indy 500 in 1911 and an exhibit honoring Parnelli Jones, 1963 Indy 500 winner.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Indiana Historical Society, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Spend the day enjoying the latest offerings – especially Destination Indiana and You Are There.  Grab a family photo next to the leg lamp from A Christmas Story.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, open 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Holiday season at the authentically-restored 1875 Italianate home of President Benjamin Harrison features Victorian holiday adornment.

Monday, Dec. 23

National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS), open 5:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Put in a little time on a treadmill or in a group fitness class and enjoy that holiday Eggnog without the guilt. NIFS offers an indoor NBA regulation-sized basketball court, Pilates studio, group fitness studio, 200-meter indoor track, fully-equipped weight room and more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment. Parking is available directly across the facility in the Riverwalk Garage (NIFS will validate.) Children ages 11-17 must be accompanied by an adult. A nursery is available for children under age 11 (see hours on website).

Tuesday, Dec. 24

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Holidays sparkle at the world’s largest children’s museum. Visit Jolly Days Winter Wonderland and experience the giant Yule Slide. Take part in a number of seasonal favorites including skating in socks on an indoor “pond,” climbing and sliding on the Snow Castle, “ice” fishing and pretend-baking holiday goodies in the Tradition Kitchen.

For more information about downtown Indianapolis, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

City Sidewalks Holiday Event on Georgia Street, Dec. 13-14

December 2, 2013 Leave a comment
Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis

Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

City Sidewalks presented by BMO Harris Bank offers fun, free Downtown holiday experience
“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style… In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.”  Silver Bells

Enjoy a new holiday tradition in Downtown Indianapolis as Georgia Street comes to life for City Sidewalks presented by BMO Harris Bank. For two days, Georgia Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Santa, holiday shopping, ice skating, holiday performances, a live nativity, kid’s activities, fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale and more.

City Sidewalks will take place Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 from noon to 9 p.m.

Holiday wreaths and lights will adorn Georgia Street as holiday music from B105.7 is played on newly installed Klipsch Audio speakers up and down the Georgia Street Boardwalk. Plus, residents living on the east block of Georgia Street will have a window decorating contest that will add to the festive atmosphere.

FREE ice skating will be available at the Pan Am Pavilion Saturday, Dec. 14.  Bring your skates or rent skates on site.

Enjoy local and seasonal food including roasted nuts, popcorn and various food from your favorite Georgia Street restaurants. Mulled cider, hot chocolate and traditional holiday spiced wine will be available at St. John Catholic Church. Additionally, take a tour of the church, view a live outdoor nativity scene or decorate cookies with your kids.

Numerous local artisans will sell holiday wares including jewelry, candy, gourmet popcorn, paper art, hot sauces, wine and more in a festive atmosphere.

Be sure to bring your list and visit Santa outside the Omni Severin Downtown Hotel. Enjoy local choirs, singers including the Indianapolis Opera and other musicians throughout the weekend.

Georgia Street is Downtown Indianapolis’ newest and coolest gathering place. Georgia Street restaurants including Hooters, Harry & Izzy’s, Tilted Kilt, Howl at the Moon, The Pub Indianapolis, The Old Spaghetti Factory and Kilroy’s Bar and Grill will be open and offering great deals.

For more information, visit or call 317-237-2222.


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