Holiday Events at the Indiana History Center
By Amy Lamb
Indiana History Center
Anytime is a great time to visit the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, but the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer extra opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the facts and fun of Indiana’s history this holiday season. The History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
Now through Jan. 5, step into a scene from A Christmas Story for a fun photo opor enjoy Eli Lilly Hall’s holiday transformation into a gorgeous tree-filled white winter wonderland featuring beautiful handmade star lanterns. Guests are invited to step into a scene from A Christmas Story for a fun photo op with the infamous leg lamp—with or without bunny suits. Visitors can also travel back to many other places and times with the interactive and hi-tech elements of the Indiana Experience, which brings the wealth of IHS’s extensive collections to life in meaningful and enjoyable ways.
As always, the perfect place for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping this season is the IHS’s Basile History Market, and the Stardust Terrace Café (operated by Hoaglin To Go) offers some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches in town.
In another effort to make the holiday season a little brighter, the IHS is also partnering with WRTV6 to collect items for its annual RTV6 Toy Drive. Each guest who donates a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant through 12 years of age) at the History Center between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 will receive free admission to the Indiana Experience (one toy per admission).
All IHS holiday activities are included with admission to the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Experience.
Other special events include:
Free Admission Day – Saturday, Dec. 15
Also, as a special holiday gift to the community, the IHS will offer free admission on Saturday, Dec. 15. In addition to the holiday experience, visitors can also travel back to many other places and times with the interactive and hi-tech elements of the Indiana Experience, which brings the wealth of IHS’s extensive collections to life in meaningful and enjoyable ways.
Winterfest – Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 (Wednesday through Saturday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Free Indiana Experience Admission offered Dec. 26-29)
Bring the whole family to the History Center Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-5 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to enjoy IHS’s annual Winterfest—guests during the first week receive free Indiana Experience admission. Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians. The Stardust Terrace Café will offer kid-friendly snacks and lunches throughout the run, and Radio Disney will be on hand to entertain the crowd Dec. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. with games, prizes and music. Visit www.indianahistory.org to learn what’s in store each day. Winterfest is presented by Macy’s with support from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
For more information, visit http://indianahistory.org/, or call 317-232-1882.