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December/January Events in Downtown Indianapolis

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment
IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum

Free admission at the IMAX Theatre on Jan. 20.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Holidays winding down

Still searching for one last dose of holiday cheer? Downtown opportunities are plentiful. As the holidays wind down in Downtown Indy, make sure to check out our Holidays Happenings page to stay up-to-date on events at the end of December:  http://www.indydt.com/holidaymedia.cfm. A fan favorite, 12 Free Days in Downtown Indy, ends Dec. 24.  Ride the Yule Slide at Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum. Get decorating ideas from the early 20th century at Christmas at Lilly House. Take the Santa Claus Express train at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. Enjoy dazzling twinkle lights at Christmas at the Zoo. See the landmarks and trains at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails.  The Circle of Lights display will remain lit through Jan. 10. 

Ring in the New Year Downtown!

Whether you are looking for live music, good food or family-friendly festivities, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the New Year Downtown! Visit http://www.indydt.com/nye.cfm for a list of Downtown New Year’s Eve events. Check back for updates as more Downtown events and specials are announced.

2014 Beautification Calendar

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI) is planning for Downtown’s beautification in 2014. IDI’s Beautification Calendar is distributed to hundreds of Downtown businesses to encourage clean properties and colorful landscaping. Different color themes are created to add variety and a cohesive, sophisticated atmosphere as each season changes. Businesses and landscapers can be creative and choose flowers appropriate to site conditions. Find 2014 color themes here (think: blue, yellow and orange for spring). Also, IDI recently planted 15 new trees thanks to IPL’s Trees for Tomorrow program, helping to keep Downtown green and vibrant! 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day promotions and events

Hoosiers will be able to choose from wide range of FREE or inexpensive events taking place Jan. 20 for MLK Day. Some of these special events include FREE admission to White River State Park attractions, including the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theatre, Eiteljorg and NCAA Hall of Champions. Also enjoy FREE admission and activities at Victory Field. Visitors are asked to bring one canned food item per person for donation to Gleaner’s Food Bank.

Gather the family and enjoy a FREE admission to the Children’s Museum. The IMA will host a community day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with art, film, music and a celebration of the Theater of Inclusion’s community-built art project, One and All. The IUPUI Campus Center hosts its 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hundreds of students and faculty will volunteer at various community sites around the city.  As most kids will have the day off from school, many families are expected to spend the day taking part in one or more of these activities.

Devour Downtown Winterfest kicks off Jan. 20
Anticipate more Downtown diners as 50+ Downtown restaurants offer specially-priced menu items. Participating Downtown restaurants will offer guests $30 – $35 per-person menus plus gratuity and tax while showcasing specialty dishes and highlighting popular items from their menus. Several lunch and dinner menus are two for $30!  For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.devourdowntown.org. 

Big names take the stage

Harlem Globetrotters, Jan. 20, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes, Jan. 22 – Jan. 26, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Rock of Ages, Jan. 26, Old National Centre 

Downtown bustling with sports action

Downtown will stay busy with several Indiana Pacers games and Indiana Ice matches throughout December and January. Pacers fans will be packing Bankers Life Fieldhouse Dec. 28 & 31 and Jan. 4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, & 30. The Indiana Ice play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Dec. 30 and Jan. 3 & 11 and at Pan Am Pavilion Jan. 4, 10 & 30. The iconic Harlem Globetrotters return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Jan. 20.

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

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. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
http://indychoir.org/

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 www.indychoir.org 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.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://www.indydt.com/

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 http://www.indydt.com/12freedays.cfm.

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 http://www.indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

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