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Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo thru Dec. 30, 2018 @indianapoliszoo

November 26, 2018 Leave a comment
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Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Photo provided by the Indianapolis Zoo and used with written permission.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS — A light sprinkling of snow and the glow of twinkling lights will fill the sky, creating a magical nighttime experience that has become one of Central Indiana’s most beloved holiday traditions.

Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union is bigger than ever, now offering 36 nights of merriment and memories in the making. With Mondays and Tuesdays added in for the first time, the event kicked off Nov. 23 and continues daily through Dec. 30, 2018, closed only on Christmas Eve and Day. The Zoo opens at noon and Christmas at the Zoo activities go from 5-9pm, extended until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Now celebrating 50 years, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to host a holiday lights event, and this wintertime favorite continues to grow year after year.

Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, Santa’s Village is a newer addition to Christmas at the Zoo. Guests will feel like they’ve stepped inside a glittering snow globe as they walk under a festive archway and discover the whimsical scene. Children can meet the Jolly Old Elf himself inside his charming study. Families can snap photos in Santa’s Barn presented by State Farm where his magical sleigh and a few reindeer await. Plus, there are opportunities to see penguins and wintertime dogs. The Snowflakery mirror maze hides fun and surprises around every corner. For a special treat, guests can decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen.

A stunning tunnel of lights will lead visitors from Santa’s Village into the rest of the beautifully decorated Zoo, which will transform at sunset into a winter wonderland. Several large displays provide memorable photo ops, including We Three Trees presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and Christmas Tree Joy presented by Honda Manufacturing. The 100 percent LED energy-efficient lights are presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

Additionally, many of the Zoo’s more robust animals will be out late to enjoy the cooler weather, including tigers, brown bears, walrus, red panda and others. All the Zoo’s indoor exhibits will be open to offer a perfect place for guests to go when cheeks get rosy. Plus, guests can learn more about their favorite animals during special chats throughout the day.

Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations. Guests can receive $1 off admission at the gate with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to benefit St. Mary’s Child Center. Visit IndianapolisZoo.com for advance tickets and more information.

Christmas at the @IndianapolisZoo 2016

November 20, 2016 Leave a comment

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By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS — The crackle of a warm fire, hand-made decorations and a twinkle in the night — wintertime is full of beauty and wonder. At the Indianapolis Zoo, the best of the holiday season comes together with a “wild” twist during Christmas at the Zoo presented by Teachers Credit Union and Donatos.

Nominated for two consecutive years for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights nationwide, this festive tradition began back in 1967 when the Indianapolis Zoo became the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event. Now entering its 48th year, guests can enjoy 28 magical nights of Christmas at the Zoo — Nov. 25-27, 30; Dec. 1-4, 7-11, 14-23 and 26-30, 2016. The Zoo is open each day from noon-9pm and holiday activities begin at 5pm.

The more robust animals will be out late to enjoy the cooler weather, including the tigers, sea lions, red pandas, brown bears, walrus and many others. All of the Zoo’s indoor exhibits will be open to offer a perfect place for guests to go when cheeks get rosy. Additionally, special animal keeper chats throughout the day will help put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

As the sun sets, the glow of twinkling lights will create a magical nighttime experience throughout the Zoo. The 100-percent LED experience is presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Several dancing displays add to the festive atmosphere, including We Three Trees presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and the All-A-Glow Light Show. Plus, the White River Junction Train presented by DAMAR Services offers an express ride through a wonderland filled with lights.

As they stroll through the Zoo, guests can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, sample delicious holiday treats and enjoy carolers singing by the fireside. Plus, visitors who find the hidden mistletoe have a chance to win a spectacular holiday gift — an Animal Art Adventure.

In White River Gardens, visitors can shake off the winter chill and enjoy Santa’s Tropical Paradise inside the Hilbert Conservatory. Families will also love participating in the scavenger hunt presented by USA Insulation. Additional activities await at Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-fil-A, where the little ones will love to decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, write letters to Santa and meet Kris Kringle himself through Dec. 23.

Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations. Guests can receive $1 off admission at the gate with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to benefit St. Mary’s Child Center. Visit http://IndianapolisZoo.com/ for advance tickets and more information, or call 317-630-2001.

November 2016 Events in Downtown Indianapolis via @IndyDT

October 30, 2016 Leave a comment
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Monument Circle during the holiday season.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

November brings Circle of Lights and holiday happenings

Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented IBEW #481 – Friday, Nov. 25
The Friday after Thanksgiving, generations of families will converge on Monument Circle to celebrate the lighting of 4,787 lights strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. USA Today listed the Circle of Lights® as one of the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.” The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. and the Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m. Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with Santa and with Josh Kaufman, host of the Indianapolis Symphony’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. The event will be broadcast live on WTHR from 7 – 8 p.m. After Circle of Lights, head over to Carson’s Department Store for Selfies with Santa from 8 – 10 p.m.

Carson’s Coloring Contest: chance to win $529 College Choice Fund and “flip the switch”
Children ages 3 – 12 have the opportunity to “flip the switch” and turn on the lights at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 by entering Carson’s Coloring Contest. Five finalists will be awarded College Choice 529 Direct Savings scholarships and gift certificates to Carson’s. One grand prize winner will appear on stage with Santa to help light the Monument. Print copies of the coloring sheet here. The contest runs through Nov. 14.

#BeMonumental
One of the 20th largest marathons in the United States, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon kicks off Nov. 5. Starting and finishing at the Indiana Capitol building, the course itself has been national recognized for being fast and flat. In addition, a half-marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run are available. The Marathon has sold out the past four consecutive years and is expected to sell out again this year.

Spirit & Place
Winner of the NUVO Cultural Vision Award and the Indiana Achievement Award, the Spirit & Place Festival takes place Nov. 4 – 13. The Festival features over 50 events for all ages at different locations around Downtown. The theme this year is Home, and include events such as B3 Home: Bats, Bees & Birds, where you can learn how to make homes for these creatures; Sounds of Home; and many more.

Veterans Day Parade
Take time to honor those who have served our country at the Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 beginning at 11:45 a.m. More than 80 units will march starting at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, move south on Pennsylvania Street to New York Street, west to Meridian Street and finish at North Street. In addition, a musical prelude will take place at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m., both on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial.

Great Pet Expo
Do you own at pet, thinking of becoming a pet owner or just love animals? Check out the Great Pet Expo Nov. 12 & 13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Expo features Canine in the Clouds stunt dog and dock diving team, a dog grooming competition, llamas, alpacas, angora goats and many more pet-filled activities. Also, new this year is a wiener dog race!

Holiday happenings
All aboard! Experience the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art’s magical holiday model train exhibit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Watch trains as they pass through iconic replicas of Downtown locations such as Lucas Oil Stadium, Monument Circle and more beginning Nov. 19.

Christmas at the Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo hosts Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union Nov. 25 – 27 & 30; Dec. 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 23 & 26 – 30. The Zoo opens at noon with holiday activities from 5 – 9 p.m. each day. Visit Saint Nick in Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-Fil-A, listen to carolers around a warm campfire, eat some delicious treats and more.

Christmas at the Lilly House
Take a step back in time with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Christmas at the Lilly House. The historic home of J.K. Lilly, Jr. will feature holiday decorations from the 1930s and 40s, as well as contemporary décor starting Nov. 19.

Celebration Crossing
The Indiana State Museum comes alive with holiday merriment starting Nov. 25 with Celebration Crossing. Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into holidays past from a recreated L.S. Ayers store window.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Watch a timeless holiday classic, as Downtown Indy, Inc. partners with the IMAX Theater to show It’s a Wonderful Life on the biggest screen in the state Tuesday, Dec. 6. Proceeds from each ticket will support Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Beautification Fund.

For all holiday events, visit www.downtownindy.org.

Downtown sports
The Indianapolis Colts play two home games at Lucas Oil Stadium: Nov. 20 & 24. The Indiana Pacers season heats up with 11 home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Nov. 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 & 27.

Christmas at the Zoo, Nov. 27 to Jan. 3

November 22, 2015 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Zoo. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

The warm glow of twinkling lights will fill the night sky as the Indianapolis Zoo brings together the best of the holiday season with a wild twist for its 47th year of Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union.

This festive tradition began back in 1967 when the Indianapolis Zoo became the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event. Now, more than 100,000 guests each year come to make new Christmastime memories.

This year, visitors can experience the magic of this beloved event from 5-9pm Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 27-Jan. 3, plus Dec. 21, 22, 28 and 29. The Zoo is closed on Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day.

The Zoo opens daily at noon, and guests are encouraged to come early to find parking and visit with their favorite cold-weather critters, like tigers, polar bear, sea lions, walrus, brown bears and more.

The Zoo’s many indoor exhibits offer a perfect place for guests to go when cheeks get rosy, while special animal keeper chats throughout the day will help put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Guests also have a chance to win an Animal Art Adventure by finding the mistletoe hidden around grounds.

As the sun sets, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland filled with colorful, 100-percent LED lights and displays, including We Three Trees presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and the All-A-Glow Light Show presented by United Healthcare.

As visitors stroll through the Zoo, they can sip on a cup of hot cocoa, sample delicious holiday treats, listen to local choirs on the Holiday Harmony Stage presented by WTHR and enjoy traditional carolers singing by the fireside.

Additional activities await in White River Gardens at Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-fil-A, where the little ones will love decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa and meeting Kriss Kringle himself through Dec. 23.

The wintertime crafts and activities continue even after Santa heads back to the North Pole, and visitors can enjoy Santa’s Tropical Paradise inside the Hilbert Conservatory throughout the holiday season.

Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission for other visitors. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations.

Guests can receive $1 off admission at the gate with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to benefit St. Mary’s Child Center. Visithttp://www.IndianapolisZoo.com/ for advance tickets and more information, or call 317-630-2001.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 23-29, 2013

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment