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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. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

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: 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 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 

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, or call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

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From IndyDT: Holiday Events in Downtown Indianapolis

November 9, 2013 Leave a comment
Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481

100,000 spectators. 4,784 colored lights. 52 garland strands. 52 larger-than-life decorations. 51 years. One must-see holiday tradition! The Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 takes place Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, from 6 – 8 p.m. on Monument Circle with live entertainment. The lighting takes place at approximately 7:45 p.m. with fireworks. Year after year, generations of families are drawn to Downtown’s incredible holiday centerpiece. (The actual installation of the centerpiece decor will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 on Monument Circle.  Approximately 200 IBEW #481volunteers will be on hand to install the 52 light strands.)

Coloring Contest: chance to win $529 College Choice Fund AND “flip the switch”

Children age 12 and under have the opportunity to “flip the switch” at the Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 Friday, Nov. 29 via a Coloring Contest.   New this year, five College Choice 529 $529 Direct Savings scholarships will be awarded to four finalists as well as the “grand prize” winner, who will appear on stage at the Circle of Lights® with Santa. Pick up a coloring sheet Nov. 1 – 18 at any Quality Connection contractor office or Indiana Members Credit Union location, or print additional copies at or  

Indy loves music!

November has plenty to offer music fans. Christine Andrea celebrates romance and her favorite songs in Love is Good Nov. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club.

Check out two not-to-miss performances at Hilbert Circle Theatre in November: Former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mario Venzago makes his much anticipated return Nov. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. The ISO will turn back the clock to the 1960s Nov. 8 – 10. The Beat Goes On: Music of the Baby Boomers will feature music by Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel, Frankie Valli and more.

For jazz lovers, Madame Walker Theatre Center showcases Jazz on the Avenue every last Friday of the month at 6 p.m. Listen to some of Indianapolis’ best musicians and vocalists while enjoying a catered dinner and drinks.

Two big names are coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Selena Gomez performs Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and P!nk performs Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Catch these acts at Old National Centre:

Nov. 9:            Amos Lee, 8 p.m.
Nov. 16:          Fitz & The Tantrums with Capital Cities, 7:30 p.m.

Theater and performance arts

The much anticipated Wicked returns to Downtown Indy, playing at Old National Centre Nov. 13 – Dec. 1.

Another favorite holiday tradition returns to Indianapolis: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. From Nov. 16 – Dec. 24, witness magic happen on this snow-covered stage.

America’s best-selling jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti, returns to the Hilbert Circle Theatre Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. performing charts from his 2012 Grammy Award-winning CD, Impressions.

November conventions and other large events

Nov. 7 – 9:      National Association for Gifted Children, JW Marriott

Nov. 13:          Music For All – Bands of America Grand Nationals, Lucas Oil Stadium

Nov. 21 – 23:  National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Lucas Oil Stadium

Nov. 29 – 30:  ISHAA State Football Championships

Veterans Day Parade

This year’s parade takes place Nov. 11 at 11:45 a.m. and includes more than 80 units. The parade begins at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, moves south on Pennsylvania Street to New York Street Street, west to Meridian Street and finishes at North Street.  There will also be a musical prelude at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial.

Holidays are just around the corner

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will celebrate Christmas at Lilly House Nov. 10 – Jan. 6. The home’s architecture will be decked out with ribbons, wreaths, garland and other fine holiday decorations reminiscent of the 30s and 40s.

Have a wonderful Christmas time at Jolly Days Winter Wonderland Nov. 23 – Jan. 5 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Take a ride down the ever-popular Yule Slide and discover the Ice Castle and fishing holes. Santa will also be making appearances throughout the season, with his first arrival (in a Dallara IndyCar!) Nov. 29 at 9 a.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will entertain visitors at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum Nov. 29 – Dec. 31.  Take part in annual festivities by taking a ride to holidays past on the original L.S. Ayres Santa Claus Express train.

Grab some hot chocolate and join in the fun at the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union Nov. 29 – Dec. 30 open Wednesday – Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23. Watch a holiday-themed dolphin show, visit the animals, decorate cookies and enjoy special activities throughout the Zoo. 

Downtown sports in full swing

Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:

Nov. 11:          Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m.

Nov. 15:          Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m.

Nov. 23:          Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.

Nov. 25:          Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m.

Nov. 29:          Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards, 8 p.m.

Indiana Ice at Pan Am Pavilion and Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Nov. 9:            Indiana Ice vs. Chicago Steel, 7:05 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Nov. 15:          Indiana Ice vs. Sioux City Musketeers, 7:05 p.m., Pan Am Pavilion

Nov. 16:          Indiana Ice vs. Sioux City Musketeers, 7:05 p.m., Pan Am Pavilion

Nov. 27:          Indiana Ice vs. Youngstown Phantoms, 7:05 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Colts play the St. Louis Rams Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Head to Georgia Street for the Colts Bud Light Tailgate before every home game. 

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