Winter Fun in Hamilton County


Winter is here but let’s not get those blues! We have some things you can do with our family this winter season. Check out this round up of winter fun in Hamilton County thanks to our friends at Visit Hamilton County!


Holiday shows at the Palladium in Carmel

What better way to celebrate the season than with music! The Center for the Performing Arts at the Palladium has a musical lineup sure to put you in the holiday spirit. With a full list of varied performances to choose from in December, it’s the perfect holiday date night for adults. Don’t miss the Festival of Carols performances by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir where audiences of all ages are invited to join the fun.

Reynolds Christmas Lights Display in Fishers

Did someone say “free?” Some of the best Christmas lights in the state are at Reynolds Farm Equipment in Fishers, and it’s free to cars full of families wanting to get into the holiday spirit. Turn on your best holiday music playlist and check out the more than 150 light displays this year full of reindeer, tractors and trains. Fact: Reynolds takes donations for the local food bank and has been brightening up the sky for 25 years!


Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie in Fishers 

Step back in time and into the kitchen at Conner Prairie’s Hearthside Suppers. Hosted in the historic 1823 William Conner House, guests ages 10 and older will be able to assist with meal preparations like churning butter while learning 19th century food techniques and etiquette. Suppers will be enjoyed like the old days by candlelight with entertainment from the costumed interpreters.


Ice skating at Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza in Noblesville 

Bundle up and come out to the newly opened Ice Plaza at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville! Open at varied times in throughout winter, the outdoor rink will host themed nights where visitors can wear ugly sweaters, dress up as Buddy the Elf or come in costume as a police officer or firefighter. Admission is $12 and food trucks will be available on the weekends. 


City Center, IKEA and more

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and enjoy a day of browsing the many locally-owned shops found throughout the county. Never before has there been more holiday shopping options in the area until now! IKEA, the Nickel Plate District in Fishers and the Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville are just a few of the many choices to snag that perfect Christmas gift. You can also ride the Carmel Holiday Trolley to the Arts & Design District, Indiana Design Center and City Center.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

A European holiday tradition has come to the Indianapolis area, located right in the heart of Carmel. Open through Christmas Eve, the German market radiates holiday cheer to its visitors with a mug of mulled wine, tasty treats from 40 vendors and outdoor ice skating at the new Ice at Center Green. Admission for the market is free, so bring the whole family!


Winter Wonderland in Fishers

The Nickel Plate District comes to life at Fishers’ Winter Wonderland. The tree lighting and kid’s festivities will be held the evening of Nov. 30, but the Center Green decorations will be up through Christmas. Plan an evening to drive to see the holiday lights or bring the kids to snap a photo with Santa or mail their Christmas wish list to the North Pole. 


Coming soon: Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville

Stay tuned for information on Strawtown Koteewi’s newest adventure: a sledding hill! Families and kids will be able to spend their snow day tubing, sliding and guiding down the newly formed sledding hill.

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Kait is a small town, Indiana girl who knew she was destined for the Big(ger) City when she grew up. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Elementary Education, she found her love and passion as a second grade teacher in Indianapolis, where she has been teaching for nine years. Kait is the mom to three sweet littles, Cohen, Lola and Remy, and a teenage step-daughter. When she isn’t busy attempting to play Super Mom, she enjoys running, fashion, iced coffee and spending time with her family. Kait and her husband Kurtis reside in Westfield where they are raising their young family. You can catch up with her wild journey through motherhood on her blog, High Heels and Mommy Ordeals.