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Downtown Indy's Favorite Holiday Traditions

Join the festivities downtown this December!

Downtown Indy's Favorite Holiday Traditions
December 2013

Downtown Indianapolis offers a rich selection of holiday events, attractions and shows sure to thrill all ages. Here are some seasonal favorites that Indianapolis residents and visitors have come to love. Continue your family's holiday tradition or start a new one!

City Sidewalks

Experience the second annual FREE City Sidewalks presented by BMO Harris Bank on Georgia Street Dec. 13 – 15. More than 20 local artisans will display and sell original artwork, holiday wares and food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Bundle up, enjoy some hot chocolate (for the kids) or German mulled wine (for the adults) and celebrate the holidays under a festive canopy of lights. Visit Santa, listen to carolers, see a live nativity scene, decorate cookies and ice skate inside Pan Am Pavilion. Visit www.indydt.com/citysidewalks.cfm

12 Free Days of Downtown Indy

Enjoy affordable fun for the family over the holidays during 12 Free Days of Downtown Indy. Twelve of Indianapolis' top attractions, including the Indiana State Museum, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and more will offer FREE admission on one of 12 days leading up to Christmas, Dec. 13 - 24. For more information on participating venues and the schedule, visit www.indydt.com/12freedays.cfm.

Celebration Crossingwww.indydt.com/12freedays.cfm

The Indiana State Museum's Celebration Crossing, taking place through Dec. 31, will bring back old memories and create new ones. Enjoy holiday food, sights and sounds. Children of all ages can ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows.

Jingle Rails

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art becomes a locomotive wonderland during the annual Jingle Rails exhibit, running through Jan. 19. Jingle Rails – a journey to the Great American West – includes a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels. Watch seven trains pass through replicas of actual Downtown Indianapolis destinations including Monument Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium and Union Station.

Christmas at the Zoo

Experience the incredible holiday light display at Christmas at the Zoo through Dec. 30. Visit with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, watch a holiday-themed dolphin show, listen to carolers and more during this annual Indianapolis Zoo tradition. Be on the lookout for up to 10 mistletoes for a chance to win a Dolphin In-Water Adventure.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

Explore Jolly Days at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis through Jan. 5 and take a ride down the popular Yule Slide and discover the Ice Castle and fishing holes. Santa will also be making appearances throughout the season, including Breakfasts with Santa Dec. 1, 7, 8 and 15. Enjoy FREE admission to the Children's Museum on Dec. 24 as part of 12 Free Days of Christmas.

Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration

One of Indianapolis' favorite holiday traditions, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, is back with 27 performances through Dec. 23. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" takes on a special meaning as this year's annual holiday production is hosted by Indianapolis native Sandi Patty and The von Trapp Family singers.

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