Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

A Highlight of December Special Events & Celebrations in Indiana

December 01, 2011

A look through of special events and celebrations to look for this month in Indianapolis and its surrounding areas.

Strides to Success

Strides to Success, a not-for-profit, provides Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy, as a resource for children, adults, families, business groups, schools and organizations toward achievement of behavioral, therapeutic and educational goals.

On Dec. 9 and 10 from 4 – 8 p.m. come enjoy Christmas with the Ponies and Santa! Create a great memory for the family and give back to the community! The proceeds raised from this event ($20 donation) will contribute to the Strides scholarship fund that supports programs for victims of abuse.

1350 Terry Drive

Plainfield, IN 46168

(317) 838-7002

Celebrate The Santa Claus Christmas Celebration in Santa Claus, Indiana

The charming southern Indiana town will host a celebration full of family fun during the first three weekends of December. Enjoy all the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas! Roast chestnuts on an open fire at Santa’s Candy Castle, and visit festive attractions such as the famous post office and the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store. You can also browse the Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show, take in the beauty of the holiday lights, and sit back and enjoy the parade.

For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration or a schedule of events, visit

Meridian Music's 4th Annual Music Marathon

On Dec. 10 all day Meridian Music will hold its 4th Annual Music Marathon in Munger Hall at Meridian Music in Carmel. This performance will kick off a 2-week food drive benefiting Gleaner’s Food Bank.

Meridian Music teachers and students along with other area music teachers and students will sign-up for performance time-slots. Many instruments, genres, and skill levels will be represented. All performers and audience members will be asked to donate at least one non-perishable food item the day of the performance. Meridian Music welcomes the general public to attend this event at anytime! For more information contact

New WonderLab Science Exhibition is a Blast!

Who knew air could be such a blast? WHOOSH! Amazing Air, a special exhibition that highlights the surprising properties of this ubiquitous but invisible substance, is now open at Bloomington’s WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology.

The interactive science exhibition about air provides opportunities to blast it from a cannon to knock down a block city, harness it to sail model boats, and heat it to lift a colorful hot air balloon (sans basket) to the second floor of the museum. The exhibition runs through May 13. For more information, visit

Annual Riley Holiday Cards Now Available

This holiday season give your friends, family and clients more than season’s greetings – give them cards designed by patients at Riley Hospital for Children. Proceeds from sales give hope to children and families who turn to Riley Hospital for expert and compassionate care and benefit Riley Children’s Foundation.

Riley Holiday Cards are available in packs of 10 for $8 and are sold exclusively at, and the Riley Hospital and IU Health North Hospital gift shops. Specific designs and variety packs are available. This year, companies may order personalized Riley Holiday Cards imprinted with a special message and company logo.

The program, which has been ongoing at Riley Hospital for nearly 20 years, allows patients to apply their creative skills to design cards for the season of giving. Riley Hospital employees, patients and families vote for their favorite designs.