Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

December 2103 IC Community Spotlight

December 01, 2013

Christmas with the ponies

Visit with Santa and the Christmas ponies in a beautifully decorated, heated barn! Join in reindeer games, make a keepsake frame and enjoy holiday refreshments in this delightful holiday event that benefits Strides for Success, a not-for-profit organization providing equine- assisted learning and therapy for children, adults and veterans.

December 13 - 14, 2013 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Strides For Success Center, Plainfield

Call (317) 838-7002 or visit for event details

A $20 donation per family is recommended

Luminary Walk in Central Park

Spend a relaxing evening taking a walk through a winter wonderland in Carmel’s Central Park. Enjoy carolers and hot chocolate as you take in the ambiance of more than 2,000 luminaries lighting a path through the wetlands, floating over the lagoon and spanning across the boardwalk.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Free event

Shop ‘til you drop...locally

Head over to Old City Hall on Thursday, December 12th for the third annual “Totally Bazaar” free holiday shopping party hosted by Yelp! Three floors of local food, drinks, shopping and entertainment will delight visitors. If you’ve never been inside the Old City Hall building, you are in for a treat!

December 12, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

202 Alabama Street, Indianapolis


‘Tis the season for culture

There are so many ways to support the arts in Indianapolis this time of year! Here is a collection of opera, vocal, theatre and dance performances that will please the entire family.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

This story tells of the miraculous night the Three Kings, following the star of Bethlehem, stopped for shelter at the home of a poor, crippled shepherd boy. The production captures the essential spirit of Christmas and is a wonderful way to introduce children to the art form of opera.

December 6-15, 2013

Basile Opera House, Indianapolis

Call (317)283-3470 or visit for show details and tickets

A Christmas Carol

This beloved classic of loss and redemption has returned to IRT’s snow-covered stage. Continue the holiday tradition of seeing the show again or begin a new one and catch a performance for the first time this year!

Now through December 24, 2013

Indiana Repertory Theatre main stage, Indianapolis

(317) 635-5252

Handel’s Messiah

Christ Church Cathedral presents its annual holiday performance of George F. Handel’s Messiah. The performance includes the critically acclaimed Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and the Baroque Orchestra of the Early Music Institute (Indiana University).

December 6, 2013 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium, Carmel

December 8, 2013 3:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis

Call (317) 636-4577 or visit for ticket information links.

Jingle Arrgh the Way! A Christmas Pirate Adventure

Based on the bestselling “How I Became a Pirate” books, the music and magic of this delightful tale will keep kids on the edge of their seats.

Weekends through January 5, 2014

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Lilly Theatre

(317) 334-3322

Free with admission

A Year With Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters are back! Follow the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through the four seasons as they learn valuable lessons of friendship and diversity.

December 13 - 22, 2013

Studio Theater in The Center for the Performing Arts

(317) 843-3800