Looking for something to do this winter in downtown Indy? Look no further!
1. Circle of Lights
For over half a century the Circle of Lights has been an Indianapolis tradition. Each year thousands of people flock to Circle City to watch the lighting of what’s claimed to be the largest Christmas tree in the world. This annual televised event is fun for all ages and offers entertainment before the big lighting to start the holiday season off right.
2. Indy Parks & Recreation
Stay active this winter and head out to one of the many Indianapolis parks! They offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor events and activities throughout the season, and you can check out their website for parks that are approved to sled or ski. You can also try your hand at hockey or broomball at Perry Park Ice Rink! Bundle up and enjoy nature this winter!
3. Carmel Christkindlmarkt
A German tradition turned Indianapolis staple, Christkindlmarkt is well worth the drive to Carmel. They have arguably the best outdoor skating rink in the Indy area, not to mention all the delicious traditional German food and drinks! Pick up stocking stuffers and holiday decorations at one of the many vendors or just walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!
4. Penn & Beech Candle Co.
One of life’s simple pleasures is a warm scented candle during the holiday season. What’s better than cuddling up on the couch, watching a cheesy Christmas movie, with the smell cinnamon, pine, or mulled wine filling the room? What about making your own custom fragrance and pouring your own candle to burn? Walk over to Penn & Beech and you can do just that! Choose from one of their premade candles, or make your own!
5. Easley Winery
Only six blocks from Monument Circle, Easley Winery has been making wines since 1974 and has something for every palette. This is a great local spot no matter what the season, but it’s especially nice during winter as an activity that doesn’t require bundling up and going out in the cold. Open daily, stop in for a bottle of wine or make the time for a tasting!
6. Indianapolis City Market
Don’t let the winter weather keep you from eating, drinking, and shopping local! The Farmers’ Market may be closed for the season, but the Indy City Market is open year-round with its dozens of local vendors and merchants. Enjoy a local craft brew, pick up something for lunch or dinner, or purchase a unique gift for you or a friend.
7. Indy Fuel Hockey Game
Indiana may not be known for its hockey, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a trip to Indiana Farmers Coliseum to catch a Fuel game! Affiliated with the NFL’s Blackhawks and AHL’s IceHogs, Indiana’s own hockey team may have only been around since 2013, but they put on a good game! Check out their website for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.
Combining art and nature, Newfields is an offshoot of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is a wonderful experience no matter the season. As with many gardens, Newfields is transformed spectacularly during the winter season with lights dancing on the Lilly House lawn. They also have holiday-specific decorations and scenery. Check their website for hours of operation and to purchase tickets.
9. New Year’s Eve
No matter your style Downtown Indy is bound to have a New Year’s Eve party for you. From masquerade balls, to shows at Beef & Boards, to family celebrations at the Indiana State Museum and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, no matter how you like to ring in the new year you can find something in Indy!
10. Crackers Comedy Club
Fight the winter blues by going to the Downtown Indy comedy club, Crackers! They have a weekly open mic night to check out local talent (or work on a tight 5 yourself!) and bring in other talent from all over for weekly shows as well. Check out their calendar for scheduled comedians or head over any Tuesday for open mic!