Holiday spirit is usually in full swing before the Thanksgiving holiday begins, but holiday festivities unfortunately do not start up until the day after Thanksgiving. Some popular activities that are fairly close to Lebanon, Indiana include but are not limited to: Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo, Circle of Lights in Downtown Indianapolis, and STIHL Reynolds Tractors lights located in Fishers Indiana.
The Friday after Thanksgiving, more than 100,000 people gather on Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis to celebrate the lighting of 4,784 lights strung across the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors monument in the formation of a Christmas tree. This is considered to be the official kick off of the Christmas season in downtown Indianapolis, drawing not only locals but also people from all sides of the city.
Sponsored by the Teacher’s Credit Union, Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo, began on November 25th this year and will end on December 30th; festivities usually lasting from 5-9 p.m. on weekends. Christmas at the Zoo has many activities within that are appealing to all ages and enjoyable for the whole family. Delicious treats are available all night and carolers are scattered throughout to set the cheerful holiday mood. Although the event lasts all the way through the end of the month, plan to visit early in order to get to sit in with Santa Claus, as he will only be available until December 23rd. Visit http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/events-and-groups/zoo-events/christmas-at-the-zoo for more information regarding dates, times, and ticket pricing for holiday activities at the zoo.
STIHL Reynolds Tractor, is a farming equipment company that hosts a holiday drive through light show every year in order to spread the holiday cheer in the Fishers, Indiana community. The show is open and free to the public but Reynolds Tractor Supply will kindly take any donations. The date and times for this event varies, for more information visit http://indywithkids.com/locations/reynolds-farm-equipment/
Some other holiday festivities include the Frankfort Lights and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, these events are low in cost and very memorable for the whole family.
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