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Fill your thermos with hot chocolate, pack some Christmas cookies, pile the family into the car, and visit these MUST-SEE Christmas light displays right down the street from you!
It’s that time of year where driving around in the snow isn’t so bad when you get to look at all the colorful Christmas lights—it’s become one of our FAVORITE Christmas traditions. With the help of IBEW #481, we’re spreading the cheer & compiling a list of the BEST neighborhood & house lights around the Indy area.
Check out our map of each location below. No matter where you live, these sites are worth the drive!
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Circle of Lights presented by IBEW Local 481
1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
Indy’s most beloved holiday tradition, the Circle of Lights presented by IBEW Local 481, features 52 garland strands with 4,784 lights strung from the top of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument to its base where larger-than-life toy soldiers and candy canes encircle the Monument. Thousands gather on November 29th to watch the city light up with the spirit of Christmas, and it’s always a stop for locals and visitors throughout the season.
Christmas at the Zoo
1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN
Stay warm sipping on hot beverages or enjoying one of the campfires! Several animals will also stay up late to enjoy cooler nights, including brown bears, tigers and more! Have your camera ready for the moment you step inside the Tunnel of Lights, visit Santa’s Village, look for mistletoe hidden throughout the Zoo and more!
Lights at the Brickyard
4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Lights at the Brickyard presented by Fifth Third Bank, returns Nov. 27 through Jan. 5, 2020 and will feature dozens of colorful displays totaling more than three million bright lights on a 2-mile course through the IMS infield and historic oval, including the front stretch and world-famous “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line.
4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN
It’s very merry. It’s really bright. Winterlights returns for a third year! Create even more memories this season with friends and family as you stroll through our spectacular Winter Wonderland, sip apple cider or hot chocolate (spiked options are available for adults) and make s’mores over a fire pit.
Christmas Night of Lights
1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and begin a new Christmas tradition with the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Come see over 1 million twinkling lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo!
Sullivan Hardware & Garden
6955 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, IN
A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN
It’s A Merry Prairie Holiday Festival at Conner Prairie! Enjoy the Conner Prairie holiday family fun you already love and a host of new features you won’t want to miss. All under the shimmering backdrop of a local, time-honored favorite moving to a new home at Conner Prairie: the Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights!
Winter Wonderland at Nickel Plate District Amphitheater
6 Municipal Dr, Fishers, IN
Kick off the most wonderful time of the year at Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 7 from 4 – 7 PM at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. There will be ice carving demonstrations, carriage rides, a Candy Cane Hunt, stories with Santa inside City Hall, s’mores stations and more!
Christmas in the Woods
6733 Yellowstone Pkwy, Indianapolis, IN
Visit Carl’s the E.L.F.’s house—he’s an Extreme Lighting Fanatic. Their Christmas in the Woods display now features over 20,000 lights that are synchronized to over an hour of Christmas songs.
1500 S Center St, Plainfield, IN
Drive through this park after dark at your leisure!
Winterland at Ellis Park
600 E Main St, Danville, IN
$10 per carload
Christmas on the Square on November 29th features a live nativity scene, a trackless train, Christmas characters walking around, carolers and hot cocoa — all under a beautiful canopy of lights that brings out the Christmas spirit in even the Grinchiest of Grinches. It all culminates in the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.
Lights on Lancaster
7188 Lancaster Ln, Avon, IN
This is a computer controlled/animated holiday light show provided free for the enjoyment of others in the Indianapolis, Plainfield, Avon and Brownsburg area. Our cause is to provide little more enjoyment to other people’s lives at the holidays. We hope it brings a little more happiness to yours. You can find out more about this display by going to our website at www.LOLweb.org Happy Holidays!