CityBeat: Indianapolis Celebrates the Season

Circle of Lights

Indianapolis once again braces for the winter by welcoming in the holiday season with festivities, lights, and attractions.

One of the most recognizable elements of Indianapolis is the Circle of Lights – the lighting of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Monument Circle.  Often referred to by locals as the “world’s largest Christmas tree,” the Circle of Lights will shine on Indianapolis’s downtown (and 1070 The Fan and WIBC’s studios) through early January.

Of course, the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association has a wonderful collection of cultural and family events, including Christmas at the Zoo.  The Indianapolis Zoo’s beautiful grounds will be covered in lights and holiday cheer throughout the holiday season.  Free for members and only $9.50 adults/$7.50 youth/seniors, Christmas at the Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday each week, closed Christmas Even and Christmas Day, and re-opens all week after Christmas.

An absolute gem for locals and tourists alike, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is in full holiday swing with Jolly Days Winter Wonderland, the famous Yule Slide, and of course, Santa.  The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday through Christmas Eve. For those a bit too young to ring in 2012 at midnight, the Children’s Museum even offers a “countdown to noon” at the museum’s water clock on New Year’s Eve.

If holiday shopping is what you’re after, you know you’ll be dealing with crowds.  Whether at Castleton, Keystone At the Crossing, Greenwood, Clay Terrace, or downtown at Circle Center, get updates on shopping traffic from WIBC.

Season’s Greetings!