December Plan Ahead: Your Indy events calendar

Happy December, Indy. ❄️ If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the snow days, holiday lights, and the season of giving — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the Circle City.

Wed., Dec. 1-Sun., Dec. 5

Wed., Dec. 1

  • Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $9+ | It’s Pacers versus Hawks in this Eastern Conference NBA showdown. 🏀
  • Indiana State Museum Holiday Sounds | Wed., Dec. 1 | 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St. | Cost of purchase | Starting today, enjoy daily holiday music performed by local school + community groups in the museum’s Great Hall with your admission ticket. 🎼
  • WOW Presents : Frank Glover | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6:30 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. | $23+ | Enjoy Indiana jazz clarinetist + composer Frank Glover for his first live performance in two years. 🎵
  • Free Kitchen Party: Quick Holiday Appetizers | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6-8 p.m. | CUTCO Stores Indianapolis, 5025 E 82nd St. | Free | Learn to make unique holiday hors d’oeuvres like Cranberry Goat Cheese Truffles with Cutco’s 7 5/8″ Petite Chef. 🍳
  • Hemp at the Crossroads | Wed., Dec. 1-3 | Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport, 6089 Clarks Creek Rd. | $200+ | Join the Midwest Hemp Council’s three day conference discussing building the whole hemp plant economy from seed to shelf. 💼
  • Menorah Aflame Chanukah Service | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6-6:45 p.m. | Winter Pavilion, 10 Carter Green | Free | Join the Carmel Jewish community at Christkindlmarkt as they ignite the Chanukah Menorah, and enjoy music + food. 🕎 

Thurs., Dec. 2

  • Lagers + Leaders | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 4-6 p.m. | Brew Link Brewpub, 714 N Capitol Ave. | Free for members, $35 for non-members | Join Indy Chamber’s last Lagers and Leaders of the year to network with fellow members and leaders from the region. 🍺
  • Wizard Fest Yule Ball | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7:30-11 p.m. | Irving Theater, 5505 East Washington St. | $15+ | Get ready for a magical night of wizard themed vendors, cosplay, decorations, drinks + contests. 🪄
  • Butler Ballet Presents The Nutcracker | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Dec. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave. | $25+ | Watch Butler Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker just in time for the season. 🩰
  • AF-Indianapolis: Annual Holiday Party | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Sun King Barrel House Broad Ripple, 1021 Broad Ripple Ave. | Free | Join America’s Future, nonprofit + small business supporter, in a celebration featuring an ugly sweater contest — appetizers + first drink ticket provided. 🍷
  • Good Neighbor x Brick Hive Floral Workshop | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Good Neighbor, 850 Massachusetts Ave. | $49.99 | Learn how to prep + arrange floral arrangements to display this season — plus, bring home the bouquet you craft. 💐
  • Herron Winter Market | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 1-6 p.m. | Herron School of Art and Design | Free | Shop local + support student clubs at Herron by browsing through a selection of affordable artwork. 🖼️
  • Bright Lights Holiday Nights | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 5-9 p.m. | 11th St. + Capitol Ave. | Free |  Check out Stutz Artists Annual Holiday Show for live music, artful gifts, food vendors, and holiday cheer. 🎁

Fri., Dec. 3 

  • Indy Jazz Fest: Steve Allee “Vision & Legacy” | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 W 46th St. | Listen to new compositions + arrangements of Indiana Jazz Composers. 🎹
  • Irvington Holiday Open House | Fri., Dec. 3 | 5-10 p.m. | Collectors Paradise, 5618 E Washington St. | Cost of purchase | Enjoy holiday shopping at local Irvington shops and restaurants. 🛍️
  • Holiday Fest + Cookie Walk | Fri., Dec. 3 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Hendricks County Conference Center, 1900 E Main St. | Free | Join a holiday fest with craft booths, entertainment, vendors + homemade cookies. 🍪
  • Indiana Latino Expo Awards Gala | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6:30-11 p.m. | The Willows Event Center, 6729 Westfield Blvd. | $60+ | Celebrate the nominees + winners who have made a significant impact on the Latino community in Indiana. 🏆
  • Elf the Musical | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | Civic Theatre, 1 Carter Green, Carmel | $58+ | Spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear with this performance based on the cherished 2003 Cinema hit Elf.
  • Student + Teacher Appreciation Day | Fri., Dec. 3 | Noon-9 p.m. | 10 Carter Green, Carmel | Free | Teachers can enjoy a free hot chocolate at Christkindlmarkt + students can visit Guest Services for a gift. 🍎
  • Tiny 10 First Friday reception | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6-10 p.m. | Gallery 924, 924 N Pennsylvania St. | Free | This local art event is back + smaller than ever with original 6”x6”x6” artworks for sale, typically under $100. 🖼️
  • Bright Lights Holiday Nights | Fri., Dec. 3 | 4-10 p.m. | 11th St. + Capitol Ave. | Free |  Check out Stutz Artists Annual Holiday Show for live music, artful gifts, food vendors, and holiday cheer. 🎁

Sat., Dec. 4 

  • Peppermint Nights Winter Market | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-6 p.m. | 540 N. College Ave. | Free | Come shop at the first of Strata Markets’ indoor winter markets at St. Joseph Brewery + Public House. 🍬
  • Saturday Writing Club | Sat., Dec. 4 | 1-3 p.m. | Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 530 W Hampton Dr. | $15 | Open for grades 3-12, join this month’s Saturday Writing Club to workshop poetry, fiction + nonfiction writing. ✏️
  • 7th Annual Santa Stumble Bar Crawl | Sat., Dec. 4 | 5-10 p.m. | Broad Ripple Ave. | Crawl from bar to bar to support partnering nonprofits — holiday attire encouraged. 🎄
  • Chanukah Celebration at Pottery by You | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Pottery by You, 2280 W 86th St. | Cost of Purchase | Celebrate the 8-day holiday with pizza, menorah lighting + a paint pour to create your own pottery masterpiece. 🕎
  • Puppy Pics with Santa | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-3 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company, 140 S College Ave. | $30 | With your ticket price donation to Sketchy Mutts + Underdogs Rescue, get two professional photos of your pooch with Santa. 🐶
  • Glühwein Gallop 5k | Sat., Dec. 4 | 10:30 a.m. | Carter Green, Carmel | $32+ | This inaugural scenic run will start + finish at the Christkindlmarkt festival, along with a costume contest and a free serving of Glühwein or beer with your ticket. 🍻 
  • Indianapolis Holiday Church Tour | Sat., Dec. 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Old Northside neighborhood | $20 | Explore the architecture, history, preservation, and tradition of 10 historic churches built between 1891-1929. ⛪ 
  • Sankt Nikolaus Tag | Sat,. Dec. 4 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Winter Pavilion, 10 Carter Green | Free | A performance by the Woodbrook Elementary School Choir by Sankt Nikolaus with a meet + greet. 🎅
  • Holiday Pop-Up Shop | Sat., Dec. 4 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Sun King Brewery Downtown | Free | Shop plants, holiday decor, and gifts. 15% of pop-up proceeds + $1 from every beer sold will go to the ISBVI Greenhouse program. 🌿
  • Grand Opening Party | Sat., Dec. 4 | 1-5 p.m. | 317 Charcuterie, 61 City Center Dr., Carmel | Free | Enjoy live music, and of course, charcuterie. You can also enter for a chance to win prizes. 🧀

Sun., Dec. 5  

  • Latkes + Lights | Sun., Dec. 5 | 5-9 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 Michigan Rd. | $30 for members, $35 for non-members | See the windows of the Lilly House lit up with Menorahs and Stars of David + enjoy latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). 🕎
  • Jingle Bones 2021 | Sun., Dec. 5 | 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W Washington St. | Free | Catch the annual show of Midwest trombonists gathering to play holiday music — all ages and skill levels of musicians welcome to register to play. 🎶
  • Repeal Day | Sun., Dec. 5 | 7-10 p.m. | Catacombs at City Market | $50+ | Have some drinks underground with Pernod Ricard + Stella Artois. 🥂

Mon., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 12 

Mon., Dec. 6 

Tues., Dec. 7

  • K-Love Christmas Tour | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Old National Centre | $29+ | Join Casting Crowns, Mac Powell, CAIN, Dante Bowe, and Jordan St. Cyr as they celebrate the reason for the season. 🎶
  • Holiday Big Band Series | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $10+ | See some of central Indiana’s finest musicians — the GM Horns Big Band — as they return to the Jazz Kitchen stage. 🎺
  • Chad Daniels | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7:15 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club | $30+ | His most recent comedy release, “Dad Chaniels” is getting lots of streams + now you can see him crack jokes live. 🎤
  • Twilight Tuesdays | Tues., Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Indiana Historical Society | $13 | On select Tuesdays, the Festival of Trees offers extended hours for an even more beautiful experience when the sun goes down. 🌇

Wed., Dec. 8

  • Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks | Wed., Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $12+ | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the NY Knicks. 🏀
  • German Christmas Carol Sing-Along | Wed., Dec. 8 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Winter Pavilion, 10 Carter Green | Sing Christmas carols in German + bring a new, wrapped ornament for an exchange. 🎼
  • Holy Cross Holiday Party | Wed., Dec. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | Indiana City Brewing Co., 24 Shelby St. | Free | Bundle up + hang out by the fire pit or visit the party room for a neighborhood gathering.🧣 
  • Jingle and Mingle at City Market | Wed., Dec. 8 | 12-6 p.m. | 222 E. Market St. | Free | A special holiday event that will feature musical performances, cooking demonstrations + local artists. 🍽️
  • Indy Library Store Book Sale | Wed., Dec. 8 | 12-7 p.m. | Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St. | Free | Snag new + used books half-off their already discounted prices. All proceeds go to support library programs. 📚

Thurs., Dec. 9

  • Singles Night: Ugly Sweater Party | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | North Mass Boulder | Free | A fun night of drinks, games, music + mingling in the Top Out Cafe to meet other singles who are also into movement and climbing. 🧗
  • Paint Your Pet Workshop | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company, 140 S. College Ave. | $35 | Create a customized portrait of your pet while sipping on craft beer. Painting led by instructor Zach Lowe. 🖌️
  • Supper with Santa and Friends | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Indiana State Museum | $30 | Free for kids ages three + younger, this family-friendly buffet is accompanied by live music, a ride on the new Snowfall Express train, and of course, a visit from Santa. ❄️
  • Casino Night | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Ironworks at Keystone, 2727 E. 86th St. | Free | Enter a raffle for a chance to win several prizes. Festivities + hors d’oeuvres provided. 🎰
  • Red Flag Comedy’s Mixed Doubles | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6:30-10 p.m. | The Garden Table | $10+ | See headliner Gwen Sunkel + a team of other comedians bring the laughs on Mass Ave. 🚩
  • BYO Vinyl Night | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 4 p.m. | Garfield Brewery | Free | Garfield will have the record player out + ready to spin your favorite tunes. 🎵
  • Latin Dance Party | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $10+ | Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with just enough time to relax before dancing at 9 p.m. with free dance lessons from Austin, Jen + Susann. 💃

Fri., Dec. 10 

  • Wonderland | Fri., Dec. 10-Sat., Dec. 11 | 4-10 p.m. | Free | After a couple successful outdoor markets this year, Sixways Markets is hosting an indoor winter evening market at The AMP at 16 Tech. ⛄ 
  • Holiday Open House + Artist Reception | Fri., Dec. 10 | 5-8:30 p.m. | 8100 E. 106th St., Suite 110 | Free | Join High Frequency Arts at the Hub & Spoke Art Gallery to experience their winter open house art exhibition + shop the gallery. 🖼️
  • German Club Day | Fri., Dec. 10 | Noon-9 p.m. | 10 Carter Green, Carmel | Free | To celebrate German culture, German Club members will have a meet + greet, and stop by Guest Services for a free gift. 🇩🇪
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks | Fri., Dec. 10 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $25+ | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the Dallas Mavericks at home. 🏀
  • Krampus Ramble BikeParty | Fri., Dec. 10 | 7 p.m. | Monument Circle | Free | Meet on the Circle for a December bike party. 🚲

Sat., Dec. 11

  • Jingle + Mingle | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5-9 p.m. | 421 Mass Ave. | Free | Stop into Francis + Fern Boutique for a holiday shopping + mingling event. 🛍️
  • 5th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl | Sat., Dec. 11 | 12-8 p.m. | Broad Ripple Area Bars, 910 Broad Ripple Ave. | $12-$14 | Put on your best holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters + elf costumes to join this holiday bar crawl — free tickets for December birthdays. 🍻
  • Red Nose Romp | Sat., Dec. 11 | 9-10:30 a.m. | White River State Park | $39+ | Run or walk a holly jolly 5K or half marathon as Christmas Carols play throughout the downtown course decked out with selfie stations. A portion of every entry helps purchase holiday gifts for local youth. 🎁
  • Military Appreciation Day at Christkindlmarkt | Sat., Dec. 11 | Noon-9 p.m. | 10 Carter Green, Carmel | Join the market for a short program at 11:30 a.m. to honor military service members. Military members can enjoy a free hot chocolate. 🇺🇸 
  • Back to Our Roots Pop-up | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2-5 p.m. | 1435 E. 86th St. | Free | Help Resprout celebrate its first anniversary with a new plant baby. 3D pots + rare plants will be for sale during this pop-up shop at Big Lug Canteen. 🪴
  • Holidays at the Haus | Sat., Dec. 11 | 12 p.m. | Guggman Haus Brewing Co. | Free | Put on your sweater, gather your friends + enjoy live holiday music, freshly tapped beer, BINGO, treats from The Cabin Kitchen, and coffee from Tinker Gemini pop-up espresso bar. 🍻
  • Vintage by Tommy Pop-up Shop | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1-4 p.m. | Neidhammer Coffee Co. | Free | Grab a cup of coffee + shop a large selection of vintage coats, sweaters, denim jackets, and a whole lot of great vintage under $20. 👕
  • Magic of Lights | Sat., Dec. 11 | Various times | Ruoff Music Center, Gate 4 | $25+ | See a light show with all the latest technology — including a new drive-thru blizzard tunnel. One ticket is good for the whole car. 
  • Welcome to Maverick City: Christmas | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse |  $20+ | See this contemporary worship music collective at this Christmas-themed evening of song. 🎤
  • Indianapolis Ballet presents The Nutcracker | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2 p.m. | Old National Centre | $20+ | See the classic holiday tale come to life with Indy’s own trained ballet dancers. 🩰
  • Holiday Arts Market on the Circle | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2-6 p.m. | Monument Circle | Free | Wrap up your holiday shopping with this festive outdoor shopping event with music from DJ Gabby Love + food and drinks from local favorites. 🛍️

Sun., Dec. 12  

  • Rowdy’s Home Plate Holiday | Sun., Dec. 12 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Elements Financial Club at Victory Field | $20 | This holiday gathering includes a pancake breakfast, photo opportunity with Rowdie dressed as Santa Claus, ornament decorating, holiday inflatables + a perfect view of the field. ⛄
  • Lights Up Holiday Festival and Parade | Sun., Dec. 12 | 3 p.m. | Broad Ripple | Free | Enjoy a Wonderland Village, Santa, live reindeer, food trucks + a twilight parade to tour over 10,000 holiday lights — parade starts at 5:30 p.m. 🦌
  • Shop-O-Rama | Sun., Dec. 12 | 1-5 p.m. | White Rabbit Cabaret | Free | Stop in at this Fountain Square venue for last minute gifts, vintage clothing + bonsai trees. Plus, don’t forget to take advantage of its drink specials. 🛍️
  • Brunch with Krampus | Sun., Dec. 12 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Scarlet Lane Brewing SoBro | Free | Add some holiday fear to your festivities. All brunch menu items are à la carte + available while supplies last. 🍴
  • A Normal Market | Sun., Dec. 12 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Normal Coffee | Free | Your friends at Tube Factory Artspace + Normal Coffee are serving up a new market featuring local artists + small business owners. 🛍️
  • Metazoa Mini Market | Sun., Dec. 12 | 1-5 p.m. | 140 S. College Ave. | Free | Finish up some of your holiday shopping with fresh craft beer in hand. Shop Metazoa’s mini market full of talented, local vendors. 🛍️

Mon., Dec. 13-Sun., Dec. 19 

Mon., Dec. 13 

  • Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors | Mon., Dec. 13 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $38 | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the Golden State Warriors. 🏀
  • Holiday Classical Concert at the Library | Mon., Dec. 13 | 6-7 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library: College Ave. branch | Free | Listen to an ensemble music performance by members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra — featuring holidays classics — at your local library. 🎼

Tues., Dec. 14 

  • Samantha Fish | Tues., Dec. 14 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue | $25+ | See Samantha as she tours her sixth solo album “Kill or Be Kind” with King Solomon Hicks. 🎸
  • Meet a Reindeer with Silly Safaris | Tues., Dec. 14 | 9:30-10:15 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Geared for ages 5+, this program brings real reindeer to story time. 🦌
  • Trivia Tuesday | Tues., Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | The District Tap: Northside | Free | Test your knowledge with a group of friends at this recurring trivia night. 💡
  • Live Trivia at The AMP | Tues,. Dec. 14 | 6-8 p.m. | 1220 Waterway Blvd. | Free | Visit The AMP for live trivia games with food, drinks + fun. The top teams get prizes. 🏆

Wed., Dec. 15 

  • An Evening with David Sedaris | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | The Palladium | $45+ | See the renowned author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Holidays on Ice,” + “Naked” take the stage for one night only.📚’
  • AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Hilbert Circle Theatre | $35+ | Enjoy a night at the symphony with Indiana native + Grammy-award winner Sandi Patty, T.3 + the famous tap-dancing Santas. 🎅
  • Holiday Shopping with Jack | Wed., Dec. 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 1531 S. East St. | $12 | You could meet “Good Bones’” Mina + her son Jack at Two Chicks District Co. Bring the little ones to pick out an ornament and enjoy hot chocolate with cookies. 🍪
  • Special Event: Olan Rogers | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7:15 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club | $25+ | See this unconventional storyteller behind the hit animated show “Final Space” take the stage at Indy’s downtown comedy venue. 🎤
  • Bourbon Night at the Bar | Wed., Dec. 15 | 6-11 p.m. | Gallery Pastry Bar, 110 S. Pennsylvania St. | $150 | One night, five courses + six cocktails by West Fork Whiskey. 🥃

Thurs., Dec. 16 

  • Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $8+ | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the Detroit Pistons at home. 🏀
  • Fortune Feimster | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall | $31+ | See the comedian from TV shows like “The Mindy Project” + “Chelsea Lately” as she performs new material. 🎤
  • Chromagic Holiday Market | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 5-11 p.m. | The Vogue | Free | This shopping experience is curated by Chromatic Collective + displays work from local artists and makers. Pro tip: The gingerbread contest starts at 7 p.m. 🛍️ 
  • Holiday Pop-Up Shop | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | Field Brewing | Free | This market will have everything from jams + jellies to clothing to handmade soaps. The bar will also be serving craft beer + non-spiked peppermint hot cocoa. 🛍️
  • Ghosts of Holidays Past | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center | $25+ | At the special Festival of Trees event, you can learn more about Indiana’s festive past + explore the trees by candlelight. Bonus: There will be themed food and drinks. 🎄

Fri., Dec. 17 

  • Family Art Night | Fri., Dec. 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | $10 | Bring the whole family to create your own winter forest of Holiday Trees out of air dry clay. 🎨
  • Christmas Karaoke Night | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Thatcher Park | $5 | Sing some holiday tunes with your neighbors at this family-friendly special event, hosted by Indy Parks & Recreation. 🎤
  • Coca Cola Holiday Caravan | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Bottleworks District | Free | The family can enjoy free activities like snapping a photo with St. Nick, holiday music + Coke Zero Sugar sampling. 🎅
  • Holiday Jazz Night | Fri., Dec. 17 | 5-8 p.m. | Bovaconti Coffee | Free | Stay warm + in the holiday spirit with a jazz trio and hot holiday drinks. 

Sat., Dec. 18 

  • Christkindlmarkt Bier Competition | Sat., Dec. 18 | Noon-2 p.m. | Winter Pavilion, 10 Carter Green | Free | Bier enthusiasts submit their best German-style beer for a competition with live feedback from judges. 🍺
  • Flurries on the Canal | Sat,. Dec. 18 | 1-5 p.m. | North end of Canal Walk | Free | Presented by Indianapolis Cultural Trail as part of Indy Keeps Creating — enjoy performing artists + drinks from West Fork Whiskey next to the Orange Bridge. ❄️
  • 15th Annual Donut Holiday 5K | Sat., Dec. 18 | 9 a.m. | Carmel Racquet Club | $40 | Join the sweetest race in Indiana — complete with Jack’s Donuts along the course + at the finish line, plus post-race drinks. 🍩
  • Disco Brunch | Sat., Dec. 18 | 12-3 p.m. | The Garage Food Hall | Free | Be the best dressed dancer around at this festive brunch. Pro tip: Don’t forget those platform shoes. 
  • Winter Art Sale | Sat., Dec. 18 | 12-6 p.m. | 820 E. 67th St. | Free | Shop the art works of Art Center students, teaching artists, and staff, along with local + regional artists. 🎨
  • Retro Metro Shop ‘Til You Drop | Sat., Dec. 18 + Sun., Dec. 19 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | 2943 E. 46th St. | Free | This new store has all things vintage + it has extended its hours this weekend for all your last-minute shopping needs. 🛍️ 
  • Mansion Society Grand Opening | Sat., Dec. 18 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 202 Steeples Blvd. | Free | Support your new local caffeine dealer + get your fix. ☕️
  • Bates-Hendricks Holiday Party | Sat., Dec. 18 | 8-11 p.m. | Bowhaus Tap, 1729 S. East St. | Free | Stop by in your favorite festive sweater for a “best dressed” contest, live jazz music + karaoke. 🎤
  • Girls Night In Masterclass | Sat., Dec. 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Pure Barre, 209 W. Michigan St. | $25 | Pure Barre + locally-owned Chibeke Cosmetics are teaming up to teach an exclusive 1-hour lesson on Holiday makeup looks + winter beauty tips. 💋 
  • Shop & Support a Cause | Sat., Dec. 18 | 1-3 p.m. | Vineyard Vines, Fashion Mall at Keystone | Free | Shop at Vineyard Vines + take 10% off your purchase while donating 10% back to Indianapolis Animal Care Services. There will be a few adoptable dogs there too. 🐶
  • Hope for the Holidays | Sat., Dec. 18 | 1-4 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company | Free | Join Metazoa for festive fun including dog photos with Santa, raffle prizes + local vendors. Adoptable dogs from IACS will be on site. 🐾

Sun., Dec. 19 

  • Makers Meet + Jingle | Sun., Dec. 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Tinker House Events, 1101 E. 16th St. | Free | Mingle + support local businesses while crossing off your holiday shopping list. 🎁
  • Christkindlmarkt Choir Competition | Sun., Dec. 19 | 4-9 p.m. | Winter Pavilion, 10 Carter Green | Free | Sign up for the competition beforehand or come as a guest to enjoy some live music performances. 🎤
  • The Feast: 12 Course Cider Pairing Dinner | Sun., Dec. 19 | 6-10 p.m. | Ash & Elm Cider Co., 1301 E. Washington St. | $160 | Enjoy a 12-course feast as you work through the year’s Cider of the Month flavors + their perfect pairings.🍴
  • Irvington Winter Luminaria | Sun., Dec. 19 | 6-10 p.m. | Irvington | Free | Walk around the historic neighborhood alight with candles — you might even spot Santa Claus + Krampus spooking around as well. 🕯️
  • Disco on the Patio | Sun., Dec. 19 | 10-2 p.m. | Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar | Free | It’s not just a brunch, it’s an occasion. Celebrate the holidays on Petite Chou’s decked out patio with Radio Now 100.9 host DJ Gabby Love. 🥂

Mon., Dec. 20-Sun., Dec. 26

Mon., Dec. 20

  • The Holiday Stroll | Mon., Dec. 20-Thurs., Dec. 23 | 6-9 p.m. | Kelsay Farms, 6848 N. County Road 250 E., Whiteland | $6+ | Stroll through the farm for a magical holiday experience with larger than life decorations + hot cocoa by the campfire. ☕

Tues., Dec. 21

  • The Holiday Stroll | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Kelsay Farms, 6848 N. County Road 250 E., Whiteland | $6+ | Stroll through the farm for a magical holiday experience with larger than life decorations + hot cocoa by the campfire. ☕
  • Ritual: Winter Solstice | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6:15-11 p.m. | Tinker House Events, 1101 E. 16th St. | $30 | Join Three Cups of Wellness to shop holiday gifts from local vendors, followed by some self-care time with gentle movement beginner yoga. ⁠BYO yoga mat + blanket or pillow. 🌙
  • Shop Late, Shop Irvington | Tues., Dec. 21 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Irvington Historic District | Free | All your favorite Irvington small businesses are staying open late for those last few gifts you need to buy. 🎁
  • Fire Anniversary | Tues., Dec. 21 | 4 p.m.-10 p.m. | Black Acre Brewing Co. | Free | It’s been two years since Black Acre had its fire — celebrate its continued existence with your pals over a pint. 🍻

Wed., Dec. 22

  • Elf the Musical | Wed., Dec. 22 | 7 p.m. | $58+ | Civic Theatre, 1 Carter Green, Carmel | Spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear with this performance based on the cherished 2003 hit Elf
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Wed., Dec. 22 | 3 p.m., 8 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $50+ | TSO is back + celebrating 25 years with the show Christmas Eve & Other Stories. 🔥
  • Holiday Sing-Along featuring Wendy Reed | Wed., Dec. 22 | 6 p.m. | Jazz Kitchen | $10 | Be a part of the band at this interactive show, which is a Jazz Kitchen annual tradition. 🎺
  • Christmas at the Zoo | Wed., Dec. 22 | 5-9 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo | $25+ | This event was named Indy’s Best holiday experience — visit the family-friendly attraction that dates back to 1967. 🐅

Thurs., Dec. 23

  • Old Fashioned Christmas Party | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 5-10 p.m. | Allison Mansion, 3200 Cold Spring Rd. | $100+ | A red dress affair to celebrate the holidays with live entertainment, food + liberations. 💃 
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $15+ | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the Houston Rockets at home. 🏀
  • Home for the Holidays | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 8 p.m. | White Rabbit Cabaret | $10 | Watch a comedy show stacked with Hoosiers for a night of holiday-themed entertainment. 🎤
  • A Christmas Carol | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 2 p.m. | Indiana Repertory Theatre | $22+ | The Ghost of Christmas Future is telling you to see this classic Dickens tale live. 👻
  • Christmas Eve-Eve | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 12 p.m. | Garfield Brewery | Free | Celebrate all day long at this southside brewery — which will have a mystery beer tapping + gift card giveaways every hour. 🍻
  • A Festivus Celebration | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 6 p.m. | Mayfair Taproom | Free | Air out your grievances with a group of friends at this event hosted by Kendra Stone + donate to Gleaners Food Bank if you can. 🎤
  • Christmas Eve Eve Trivia | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Centerpoint Brewing | Free | Stock up for the holidays + enjoy a free game of general knowledge trivia.

Fri., Dec. 24

  • Magic of Lights | Fri., Dec. 24 | Various times | Ruoff Music Center, Gate 4 | $25+ | See a light show with all the latest technology — including a new drive-thru blizzard tunnel. One ticket is good for the whole car.
  • Christmas Eve with the Clauses | Fri., Dec. 24 | 9 p.m. | Downtown Olly’s | Free | Join this Holigay Sing-Along, where Santa + Mrs. Claus will be reading his letters aloud. ✉️
  • Grand Christmas Eve Brunch with Santa | Fri., Dec. 24 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Murphys Craft House | Menu prices vary | Kick off the holiday weekend with a delicious brunch + a surprise visit from Santa himself.
  • A Christmas Carol | Fri., Dec. 24 | 1 p.m. + 5 p.m. | Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. | $22+ | Celebrate Christmas Eve with this reimagined performance of the Charles Dickens classic.

Sat., Dec. 25 

  • Onesie Xmas Party with Black A.M. & 2 Dope Boyz and a Cadillac | Sat., Dec. 25 | 10 p.m. | INVY Nightclub | $20+ | Snag a table at this Christmas night event, bring a gift for the staff + don’t forget to wear your onesie. 🎁
  • Twinkle on the Trail | Sat., Dec. 25 | Dusk | Downtown Indy | Free | Stroll along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail + enjoy Indy’s winter lights with the fam. Pro tip: based on the forecast, you probably won’t need that coat. ✨

Sun., Dec. 26 

  • The Blue Side | Sun., Dec. 26 | 6 p.m. + 8:30 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $10+ | See this band of internationally acclaimed musicians + Indy legends take the stage for a memorable blues performance. 🎹
  • Indianapolis Kwanzaa 2021 | Sun., Dec. 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | From today until Jan. 1, join the Indianapolis Kwanzaa Committee in celebrating African-American cultural heritage + philosophy. 🕯️
  • Festival of Trees | Sun., Dec. 26 | 12-5 p.m. |  Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center | $13 | Wrap up your Christmas weekend by traveling through a winter wonderland of 75 decorated trees. 

Mon., Dec. 27-Fri., Dec. 31

Mon., Dec. 27

  • Magic of Lights | Mon., Dec. 27 | Various times | Ruoff Music Center, Gate 4 | $25+ | See a light show with all the latest technology — including a new drive-thru blizzard tunnel. One ticket is good for the whole car.
  • Jazz Jam Session | Mon., Dec. 27 | 6:30-10 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | Free | Sit in with the musicians or sit back + enjoy the show.🎷
  • Yarn Club | Mon., Dec. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library: Wayne Branch | Free | Cozy up with some knit or crochet work with a group of other yarn enthusiasts. 🧶
  • Acoustic Open Mic | Mon., Dec. 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Irving Theater | Free | Test out that new song you’re working on in front of a supportive group of fellow music-lovers. 🎼

Tues., Dec. 28 

  • Indy Fuel vs. Norfolk Admirals | Tues., Dec. 28 | 7 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum | $16+ | It’s Teacher Appreciation Night at the Coliseum, so bring your fave educator to this game against Norfolk. 🍎
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive | Tue., Dec. 28 | 12-4 p.m. | Johnson County Public Library | Free | Donations of all blood types are urgently needed. 🩸
  • Trap x Tacos Game Night | Tues., Dec. 28 | 9 p.m. | Epic Ultra Lounge | Free | A live DJ with $3 tacos + drink specials. 🌮
  • Board Game Night | Tues., Dec. 28 | 6-10 p.m. | North Mass Boulder | Free | Bring your board games + your friends for a competition at Top Out Cafe. 🎲

Wed., Dec. 29 

  • Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets | Wed., Dec. 29 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $15+ | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the Charlotte Hornets at home. 🏀
  • Snuggy Bear Celebration of Kwanzaa | Wed., Dec. 29 | 10 a.m. | Garfield Parks and Arts Center | Free | Enjoy activities and shop artwork at this free event highlighting Indy’s Black visual + performing artists.
  • Lloyd and Harvey’s Holiday Special | Wed., Dec. 29 | 8-10 p.m. | White Rabbit Cabaret | $10 | A show filled with singing, dancing, comedy + holiday cheer.
  • Fresh Market Wednesday | Wed., Dec. 29 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Irving Theater | Free | Who says farmers markets have to be outside? 🧀

Thurs., Dec. 30 

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7 p.m. | The Melody Inn | $5 | See Pigeons of Market Square pay tribute to the 1976 debut album with Jesse & The Hogg Brothers. 🎸
  • IUPUI vs. Cleveland State | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum | $15+ | Cheer on the Jaguars as they take on the Vikings at home. 🏀
  • Latin Inspired Yoga | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Latin Expressions Dance Company, 502 North Capitol Ave., 2nd floor | $20 | Calm down + warm up with a Vinyasa Yoga class ft. Latin flair.
  • Holiday Lights | Thurs., Dec. 30 | Sunset-11 p.m. | White River State Park | Free | Stroll along the canal + enjoy its seasonal lighting display. ✨
  • Rhythm & Poetry Thursday’s Holiday Vibes | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7-11 p.m. | PHIRI ART GALLERY, 120 E. Market St. | $5 | Experience live performances + ​​network with like minded creatives and business professionals from around the city. 🗣️

Fri., Dec. 31 

  • New Year’s Eve Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Howl at the Moon | $65+ | Ring in the New Year with live music, an open bar + a champagne toast. 🥂
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $21+ | Cheer on the Pacers as they take on the Chicago Bulls at home. 🏀
  • Family New Year’s Eve: Sparkle and Shine | Fri., Dec. 31 | 6-9 p.m. | Indiana State Museum | $16 | Kick off the new year with a dance party, photo ops, a science show, glitter tattoos + the brand-new Snowfall Express train. Pro tip: Don’t leave before the balloon drop and confetti at 8 p.m. 🎊
  • New Years Eve Yoga Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 10:30-11:55 p.m. | Invoke Studio, 86th + Ditch | $25 | Greet 2022 on your yoga mat. Enjoy a WARM vinyasa yoga flow + a champagne toast at midnight. 🧘
  • Ciroc the New Year: Creative Freedom | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | Regions Tower | $130+ | CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka’s NYE party has been voted the best event for 10 years. New this year — enjoy a heated outdoor rooftop, disco party area + ice bar. 💃 
  • New Year’s Eve Grand Celebration | Fri,. Dec. 31 | 7 p.m.-midnight | BLOT Studio, 846 N. Senate Ave. | $35 | Stop in to see the space, enter a raffle or two + network with some fellow creatives. There will be finger foods + light refreshments. 📸 
  • Black & Gold NYE Celebration | Fri., Dec. 31 | 10 p.m.-3 a.m. | The Vogue Theatre | $40+ | Guests can look forward to music from live DJs, multiple bars, a midnight champagne toast + many other surprises throughout the night. 🎶
  • AMPLIFIED New Years Eve | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | The AMP at 16 Tech | $65 | Enjoy premium bar cocktails, food vendors, live DJs, live fashion experience, dancing, and a special NYE toast at midnight + other surprises. 🕺 
  • Rathskeller’s New Year’s Eve Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m.-1 a.m. | 401 E. Michigan St.  | $60 | Join the Rathskellers annual New Year’s Eve bash with The Doo! 9-1. There will be an appetizer buffet, party favors + champagne toast at midnight. 🍴 
  • Exchanging out the Years | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. | The Westin | $100 | Ring in 2022 with The Indianapolis Urban League with complimentary food, specialty cocktails + champagne toast. Admission Includes a tax-deductible donation to IUL. 🥂
  • New Year’s Eve 2022 presented by CCA Social | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. | Indiana Roof Ballroom | $135+ | Indy’s premiere NYE party is back for its 7th year with several open bars, gourmet appetizers + live entertainment. 💃
  • New Year’s Eve “Decades” Mansion Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 10 p.m.-2 a.m. | 3755 N. Washington Blvd. | $15+ | Step into the “Cocktail Time Machine” + dress the part from your favorite decade. Enjoy a live DJ, light show, dance floor, drinks, and a breakfast bar. 🕺 
  • Masquerade Ball | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.- 1 a.m. | Daniel’s Vineyard | $150+ | Ring in 2022 with an evening of live music from Like Mother Like Daughter, DJ Ivan, hors d’oeuvres, and a full open bar. Formal attire and masquerade mask recommended. 🎭
  • New Year’s Eve at The Garage | Fri., Dec. 31 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | 906 Carrollton Ave. | Free | Soak up the last hours of 2021 with a DJ, party favors, plenty of photo ops, and all your favorite local spots serving up the best in Indy cuisine. 🍴