Plus, a new music museum coming to Carmel.
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🕯️ Jolly holidays ahead
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Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt hosts a variety of winter holiday events, including a beautiful menorah lighting service. | Photo by @carmelchristkindlmarkt
It’s time to celebrate. The winter holidays are in full swing around town, giving Hoosiers of all backgrounds and belief systems opportunities to gather with their loved ones and observe meaningful traditions.

Here’s a helpful guide to a few events that can help you get into the Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Yule spirit.


Community Chanukah Lighting | Thursday, Dec. 7-Thursday, Dec. 14 | Times vary | Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, 6705 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Members of congregations and groups across the city will come together each night to light the candles of this community menorah.

Menorah Aflame | Thursday, Dec. 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Carmel Christkindlmarkt, 10 Carter Green, Carmel | Free | Witness the lighting of a giant menorah — and grab a delicious dinner or snag holiday gifts from the dozens of market vendors.


Kwanzaa Today, Tomorrow, and Forever: A Soulful Celebration | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 1 p.m. | Center for Interfaith Cooperation, W. 42nd St., Indianapolis | $20 | From enlightening discussions to captivating performances, this celebration promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with food, fun, and activities with giveaways. Don’t forget to bring books to donate to School 42.

Umoja Village Celebration | Tuesday, Dec. 26 | 1-6 p.m. | The AMP at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis | Free | Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Kwanzaa with live music, dance performances, delicious food, and engaging activities for all ages.

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Light a candle and sing along at the Indy Winter Solstice Celebration.


Photo by @zemlinphoto


Indy Winter Solstice Celebration | Wednesday, Dec. 20-Thursday, Dec. 21 | 7 p.m. | Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis | Free, donations welcome | Celebrate the return of the sun with a night of songs + storytelling, concluded by a potluck feast. Plan ahead: The event tends to hit capacity, so show up as early as 6 p.m. to make sure you get a seat.
Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Holiday Sounds | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $13-$17 | Enjoy the sounds of the season as school and community choirs, bands, ensembles, and soloists perform holiday music in the Great Hall.
  • Merry Movie Nights Presented by Edward Jones | Thursday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 10 | Times vary | Heartland Film, 8920 Otis Ave., Indianapolis | $5-$7 | Come out to the Theater at the Fort for this mini holiday movie series.
Friday, Dec. 8
  • Natural History Book Club | Friday, Dec. 8 | 10-11 a.m. | Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Learn about nature and environmental issues through the words of different nature authors.
Saturday, Dec. 9
  • Winter Arts Market | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 12-4 p.m. | GPAC, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Get some holiday shopping done at this market featuring 20+ local vendors, as well as a gift-wrap station and drinks from Garfield Brewery.
  • Holy Krampus, It’s Murder | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | The Library Restaurant & Pub, 2610 S. Lynhurst Dr., Indianapolis | $25-$78 | Immerse yourself in a family-friendly holiday murder mystery dinner for the night — and take home a prize if you’re deemed best detective or actor.
Sunday, Dec. 10
  • Butler University vs Chicago State | Sunday, Dec. 10 | 2-4 p.m. | Hinkle Fieldhouse, 510 W. 49th St., Indianapolis | $8-$15 | Watch the women’s basketball team take on Chicago State in a matchup that’s sure to heat up a chilly day.
Friday, March 22
  • NCAA DI Men’s Basketball First & Second Rounds | Friday, March 22, Sunday, March 24 | 12 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $54+ | Experience March Madness® in Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse as IUPUI and the Horizon League host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.*
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3 holiday gift picks for men (all 50% off)
Harlestons has extended their 50% offer exclusively for our readers. | Photo by Harlestons
Harlestons has extended its 50% off sale just for our readers: Use the auto-applied code 6AM50 for 50% off everything online until Friday, Dec. 8 at midnight.

New to the high-quality menswear brand? Here are our top three gift picks:
  1. Sport Hoodie: This top-seller is almost sold out.
  2. The Anson performance polo: It’s rated five stars by 99% of customers.
  3. The Sully quarter zip: Many of these colors match up with The Anson colors for a coordinated, layered look.
News Notes
  • Wish you could completely change the area where I-65 + I-70 meet? Then you might be interested in The Rethink Coalition’s proposed redesign of the area, which includes a recessed interstate and green spaces. (WISH)
  • The Great American Songbook Foundation has announced plans to construct a museum in Carmel. Mayor Jim Brainard said he hopes the museum will become “a national attraction” similar to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (IBJ)
  • Butler University’s new Early Childhood Educator Certificate Program, which aims to fill child care worker shortages, is taking applications for the spring session. While it usually costs around $10,000 to complete the program, 20 students will receive their certification free of charge. Apply now. (WRTV)
  • Know of any local restaurants that are open on Christmas Day? Send them our way so we can put together a list and give you a shoutout.
Fun Fact
  • According to an analysis of Google search data, Hoosiers officially have a favorite holiday song — “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which also happens to be the No. 1 most listened-to Christmas song in every US state. Long live the queen. (FOX59)
  • Indy’s Christmas tree preferences have been revealed, and it’s a landslide victory. 67% of you said you’re team real tree all the way, while 33% said fake is fine.
  • Take care of all of your holiday shopping at once at IAC’s Winter Art Sale. Check out artwork and wares from local artists + artisans on Saturday, Dec. 9, 12-5 p.m. The Art Center will be in a flurry with artists showcasing one-of-a-kind work, refreshments, and the holiday spirit at this free event. Happy holiday shopping, Indy.*
  • Step one of your dog’s wellness journey: Nom Nom. The vet nutritionist-developed meals are perfectly portioned for a vibrant, joyful life. Get 50% off your first order.*
Putting potholes in the past
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$1.9 million was used to rehabilitate sections of the Monon Trail in 2023. | Photo by INDYtoday team
We all have things we love about our neighborhoods — and things that, well, unite the entire block in frustration.

Good thing there’s a way for community members to propose projects to help neighborhoods thrive. The Department of Public Works is now accepting applications from community-based organizations for the 2024 Indianapolis Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership, which helps residents play an active role in the development of their communities.

A few projects that you may recognize that were completed in 2023, thanks to successful partnerships, include construction on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (at a cost of $17.3 million) and improvements made to Broad Ripple Avenue (at a cost of $6.9 million).

The program also released data on the outcomes of this year’s work:
  • Businesses positively affected: 145
  • Homes positively affected: 1,137
  • Motorists positively affected: 115,313
Want to propose a project? Applications for the program will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 16.
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