Where to see the best holiday lights around Indy

Make spirits bright by taking friends and family to these holiday lights displays.


Drive through an archway of colorful lights at the State Fairgrounds.

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From local neighborhoods to downtown’s many shimmering lights, here’s a guide for those in search of a luminous wonderland.

Go for a stroll

Christmas at the Zoo | Indianapolis Zoo | Now through Friday, Dec. 30 | Price of admission | See the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland with a chance to meet Santa + visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. Did you know: the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the country to have a holiday lights event back in 1967?

Winterlights | Newfields | Now through Sunday, Jan. 8 | Ticket prices vary | For the sixth year in a row, you can explore over a million and a half glittering lights at Newfields. Enjoy a holiday treat like a warm chocolate chip cookie + hot cocoa as you stroll under the glow of the gleaming bulbs. Pro tip: Make sure you check dates and times in advance. This event sells out.

A Merry Prairie Holiday | Conner Prairie | Now through Thursday, Dec. 22 | $11 for members, $22 for non-members | Explore the grounds for a memorable winter light stroll. You can also enjoy activities like Frosty’s Skating Rink, Kringle’s Carousel, and a 150-ft Polar Bear Plunge tubing hill.


See the Lilly House lights display synchronized to holiday music at Newfields.

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Take a drive

Christmas Nights of Lights | Indiana State Fairgrounds | Now through Sunday, Jan. 1 | $30+ per car | Pack your vehicle + enjoy over a million lights synchronized to holiday music through your car’s stereo. Pro tip: Online reservations are required. Cash or credit will not be accepted at the ticket booth.

Magic of Lights | Ruoff Music Center | Now through Sunday, Jan. 1 | $30 per car | Drive through themed displays using LED technology + digital animations like the Blizzard Tunnel, in addition to returning favorites like 12 Days of Christmas.


Circle of Lights | Monument Circle | Now through Jan. 1 | Free | If you missed downtown Indy flip the switch, you can still visit the Circle for a perfect family photo-op. Tell the kids to bring their letters to Santa — his mailbox is on the Circle.

Log Run Lights | 9209 Log Run Dr. S., Clermont | Now through Jan. 1 | Free
A family tradition for over 17 years, this home on the west side decks their halls with a light display that takes three weeks + a team of more than 25 people to set up.

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