Christmas events roundup
The 43rd annual Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 will be held on Monument Circle Nov. 25. Thousands are expected for the live entertainment and lighting of the monument.
Six acts will perform during the pre-show from 6-7 p.m. and the live, televised show (WRTV-6) from 7-8 p.m. The acts are J.R. Love and Kim Cronley performing various numbers during commercial breaks, Susan Carter performing “O Holy Night,” Le Rose Dance Academy Rosettes performing a jazz medley dance routine, Megan and Tyler Huckstep performing “One Small Child,” Holly McDaniel performing “Joy to the World” and Sandi Patty and Don Peslis performing “The Prayer.”
Monument lighting is at approximately 7:50 p.m., and the event is free. For more information: 317-237-2222, www.indydt.com.
• The Indiana History Center will present Holidays in the Heartland from Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Enjoy a glimpse of holidays gone-by at the annual display featuring nostalgic vignettes of holiday celebrations, trees, historical photographs and a depiction of the “leg lamp” scene from the classic film A Christmas Story. Admission is free. 317-459-6862, www.indianahistory.org.
• The Children’s Museum will open Jolly Days Winter Wonderland Nov. 25. Enjoy traditional holiday favorites such as the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear and visits with Santa. The Snow Castle provides a toddler-size version of the Yule Slide. Try your ice-fishing skills, or visit the Cookie Café to warm up your imagination with lots of cookie fun. Jolly Days will be up through Jan. 8 and is included with museum admission. 334-3322, www.childrensmuseum.org.
• The City Market will be turned into an old world Gingerbread Village with 10-foot-high gingerbread houses built on the grounds. The village will be garnished with landscaping representing a winter wonderland. Hours are Nov. 25-Dec. 17, Fridays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-8 p.m. On these days a portion of the historic building will be open to Village visitors to purchase holiday gifts. Area high school music groups will perform Saturday evenings, and kids and adults can get their picture taken with Fred and Ginger Bread, the first family of City Market’s Gingerbread Village.
The Gingerbread Village will kick off with the Cookie Cabaret Nov. 25 from 4-7 p.m. Performances by the Melchior Marionettes, Fred and Ginger Bread and pianist Sean Baker will precede a private viewing of the Circle of Lights® inside The Circle Tower Building. Snacks and holiday foods will be served and cookie crafting will be available. Free parking will be provided. Cost is $50 for families, $40 for two adults, $25 for one adult. For tickets and information, call 317-634-9266.