Holiday Season Heats Up in Indianapolis

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. At least the weather held out for a couple of days. Now that the Holiday Season is in full swing, we thought it might be helpful to mention a few of the many holiday events and activities taking place in the Indianapolis area.

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Watch the Frank Capra holiday classic the way it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this perennial film still has the power to touch the heart. The event, which includes a silent auction of gift certificates to some of Downtown’s best restaurants, hotels, attractions and more, takes place at the United Artists Circle Centre 9 Theater this Thursday, December 1, at 6:30 PM. Tickets, which include all festivities, are only $5.00, and all proceeds will benefit Downtown Beautification, helping to keep our city clean, green and vibrant!
  • Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum – Now through the end of December, children will enjoy riding on the Santa Claus Express train and making crafts to take home, while adults gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows and reminisce about days gone by. The entire museum comes alive with holiday merriment including bands and choirs. All activities are included with admission.And while you’re there, don’t miss the return of the modern holiday classic, “The Polar Express” in IMAX 3-D. Starring Tom Hanks, the beautiful animated tale will delight children of all ages and infuse holiday spirit in everyone who watches. Visit the IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum for more information, show dates and times, and to purchase tickets.
  • Jolly Days Winter Wonderland – now through January 8, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosts this annual exhibit, a treat for the whole family. Activities include a baby play Snow Castle for the littlest visitors, a reindeer barn where families can help prep Santa’s reindeer for their flight, an indoor “ice skating” area for children to skate in their socks, an ice fishing area, holiday train, a larger kitchen area to make holiday goodies including traditional cookies, staff-facilitated snow ball fun, and photos with Santa. Visit www.childrensmuseum.org
  • Christmas at the Zoo – now through December 30, you and your family can soak up the holiday spirit at the Indianapolis Zoo as millions of twinkling lights grace the entire Zoo grounds! Over 150 larger-than-life light sculptures are located around the Zoo depicting holiday scenes and animal favorites such as lions, penguins, and giraffes.

    Open Wednesday-Sunday until Dec. 23 & Dec. 26 – 30, Christmas at the Zoo is free for members and included with regular Zoo admission. Visit the Indianapolis Zoo’s website for more information.

  • The Nutcracker – this holiday family tradition that introduced ballet to generations of children is being presented at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University December 1 – December 4, with both evening and matinee performances. Twirl with the snowflakes, waltz with the flowers, and delight in the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince. Tickets are just $21.50 – $28.50, so start your own family tradition. Visit the Clowes Memorial Hall website for show times and to purchase tickets.

And that just scratches the surface of holiday events in Indianapolis. So get out there and enjoy the festive season. For a more complete list of holiday activities, go to VisitIndy.com.

On a personal note, we got to check an item off our “bucket list” this past weekend with a Segway Tour of White River State Park. For those unfamiliar with them, Segways are those funny looking two-wheel vehicles that look like they should fall over. You may have seen police or security personnel at the airport or mall riding one. We’ve been wanting to try one for years, and finally got the opportunity. We were not disappointed!

The 1 1/4 hour tour covered about 5 miles of White River State Park and the downtown canal system. You can glide past the park’s many attractions, such as the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indiana State Museum/IMAX, or visit the city’s many war memorials. Try that walking. Fun, exciting, easy to use (it took about a minute of practice before we were zipping around the park at ten miles an hour,) and just plain cool, a Segway tour will make a great (and unique) holiday gift for your adventurous friends or family members. Visit the Segway of Indiana website for more information. We highly recommend it!

And don’t forget, Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning service technicians are on duty to handle your emergency heating repair needs throughout the holiday season. Whether its Christmas Day or New Years Eve, our techs are ready to serve you, 24/7. Call (317) 639-1111 anytime, day or night and a member of our staff, not an answering service, will take your call and quickly dispatch the help you need. Visit www.CallThiele.com for more information about our services and Central Indiana service area.