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Visitors to the Christmas Nights of Lights can forget about a year that’s been anything but normal and focus on the holiday season as they drive through the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The largest light show in Indiana features two miles of LED lights synchronized to classic and modern Christmas music. From dusk to 10 p.m. daily, with extended hours on the weekends, families can see giant Christmas trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and tunnels of lights.

“We’re thrilled to return to the iconic Indiana State Fairgrounds,” said Richie King of Tennessee-based Titan Light Shows Inc. “The Fairgrounds has been a popular family venue for a remarkable 127 years and we’re thrilled to work with their outstanding team again — especially given that, during these tough times, we’re able to celebrate the true spirit of the season by supporting local charities.”

This year, local charities including the Arthritis Foundation, Toys for Tots and Gleaners Food Banks’ Pack the Pantries will receive a portion of the proceeds. 

The light show is open nightly rain or shine, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Entry is $7 per person, and children 3 years and under are free. A “carload special” includes admission for seven people for $30, and 10 to 15 people for $50. 

Contact staff writer Breanna Cooper at 317-762-7848. Follow her on Twitter @BreannaNCooper.

Tips for attending Christmas Nights of Lights

• Avoid the lines, plan your visit early in the season or on a weekday. If you want to visit on a weekend, try arriving after 9 p.m. Any cars still in line at time of closing will be permitted to enter and enjoy the show. ​

• Make a quick stop at the portable toilets at the beginning of the show.

• Know how to turn off your headlights — Google how to do this in advance, if needed.

• Tour buses with more than a 35-person capacity or limos will not be admitted, as those vehicles are unable to drive safely through the show. Vehicles over 11 feet tall will not be able to access the light show due to height restrictions at the entrance.

The Nights of Lights Christmas show is open nightly until Jan. 3, 2021 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1698 E. 42nd St. Enter at Gate 12. Click here for more information.

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