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From elaborate light displays to visits with Santa, there is still plenty of fun to be had around the holidays this year — even during a global pandemic.

Whether it’s in your home or at a museum, go find some Christmas cheer in this dark year.

Pay attention to health guidelines and check for any changes at events before making your trip.

Festival of Trees

The Indiana Historical Society is offering two ways to experience the Festival of Trees this year: in-person and virtually. There are 50 decorated trees representing individuals, families and organizations from around Indiana. You can also choose to curl up on the couch and use your smartphone or tablet to tour the festival.

• Where: Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St.

• When: Now through Jan. 9 (hours vary)

• Cost: Ticket prices vary online (free for virtual)


This is the fourth year of Winterlights at Newfields, where guests can gaze at more than 1.5 million lights strung through 100-year-old trees. The experience is entirely outdoors this year, with favorites such as Landscape of Light dancing to “The Nutcracker.” Chocolate chip cookies and popcorn will be available for purchase.

• Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road

• When: Now through Jan. 3 (hours vary)

• Cost: Ticket prices vary online

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

Children have tons of holiday activities to choose from at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, including a giant snow globe, ice skating with socks, an ice castle, ice fishing and characters from Scrooge to Mrs. Claus. You can also visit Santa through Dec. 24 or schedule a time for a virtual visit.

• Where: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St.

• When: Now through Jan. 3 (hours vary)

• Cost: Included with museum admission

Celebration Crossing

Visit Santa, ride the Santa Claus Express Train and dine in a tea room at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. New this year is Reindeer Barn, where visitors can explore Santa’s flight path and groom a stuffed reindeer. Santa will be there for visits Friday through Sunday and on Christmas Eve.

• Where: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.

• When: Now through Jan. 3 (hours vary)

• Cost: $11-$16 online

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