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November 23, 2012

Santa Photo Hours (Greenwood)

Santa is coming to town! Come and get your pictures with Santa at Greenwood Park Mall.
Santa Hours are below:

November 10th-November 21st: Monday-Friday, 11:00am-8:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am-9:00pm
Sundays, 12:00 noon-6:00pm
November 23rd-December 23rd: Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-9:00pm
Sundays, 12:00 noon-6:00pm
December 24th: Monday, 10:00am-5:00pm

Start: November 10, 2012 7:00 AM
End: December 24, 2012 2:00 PM
Venue: Greenwood Park Mall
Phone: 317-881-6758
1251 Us Highway 31 N, Greenwood, IN, 46142, United States
Cost: Cost for Photos

Candy Cane Cottage Competition (Castleton & Greenwood)

Families with children up to age 12 are invited to participate in Castelton Square and Greenwood Park’s Candy Cane Cottage Competitions (candy cane themed gingerbread houses). It’s all about great family fun with icing, candy and creativity. Plus great prizes! The friendly competition will benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Family Services.

Twelve Finalists will be selected at each mall and their creative entries will be displayed for millions of holiday shoppers to view and vote on their favorite. At Castelton Square Mall, the life-size candy cane cottages will be displayed near Santa at the mall’s Center Court. At Greenwood Park Mall, they will be displayed near Santa in the Von Maur/JCPenney Court.

Use your imagination and get right to the fun of assembling and decorating your festive Candy Cane Cottage. If you are a family of beginners, you may wish to pick up a kit that includes the Gingerbread house/cottage pieces only to get you started. Cottage kits are free to Simon Kidgets Club members and $5 for others. Limit one kit per family while supplies last. Starter kit distribution begins November 10, 2012.

Start: November 10, 2012 7:00 AM
End: December 17, 2012 6:00 PM
Venue: Castleton Square
Phone: 317-849-9993
6020 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46250, United States
Cost: FREE-$5

Santa Photo Hours (Castleton)

Santa is coming to town! Come and get your pictures with Santa at Castleton Square Mall. Santa Hours are below:

Nov. 10 – Nov. 21; Monday through Friday 11am – 8pm, Saturdays 10am – 9pm & Sundays 12pm – 6pm

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23; Monday through Friday 10am – 9pm, Saturdays 10am – 9pm & Sundays 12pm – 6pm

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; 10am-4pm

Note: Santa takes daily breaks for a few minutes to feed the reindeer.

Start: November 10, 2012 8:00 AM
End: December 24, 2012 1:00 PM
Venue: Castleton Square
Phone: 317-849-9993
6020 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46250, United States
Cost: Cost for Photos

Stewart’s Indiana Flea Market (Indianapolis)

Nov. 23 – 25 in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building.

Hours:  Fri. noon to 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission:  free.

For more info:

Start: November 23, 2012
End: November 25, 2012
Venue: Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN, 46205, United States
Cost: FREE Admission

Lilly Theater: The Magic Snowman (Indianapolis)

Nov. 23–25
Dec. 1–2, 8–9, 15–16, 21–23, 26–31
Jan. 2–6
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

A mysterious stranger arrives at a village where everyone is grumpy and gloomy. The stranger’s arrival marks one of the most magical days of the year—winter’s first snow. But the fresh snow fails to cheer up the villagers until the stranger decides to make a magic snowman. This interactive musical, based on the classic children’s tale Stone Soup, will delight children of all ages.

Story, music, and lyrics by Stephen Murray. Based on the classic tale Stone Soup. Produced by special arrangement with Big Dog Publishing Company, Sarasota, Florida.

Start: November 23, 2012 10:00 AM
End: January 6, 2013 12:00 PM
Venue: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Phone: 317-334-4000
3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, 46208-4716, United States

Christmas at the Zoo (Indianapolis)

Get into the holiday spirit with our annual light spectacular, Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union. Join us to make memories too big to fit in a box while you visit animals that love cooler weather, walk the Zoo grounds covered in lights, and enjoy holiday cheer. The fun starts ever earlier this year, so make your holiday plans today! The Zoo opens at noon, with holiday activities from 5-9pm each Wednesday through Sunday from Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission.

A trip to Christmas at the Zoo is unlike any other time of the year. As dusk sets over the White River State Park, the Zoo begins to glow with Christmas lights creating peaceful, yet magical nights. You’ll find yourself eager to celebrate everything the holidays should be … plus animals! Several of the Zoo’s hardiest will stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights, including the sea lions, polar bear, walrus, tigers and brown bears. You and your loved ones can keep warm as you dash between Oceans, the Dolphin Dome, Deserts, Santa’s Village, Café on the Commons, Santa’s Sweet Shop and two campfires. Grab some hot chocolate and come join in the fun!

Purchase discount tickets at any Indy-area Donatos or Teachers Credit Union locations. Receive $1.00 off admission with each donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to neighboring St. Mary’s Children Center, which helps young children who are at risk for social, emotional, economic and environmental problems.

The Zoo is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day. For more information, visit the Indianapolis Zoo website:

Start: November 23, 2012 2:00 PM
End: December 30, 2012 6:00 PM
Venue: Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens
Phone: (317) 630-2001
1200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46222, United States

Circle of Lights Tree Lighting (Indianapolis)

Circle of Lights presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 kicks off each year the day after Thanksgiving on Monument Circle.

The 50th annual event features festive acts from around the state. Santa, will of course be on hand to usher in the holiday season and flip on the lights.

After the lighting, visitors will enjoy fireworks, as well as Downtown’s holiday centerpiece, complete with 4,784 lights and 52 garland strands used to create the 242 foot display. The magic continues with toy soldiers and peppermint sticks encircling the Monument.

Start: November 23, 2012 6:00 PM
End: November 23, 2012 8:00 PM
Venue: Monument Circle
Phone: 317-234-1580
1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN, 46204, United States
Cost: FREE
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