Gathering around the table with family and friends to give thanks for all of life’s many blessings is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. We eat delicious food, enjoy each other’s company, and get ready to welcome in all the wonder and joy of the season ahead.
How to Get into the Holiday Spirit this Thanksgiving in Indianapolis
After the crumbs have been cleared from the table, the dishes are all put away, and everyone has allowed their food to digest, you might be looking for ways to really get you into the holiday spirit. The Indianapolis area has plenty of activities planned throughout the season for both the young and the young at heart! Here’s a list of a few of them:
Lights at the Brickyard – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Experience more than 2 million lights in 400 displays at Lights at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! This brand new event is sure to become a family tradition. The 1.7 mile driving experience includes crossing the famous “Yard of Bricks”, as well as festive holiday celebrations and racing themed installations throughout the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Opening weekend was November 18th, and it runs through December 31st.
Jingle Rails – Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg Museum helps you kick off the holiday season with their Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure exhibit, which opened last weekend. Watch working model trains wind through downtown Indianapolis, then head through the national parks of the American West.
Festival of Trees – Historic Madison
Starting the day after Thanksgiving, head to Historic Madison for one of the nation’s largest holiday displays. The Festival of Trees features over a hundred beautiful, shimmering trees that tower over guests; it’s an event that is an annual favorite of visitors from all parts of the country.
Indianapolis Zoo’s Christmas at the Zoo
Round up the little ones and get to the Indianapolis Zoo and get surrounded with the beauty and magic of the holiday season. The Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the country to host a holiday lights event, which began in 1967. Opening November 25th and running weekends through December, you’ll enjoy twinkling lights, hot beverages, and visiting the seals, sea lions, walrus, tigers, bears and more!
Circle of Lights – Monument Circle
The Circle of Lights at Monument Circle has been a tradition for 54 years. On November 25, festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the world’s largest Christmas tree, complete with around 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands streaming from Indy’s 242-foot tall Soldiers and Sailors monument. It’s considered one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the nation by Travelocity!
American Senior Communities wishes all of our wonderful residents and their families, as well as our staff members, a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy all the magic of the holiday season ahead!