Whether you’ve never gone or have attended a performance of each of the 33 previous production be sure to get your tickets now as Butler Ballet’s annual production of Tchaicovsky’s Nutcracker is happening from today through Sunday. Opening night’s performance starts at 7:30 PM, Friday’s at 8:00 PM, Saturday has a matinee at 2:00 PM with an evening show at 8:00 PM, and Sunday’s final performances begin at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Don’t miss out on what has become an annual holiday tradition in the city.
If sports are more your speed, there’s plenty of teams to cheer on. Lucas Oil Stadium plays host to the 6th Big Ten Football Championship on Saturday between Wisconsin and Penn State at 8:00 PM. College basketball fans might be interested in heading over to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday at 4:00 PM as Butler returns home fresh off of wins against Arizona and Utah to play Central Arkansas. Pacer fans will have to wait until December 10th and 12th to see the team in action again at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse when the blue and gold face the Portland Trailblazers and Charlotte Hornets.
For those of you who are 21 and older, Saturday also happens to be the 12 Bars of Xmas Bar Crawl in Broad Ripple. If you haven’t gotten your ticket already, you can pay $25 per ticket individually or $20 per ticket for groups of four or more. Registration is at Brothers from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and you can pick up your wristband, cup, and Santa hat then. The event runs from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM and participating bars include Brothers, Kilroy’s, LandSharks, Thr3e Wisemen, The Red Room, Triton Tap, and Union Jack.
Christmas lights always put me in a holiday mood, and there is plenty to look at in the city and surrounding areas already. It’s already lit, so make sure to see The Circle of Lights, the nearly 5,000 lights and 52 garland strands hanging from the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument on Monument Circle. Travelocity even named it one of the top five must-see Christmas trees in the US. One of my personal favorites, Christmas at the Zoo, allows visitors to catch a glimpse of our famous zoo at night. In addition to spectacular lights, you can also see some animals out as well! 2016 also brings a new tradition: Lights at the Brickyard. Now’s your chance to drive your own car around the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and enjoy more than 40 scenes with 400 light displays.
Indianapolis also has plenty of kid-friendly events for everyone this season! Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum has an indoor “ice skating rink”, holiday train, ice fishing area, and of course, a giant slide. Train enthusiasts should be sure to visit the Eiteljorg Museum for Jingle Rails. Check out seven trains make their way through over 1,200 feet of track that includes both local and national landmarks. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center brings something new to their traditional holiday celebrations this year with Festival of Trees - a collection of 72 unique holiday trees with themes like “Home for the Holidays” or “Santa’s Workshop”.
Be sure to stay tuned to Festo for more holiday-themed posts in the coming weeks!