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Celebrating the Holidays with Children

This holiday season brings an abundance of opportunities to share time with family in celebration including Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie, Christmas at the Zoo, and Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum.

Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie, in Fishers, offers a display of an 1836 “winter season” for children to explore through January 4. Costumed interpreters animate historic holiday traditions during the various daytime activities. Families can walk through the Gingerbread Village to view artfully crafted gingerbread homes.

The Indianapolis Zoo is offering its 47th annual Christmas at the Zoo also through January 4 with holiday lights and displays, a Santa’s Village for cookie decoration and a visit with Santa, Christmas carols sung by local school choirs, plus access to the indoor exhibits. This event is offered past sunset and some of the cold-weather zoo animals including the seals and sea lions will be out, too. The Christmas at the Zoo was voted in the top five of USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights.

Another option is to head to the Children’s Museum for Jolly Days through January 7, where the museum has been transformed into a winter wonderland with activities like making snow in a Giant Snow Globe, ice fishing in the pretend pond, visiting with Santa, and riding down the two-story Yule Slides, converted from the museum’s staircases.

Conner Prairie is located on 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. For more information, call 317-776-6006 or visit

The Indianapolis Zoo is located on 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-630-2001 or visit

The Children’s Museum is located at 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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