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Upcoming Events for Indiana

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November 17, Fort Wayne
Plant & Go: Fall
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Participate in a hands-on learning experience. This month we’re giving out Swedish ivy. Learn care instructions and fun plant facts and take your new plant baby home to nurture. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last. Included in regular conservatory admission. For more information, visit or call 260-427-6440.

November 17, Muncie
Farmers’ Market

This year-round market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, meat, eggs, and baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon. Free parking. For more information, visit or call 765-282-4848.


November 19-January 7, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Stroll with family and friends through memorable holiday light displays – from “whimsy trees” to the Snowflake Bridge to the Grand Allée. Enjoy the experience with Kris Kringle himself when he joins us for special appearances on Tuesdays. Pause for wintertime s’mores-making at wood-fired warming stations, try mugs of warm “spiked” cider or cocoa (both of which can be served “unspiked” for the younger amblers). There’s even Newfields Beer, brewed by Taxman Brewery, as well as canned red or white wines and a variety of warm nuts and other holiday treats. Food and beverages are also available inside at The Cafe. Tours at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free parking. Save 20 percent by purchasing tickets online at or call 317-923-1331.


November 20, Fort Wayne
Garden Preschool: Cold Weather
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

On the third Tuesday of each month we will explore a different theme through a story, hands-on activity, craft and a snack. Children and adults alike will learn through hands-on activities in the garden that are sure to get everyone thinking. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class. 10-11 a.m. $6/child; $4/conservatory member’s child. Register online at or call 260-27-6000 and refer to class code #427102-T3.

November 21, Fort Wayne
Holiday Kick-Off Party
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. Catch the carolers from Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” carolers early in the evening. The gardens will be decorated for the holidays, and you won’t want to miss the animated light show outdoors. 5-9 p.m. $5/adult $3/child age 3-17. Children 2 and under admitted free. No reservations required. For more information, visit or call 260-427-6440.

November 21-January 6, Fort Wayne
Garden in Lights
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy beautiful poinsettias against the backdrop of our Victorian Christmas theme, explore the Tropical and Desert gardens dressed for the holidays, and stroll the outdoor terrace for a cheerful synchronized display of lights and holiday music. Special Thursday and Friday evening hours – open until 8 p.m. – the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regular Conservatory admission applies. Open Thanksgiving Day 4-8 p.m., closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Mondays. For more information, visit or call 260-427-6440.

Nov 23-Dec 30, Indianapolis
Christmas at the Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo

Enjoy the warm glow of twinkling lights and the magical nighttime experience that is Christmas at the Zoo! Several animals stay up late to enjoy cooler nights, including brown bears, tigers, and more! The Hilbert Conservatory in the White River Gardens will be open noon-5 p.m. Free visits with Santa through December 23, photo packages available. Receive $1 off admission for up to four guests when you donate a new hat, scarf, or gloves for the Mitten Tree that supports local St. Mary’s Child Center. For more information, visit or call 317-630-2001.

Nov 23-Dec 31, Indianapolis
Conservatory Crossing
Garfield Park Conservatory

See the conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias, model trains and villages, and thousands of twinkling lights. Special evening hours until 8 p.m. December 14-15 and 20-22. $4 per person or $10 per family (2 adults max.) For more information, visit or call 317-327-7580.



December 1, Indianapolis
Holiday Herbal Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory

Make holiday herbal gifts for family, friends, or yourself. There will be handouts, recipes, and holiday goodies to sample. Limited seating. $5/person. Reserve a spot online at or call 317-327-7184.

December 13 or 15, Fort Wayne
Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. Your fee includes a stroll through our Victorian-themed holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Thursday December 13, 6-7:30 p.m. OR Saturday December 15, 9-10:30 a.m. $34/public; $29/conservatory member or volunteer. Register online by November 23 at or call 260-427-6000 and refer to class code # 127009-R1 or 127009-S1.

December 15, Muncie
Farmers’ Market

This year-round market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, meat, eggs, and baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon. Free parking. For more information, visit or call 765-282-4848.


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