As a stickler for only celebrating one holiday at a time (insert evil eye directed at everyone on Instagram), I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving this week.
But I would be lying if I didn’t mention that our calendar is already starting to fill up with all the fun Christmas-related activities that we love. One of those activities is Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. This season-long exhibit has a little Christmas magic for everyone, no matter your age. Kids will love visiting Santa, the winter wonderland, and riding on the Santa Claus Express. Adults will get a kick out of the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows, seeing the museum decked out in its holiday best, and grabbing a bite at the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. Introducing those old school traditions to your younger family members is something that shouldn’t be missed.
On Friday, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter to the museum (the reindeer are resting up for their big night, obviously) and that starts the month-long Celebration Crossing event. If you’re thinking about going (and you should be, by the way), here’s some of the events the museum is planning that you shouldn’t miss:
Santa’s Holiday Breakfast/Brunch presented by Macy’s
During the first, second and fourth weekends in December, guests will get to start their mornings off with delicious holiday breakfast as Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters entertain the young ones before they visit Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express. On Sunday, Dec. 15, adults and kids alike will join in the fun during this holiday brunch featuring traditional brunch dishes and festive holiday mimosas. Brunch also includes a visit with Santa and access to the rest of the Celebration Crossing activities.(reservations required for both events)
Throughout the month of December, guests will be treated to Santa’s (Imagination) playground in the Earl Goode Education Center on level 2. In addition to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based activity area, there will also be crafts and a place for caregivers to sit and relax while their children play.
Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas
During the first, second, fourth and fifth weekends, guests will get to join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas.” Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for all ages. Audience members will be invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.
Family New Year’s Eve
End the year with a bang with a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration in the Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Activities include face-painting, arts and craft, games, door prizes and a special musical performance by Indianapolis band The Tides. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. (reservations recommended)
To make reservations or for more information, visit the Indiana State Museum website or call 317.232.1637. Be sure to make the Indiana State Museum part of your holiday tradition.