INDIANAPOLIS—From classic decor to the downright creative, 80 elaborately decorated trees will soon go on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center to delight people of all ages. The Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) annual Festival of Trees holiday exhibit runs November 16 through January 5 at the History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The exhibit features dozens of new themes, from holiday staples such as the Sugarplum Fairy and Santa’s sleigh to unique concepts such as popping champagne and the fictional Indiana town in Stranger Things. While the mood is festive, there’s a friendly competition for fan favorite, with past winners such as the Indianapolis Zoo and Plow Digital keeping this year’s idea top secret.
As visitors tour the winter wonderland, they also can take part in scavenger hunts for The Elf on the Shelf or the Weihnachtzgurke, 10 pickle ornaments hidden in trees throughout the building. When legs get weary, guests are invited to take a break in the Cole Porter Room, where a singer leads guests through holiday-themed songs, as well as popular Porter standards.
Special programs include the return of Twilight Tuesdays, with live music performed by local talent. Families are invited to mingle with their favorite Nutcracker characters at the Sugarplum Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 2, and channel Ralphie at A Christmas Story Day on Saturday, Dec. 22. In addition, IHS is offering free admission for the annual Holiday Author Fair, featuring more than 70 authors, on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Due to popular demand, the History Center will be open daily throughout the run of Festival of Trees. Regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. In addition, the History Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and close late, at 8 p.m., on Twilight Tuesdays. Festival of Trees is free for IHS members or included with admission to the Indiana Experience. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Festival of Trees is presented by The Salvation Army, with support from The Mothershead Foundation. For more information, including a complete list of Twilight Tuesday musical acts, visit www.indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882.