I begin this column by reminding folks about the Noblesville Home for the Holidays Tour featuring Santa Claus.
As a special to The Times, Wil Hampton’s weekly video feature this week showcases the tour, which kicked off last weekend with three parade routes.
The tour, which includes Noblesville Police, Fire and Street department vehicles, takes the same routes as Noblesville Schools’ teacher parades and continues today through Sunday in Noblesville neighborhoods, including traveling through Old Town Noblesville at 4 p.m. today. (See parade routes at the bottom of this column.)
There is a lot happening this weekend and beyond for the holidays, and I share 20 things to do in my list this week:
1. Watch Noblesville High School Choir’s online concert at 7:30 p.m. today with an online link on Facebook.
2. Noblesville Parks’ new “Holidays at the Hill” at Federal Hill Commons features a free walking light tour and 20-minute carriage rides through downtown Noblesville for $50, through Jan. 3.
3. Ice skating is open daily, except Christmas, through Jan. 3 at a 56-foot by 100-foot temporary ice rink as part of the “Holidays at the Hill” at Federal Hill Commons. Ice skating plaza hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, with extended hours to begin on Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, with special hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, with the rink closed on Christmas. Admission is $11 for ages 12 and younger, $13 for ages 13 and older with a 10-skate pass for $110 and a five-skate pass for $60. Guests may bring their own skates, but skate rental is included. A 10-skate pass is available for $110 and a 5-skate pass is $60. Skate rental is included, but guests may bring their own skates. Skating aids will be $3.
4. The third annual Lights Over Seminary Park celebrates the season with a lighting display 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 3 at this Old Town Noblesville City park at 10th and Hannibal streets.
5. Conner Prairie’s A Merry Prairie Holiday offers a holiday Winter Wonderland Stroll through the grounds featuring expansive light displayed courtesy of the Reynolds Farm Equipment, Take and Make crafted gifts with Santa’s elves in the North Pole Workshop, 150-foot Polar Bear Plunge dry tubing hill, historic Prairietown 1836 holiday readings, storytelling and decorated homes, plus festive rides and photo opportunities on the Kringle’s Carousel, holiday treats and eats, performances by local musicians at Blitzen’s Bandstand, warm fire pits and holiday shopping, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Dec. 20, and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22 and 23. Advanced timed tickets are required at https://www.connerprairie.org/. Masks required for ages 5 and older, other COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
6. Leave a letter to Santa in a new Santa’s Mailbox through Dec. 24 at Holidays on the Hill at Federal Hill Commons.
7. Find Indy Beer Taps selling beer on the weekends through Jan. 3 at Holidays on the Hill at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
8. Enjoy live music with Kris Huntley from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Primeval Brewing in downtown Noblesville.
9. The Belfry Theatre presents the final weekend of “The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays,” a murder-mystery holiday comedy by Ken Ludwig and directed by Eric Matters, 8 p.m today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with a few seats still available at a temporary larger venue, Celebration Hall at Noblesville First UMC, with COVID-19 safety measures in place, masks required and limited capacity. Required reservations may be made at 317-773-1085 or https://www.thebelfrytheatre.com/
10. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Conner Prairie with seating at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and 19, with only tables of eight available due to social distancing and COVID-19 safety measures. For required reservations, visit https://www.connerprairie.org/
11. Enjoy an annual Holiday Plate Painting party at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the downtown Noblesville store, with $15 reservations.
12. Meet and Greet with Santa’s Reindeer at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clay Terrace in Carmel.
13. Nickel Plate Express brings the holiday spirit to Forest Park, weekends, with a Christmas Caboose, a smaller and safer alternative to the popular Reindeer ride. The holiday experience will host about 25 passengers per ride, allowing for social distancing and minimized contact. The Christmas Caboose, sponsored by Noblesville’s Harbour Market on Hague Road, will allow passengers to enjoy a festive 35-minute ride through Hamilton County. While on-board passengers will hear a holiday story, enjoy cookies and cocoa and visit with Santa from a distance. For required reservations, visit https://nickelplateexpress.com/
14. Hamilton County Historical Society’s Santa House hours on the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 20 and 24; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. Remaining virtual Santa House visit is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17.
15. The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel will offer Holiday at Home online event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring studio singer Heather Bays accompanying the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, with tickets at https://thecenterpresents.org/.
16. A Holiday Sip and Shop will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19 at Mercantile 37 in Noblesville. Wheelers Cafe open. Painting demo by Bruce Neckar on Dec. 19.
17. The Dead Squirrels will play 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Barley Island Brewing Co.
18. Santa will visit Mystic Images Tattoo in Noblesville from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 20.
19. “Christmas at the Playhouse” online event will feature five short plays by Indiana playwrights this weekend at Westfield Playhouse. Anyone who has made a minimum $10 donation to the Playhouse will receive a link to watch the virtual event on Dec. 15. Visit www.westfieldplayhouse.org
20. With the cancellation of the Noblesville Christmas Parade, the City of Noblesville added a “Home for the Holidays Tour,” headlined by Santa Claus, who will be joined by police, fire and street department vehicles as they make their way throughout Noblesville neighborhoods. The last of seven tours is today through Sunday. Tours will cover areas that comprise Noblesville public elementary schools. The next tour is 4 p.m. today, beginning at Morse Park Beach, traveling through Morse Park Estates, Windwood, Prairie Crossing, The Ridge, Woods at Prairie Crossing, Monterey Village, Lakecrest, Stony Creek Village, Southwest Quad and Old Town Noblesville. The tour continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting on Herriman Boulevard, traveling through Sommerwood, Wellington North, Wellington Northeast, Fox Glenn, Stony Ridge, Sagamore, Flagstone, Turnberry, Logans Pointe, Chapel Woods and Arbor Grove. At 1 p.m. Saturday, tour begins at Noblesville Fire Department, Station No. 75, traveling through Monarch Springs, Roudebush Farms, Roudebush Woods, Meadows, Highlands Prairie, Potters Woods, Greenvalley Estates, Fairfield Farms, North Lake Village and Noble Manor. At 1 p.m. Sunday, tour begins at Noblesville West Middle School and travels through Crystal Lake, East Harbor, Oakbay, North Harbor, Carlton Heights, Lakeside Estates, Harbor Woods, Lions Creek, Pine Knoll, Havenwood, Country Lake Estates, West Harbour, South Harbor and Morse Pointe. For maps of the tour, visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/See map at https://www.cityofnoblesville.org/
-Don’t forget to Shop Local in Hamilton County’s eight great towns, including downtown Noblesville, to do your holiday shopping. There’s also a digital marketplace created for virtual shopping at home and a Love Noblesville Gift card for use at participating merchants.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes at Hamilton County Parks’ Strawtown Koteewi Park will not be open until January due to the balmy weather but gift certificates make great Christmas gifts. Please note the 2020 Carmel Christkindlmarkt is canceled. Mark your calendar for next year’s event, Nov. 20-Dec. 24, 2021. The Nickel Plate Express has also canceled its Christmas Caboose for 2020 in the interest of public health and safety.