Today is the last day of classes before Noblesville Schools’ winter break, and there is only one week until Christmas Day.
While it’s crunch time for shopping, there is still a lot of time to enjoy holiday events in and around Noblesville.
Here’s this week’s list of 20 things to do:
1. Enjoy a free walking light tour and 20-minute carriage rides through downtown Noblesville during Noblesville Parks’ new “Holidays at the Hill” at Federal Hill Commons. Carriage rides are $50, through Jan. 3.
2. Test your talents in ice skating, open daily, except Christmas, through Jan. 3 at Federal Hill Commons’ 56-by-100-foot temporary ice rink as part of the “Holidays at the Hill.” 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 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. Skate rental is included, but guests may bring their own skates. Skating aids will be $3.
3. Stroll the third annual Lights Over Seminary Park in Old Town Noblesville and view the lighting display that celebrates the season, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 3 at 10th and Hannibal streets.
4. Bring the whole family to Conner Prairie’s A Merry Prairie Holiday, which offers a holiday Winter Wonderland Stroll through the grounds featuring expansive light displayed courtesy of 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. through Sunday and Tuesday and Wednesday (closed Monday). Advanced timed tickets are required at Masks required for ages 5 and older, other COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
5. Write your letter to Santa and put the letter in Santa’s Mailbox through Dec. 24 at Holidays on the Hill at Federal Hill Commons.
6. Find Indy Beer Taps selling beer on the weekends through Jan. 3 at Holidays on the Hill at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
7. Listen to the music of Jamie Owens, performing at 6:30 p.m. today at Spencer Farm Winery in Noblesville.
8. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Conner Prairie with seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday with only tables of eight available due to social distancing and COVID-19 safety measures. For required reservations, visit
9. Visit with Santa in person (but socially distanced) at Hamilton County Historical Society’s Santa House on the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 24.
10, Join Kids Night Out from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Fishers YMCA with reservations.
11. Take a Holiday Carriage Ride from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Clay Terrace in Carmel, where visitors can also enjoy a Holiday Walking Path from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and a Santa Photo experience daily through Dec. 24.
12. Head north for a Holiday Sip and Shop event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Mercantile 37 in Noblesville. Wheelers Cafe is open. Watch a painting demo by Bruce Neckar.
13. Celebrate Barley Island’s 21st Anniversary Party at 9 p.m. Saturday at Barley Island Brewing Co. in Noblesville, then return on Monday for Barley Island’s annual Christmas Party at 7 p.m. Also, check out open mic night, 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Midnight Smith debut at 9 p.m. Saturday.
14. Enjoy Pictures with Santa, at noon Saturday at Asa Bales Park in downtown Westfield.
15. Experience Gym & Ninja Parents Night Out at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wright’s Gymnastics in Noblesville, where there are Cookies with Santa at the Gym at 10 a.m. Sunday.
16. Watch Carmel High School Choirs’ Holiday Spectacular, Livestream #1 at 7 p.m. today, Livestream #2 at 2 p.m. Saturday, Livestream #3, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Livestream #4 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Livestream #5 at 7 p.m. Sunday, all online on Facebook.
17. Attend Noblesville Parks’ Princess Christmas Ball from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Auditorium at The Annex at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville, where reservations are required.
18. Santa will visit Mystic Images Tattoo in Noblesville from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
19. Paint a Friends ‘80s sitcom drinking mug screened with “Central Perk” and “Friends,” for a $35 ticket from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kiln Creations in downtown Noblesville.
20. Join in the Holiday Movie Triple Feature Trivia (week 3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at MashCraft in Fishers
Don’t forget to Shop Local and Shop Small 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 Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes at Hamilton County Parks’ Strawtown Koteewi Park will not be open until January due to the recent balmy weather but gift certificates make great Christmas gifts. The 2020 Carmel Christkindlmarkt is canceled this season and will return next year, 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.