FISHERS – The City of Fishers invites the community to celebrate the start of the holiday season during Fishers’ Winter Wonderland 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The free event, presented by Fishers Parks & Recreation, features family-friendly winter fun on the Central Green, the new home for this year’s annual city light display.

Along with the festive tree lighting and light display, residents and families can step into a Winter Wonderland featuring an ice carving demonstration, live music by Dave and Rae, live reindeer and more. The special night concludes with an appearance by Santa Claus and the tree lighting at 7:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and 5280 Bistro will be on-site for food purchases. The city will also partner with the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County to host a Toy Drive at the event, and donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted.

Fishers Parks & Recreation is also offering the following free holiday events:

  • Santa’s Mailbox - Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa to drop in the city’s Santa’s Mailbox during the Winter Wonderland event. A Fishers tradition, Santa’s Mailboxes are located at City Hall (1 Municipal Dr., Fishers, IN 46038) and at the Fishers Parks & Recreation Office (11565 Brooks School Rd., Fishers, IN 46037) now through December 11th. By including a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their letter, children will receive a reply in the mail from Santa before Christmas Eve.
  • City Light Display - The city’s colorful holiday lights will be displayed through January 1st. Special thanks to the Fishers Department of Public Works for their hard work on the annual display.
  • Pictures with Santa - Fishers Parks & Recreation is also excited to host the free annual Pictures with Santa event at City Hall on Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This year, a Sensory Friendly Hour will be offered for children with special needs on Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

To learn more about this year’s holiday events presented by Fishers Parks & Recreation visit www.fishers.in.us/winterwonderland and follow Fishers Parks & Recreation on Facebook and Twitter. Also, download the free Nickel Plate District App for iPhone and Android for additional event updates and Nickel Plate District news.