Welcome to Black Friday and the official start of the Christmas shopping season.
Of course it all begins in beautiful downtown Noblesville with our historic courthouse square and tremendous locally owned businesses. Visitors and residents alike can leisurely stroll in and out of the unique shops, grab some coffee, cocoa or something else and then take a break for a snack or full meal.
It all begins tonight with the traditional tree lighting in the Judicial Center Atrium from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be entertainment and lots of holiday spirit before the lights go on and signal the beginning of the season!
A week from today will see a shift from Black Friday to First Friday. According to Noblesville Main Street, families can enjoy free hot chocolate and the Santa House on the square, listen to a children’s choir caroling on the courthouse steps at 6:30, watch Seminary Park light up, shop all the stores for Midnight Madness and ice skate at Federal Hill Commons . . . and more! Keep an eye out for the free trolley to get you around to all the good stuff.
The next day come out and support local business owners who run their businesses out of their homes. The Noblesville Main Street Holiday Market at the fairgrounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3 cash (or $4 credit card) per person. There will be more than 50 local vendors so you know that perfect gift will just be there waiting!
On Sunday, you can round out the weekend in downtown Noblesville with Celebrate Main Street. There will be dueling pianos at Matteo’s and more!
There’s a lot going on just a little bit west. The Westfield Chamber has its regular Coffee With the Chamber on Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Springhill Suites. The guest speaker will be Andrea Davis from HAND.
Of course this is the time of year to open our hearts and the Westfield Chamber is making it possible to adopt a family. Reach out to them at info@westfield-chamber.org. And lastly, the good folks at the Westfield Chamber are also having their year in review annual luncheon on Dec. 19 at the Bridgewater Club. Register, or get more info at https://www.westfield-chamber.org/
And before we leave the city limits of Westfield, kids will want to know that Westfield Washington Township has been named an official Santa letter drop off location! The North Pole Mailbox will be available to accept letters from now until Dec. 18th. Santa’s helpers in Westfield will make sure that Santa sees your letters and writes back. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your letter to Santa. The mailbox will be by the front door of the Township office at 1549 E. Greyhound Pass, Carmel.
Over in Sheridan, there’s always something going on. But it might be worth a short trip to see a special Christmas tree. The Sheridan Public Library has once again combined a love of reading with the spirit of the holiday and another Christmas tree made of books has been created!
Steve Martin, library director, put the finishing touches on the library’s annual creation recently. He said he began this venture about five years ago and each year the finished tree looks better than its predecessor. This year is no exception. Without a doubt, this is the best tree crafted so far. It is tall, full and well proportioned, and when the lights in the library go out at closing time, the lit tree just pops with its strands of colored lights. And because it is sitting on a table which is pretty much invisible in the dark, the tree seems to be floating in the air. It is a sight to see!
The tree is in place for the library’s annual Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus coming up on Saturday morning, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
No matter what the season is, Conner Prairie always has something to see. A Merry Prairie Holiday, Conner Prairie’s newest festival, is gearing up with a holiday lineup of new programs and activities throughout its grounds from not through Dec. 29.
Attractions during the festival include:
• Blitzen’s Bandstand
• Reynolds Christmas Lights
• Kringle’s Carousel
• North Pole Village
• Merry Marketplace
• Holidays Past
• Winter Wonderland Wagon Ride
Conner Prairie continues the yearly tradition of Reynolds Farm Equipment and supports the Come to Me Food Pantry this holiday season. Come to Me Food Pantry is a community-wide effort helping to feed thousands of individuals and families in Hamilton County. To support this effort, please bring non-perishable food, personal items, or diapers with you when you visit Conner Prairie through the end of the year. Collection bins are located in the lobby.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.connerprairie.org/explore/things-to-do/merry-prairie-holiday
The Christkindlmarkt is now open for visitors and ice skaters at 10 Center Green in Carmel. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
Of course a glance around Hamilton County would not be complete without including the Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta area. Take a short drive north and don’t miss the Fourth Annual Arcadia Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Market on Main in Arcadia. Both take place on Dec. 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can visit with Santa as well as shop for all sorts of fun things. In addition, Arcadia will hold its first Griswold Award this year. Decorate your yard with lights and your favorite decorations and on the evening of Dec. 6, be sure to have your lights on as the judges will be driving around town voting for their favorites. A yard sign will be presented to the winner Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday is also the day for the Our Town Cicero Christmas Tree Lighting Festival and all of Cicero will be decked out for the occasion.