By Betsy Reason
It’s already November and time to kick off the holiday season tonight with Noblesville Main Street’s First Friday event.
The days on the calendar are quickly becoming filled with all kinds of holiday events in and around Noblesville.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events with The Times’ list of 25 holiday things to do:
1. Put on your holiday sweater and head for downtown Noblesville for Noblesville Main Street’s First Friday Holiday Open House from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Participating businesses include 3 Rusty Nails, Across the Pond, Adriene’s Flowers & Gifts, Apple Butter Barn, Bash Boutique, Karisma, Lash & Esthetic Studio, Lil Bloomers, Little Petal Farm, Logan Village Mall, NobleMade, Noblesville Antiques on the Square, Persimmon Avenue, The Mix Vintage and New Marketplace, The Wild Bohemian Boutique and Thistle & Thyme Home Store.
2. Join the reception for Rocky Walls, “My Type of Art by Rocky” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today during First Friday at Nickel Plate Arts Campus in downtown Noblesville.
3. See what’s new at the Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy women’s history library during First Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Nickel Plate Arts Campus, with a November spotlight on indigenous women from around the world.
4. The Mix Vintage and New Marketplace and Logan Village Mall, both on Logan Street in downtown Noblesville, will have open house activities today through Sunday.
5. Attend the Where There are Warriors Benefit benefiting The Wayland Villars DIPG Foundation during this year’s free event from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today at Mustard Seed Gardens in Noblesville. There will be a strolling dinner, live music, cash bar and lots of giveaways.
6. Experience The Auburns live, playing late ‘60s to mid-’70s cosmic country rock, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. today at Barley Island Brewing Co. in downtown Noblesville.
7. Shop at the Indy MADE Market at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.
8. Shop the Holiday Bazaar and partake in the Chicken Noodle Dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Brethren Church on East 266th Street in Arcadia. Drive-thru or eat-in available.
9. Join Harvey Harrington at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Cumberland Road in Noblesville for the launch of DreamChasers Basketball League, with bounce houses, face painting, balloons, music, food trucks, games and information about the new basketball league from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.dreamchasersball.com
10. Join the Shops at Carmel City Center from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for a holiday preview shopping event, with complimentary wine tastings, light hors d’oeuvres, holiday promotions at select shops.
11. Enjoy Fall Time daily at Gatewood Vegetable Farm & Greenhouses on East 206th Street in Noblesville with hand-dipped caramel apples, plain, peanut, Heath and Snickers, plus apples, apple cider, cider slushies, fudge, Amish baked goods, local honey, jams and jellies, pumpkins, gourds, mums, squash, straw, corn stalks and order fresh turkeys this week for holiday.
12. Bring your old car or your love of old cars to Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles’ Saturday night Cruise-in on the Courthouse Square, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
13. EnPointe Ballet in Noblesville presents a Mixed Repertory Showcase featuring pieces from EnPointe artistic directors Robert Moore and Pollyana Ribeiro, along with pieces from colleague and guest artist Weston Kruko, pieces from Franks and Robinson and David Hochoy’s artistic director Dance Kaleidoscope, celebrated Skin Walkers, all at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at The Forum Events Center in Fishers, with tickets starting at $20, at https://enpointe.yapsody.com/ (Save the date for An EnPointe Christmas Dec. 17-18 at Noblesville High School.)
14. Noblesville High School Drama Club presents “High School Musical” at 7 p.m. Nov. 18-20 at NHS. Tickets are $12 and are on sale now at https://nhscpo.seatyourself.biz/
15. Noblesville First UMC’s Bags, Baskets & Blessings — an evening of fun, food and fellowship — returns to an in-person event this holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the First United Methodist Church. The silent auction of purses and many, many themed gift baskets benefits United Methodist Women’s Projects including preschool scholarships, food pantry, mission projects and Hope for Women International. Tickets are $8 in advance https://www.noblesvillefirst.com/events/bbb/ or $10 at the door.
16. Ruoff Music Center will open for the Magic of Lights: Drive-Through Holiday Lights Experience, nightly Nov. 19-Jan. 2 at the venue in Noblesville. The themed light displays will use the latest LED technology and digital animations, including a Blizzard Tunnel as well as returning favorites, 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland and The Night Before Christmas. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, by entering Gate 4 at 146th Street and Bergen Boulevard.
17. Join the Handmade Vintage Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Llama Barn at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville, with more than 50 local businesses with booths ready for the holidays, with a $5 admission, ages 12 and younger admitted free.
18. Board the Reindeer Ride Express for a magical Christmas experience Nov. 20-Dec. 23 on Nickel Plate Express’ historic train with Santa. See Santa’s workshop, courtesy Gaylor Electric, and cross over Morse Reservoir while singing Christmas carols and sipping hot chocolate. Ride includes a cookie and gift from Santa, with adult beverages available on board. Train boards in Forest Park and travels through Cicero and Arcadia. Gaylor has also decked out the train in 2,000 Christmas lights.
19. Make plans to attend the annual Festival of Trees benefiting Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel. Doors open with a preview at 5 p.m. and cocktails at 5:15 p.m., with dinner, keynote speaker, silent auction and live auction of custom-designed Christmas trees (all hand-decorated by local designers), wreaths and table centerpieces, paintings, artwork and surprises. Proceeds of tickets, at https://www.gsnlive.org/festival-of-trees, go to Good Samaritan’s Good Samaritan holiday assistance program, which annually gives out food, clothing and toys to thousands of pre-approved families, and hot meals on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.
20. A Merry Prairie Holiday returns Nov. 26-Dec. 19 and Dec. 21 and 22, to Conner Prairie in Fishers. New for 2021, the William Conner House will be transformed into a magical 3D projection mapping holiday show and also a sock skating rink, plus the annual Reynolds lighting display with new displays, visit Prairietown for Christmas Eve traditions of the 1800s and a look at holidays around the world, stop in at North Pole Village to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit Trinket Puddingmoon, Santa’s official list keeper, plus stop by the cafe or sing along at Blitzen’s Bandstand, ride Kringle’s Carousel or zoom down a 150-foot Polar Bear Plunge tubing hill. Order tickets in advance at www.connerprairie.org
21. Shop small all weekend long during the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-28, while celebrating Small Business Saturday in downtown Noblesville. Nov. 27 will be a day packed with holiday festivities for shoppers, including Alexander’s on the Square hot chocolate bar in the North Alley from noon to 9 p.m.; Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano’s wine bar in the East Alley from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sweet Tunes live music in the South Alley, An Inner Peace free 10-minute chair massages from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Benchmark Studio; and Lighting of the Square ceremony at 6 p.m.
22. The Noblesville Tree Lighting ceremony returns this year on Nov. 27 in downtown Noblesville.
23. The Hamilton County Historical Society’s Santa House, which will return to the downtown Square this holiday season, will open for visitors on Nov. 28.
24. Make plans to Deck the Downtown during the Noblesville Main Street holiday event from 5 p.m. to midnight Dec. 3, coordinated with shopping, Lights Over Seminary Park, ice rink open at Federal Hill Commons, Midnight Madness, visiting with Santa on the Square and window decor judging and more.
25. Watch for the opening of Noblesville Parks’ Christmas Cottage and the Federal Hill Ice Plaza at Federal Hill Commons and the Santa tours through Noblesville neighborhoods.
-Contact Betsy Reason at email@example.com.