Tuesday, November 30

Santa visits, school musicals, Bags, Baskets & Blessings, more

By Betsy Reason

Bags, Baskets & Blessings, Santa visits, a Merry Prairie, school musicals and all kinds of holiday events fill the calendar this month in and around Noblesville.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events with The Times’ list of 30 holiday things to do:

1. Stop by the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for a Day Out at the AMP! (Nickel Plate Amphitheater) with mobile skatepark, yard games, food truck and music.

2. Noblesville East Middle School’s fall production, “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” will be on stage today through Sunday at Auditorium at the Annex at Ivy Tech in Noblesville, with $5 general admission tickets still available for tonight’s show, at presstime, at https://nems-drama-club.ticketleap.com/shrekjr/

3. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, story time and crafts and get some Christmas shopping done during the free “Santa is Coming to Peek A Whoo!” 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 119 W. Main St., in Arcadia.

4. Partake in the annual Veterans Day Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at United Family Wesleyan Church in Cicero, with Cicero Kiwanis Club preparing breakfast.

5. Test your knowledge during Trivia Night for HAND from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Noblesville.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Visit the places where the dead continue their spirited affairs during the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Noblesville, meet south side of Courthouse Square, with reservations at unseenpress.com

9. 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.)

10.  Noblesville High School presents “High School Musical” at 7 p.m. Nov. 18-20 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at NHS Auditorium and featuring NHS students. Tickets are $12 and are on sale now at https://nhscpo.seatyourself.biz/

11. Fishers High School Performing Arts Department presents an all-student cast in “Mamma Mia!” Nov. 19-21 & p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fishers High School, with tickets at purplepass.com.

12. Schedule your Pictures with Santa during sessions 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18-19 at Forest Park Inn, with deadline to register this Sunday at www.tenthstreetphotography.com.

13. 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.

14.  Enjoy special live music with Sam King on Nov. 19, Tommy Icarus at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 and Celtic Rain at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at Primeval Brewing in downtown Noblesville.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Enjoy the music of Wild Dogs Acoustic at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 at Urban Vines Winery & Brewery on 161st Street in Westfield.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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

20. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Conner Prairie at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 19, at the Fishers history park, with buffet, visit with a socially distanced Santa wearing a mask. Make reservations at www.connerprairie.org

21. Shop handcrafted goods and make your own gifts and ornaments at making stations during Small Business Saturday’s Pop-Up Market from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Nov. 27 at Caravan Classes on Ninth Street in downtown Noblesville.

22. 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.

23. The Noblesville Tree Lighting ceremony returns this year, rebranded as a new event, “Lighting of the Square,” on Nov. 27 outdoors in downtown Noblesville with brief remarks by county representatives, Noblesville First United Methodist Church choir singers, hot chocolate, with Santa to assist a selected family in throwing the switch to light the Square. Families will be chosen by committing an act of kindness with submissions to be made online via social media or by email, with details forthcoming.

24. 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.

25. Attend Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s Home for the Holidays luncheon with a wine pull, ugly holiday sweaters and a toy drive for the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, with individual tickets at $50, and registration by Nov. 17 at engagement@hcla.net.

26. 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.

27. Enjoy free Friday Night Sleigh Rides, sponsored by Heritage Christian Schools, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at Clay Terrace in Carmel.

28. Meet Santa’s Reindeer at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at Clay Terrace in Carmel. Flag decorating at 11 a.m., welcome Santa at noon, visit Santa’s Reindeer, face painters, letters to Santa and vendors in the Village Green 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the official countdown to light the Christmas tree will begin at 1:45 p.m.

29. 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.

30. Main Street Productions presents Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Dec. 9-19 at Westfield Playhouse. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont in this fun-filled musical extravaganza, directed by Andrea Odle with musical director Brenna Whitaker of Noblesville. Tickets are $19 adults, $17 ages 62 and older and students with ID, free to active military and vets with ID.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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