Making Christmas Memories in Downtown Indianapolis

These boys are eating up Christmas this year! It’s the perfect age to make lasting memories during this season, and we’re trying to do just that!  This weekend we took in some of the downtown Indianapolis highlights including Christmas at the Zoo, the Monument Circle Lights, and several of the Circle City displays.

window shopping indianapolis monument circle with kids

We bundled up and made a night of it! We love our downtown, and at Christmas time there’s even more to love.

monument circle theatre wonderful symphony with kids

Brooks wanted to run away from the Gingerbread Man, instead of posing for a group picture outside the Hilbert Circle Theatre, but we caught him! What’s not to love about a giant cookie??? =)

monument circle of lights indianapolis skyline christmas lights at monument circle ipl window indianapolis

After running around the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument, checking out the window displays, petting the reindeer, and seeing the life-sized manger scene at the Christ Church Cathedral, we were ready for a nice warm drink!

hot chocolate at monument circle of lights

Starbuck’s kid-sized hot chocolates for the little men and one to split for the parents certainly hit the spot! Bottom’s Up, Boys!

reindeer exhibit at indianapolis christmas at the zoo

We finished up our night by closing down the zoo. We might have to hit that up again in the next few weeks, because we didn’t even begin to see it all! The amazing lights and the reindeer exhibits were the top highlights.

visiting monument circle city of lights with kids

Lights. Warm drinks. Togetherness. Hand holding. Yep, that makes for some pretty great Christmas family memories.

How about YOU? What’s YOUR favorite family outing to do at Christmas time?


5 thoughts on "Making Christmas Memories in Downtown Indianapolis"

  1. Emily Hasselbeck says:

    We were downtown on Friday night last week too! We celebrated Nick’s birthday at his favorite restaurant- Mo’s- and drove around looking at lights after dinner. Too bad we didn’t run into you guys! We LOVE Indy- especially at Christmas time! 🙂 So many happy memories for us! Glad you had a great time too!


    Jen, I just realized how much Isaac looks like you in the picture with the gingerbread boy. When you were 4 that is. Mom

  3. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your holiday visit to Downtown! There truly is so much to do Downtown during the holidays. Thank you for this wonderful post. –Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

  4. Sandra says:

    Our boys were about 5 when we took them to the top of the monument to see the whole city lit up. They absolutely loved it and have asked to do the same each year since!

  5. Gramma Murray says:

    I agree with Covington Grandma. Issac looks like Jen in this picture. I still see her face downtown on Halloween when she was 4 or 5. That special smile.

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