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The Alexander Staff Favorites

Located within minutes of countless museums, festivals, sporting events and experiences, it’s hard to decide what to do next! Discover our staff’s favorite attractions for a curated experience in Indianapolis.

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    Delight in the Festival of Trees

    Every year, around Christmas time, the Indiana Historical Society hosts the marvelous Festival of Trees. Eight decadent and elaborately adorned trees are packed into the grand building of the History Center, with each tree decorated following a different theme. In the past, trees have been hung upside down, made from unconventional materials, and there has even been a virtual reality tree. This year, the Indiana Historical Society will deck out their 30-foot showstopper in an Indiana theme. On Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18, live musicians will play Christmas music among the lit trees. The festival of the trees will take place from Nov 16, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the History Center.

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    Explore the Eiteljorg Museum

    There’s no way that you can visit Indianapolis and not visit the Eiteljorg Museum. This history museum explores both Native America and the American West and is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. After years of slowly collecting art, and recognizing a general lack of Western Art and Native American Art museums in Indianapolis during the 50’s, businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg opened the Eiteljorg Museum.

    At the Eiteljorg Museum, adventure is everywhere. Start outside where each season you can enjoy a new set of ethnobotanical explorations, discovering the wild and wondrous plants that bloom and learn how each of the plants is used. You will also stumble upon several sculptures works from a variety of Native American and American artists.

    This holiday season you can expect the annual Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Paul Busse and his team have recreated landscapes and landmarks of the American West and downtown Indianapolis and brought them to life in the Eiteljorg Museum, making a wonderful and magical opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and to snap a few photos.

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    Hurry to the Heartland International Film Festival

    The Heartland Film Festival is Indianapolis’ oldest and largest film festival celebrates 27 years of film and fun, this October. Cinephiles delight! This annual film festival will leave you with a full heart and experiences of some of the best films out there right now.

    Founded by Heartland Film, a nonprofit arts organization, this 10-day film festival brings filmmakers and artist from all over the world to Indianapolis. Each year brings the promise of tons of latest and greatest animations, comedies, shorts, feature films and more. Several of the festivals past films have gone on to win or be nominated for Oscars.

    This year films will be screened at AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, and Newfields. The Heartland Film Festival will run from Oct. 11 - 21, 2018.

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    Kick-off the Holiday Season in Style

    Visiting Indianapolis during the Thanksgiving holiday? Be sure to catch the Circle of Light ceremony! Join over 100,000 people in this popular tradition as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument is lit, what some refer to as a “tree,” in Monument Circle, the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Join in the excitement of the holiday season as a local child helps the Mayor “flip the switch” to light up the more than 4,000 colored lights decorating the monument. The “tree” is surrounded by larger-than-life toy soldiers and peppermint sticks.

    Watch live performances by local talent, as each act is either a local celebrity or a local who auditioned to perform. A true taste of Hoosier Hospitality, don’t miss out on treats, a local tradition, music and the stage with Santa’s Workshop. When you visit the city for the Circle of Light ceremony, check out our specials for a great rate.