Holiday programs, special events in full swing throughout December at Conner Prairie
Director of Public Relations
FISHERS, Ind. (Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017/Conner Prairie) – Here’s a list of all holiday programs and special events happening at Conner Prairie this month:
Tales at the Holidays: Letters from the Civil War
12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23
Free for members and with paid general admission to the museum. During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides yearned for letters from home, especially during the holidays. A soldier wrote in 1861 that getting a letter from home was more important to him than getting a gold watch. Many regiments sent out an average of 600 letters a day. The mail couriers became a courageous band of messengers, heralding news to and from the battlefields. Visitors will witness songs, stories, dance and puppetry.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-23 from Thursday-Sunday (closed Monday-Wednesday)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-31 from Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)
Free for members and with paid general admission to the museum. See a variety of gingerbread masterpieces created by amateurs and professionals. Enter your own gingerbread house for a chance to win great prizes.
Breakfast with Santa
9-11 a.m. Dec. 9, 16, 23
10 a.m.-noon Dec. 10, 17
$21.95 for adults, $18.95 for adult members; $12.95 for youth ages 2-12, $9.95 for youth members
Have breakfast, decorate cookies and visit with Santa. Then, join Santa in song and listen to his beloved rendition of “T’was the Night before Christmas.” Breakfast items include scrambled eggs, mini muffins, honey-glazed ham, freshly made waffles and more. View the full menu online at connerprairie.org. Reservations are required and can be made online at connerprairie.org or by calling Guest Services at (317) 776-6000.
Dinner with Santa
6 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
$25.95 for non-member adults, $23.95 for adult members; $13.95 for non-member youth ages 2-12, $11.95 for youth members
Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner, decorate cookies and visit with Santa. Then join Santa in song and listen to his beloved rendition of “T’was the Night before Christmas.” Find the full menu at connerprairie.org. Wine and beer are available at additional cost. Reservations are required and can be made online at connerprairie.org or by calling Guest Services at (317) 776-6000.
Conner Prairie by Candlelight
6 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
Tours begin at 6 p.m. and run every 12 minutes until 9 p.m.
$16 for non-member adults, $14 for adult members; $13 for youth members ages 2-12, $11 for youth members; group rates are available. For group rates, call Guest Services at (317) 776-6000.
This family friendly, 90-minute walking tour takes you back in time to 1836 Prairietown where it’s the night before Christmas. Meet a variety of characters in their homes and learn how new settlers to Indiana’s frontier carried on their family traditions. Meet the Ullmans, who are celebrating Hanukkah. Discover who Belznichol is at the Golden Eagle Inn then visit with the Curtis family to hear about Santa Claus and who he might visit that night. A new visitor to Prairietown will surprise the schoolmaster and add her own story about the holiday. Join Dr. Campbell at his home for dancing and singing as he and his family ring in the holidays. End your night by joining some rowdies outside for a song or story around a bonfire. This program is recommended for ages 7 and older and is ideal for guests who prefer a more structured program in the evening hours. Reservations are required and can be made online at connerprairie.org or by calling Guest Services at (317) 776-6000.
6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 14
$40 for adults; ages 21 and older
Enjoy an adults-only evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, craft beer and spirits hosted by Conner Prairie Horizon’s Council. Take a candlelit stroll through 1836 Prairietown. Participate in historical sausage-making demonstrations, visit Doctor Campbell’s soiree, sample a historic German Glühwein and explore multi-cultural 19th-century holiday traditions. Vendors include Tinker Coffee, Sunrise Baker, Cardinal Spirits, Scarlet Lane Brewery, Taxman Brewing Co., McClure’s Orchard and Smoking Goose. All ticket levels include entry into Conner Prairie; hors d’oeuvres; tastings from all brewers, wineries and distilleries; and a commemorative glass.
Foraging, Furs and Fun: An Indoor Winter Experience
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-31
Free for members and with paid admission to the museum.
Our outdoor grounds may be closed but we're bringing the outside into our Welcome Center. Come to Conner Prairie and get an inside look at how settlers survived through winters of the past. Hear a fur trader from 1816 tell stories about hunting and learn how to start a fire. Help out with pickling, drying and preserving foods 1836-style. Forage with a Civil War soldier. Find out if you have what it takes to survive a 19th-century winter. Lunch options from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. will be available for all visitors inside the Welcome Center.
Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
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Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its nearly 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.