A Merry Prairie Holiday

2023 Dates:

  • Fridays through Sundays, November 25 through December 17
  • Friday through Sunday, December 20 through 22

Festival tickets will also be available to participants enrolled in the Access Pass program presented by Huntington Bank.


  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Suggested Audience:
All Ages

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Not a twinkle out of place

Thank you for a festive and joyous 2022 season. Mark your calendar as the festival returns next year:

Friday through Sunday, November 25 – December 17, 2023
Friday through Sunday, December 20 – 22, 2023

Give the gift of membership

This holiday season, give the gift of membership to someone special in your life. Our membership benefits offer unique opportunities to form a deep connection with nature and find inspiration through history.

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Have a magical stay across the street at the Prairie Guest House Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy a 10% discount using the code MERRY.

Group reservations now available for Merry Prairie Holiday 2022.

Reserve your group experience now!
Our Merry Prairie Holiday festival provides an exciting and unique experience for your guests this winter. Group space is limited.
Find more information about hosting groups at Conner Prairie:

Click here to learn about our Merry Prairie Holiday Group Experience.
Contact catering@connerprairie.org or call 317-776-6000 ext. 381

Fun Activities for the family

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Conner House

Polar Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Kringles Carousel

Kringle's Carousel

Selfies With Santa

19th Century Christmas Experiences

Historic Holidays

Experiences for everyone!

Returning this year—The William Conner House will be transformed into a magical 3D projection mapping holiday show that will capture the feel and nostalgia of the holidays. Bring the whole family to see our presentation of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," and see how 3D projectors can be used to transport you 198 years back into the story.

Leave the skates at home and take a spin at Frosty's Skating Rink where you can slide around like you are skating on real ice. Socks are not provided, but the fun is!

Explore the illuminating Reynolds lights. With new displays across acres to explore, be wowed by the thousands of lights that capture the spirit of the season.

Step into historic Prairietown for Historic Holidays and Christmas Eve traditions of the 1800s. Experience our "Holidays From Around the World" old-fashioned crankie show at the Potter Shop Kiln Shed.

Then, head over to the North Pole Village to get a selfie with Santa and meet Mrs. Claus and the elves as they get ready for the big night.

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Trinket Puddingmoon, Santa’s official list keeper, knows. Check in and find out what list you made.

With thousands of twinkling lights to guide your way, explore the grounds and experience a memorable winter wonderland stroll. Stop by Café on the Common and sing along to a revolving roster of local performers in Blitzen's Bandstand.

Don’t forget to take a ride on Kringle's Carousel or get a rush zooming down our 150-foot Polar Bear Plunge tubing hill.

From glowing lights to warm delights, there is something for everyone to make lasting memories and get into the festive mood.

Thank you to our 2023 A Merry Prairie Holiday Sponsors:

Signature Sponsors:
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American Sign Language Tours at A Merry Prairie Holiday

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For guests who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, we will be offering ASL tours. Each tour will be guided by an ASL interpreter who will communicate between guests and historical interpreters. Groups will make stops at the Golden Eagle Inn, a campfire to warm up with songs and stories with Prairietown locals, the soiree at the Campbell House, the home of the Turner family to learn about nineteenth-century African American holiday customs, and finally a Crankie show performance featuring global holiday traditions.

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