A Merry Prairie Holiday

Not a twinkle out of place

2024 Dates:

  • November 27 and 29
  • Fridays through Sundays, December 1 - 22

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

Limited Access Pass tickets are available for this event. Secure you ticket today!

Ticket Prices:

  • Coming soon


  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Not a twinkle out of place

Thank you for a festive and joyous 2023 season. Mark your calendar as the festival returns next year:

November 27 and 29, 2024 and December 1 – 22, 2024

Join us for Central Indiana's most beloved holiday festival and make the season magical at A Merry Prairie Holiday. Across acres to explore, surround yourself amongst thousands of lights and capture that perfect moment. There is something for everyone to enjoy this year.

Get updates about the festival by texting MERRY to 317-779-3330
Share on social at: #MerryPrairie
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.

Group reservations now available for Merry Prairie Holiday 2023.

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 200 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 LED 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.

American Sign Language Tours at A Merry Prairie Holiday

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December 9 and December 16

Tours starting at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

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. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be waiting for you at the North Pole Village to grab that perfect holiday selfie. An ASL interpreter will be assisting them throughout the night.

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Prairie guest house enterance

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

Thank you to our 2023 A Merry Prairie Holiday Sponsors:

Access Pass Sponsor:
Signature Sponsors:
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Napleton automotive group logo
Lead Sponsor:
Duke energy logo
Supporting Sponsor:

Children's Dental

Primrose Schools

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

Friends of the Festival:

Elements Concrete