A MERRY PRAIRIE HOLIDAY
F.A.Q.

WHERE IS CONNER PRAIRIE LOCATED?

The museum is located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Indiana, 46038.

WHAT IS NEW THIS YEAR FOR A MERRY PRAIRIE HOLIDAY?

A Merry Prairie Holiday, presented by Huntington, is one of Central Indiana’s most beloved holiday festivals! With even more activities, entertainment, and storytelling this year, there is much for all to discover. New for this year:

  • The William Conner House Stop by the William Conner House to watch the house come to life both inside and out with our new 3D projection mapping of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” See how 3D projectors can transport you 198 years back into the story.
  • Frosty’s Skating Rink Take a spin around our new sock skating rink and feel like you are skating on real ice. Socks are not provided, but the fun is!

WHAT FAVORITES ARE RETURNING THIS YEAR?

Highlights of fan favorites returning this year include:

  • Reynolds Christmas Lights.
  • North Pole Village You can take a selfie with Santa and find out how Mrs. Claus and the elves are getting ready for the big night. 
  • Historic Holidays Be a part of Christmas Eve traditions of the 1800s in 1836 Prairietown. Visit with the Zimmerman Family at the Golden Eagle Inn as they share their holiday traditions. Stop and enjoy our popular holidays from around the world crankie show, and enjoy a spirited reading of the final chapter of Charles Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol.
  • Winter Wonderland Stroll It begins through the magically lit covered bridge, picture perfect light displays all around, and ends with a ride on our nostalgic Kringle Carousel.
  • Polar Bear Plunge Grab a tube and zoom down our 150-foot snowless tubing hill.

Learn more about all of our festival activities that we have to offer.

WHAT COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS/RESTRICTIONS SHOULD I EXPECT?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conner Prairie has made several changes to A Merry Prairie Holiday operations in order to ensure public safety while still delivering a fun family event. These changes have been made in accordance with CDC guidelines and have been approved by the Fishers Department of Health.

  • Effective September 7, 2021, in accordance with the CDC recommendations, all guests will be required to wear masks while in the Welcome Center and Historic buildings regardless of vaccination status. Guests will be highly encouraged to wear masks while outdoors if a 6-foot social distance is unable to be maintained. Check here for a full list of our safety precautions.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK?

Please bring a mask with you. Masks will be required for all guests ages five and older regardless of vaccination status. Masks are strongly encouraged outdoors when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Masks are also required when inside any of our buildings. Conner Prairie reserves the right to modify this policy prior to the start of the event. Check our website for the latest updates.

WHAT OTHER SANITATION STEPS ARE YOU TAKING?

Bathrooms will be inspected and cleaned every hour. Food and Beverage staff will disinfect tables as people get up to leave. Hand Sanitizer Stations will be at the end of each food vendor queue. Guests will be asked to sanitize prior to service and directly after service. 50 additional hand sanitizing dispensers are stationed across Conner Prairie’s grounds. Credit/debit cards are accepted at all locations and are the preferred form of payment. Food will be served in compliance with Fishers Health guidelines and regulations.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A WEATHER CANCELLATION?

The festival is planned to take place on all nights. If threatening weather is in the area, or if snow, ice, or heavy rains prevent the festival from opening, Conner Prairie reserves the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on your selected night, you will automatically receive a refund back to the original form of payment within 3-4 weeks of the canceled night. Tickets will not be refunded for events that are not canceled by Conner Prairie.

You may check our website and Conner Prairie’s Facebook and Instagram accounts at 4 p.m. to see our weather updates and cancellation postings.

NEW: Text* MERRY to 55433 to opt-in and receive text notifications. 

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES OF A MERRY PRAIRIE HOLIDAY?

November 26 through December 19, Friday through Sunday,

December 21 and 22, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Admission gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. Activities continue for attendees inside the gates until 9:30 p.m.

WHAT ARE THE TICKET PRICES FOR A MERRY PRAIRIE HOLIDAY?

Tickets are on sale now through December 22. Reservations are required.

  • Guest: $22 (ages 2 and older)
  • Member: $11 (ages 2 and older)
  • Access Pass Holders: $2

Tickets can be purchased online at connerprairie.org. All advanced ticket sales are final and refunds will not be issued for unused tickets. If Conner Prairie cancels the event of your choice due to weather, your ticket will be refunded within 3-4 weeks of the event date.

DO CONNER PRAIRIE MEMBERS GET IN FREE?

No, but members may purchase tickets at our 50% off Member discounted ticket price and will need to verify a current Conner Prairie membership and photo ID upon check-in.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ADMISSION PRICE? DO I NEED EXTRA SPENDING MONEY?

The cost of your ticket covers all of the activities except beverages, food, and Make & Take activities. Conner Prairie does not have an ATM on the property.

CAN OUR FAMILY USE OUR ACCESS PASS FOR REDUCED ADMISSION INTO A MERRY PRAIRIE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL?

For the first time, you can use your Access Pass for A Merry Prairie Holiday! Access Pass participants may purchase tickets for $2 per eligible person for events on any of the event nights. Access Pass tickets may be reserved in person at Conner Prairie or via phone at 317-776-6000. Access Pass tickets are not available online. The number of Access Pass tickets available per evening is limited. Advance reservations are recommended. Valid Access Pass card, photo ID, and event tickets are required at the gate for entry.

ARE THE ATTRACTIONS ADA ACCESSIBLE?

A Merry Prairie Holiday is fully accessible to attendees living with disabilities. However, buildings and walkways are authentic to the 19th century, which may pose certain restrictions. Stone and dirt paths in some areas may be difficult for wheelchair travel especially in December weather. Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair into Kringle’s Carousel and Polar Bear Plunge Snow Tube Run. If you have specific accessibility concerns, call Guest Services at 317-776-6000 for more information. Handicapped parking is available close to the Welcome Center

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR ANY OF THE ATTRACTIONS?

While most of the attractions at A Merry Prairie Holiday are included in your ticket price, there are a few exceptions. Make & Take activities are an additional $5. Food and beverages are not included with your admission.

HOW EARLY CAN I ARRIVE TO THE FESTIVAL?

You will attend the program on the specific date(s) and time that you select. Dates and times are listed on all ticket orders.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EXPERIENCE THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL?

Activities continue through 9:30 p.m. Attendees usually participate in several activities. Most attendees spend at least 1.5 hours at the festival. The time you spend at A Merry Prairie Holiday may vary depending on crowds, the size of your group, the ages of your children, waiting times, and the weather.

IS ALL OF CONNER PRAIRIE OPEN DURING THE EVENT?

No. Conner Prairie's daytime experience areas have been modified to fit the program. For everyone's safety, Conner Prairie asks that you refrain from venturing off lighted paths and attempting to explore areas of our grounds that are closed for the night.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

A Merry Prairie Holiday is mostly an outdoor event in late November and throughout December. Attendees should plan accordingly. There are some indoor areas, several hearths, patio heaters, and outdoor fire pits to warm up. We also recommend proper footwear in preparation to walk on gravel roads and uneven terrain.

MAY I TAKE PICTURES?

Feel free to bring your camera or smartphone with you. However, photography equipment like tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks are not permitted. We suggest that you leave valuables at home, keep your smartphones secure in your pockets, and be cautious when getting on and off the attractions. Conner Prairie is not responsible for misplaced or lost items.

CAN I RIDE IN THE 1859 BALLOON VOYAGE DURING A MERRY PRAIRIE HOLIDAY?

No. The 1859 Balloon Voyage will not be offering flights at this program.

WILL THE LINES BE LONG?

Conner Prairie offers many attractions at A Merry Prairie Holiday. Depending on the crowd size, on any given night, there may be lines that form for Kringle’s Carousel, the Polar Bear Plunge Tube Ride, and Selfies with Santa. With a variety of activities to experience, you may not be able to see everything in one evening.  Conner Prairie does not guarantee that guests will be able to participate in all activities.

HOW MUCH DOES PARKING COST, AND WHERE DO WE PARK?

Parking is free. Enter Conner Prairie off of the main entrance from Allisonville Road and you will be directed to the nearest parking space. Accessible parking is available with the applicable handicap hang tag or license plate.

WHAT TYPES OF FOOD ARE AVAILABLE?

A variety of items will be available for purchase from the Conner Prairie Café and a rotating roster of food trucks.

IS THE APPLE STORE OPEN?

No. The Apple Store will not be open.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

Our Guest Relations team is available seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist you. Call 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836, or email info@connerprairie.org. All ticket sales are final.