What is Merry Prairie Holiday?

Merry Prairie Holiday is Conner Prairie’s newest festival full of holiday cheer. You can expect a spectacular lineup of brand new programs and activities across our historic grounds that include:

  • Step into the wonder of the season as you stroll through Reynolds Christmas Lights display.
  • Journey around the Clowes Common where you will find holiday treats and eats, artisans working on their seasonal crafts, and special photo ops.
  • Visit the North Pole Village.
    • Enter the toy workshop and make a holiday gift with the help of Santa’s elves.
    • Zoom down the Polar Bear Plunge dry snow tubing hill.
    • Test your skill at the Reindeer Games Midway.
    • Visit the Claus’ Cabin where you can visit with Mrs. Claus and drop off your letter to Santa.
    • Hop aboard the Kringle’s Carousel to take a ride.
  • Enjoy local entertainers and musicians performing throughout the evening on Blitzen’s Bandstand while you enjoy some fresh, warm holiday treats and beverages, under the glow of holiday lights on the Conner House and Animal Encounters Barn.
  • Visit Prairietown where you will be wrapped in the warmth of Holidays through History:
    • You can visit the 1860’s Hoosier Homefront, and Soldiers Camp to learn how they are celebrating the season during the troubling times of the Civil War.
    • See classic Conner Prairie by Candlelight favorites, like Dr. Campbell’s Soiree, the disgruntled Mr. Fenton, and Mr. Whitaker’s Store, and the Curtis family making Christmas preparations.
    • Witness the power of a second chance with a live reading from Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol and enjoy the sounds of Christmas Carolers.
    • Sit down and warm up a spell while you hear holiday stories told through the use of historic Crankies.
  • Climb aboard the Winterland Wagon Ride across Conner Prairie’s Historic Grounds through thousands of twinkling lights.

What are the dates and times of A Merry Prairie Holiday?

November 29-December 29, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6-10 p.m. We will also be open December 31 on New Year’s Eve with a special early fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Where is Conner Prairie Located?

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

What are the ticket prices for A Merry Prairie Holiday?

ADVANCE TICKETS, September 3-December 31

  • Guest: $16 (ages 2 and older)
  • Member: $8 (ages 2 and older)
    *Advance tickets may only be purchased online at connerprairie.org

GATE TICKETS, November 29-December 31

  • Guest: $20 (ages 2 and older)
  • Member: $10 (ages 2 and older)
    *Gate tickets are subject to limited availability on select event nights

How can I purchase tickets to A Merry Prairie Holiday?

Starting September 3, you may purchase Advance tickets online at connerprairie.org. These are the dates we are offering A Merry Prairie Holiday and you will select the date(s) of your choice. November 29-December 1 and December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 31. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on the night of your choice, you may use your ticket(s) on any other night of the program. To speed up your A Merry Prairie Holiday gate entry, we ask that all Advance online tickets are printed before your visit date. You may also purchase tickets at the gate on the night of your choice. Remember, all Advance ticket sales are final and refunds will not be issued for unused tickets.

What are the hours?

Admission gates open at 6 pm and close at 9 p.m. Activities continue for attendees inside the gates until 10 p.m.

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. Santa’s Toy Factory – Gift Maker Experience is an additional $5 per participant. Food and beverages are not included with your admission.

When can I come to A Merry Prairie Holiday, and what happens if there is a weather cancellation?

You will attend the program on the specific date(s) that you selected, dates and times are listed on all ticket orders. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on the night(s) of your ticket order, you may use your ticket(s) on any other night of the event. Remember, all ticket sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.

How long does it take to experience the entire festival?

Activities continue through 10 pm. Attendees usually participate in several activities. Most attendees spend at least three 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. The open areas include The Festival Lawn, Clowes Common, Featherston Barn, North Pole (also known as the Lenape area), Blitzen’s Bandstand (Conner House/Animal Encounters area), 1836 Prairietown, and the Welcome Center. 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 so attendees should plan accordingly. There are some indoor areas, several hearths, and outdoor fire pits to warm up around.

Does A Merry Prairie Holiday occur if the weather is bad?

The goal is to have the festival take place rain, snow or shine on all nights. In the case of severe weather, Conner Prairie reserves the right to cancel the event and refunds are not given. Conner Prairie will post cancellations on its website and on social media between 3-4 p.m. on the day of the event.

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 some lines that form for the Kringle’s Carousel, Polar Bear Plunge Tube Ride, Santa’s Toy Factory – Gift Maker Experience, Reindeer Games Midway, and Winter Wonderland Wagon Ride. There are so many things to experience at this event that 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.

What types of food are available?

A variety of items will be available for purchase from 6-10 p.m.

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. Handicap parking is available with the applicable handicap hangtag or license plate.

Is the Apple Store open?

No. The Apple Store will not be open.

Can our family use our Access Pass for reduced admission into A Merry Prairie Holiday festival?

Sorry, the Access Pass is only applicable for daytime general admission tickets into Conner Prairie.

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 the wagon ride (1 step up), 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.

Do Conner Prairie members get in free?

No. Members may purchase Advance or Gate tickets (at our Member discounted ticket price) and will need to verify a current Conner Prairie membership and photo ID upon check-in.

I plan on coming with a group. Can we all do the same activities together?

We cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete or participate in all the activities at the same time. When notified, we will do our best to accommodate your group. We also recommend that you call Guest Services at 317-776-6000 for discounted rates for groups of 15 or more and any additional questions prior to the event.

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, holiday gift vendors, and Santa’s Toy Factory – Gift Maker Experience. Conner Prairie does not have an ATM on the property.

If I have questions, who should I contact?

Our Guest Services Representatives are available Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to assist you. Call 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836 or email info@connerprairie.org. All ticket sales are final.