Enjoy winter at Conner Prairie
Discover how our winter activities and events can inspire your curiosity. Explore our indoor experience areas, take a weekend winter stroll across our 1,046 acres, and enjoy countless other opportunities to connect. We’re proud to welcome you to our grounds this season.
A Merry Prairie Holiday
Friday through Sunday, November 25 – December 18, 2022
Wednesday & Thursday, December 21 & 22, 2022
More lights, more fun, and more storytelling, there's not a twinkle out of place! Step into the story as A Merry Prairie Holiday presents new experiences for heartwarming family traditions.
Breakfast with Santa
November 26 and 27
December 3 – 4, 10 – 11, and 17 – 18
Gather as a family for a special holiday meal and visit with Santa.
Santa will regale the room with lively tales of Christmas past before moving to a special stage where he can visit with each family’s youth individually. We hope you’ll join us for this annual holiday tradition.
Shop the Conner Prairie Store for one of a kind treasures for all ages, including Indiana-themed gifts, old-timey games, and handmade pottery!
And, if you’re looking for the perfect gift that lasts all year long, consider an annual Conner Prairie membership that provides your loved ones access to fully interactive, historically significant worlds throughout the year. Includes unlimited daytime general admission, free access to Headless Horseman, and discounts on select events, shopping, and dining.
Upcoming Programs & Events
INDOOR EXPERIENCE AREAS
The Welcome Center will be open for all to experience! Our indoor areas are a place for the family to explore and create together. With Discovery Station and Spark!Lab, guests will engage in various activities that provide a place for hands-on learning.
SEASONALITY IN 1830'S EVERYDAY LIFE
The changing of the seasons impact more than the temperature in the Midwest. How does historical everyday life change with the seasons? How might your clothes and diet change?
Sensory Friendly Visit With Santa
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us as Santa welcomes people to visit with him and tell him their Holiday wishes – but at your own pace and comfort level. We will have fidget toys on the table as well as cookies to decorate and enjoy! You are more than welcome to bring your own snacks to this event if you have dietary restrictions.
Sensory Friendly Hours
December 11, January 12, and February 12
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Enjoy a calm environment at Conner Prairie - and explore at your own pace. Anything that makes loud noises or has bright lights (i.e. the Dry Goods Store in CWJ) will be shut off unless specifically asked to turn on. Access to the quiet space areas in our buildings and across the grounds will be highlighted for easy access.
Explore the arts: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
11:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Join us in watching a beloved Christmas story about a shoemaker, his wife, and a villainous landlord. With help from the elves and audience participation, see how the day is saved and leave filled with Christmas spirit.
Raising Sheep and Goats
January 14, 2023
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join Conner Prairie’s Ag Staff as we discuss everything you need to know about sheep and goats, including breeds, handling, basic care, nutrition, housing, and reproduction.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Free Day
Join us for our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Free Day as we honor and celebrate identity, belonging, community, and love. Through music, art, activism, and elevation of female voices, we will come together to pledge to BE love - for ourselves, for others, and for the future. Experience inspirational programming throughout the day and take part in the joy of community.
January 19 -March 19, 2023
William Conner House
Each winter, Conner Prairie offers our Hearthside Suppers, a months-long series that celebrates historic foodways, traditional hearth cooking, and the fellowship of the communal table. Presented in candlelight by costumed interpreters, in the beautiful 1823 William Conner House, this program offers guests a unique and interactive one-of-a-kind experience.
Looking for a place to spend a lovely afternoon in a welcoming and safe space for individuals with Alzheimer’s or any type of Dementia, and their caregivers? Our Memory Café is a great way to provide a meaningful social experience with themed activities for all to enjoy.
DRIVEN TO VOTE
The fight for women’s suffrage has a long history in this country as well as in this state of Indiana. In 1912 ladies from the Women’s Franchise League took to motor cars to spread the word to small towns across Hamilton County.
Every month, Conner Prairie will host storytellers who will share holistic stories full of history and culture to share with guests. These stories will spark curiosity and foster learning through discussion and empathy.