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Saturday celebrations kick off ‘Holiday Season to Experience’ in Carmel

Post Date:11/17/2017


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City of Carmel
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032



Date:                 November 16, 2017
Contact:          Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474

Saturday celebrations kick off

Holiday Season to Experience’ in Carmel


Carmel Christkindlmarkt/The Ice at Center Green/Holiday at Center Green

CARMEL, IN – A pair of new holiday and winter traditions will be launched this Saturday at Center Green as the Carmel officials cut two ceremonial ribbons marking the opening of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and The Ice at Center Green.

The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Carmel’s longstanding tradition of lighting the official holiday tree and welcoming Santa, will also take place at Center Green beginning with the arrival of Santa at 3:30 p.m. followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt, is a traditional European holiday market that celebrates the heritage and culture of Germany and Germanic countries. More than three dozen huts will line the market with gifts and treats from Germany.

The Ice at Center Green is Carmel’s first outdoor ice skating rink. The frozen surface of the new ice rink will allow for beautiful nights of skating at the Palladium and Carmel City Center.

The Christkindlmarkt and The Ice a Center Green will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. The hours of operation and skating session times are listed on their websites. The Christkindlmarkt will be open until Christmas Eve while The Ice at Center Green will remain open for public skating until March. Both are closed on Mondays and Tuesday and on Thanksgiving Day. The Ice on Center Green will be closed on Christmas Day as well.


Holiday at Center Green, Carmel’s annual holiday lighting ceremony (which formerly was held at Carmel Civic Square and the Gazebo) will be punctuated with jugglers, carolers, balloon artists, face painters and a visit from Santa, and his reindeer and other North Pole animals. Entertainment on the Drees Homes Stage - will include Chris and Kelli Lewis, Alphorns, Indiana Ballet Conservatory, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, and the Carmel Middle School Choir. All children visiting with Santa will receive free goodie bags filled with surprises donated by event sponsors.


Here is the schedule for the day … all events are free and open to the public. 


Carmel Christkindlmarkt / The Ice at Center Green / Holiday at Center Green

The Center Green, 10 Center Green

Saturday, November 18, 2017

11:30 a.m. Festivities for Ribbon Cuttings begin

Noon Ceremony for Ribbon Cuttings begin

12:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting for Christkindlmarkt and

The Ice at Center Green

3:30 p.m. Holiday at Center Green entertainment begins on the

Drees Homes Stage

3:35 p.m. Santa arrives

5:30 p.m. Official Tree Lighting on Drees Homes Stage


For more information on these and other holiday events in Carmel, go to




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