Holidays in Carmel

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Experience the Holidays in Carmel World class holiday shows at the Palladium, gift shopping in the Arts & Design District and City Center, outdoor activities and of course, Santa - just a few of the unique gifts waiting for you in Carmel.


Carmel Christkindlmarkt

November 17 - December 23
10 Center Green

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt offers a spectacular blend of traditional German foods and gifts, surrounding a beautifully adorned outdoor ice skating rink. With so much to see and do, the whole family will enjoy exploring the market and making cherished memories.

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Carmel Christkindlmarkt huts

Holiday at Center Green

November 17, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Center Green

Join us as we kick off the holidays in grand fashion! Holiday at Center Green features music for the season, tree lighting, Santa with his live reindeer and the grand opening of our Christkindlmarkt and The Ice at Center Green.

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Santa's House

December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 2 - 5 p.m.
Bring your kids, grand-kids or friends’ kids and your Christmas wishes to see Santa every Saturday until Christmas at Santa’s House in the south parking lot of the Indiana Design Center in Carmel’s Arts & Design District.
The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Range Line Road.
This event is free and open to the public. Free covered parking is conveniently located on the southwest corner of Elm and 1st Avenue SW.

The Ice at Center Green

November 17 - March 10
Center Green

Lace up your skates and enjoy our new outdoor ice on crisp winter days and nights in the heart of Center Green.

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Center Green at The Center for The Performing Arts Webcam
(This webcam, controlled by the Carmel Police Department, is updated every two seconds and shows Center Green looking north towards the Palladium.)

Holiday in the Arts District

December 1, 2 - 5 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District

Experience the wonder of the holidays in the Arts & Design District with elves and reindeer, carolers, trolley rides, a visit from Santa, special activities and more surprises! This event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Trolley

December 1, 8, 15, 22; 2 - 9 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District

Enjoy a spin around our city entertainment districts or brave the elements with a brisk stroll along the Monon Greenway. The free Holiday Trolley will stop in the Arts & Design District, Carmel City Center, the Indiana Design Center and Center Green for the Christkindlmarkt and Ice at Center Green.

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Holiday PorchFest

December 8, 4 - 6 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District
2nd Avenue NE

New this year, enjoy live music played from the front porches of beautiful homes in the Arts & Design District
(followed by the Second Saturday Gallery Walk)

IU Health North Hospital Second Saturday Gallery Walk

December 8, 5 - 9 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District

Browse unique exhibits in each of the galleries and enjoy live entertainment, culture and shopping in the Carmel Arts & Design District at the holiday edition of the Second Saturday Gallery Walk.

Holiday Shows

Center for the Performing Arts
From classics to carols to swing and more, the Center for the Performing Arts has a wide variety of shows that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.
Visit for a complete line-up.

List of all Events and Festivals in Carmel


Shopping in Carmel

Arts & Design District

Visit the Arts & Design District business directory at


Carmel City Center

For a listing of shops, restaurants and services at Carmel City Center,

Indiana Design Center

For a listing of shops, restaurants and services at the Indiana Design Center,

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