Experience the magic of the season this holiday season while making memories with friends and family with these special events. Plus, save with special offers from local shops, restaurants and hotels.

Start planning your holiday experiences at VisitHamiltonCounty.com/holiday.

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Carmel Christkindlmarkt

After a year hiatus, the Carmel Christkindlmarkt returns. Do some holiday shopping and check out the authentic products imported from Germany, like wooden toys, nutcrackers, music boxes and ornaments. Don’t miss the collectible items like the boot mug and Bierkrüge for adult beverages.

While you’re shopping, sip a hot mug of Glühwein (mulled wine) or hot cocoa. Come hungry to enjoy a German pretzel, Bratwurst, Lebkuchen (German cookie), Raclette (melted cheese served on bread) and Stollen (dried fruit bread).

Along with vendors to shop, the market will include the Ice at Carter Green skating rink.

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A Merry Prairie Holiday

Celebrate the season with A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie! Back for its fourth year, experience a unique holiday event and make new family traditions. Take a winter wonderland stroll from 1836 Prairietown to 1863 Civil War Journey and be dazzled with a new set of holiday lights.

Don’t forget to take a ride on Kringle's Carousel or get a rush zooming down the 150-foot Polar Bear Plunge tubing hill. See the Conner House transformed into a magical 3D projection capturing the nostalgia of the holidays.

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Magic of Lights

Ruoff Music Center will celebrate the holiday season with the return of the popular holiday lights event. “Magic of Lights” is a family-friendly drive-through holiday lights display. This is an experience designed for you to enjoy the lights and displays from the safety and comfort of your car. Nearly a million lights sparkle along the route.

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Small Business Saturday

Make your list, check it twice and shop local! Mark your calendar for Small Business Saturday Nov. 26. Popular one-stop shopping destinations include Clay Terrace, Carmel City Center, Hamilton Town Center, the Nickel Plate District, Fishers District and the Historic Noblesville Square. Each has free parking nearby and local restaurants to take a break from your shopping adventure.

Holiday Shows

Live music is back, and there are plenty of toe-tapping shows on the calendar this holiday season. Get your tickets for performances of “A Christmas Story” at Civic Theatre, or concerts like “Festival of Carols” at the Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts.

For a full list of holiday events and festivities, go to VisitHamiltonCounty.com/holiday and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.