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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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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The Ice at Center Green
November 17 - March 11
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, visit

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

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