A day spent in Carmel is all about creating new holiday memories and experiences. It’s especially important to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the holidays. We’ve created some unique experiences this year for you and your family and friends to enjoy. World class holiday shows at the Palladium, gift shopping in the Arts & Design District and City Center, outdoor activities and of course, Santa are just a few of the unique gifts waiting for you in Carmel.
A beautiful outdoor walkway of seasonal lights and decorations from Carter Green to Main Street along the Magnificent Monon Greenway through the heart of our city. As you stroll along the Monon, hop on and off the trail for carry-out at one of your favorite merchants in City Center, Midtown or the Arts & Design District.
Follow Santa as he takes a journey around the City of Carmel in December. Decorate your home along the route to show Santa your holiday spirit!
November 20 - December 24
10 Carter 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.
Visit CarmelChristkindlmarkt.com for a detailed schedule of events.
Holiday at Carter Green
November 20, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we kick off the holidays in grand fashion! Holiday at Carter Green features music for the season, tree lighting, Santa with his live reindeer and the grand opening of our Christkindlmarkt and The Ice at Carter Green.
The Ice at Carter Green
November 20, 2021 - February 27, 2022
Lace up your skates and enjoy our new outdoor ice on crisp winter days and nights in the heart of Carter Green.
Visit TheIceAtCarterGreen.com to reserve your time on the ice.
Carter Green at The Center for The Performing Arts Webcam
This webcam, controlled by the Carmel Police Department, is updated every two seconds and shows Carter Green looking north towards the Palladium.
Holiday in the Arts District
December 4, 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!
November 26, 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18;
Fridays 5 - 9 p.m., Saturdays 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 Carter Green for the Christkindlmarkt and Ice at Carter Green.
Scan the QR code or click here to track the Carmel Holiday Trolley!
Meet Me on Main
December 11, 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.
Saturdays, November 27 through December 18, 2 - 5 p.m.
200 South Range Line Road
Santa House in the Indiana Design Center parking lot.
Join us for Pet Day with Santa this year on Wednesday, December 15 and Friday, December 17.
Movies at Midtown
Seasonal movies will be shown on the screen at Midtown Plaza every Saturday starting on November 6th and going through December 25th.
Visit the events page on the Midtown Plaza Carmel website for details.
Music & Theater
Get into the holiday spirit with entertainment from our partners in the arts community.
Carmel’s City Center, Midtown and the Arts & Design District continue to grow, opening a world of flavors and sites to explore. The city’s growing list of restaurants includes a variety of global selections and local favorites as well.
World of Flavors
If you happen to find yourself in the Arts & Design District at lunch time after a morning of shopping or walking on the Monon Greenway, there truly is a world of flavors on Main Street and beyond. As the city’s population continues to grow so does the variety of cultural backgrounds represented. In the warmer months, patios all around the city are buzzing as diners enjoy Asian, Egyptian, Thai, Korean and southern coastal fare to name just a few. The city is not without its many Mexican and Italian options as well; from handmade squid ink pasta at Convivio to the explosive molcajete served in hot lava at Verde, Carmel has so much to offer for those looking to expand their palate.
If you are looking for a warm start to a day of shopping, our Caffeine Trail features nearly 20 gourmet choices for coffee and tea lovers.
If you are looking for a warm start to your day, our Caffeine Trail features an array of shops and restaurants that will pour anything from a dark, in-house roast to a signature small batch cold brew made exactly the way you like it. The trail offers 20 gourmet choices for coffee and tea lovers.
If it’s another type of brew that you enjoy, venture out on the Brews & Barrels Trail where you will find the city’s growing family of breweries, wineries and distilleries featuring carefully crafted cocktails to hearty pints and velvety wines.
Brews & Barrels
Whether it’s cold craft pints, a velvety Pinot Noir, a shot of white whiskey over ice or your first taste of beer on cask, you will enjoy Carmel’s Brews & Barrels Trail. Launched in September to celebrate the city’s growing family of breweries, wineries and distilleries, from Danny Boy and Deviate to Union Brewing and Fork + Ale, award-winning master brewers are ready to fill your mugs and growlers with a variety of styles and flavors. If you are more inclined to wine, Peace Water’s California grapes and Sugar Creek’s Indiana vines will please your palate. Hit the trail and experience more than a dozen stops from 96th Street to the Village of West Clay.
Serious shoppers and window browsers alike will find everything from cozy boutiques, bespoke menswear and custom jewelry to local artists’ creations and gifts for pets in your life.
Shop Small, Shop Local on Small Business Saturday
Join many of the businesses in the Carmel Arts & Design District, Midtown, City Center and beyond on Saturday, November 27 for Small Business Saturday. Several businesses will open earlier than usual and run specials throughout the day to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
Unique Holiday Shopping in Carmel
Arts & Design District
For a listing of shops, restaurants and services in the Arts & Design District, visit CarmelArtsandDesign.com
Carmel City Center
For a listing of shops, restaurants and services at Carmel City Center, visit CarmelCityCenter.com
Indiana Design Center
For a listing of shops, restaurants and services at the Indiana Design Center, visit IndianaDesignCenter.com
For a listing of shops, restaurants and services in Midtown, visit MidtownPlazaCarmel.com