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INDIANAPOLIS — One of the Circle City’s most festive and colorful holiday traditions returns Friday, Nov. 13, when Festival of Trees: Life is a Gift begins at the Indiana Historical Society.

This year’s Festival of Trees features 50 elaborately decorated trees celebrating people, organizations, and families from around the Hoosier state.

Guests will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite tree.

Visitors can also take part in scavenger hunts for The Elf on the Shelf or Weihnachtzgurke (10 pickle ornaments hidden in trees throughout the building).

All exhibits will be open for guests and Stardust Cafe by Jonathan Byrd’s will offer holiday treats and special drinks for both kids and grown-ups.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Holiday Hours

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
  • 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Select Fridays will have extended hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18.
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day