Things to Do on Christmas Day in Indianapolis, Indiana

by Tiffany Raiford

As Christmas Day is a major holiday, many businesses are closed. In Indianapolis, however, you will find a number of activities available on Christmas Day; some restaurants are open and you can catch the latest movie at a local theater once the initial excitement of the day is over.

Eating Out

Save yourself the time and headache of preparing Christmas dinner and opt for one of the Indianapolis restaurants open on Christmas Day. The Taste of Tango ( serves a traditional Argentine Christmas dinner of pork from 5 to 11 p.m. Pullman's Restaurant ( in Crowne Plaza provides a full buffet from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Capital Grille ( offers a full-service menu, with everything from steaks to seafood, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Circle of Lights

Every year the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis is lit up for Christmas; the event is called the "Circle of Lights." The display begins the day after Thanksgiving and it remains through the holidays, including Christmas Day. The Circle of Lights features more than 50,000 lights, Christmas trees and toy soldiers. Admission is free. Celebrate the holiday with a history lesson on freedoms fought for and won by the soldiers of Indianapolis' past.


Hollywood always plans a number of big movies to open on Christmas Day and Indianapolis theaters are open to show them. Find your nearest Indianapolis theater by searching Mr. Movie Times (

Canal Walk

Work off that Christmas dinner on the Canal Walk, Indianapolis' waterside promenade. On Christmas Day, the weather is generally cold and it may be snowing. Bring a thermos of hot cocoa with you and finish the walk in White River State Park, where you can have a snowball fight or maybe build a snowman. If you prefer, stop at one of the many hotels lining Canal Walk for a cocktail or sit by the fireplace with a glass of apple cider.