Presented by Bank of America
It’s merry. It’s bright. It’s Winterlights presented by Bank of America at Newfields.
For the seventh year, music and laughter fill the air in The Garden at Newfields all holiday season. Lights dance beneath your feet and twinkle overhead, reaching to the very tips of 100-year-old trees, enveloping guests below. The more the merrier! New this year, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, provides the perfect symphonic soundtrack for a dazzling synchronized display in front of Lilly House. Selections include the musical theme of the Holly Jolly Dollies from the AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, featuring a lively swing arrangement of the Nutcracker. For the eight days of Chanukah, Landscape of Light will dance and dazzle to Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah, performed by Essential Voices USA, The EVUSA Ensemble, and Ron Raines, conducted by Judith Clurman, and arranged by Judith Clurman, Larry Hochman, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
New wandering paths take guests on a journey through the woods on the Twinkling Trail. Dazzling baubles hang from trees and a larger-than-life illuminated ornament doubles as a photo op, in the distance, Color Blossoms light the way on the historic Interurban Railway Line.
Hearts and hands are warmed by crackling firepits at The Culinary Campsite at Garden Terrace where the Girl Scouts will have s’mores for sale. Newfields culinary offerings include melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread popcorn from Just Pop In!, and cozy drinks including the Winterlights inspired Electric Reindeer brew from Sun King Brewing Co., spiced plum cider from Ash & Elm Cider Co., hot cocoa, and hot cider. Cocoa and cider can be spiked with Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.
Members enjoy value pricing all season long. No matter what package, members always get the best deal of the day. Have FOMO (fear of missing out)? Become a member today.
Members get 50% off tickets on Member & Community Partner Preview Night on Saturday, November 18.
The biggest bang for your buck. Value tickets include everything there is to love about your Winterlights tradition on slower evenings.
Regular tickets include the complete Winterlights experience on in-demand evenings.
The complete Winterlights experience on the busiest evenings of the season.
The more the merrier. Premier tickets include everything you need for a flawless experience. Premier tickets include expedited entry, blinky lights, a non-alcoholic beverage (upgrade available), and Snowflake Glasses.
The most magical ticket of them all: includes the complete Winterlights experience, and more. You’ll have flexible arrival time between 5–8 PM, VIP treatment, special access to the Lilly House Lounge on the second floor of the historic mansion overlooking Landscape of Light, a premium beverage, fast pass access at culinary stops, expedited entry, blinky lights, and snowflake glasses. You'll a;sp be treated to a s'more at the Culinary Campsite. Available on peak days.
Ticket Insurance ($10)
Worried about weather? Did something come up and you need to exchange evenings? Ticket insurance is for you. Ticket insurance is required for each ticket, not per transaction, and needs to be purchased at the time of sale. Valid for one exchange per ticket per festival. Ticket must be exchanged before the date listed on the original ticket. Ticket insurance isn’t necessary for children five and under, or for Access Pass ticket holders. Ticket insurance covers exchanging ticket dates but does not apply to refunds.
Blinky Lights ($10)
Shine bright! Purchase your blinky lights in advance. Pick them up when you arrive for Winterlights.
Snowflake Glasses ($10)
It’s snow beautiful. Everything turns to snowfall with these magical holographic glasses. Glasses come with a non-alcoholic beverage too.
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Kids five and under are always free.
There is a $1.75 processing fee per ticket.
Value Statement: Your Winterlights tickets directly support Newfields’ mission to enrich lives through exceptional experiences with art and nature. Your generous support helps to maintain the Indianapolis Museum of Art Collection, special exhibitions, community programming and education, as well as the ongoing maintenance of The Garden, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, and more. Thank you!
Winterlights is a rain or shine event.
If inclement weather forces Winterlights to close, updates will be shared on social media and our website and guests will receive an email with instructions on how to reschedule or refund tickets.
It's the most wonderful time of year. Make a new Winterlights tradition and check out some of these special events. All of which include tickets to Winterlights.
Sunday, December 10
Included in Winterlights tickets
Advance tickets required / Get your tickets
Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I park?
Parking is available via the 38th Street or Michigan Road entrances to the Newfields campus as well as the Indiana Interchuch Center at 42nd Street and Michigan Road.
Please be patient and kind. Winterlights is our busiest season here at Newfields and we have gone through extraordinary lengths to ensure we have as many tickets as possible to satisfy demand without overcrowding the experience for all guests. Your safety, the safety of other guests, staff, and volunteers is our number one priority. Here is some additional information along with a few tips to make your parking and arrival experience as smooth as possible.
Have a Handicap Placard and Need Accessible Parking? Please navigate to our 38th Street entrance and have your placard visible in your vehicle window and notify the IMPD Officer or the iPark Parking Attendant that you need accessible parking (it's hard to see at night sometimes). All parking is accessible, however, the Newfields parking lot and garage are prioritized for accessibility needs. Please note that you may have to wait a little bit, but we will get you a parking space as close to the entrance as possible.
Please be patient and kind. Depending on the night of your tickets, you may experience an extra 15-20 minute wait to get to your parking spot at Newfields or the Indiana Interchurch Center. Plan to arrive at the time listed on your ticket accordingly.
- Additional Parking Location for Wintelights
- Indiana Interchurch Center: A little over ¼ mile walk
- 1100 W. 42nd Street
- Indianapolis, IN 46208
The Indiana Interchurch Center is just across Michigan Road from Newfields. Guests who park at Interchurch will walk to Newfields.
Guests that wish to drop off members of your group may do so via the 38th Street Entrance to the Newfields campus, please just let the IMPD Officer or the iPark Parking Attendant know upon arrival at the gate
Carpool if you can. Bonus: extra quality time with your loved ones!
Take a ride share service or IndyGo. There is an IndyGo stop steps away from the 38th Street entrance.
Thank you to our partners:
iPark, Indiana Interchurch Center, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
What is the weather policy?
Winterlights is a rain or shine event! Most of Winterlights is an outdoor, walking experience, so bundle up and be ready for winter weather. If Newfields cancels Winterlights, you will be notified by email with additional instructions. Find real-time updates on Newfields’ social media channels and our website, discovernewfields.org. Please check online for last minute event updates.
Is Lilly House open this year?
Yes! The first floor of Lilly House is open to all ticket holders and will be as beautiful and festive as ever. Winterwonder Pass holders are invited to an elevated experience on the second floor of the historic home overlooking Landscape of Light.
Will there be places to shop during Winterlights?
Yes! Holiday shoppers can expect to find unique ornaments and locally handmade gifts at the Wintermarket inside the Randolph H. Deer Special Events Pavilion along with other gifts by local makers, and a selection that is sure to delight everyone on your shopping list. The Museum & Garden Shop will also be open with a festive selection of unique gifts and décor.
Will Santa be back this year?
Yes! On Tuesdays and Wednesdsays, Santa and carolers will be at Winterlights. Snap your picture with Santa and enjoy performances by Freetown Village Singers and the Dickens Carolers.
Tuesday, November 28: Santa and Dickens Carolers
Wednesday, November 29: Santa and Freetown Village Singers
Tuesday, December 5: Santa and Dickens Carolers
Wednesday, December 6: Santa and Freetown Village Singers
Tuesday, December 12: Santa and Dickens Carolers
Wednesday, December 13: Santa and Freetown Village Singers
Tuesday. December 19: Santa and Dickens Carolers
Wednesday, December 20: Santa and Freetown Village Singers
Thursday, December 21: Santa! (We know him!)
thank you to our 2023 winterlights supporters:
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Newfields is proud to partner with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to delight guests at Winterlights. Learn more about the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's seasonal festivities including AES Indiana Yuletide on their website, indianapolissymphony.org.