2016 Program Series: Carmel’s Mid-Century Modern Architect Avriel Schull — In honor of the Indiana Bicentennial 2016, the Carmel Clay Public Library is organizing a year-long series of events celebrating Hoosier history. The next event is celebrating a mid-century modern architect of Carmel, Avriel Schull. A Carmel High School graduate, Schull creates significant and unique architecture, despite her lack of formal training. Connie Ziegler will present a program on this part of history in our community, including the conception of the popular Thornhurst Addition, now on the National Register of Historic Places. 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 Fourth Ave SE, Carmel. For more, call 317-844-3362 or visit carmel.lib.in.us.
Holiday Cooking Class — Don’t be intimated in the kitchen this holiday season. Learn from an experienced chef tips and tricks for how to “wow” your guests with delicious, festive desserts. You will receive hands-on instructions so you will be fully equipped to replicate these treats at home. 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, A Cut Above Catering, 12955 Old Meridian St., Carmel. Cost is $55. For more, call 317-575-9514 or visit acutabovecatering.com/event/hands-on-instructional-cooking-class-desserts.
Holiday Lights Tour in Fishers — Take a unique, up-close tour of the Fishers City Center holiday lights and make some stops at several special holiday experiences along the way, including Four Day Ray Brewery and Brixx. Bike-wrap plastic see-through panels will keep you dry and warm! This is a great tradition to start with family and/or friends. A free The Pint Cycle beverage cup is included for every tour participant as well as food or drink specials at Brixx. Tour dates are twice daily, depending on weather conditions, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1-22, Downtown Fishers/Nickel Plate Amphitheater, 9002 Technology Ln., Fishers. Cost is $415 for entire bike or $30 per person. For more, call 844-746-8292 or visit thepintcycle.com.
Twelve Houses of Christmas Historic Noblesville Tour — Enjoy the annual Noblesville Preservation Alliance Holiday Lights Tour! For the month of December, residents can enjoy this self-guided driving tour through Old Town Noblesville’s historic districts in the evenings. Maps are available at a number of local businesses, including Nickel Plate Arts’ Judge Stone House and the Hamilton County Museum of History in the Sheriff’s Residence, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1-31, Noblesville Preservation Alliance, PO Box 632, Noblesville. For more, call 317-426-1672 or visit noblesvillepreservation.com.
Carmel’s 20th Annual Holiday Home Tour — It’s back! This year’s Holiday Home Tour in Carmel will feature four beautiful and unique houses in Clay Township. All tours meet at Coxhall Mansion, where a tour bus with an informative tour guide will take you on your excursion, telling you the history of each home as you make your way from stop to stop, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, Coxhall Mansion, 2000 W 116th St., Carmel. For more, call 317-846-7117 or visit carmelclayhistory.org.
Conner Prairie by Candlelight and Dinner with Santa — Meet a variety of characters in their homes and learn how new settlers to Indiana’s frontier carried on their family traditions. You can end your night by joining the rowdies outside for a song or story around the bonfire. This program is recommended for ages 7-up and is ideal for guests who prefer a more structured evening program. Alternatively, guests can take part in dinner with Santa, including a delicious meal, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa himself as he leads songs and tells his beloved rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Register in advance for this event, 6 to 8 p.m. for dinner and 6 to 9 p.m. for the candlelight program Dec. 2-17. Additional costs may be included on top of admission. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. For more, call 317-776-6006 of visit connerprairie.org.
The Carmel Community Players present: Dad’s Christmas Miracle — Enjoy a new performance from CCP entitled “Dad’s Christmas Miracle” by Pat Cook. You’ll see the story of Connor Murphy, who wants a go-kart for Christmas in the worst way. His teacher gums up the works by handing out report cards just before vacation. In his mind, Connor sees everyone ganged up against him and it’s up to Dad to perform the impossible by Christmas morning. This comedy will remind you that hysterical situations and a loving memory of Yuletide are what makes Christmas the best time of the year. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 2-18, at varying times, Carmel Community Playhouse, 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 140, Carmel. Cost is $16 per adult, $14 per senior, $7 kids. For more, call 317-815-9387 or visit carmelplayers.org.
Holiday in the Arts District — Come to the Carmel Arts & Design District and enjoy the holiday season with Elves, reindeer, carolers, carriage rides and the most unique Santa house in Indiana. There is plenty of entertainment and excitement for all ages. Warm the Arts District this holiday season, 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3, Carmel Arts & Design District, Main Street and Range Line Road, Carmel. Admission free. For more, call 317-571-2787 or visit carmelartsanddesign.com/FEATURES/holiday.
Carmel Winter Farmer’s Market — The Carmel Winter Farmers Market features 24 vendors of Indiana-grown and/or produced foods. These include fresh vegetables, meats, poultry, country eggs, baked goods, jellies, jams and honey. Don’t let winter deprive you of the quality of ingredients that you deserve, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Jan. 21, Founders Park: 11675 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel. Admission free. For more, call 317-710-0162 or visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.
Zionsville Holiday Events — Take advantage of all the great events happening in Zionsville this Sunday/ Enjoy a fun family Troll Scavenger Hunt at Akard True Value, which has been transformed into Trollville. Visit Santa at the Santa House on the corner of Main and Cedar streets. Attend an open house hosted by Maplelawn Farmstead and see the Bicentennial Quilt on display. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage throughout the Village, and the Barrel Train ride beginning between Elm and Main streets. You won’t run out of things to do, Dec. 4 and other varying dates. Each event has limited hours. Various locations in Zionsville. For more,call 317-873-3836 or visit www.zionsvillechamber.org.
Drawing Class — Improve your artistic skills in this art class for all skill levels. Nickel Plate Studio Artists Bruce Neckar and John Reynolds will provide subject matter and provide tips. Nickel Plate Arts will provide graphite sticks, newsprint and drawing boards, although participants may bring their own materials. Must be 15 or older. Beginners are welcome, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 12, Nickel Plate Arts Campus, 107 South Eighth St., Noblesville. Cost is $100/10 weeks. For more, call 317-452-3690 or visit www.nickelplatearts.org.