Local organizations are working together to make this First Friday one for the books. The Noblesville Preservation Alliance and Noblesville Parks Dept. are partnering to present “Lights Over Seminary,” a lights display at Seminary Park that is using Noblesville’s vintage holiday lights with some new pieces for a walkable event. The display will be officially lit at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Read more in this week’s cover story. Just a few blocks away at Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. Eighth St., staff is inviting the public inside for refreshments and live holiday music. Guests can look through and shop the “Gifted” exhibit in the Judge Stone House Gallery and see work by Bobbi K. Samples in the Stephenson House Gallery. Noblesville Main Street will serve free hot chocolate on the south side of the square at Santa’s House from 5 to 8 p.m.
Stuff Your Stocking
The Noblesville Youth Assistance Program and Noblesville Main Street are partnering for a creative fundraising event from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Those who would like to support NYAP’s holiday mission to provide food, gifts and other holiday-time needs for families can purchase a stocking for $15 at Church Church Hittle & Antrim, 2 N. Ninth St. The stocking will include a map of participating downtown businesses where participants can shop. Shoppers also are encouraged to buy extra stocking stuffers to donate.
From 5 p.m. to midnight Dec. 7, downtown businesses are staying open late, really late, for folks to get their holiday shopping done. The annual open house-style event will include refreshments at businesses in and around the downtown square.
Second Saturday Showcase Series
For December’s Second Saturday Showcase Series at Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St., Kristin Rebecca will perform. The event last from 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. A $10 donation to Logan Street Sanctuary is suggested.
Bobbi K. Samples showcase
Bobbi K. Samples is December’s featured artist at Nickel Plate Arts. The showcase is Samples’ third with the organization. She is known for her large-scale, bold an colorful paintings. She also is the resident artist at The Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center in downtown Noblesville. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more, visit nickelplatearts.org.
Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza
The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Dept. is opening its Ice Plaza at Federal Hill Commons this weekend, 175 Logan St., Noblesville. The Ice Plaza is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12 and includes skates and unlimited skating for the day. For more, visit federalhillcommons.com.
Back for its fifth year, Nickel Plate Arts’ “Gifted” is the organization’s annual holiday exhibit and gift market, where guests can buy cards, ornaments and more. A special opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7.
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 29. The exhibit is free to view, but items in the exhibit are for sale.
Sue Payne exhibit
Sue Payne is the Hamilton County Artists’ Association featured artist for December and January at the Noblesville Visitor’s Center, 839 Conner St., Noblesville. Payne is a juried artist with the HCAA. The visitor’s center is open from noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Viewing the exhibit is free.