Zionsville’s Christmas in the Village has been reimagined to comply with social-distancing protocols. Starting mid-November and running through the end of December, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce team has planned shopping events and business support opportunities.
In addition, a new online shopping portal, ShopZionsvilleChamber.com, will be launched so shoppers can find and purchase Zionsville chamber members’ products for pick up or delivery.
- Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Inside Out Sale
In response to concerns expressed by individuals about shopping indoors, chamber merchants will host an Inside Out Sale. The Village streets will be closed to cars for shoppers to enjoy a European Market-style buying experience with goods placed into the street for holiday gift buying. Gifts and art crafted by local business owners without storefronts will be available for purchase in a market area at the corner of Main and Pine Streets.
- Nov. 28, all day, Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping event the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Up to 500 shoppers will receive a specially designed green-metallic tote, five of which will have $100 worth of gift cards.
- Nov. 28, starting at 5 p.m., Hanging of the Greens processional, Santa arrives and tree lighting
The ceremony will be held in lieu of the annual parade. The chamber is inviting businesses, families, community organizations and others to sponsor chamber businesses for $100. On Nov. 28, sponsors are welcome to pick up and present their greens to the business they are sponsoring to show support. During December, a sponsor sign will be in front of each participating business. An ornament from AJ Schnell Wood Works, commemorating the special event this year, will be provided to the sponsor and the business. At 5 p.m., luminaries will be lit along Zionsville’s iconic brick Main Street for the processional of presenters to bring greens to businesses with Santa arriving by horse and carriage at 6 p.m. and the annual tree lighting. Adopt a business at zionsvillechamber.org/adopt-a-business.html.
- Dec. 5 and 6, Gift Wrapping Weekend, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Any item purchased from a local Zionsville merchant will be wrapped, free of charge, by volunteers. Gift wrapping will occur at the Sotheby’s office of Tracy Wright on Main Street.
- Dec. 10, Ladies’ Night, 5 to 9 p.m.
A shopping event for women.
- Dec. 12, Family Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Families are welcome to join a holiday chalk art competition. Concrete squares will be assigned in the pocket park behind Santa’s House at Main and Cedar Streets. Artwork should be holiday in nature with three age categories: 8 and under, 9 to 15 and 16 and older. Artwork must be complete by 2:30 p.m. for judging, and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. You must be present to win.
- Dec. 17, Toasty Toddies Night (formerly Christmas Crawl), 5 to 9 p.m.
Main and Oak Streets will be lined filled with fire pits, cocktails and socially distanced conversations in the parking lot just south of The Friendly. Hotel Tango will be on-site. Additional participating businesses will be posted on the chamber’s website.
- Santa in residence
To ensure health and safety, children will be able to make their requests to Santa from his doorway. A Plexiglas door will keep Santa socially distanced.
- Nov. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. (at tree lighting)
- Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Dec. 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Dec. 12 and 19, 11 a.m. to noon, spot Santa on the Move in the Village
- Dec. 12 and 19, noon to 3 p.m.
- Dec. 13 and 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.