Indiana Historical Society Festival of Trees

Making Spirits Bright!

The Indiana Historical Society once again has the perfect way to brighten your family’s holiday season with our annual holiday tradition, Festival of Trees!

Presented by The Salvation Army, this year’s extravaganza will feature a winter wonderland with more than 75 elaborately decorated trees representing individuals, families and organizations from around Indiana. Eli Lilly Hall also features a massive, 30-foot centerpiece tree that is viewable throughout most of the building.

Also join us for:

- Caroling through the Holidays (presented by Citizens Energy Group)
- Display from the movie “A Christmas Story” (sponsored by Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre)

Twilight Tuesdays: 5pm-8pm

And back by popular demand, Twilight Tuesdays will offer special extended hours (5 to 8 p.m.) for those who wish to see the trees by night. “Twilight Tuesdays” are a great option for a date night or an after-work team outing on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20.

With a paid ticket to Festival of Trees, those 21 and over can sample a selection of Heaven Hill brands bourbon. Bourbon cocktails and special holiday bites provided by Jonathan Byrd’s Catering will also be available to purchase. Visitors will also have a chance to register to win a Heaven Hill distillery trip for six.

Scavenger Fun:

Visitors can also participate in scavenger hunts for the Elf on the Shelf or the Weihnachtzgurke (10 pickle ornaments hidden in trees throughout the building) — watch IHS’s social media channels for hints on locations.

Holiday Treats:

Throughout Festival of Trees, the Stardust Terrace Café by Jonathan Byrd’s will offer extended hours and additional menu options, including holiday-inspired treats and tasty specialty beverages for both children and grown-ups. Members receive a 10 percent discount on café purchases.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree:

Festival of Trees guests can be a part of this remarkable program by visiting the special Angel Tree in our Basile Welcome Center. A quick scan of an Angel tag with your mobile phone will allow you to adopt an Angel through an online adoption portal. Once you have your Angel’s wish list in hand, you can shop and return the gifts to one of three drop-off locations across Indianapolis.

Visit to learn more about adopting Angels and volunteering with the Angel Tree program.


While Festival of Trees tickets may be purchased at the door, buying advance tickets is strongly encouraged.
Click here to select the date you want to visit Festival of Trees and buy your tickets today!

IHS members can take advantage of their complimentary admission benefit by reserving their tickets online. For tickets, information on in-building offerings, and a schedule of programs, visit

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