Indianapolis offers holiday deals to Hoosiers
In downtown Indianapolis there's racing Santa, dancing Santas, and sitting with Santa.
Holiday lights, holiday rides, and holiday shopping. That's more holiday than any family could juggle through in a single day.
Belinda Cozzy has the solution. "You could see Jingle Rails, go to the state museum, then go to the Eiteljorg Museum, then eat and go stay at the hotel."
Instead of going home? How expensive is that?
"We are offering $99 rates right now," the Omni Hotel's sales director Stanton Jacobs said with a smile.
That's about half the usual rate for a night at the upscale Omini. It and other hotels joined the new Indy for the Holidays campaign.
They and other businesses want to cash in on the season of giving by giving deep discounts to Indiana residents.
Jacobs explained, "People who come here frequently to do quick shopping, see the sights, and go back home; we want them to stay and enjoy the city." And spend more money.
Hotel and other deals have to be made online, in advance and require visitors to prove they live in Indiana.
On Monument Circle, The Indianapolis Symphony needs the additional visitors. Workers are busy building the Yuletide Celebration set, while the ticket office is hurrying to fill the seats.
Yuletide is the symphony's second biggest money maker. Remember the summer salary dispute and work stoppage? That put the ISO about five weeks behind in ticket sales.
Opening night is is only a week away.
"We firmly believe we will be able to catch up from the delay of starting the ticket sale process," said Jessica Di Santo, the ISO's Director of Communications.
"We have every bit of faith. There is still enough opportunity still for people buy, but a lot of the good dates are already looking pretty heavy," she added.
A full house, full hotels, full stores and restaurants: They are all on Christmas wish list downtown is depending on visitors to deliver.