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Holiday light show returns to State Fairgrounds

The show features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights synchronized to Christmas music.
Credit: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Undated image of the holiday light display at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fairgrounds announced an extended route and additional light displays for this season's holiday light show.

A new 240 foot wall of lights makes this the largest synchronized show in central Indiana, according to Monday's announcement from the Fairgrounds. 

Starting on Friday night, Nov. 13, the light display will be open from dusk until 10 p.m. with extended hours on weekends. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2021. 

The family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights synchronized to traditional and more modern Christmas music. The lights are shaped into brightly colored trees, snowflakes, dancing candy canes and tunnels. 

As they drive through the displays, guests can tune their radio to hear the synchronized music.

The show is not weather-dependent so it is open every day, including holidays. Cost is $7 per person and children 3 years old and younger are free. 

A "Carload Special" of up to seven passengers costs $30.

Larger vans with 10-15 passengers cost $50.

Small buses of 16-35 passengers cost $75, and buses with 36 or more passengers cost $100. 

This year's route cannot accommodate vehicles taller than 11 feet. 

Drivers should enter the fairgrounds at Gate 12 off East 42nd Street.

Cash and major credit cards are accepted at the gate or visitors can purchase tickets online for the ultimate touchless experience.

Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Toys for Tots and Gleaners Food Bank's Pack the Pantries, among other charities.

Tips for attending:

  • Avoid the lines, plan your visit early in the season or on a weekday. If you want to visit on a weekend, try arriving after 9 p.m. Any cars still in line at time of closing will still be permitted to enter.
  • Make a quick stop at the portable toilets at the beginning of the show.
  • Know how to turn off your headlights when needed.
  • Tour buses with more than a 35-person capacity or limousines will not be admitted, as those vehicles are unable to drive safely through the show. Vehicles over 11 feet tall will not be able to access the light show due to height restrictions at the entrance.