Celebration Crossing

Soak in pure holiday magic at the Indiana State Museum's holiday experience, Celebration Crossing! 

Ride the Santa Claus Express train and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in their house. At Santa's Workshop, the kids can engineer the best way to pack Santa’s sleigh with different sized presents, and assist our new reindeer recruits as they practice their take-offs and landings. Take a break by Chimney Corner to read a story and more. In Santa’s Front Yard, you can build a snowman, have a "snowball" fight and decorate trees. 

Enjoy these (and more!) activities included with your museum general admission. Purchase tickets online and save $1 per ticket. Scroll below to find more holiday activities offered in conjunction with Celebration Crossing.

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Santa Lands! Opening Day of Celebration Crossing
Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Included with museum admission | Free to members

Celebration Crossing Opening DayExperience the joy of the holidays at the Indiana State Museum. From the sounds of Indianapolis Children’s choir to visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus, Celebration Crossing is a holiday tradition your family won’t want to miss. Ride the Santa Claus Express train, enjoy a delicious lunch in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and more. Santa will arrive by helicopter on the front lawn at noon!

L.S. Ayres Tea Room™
Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, lunch hour
Call 317.232.1637 for reservations

Family New Year's EveEnjoy a festive lunch with your friends and family this holiday season in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™. Choose from favorites including chicken velvet soup and chicken salad. Tea Room hours are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the winter holiday season. Reservations are highly recommended and are offered at four dining times: 11:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 1:30. Make your dining reservation by calling us at 317.232.1637.

Tea Room gift certificates are offered in increments of $10, $25 and $50. When making the purchase, choose to pick up the certificate at will call (the Indiana State Museum ticket counter) or to have the certificate delivered via mail. 

Preschool Fridays
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; 9 to 10 a.m.
Included with museum admission | Free to members

Preschool FridaysBring your little one (ages 2-5) to experience the wintery wonderland in Santa’s Front Yard during this special early opening event. Families can visit with Santa, explore various activities, engage with two North Pole elves during interactive story times, take a ride on the Santa Claus Express train and more.

Bear’s Winter Dream
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jan. 3; 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
$2/members, $3/non-members; free for children younger than age 3
Members purchase tickets here, and nonmembers purchase tickets here.

Santa Express GalleryBear has a dream – all about the Ice Age in Indiana! Join Bear on an adventure as he meets interesting animals and learns something about weather, animals and plants during this interactive performance for preschool families.

Santa’s Holiday Breakfast
Dec. 7, 14, 21; seating at 8:30 and 9 a.m.
Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22; seating at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.

$24.50/members (ages 13+), $15.75/youth members (ages 3-12); $33/non-members, $24.25/youth non-members; free for children younger than age 3
Members purchase tickets here, and non-members purchase tickets here. Registration required 24 hours in advance of event date.

Santa's Holiday BreakfastEnjoy a delicious and festive breakfast featuring live music in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and Farmers Market Café. After breakfast, visit Santa in his house and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express train.

Winter Wonderland Workshop
Dec. 7 & 17; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$11/members, $14/non-members
Members purchase tickets here, and non-members purchase tickets here.

Wacky Winter Radio WavesCelebrate winter festivities with this hands-on STEAM-inspired workshop for your little ones (ages 3-5)! Step into a winter wonderland and engage in wintery sensory play, ornament engineering and cookie designing.

Supper with Santa & Friends (Members Only)
Dec. 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$30/members (ages 13+), $16/youth members (ages 3-12), free for children younger than age 3
Space is limited. Ticket purchase deadline is Dec. 6; Purchase tickets

Supper with SantaJoin Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends at this family-friendly buffet supper. Plus, ride the Santa Claus Express train, enjoy live music from the Rusty Musket and play in Santa’s Workshop. The first 100 families to register receive a free keepsake photo with Santa. Space is limited.

Gift Memberships
Stuff their stockings with holiday magic!
Memberships start at $75

Family New Year's EveGive the gift of membership to your friends and loved ones this holiday season! It’s simple – call us at 317.232.1637 or make your purchase online. When purchasing the membership online, be sure to enter the recipient of the gift in the recipient information box, then use your own information in the billing section. Answer the question indicating if you'd like the new membership cards shipped to the recipient or to you. Purchase your gift membership by Dec. 11 in order to receive the cards in time for the holidays.

The 12 Snowy Winter Days
Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Included with museum admission | Free to members

Santa's PlaygroundContinue the wintery fun by playing with snowballs, building a snowman in Santa’s Front Yard and caring for the young soft and stuffed reindeer at the reindeer pen. Warm up in Santa’s house by pretending to roast marshmallows by the fire, play with the toys in the toy chests and enjoy interactive story times with our resident North Pole elves and other special guests.

Ice Age Breakfast
Dec. 28, 9 a.m.
$24.50/members (ages 13+), $15.75/youth members (ages 3-12); $33/non-members, $24.25/youth non-members; free for children younger than age 3
Members purchase tickets here, and non-members purchase tickets here. Registration required 24 hours in advance of event date.

Santa's Holiday BreakfastEnjoy a delicious breakfast featuring live music in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ and  Farmers Market Café. Continue the chilly winter fun by getting up close to the Ice Age bones in the museum’s collection and learning more about mastodons, mammoths and other bone-chilling Ice Age facts from our staff.

Family New Year’s Eve
Dec. 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
members: $10, non-members: $16 | Children younger than 3 are free
Members purchase tickets here; and non-members purchase tickets here.

Family New Year's EveGet ready to welcome 2020 during this magical family-friendly New Year’s Eve party with magic, music, dancing, face painting, exploring the entire museum and more. Join the New Year countdown with an eco-friendly streamer and confetti explosion in the Great Hall when the clock strikes 8 p.m.! Reserve your spot early so you don’t miss out. This is an alcohol-free event.

Tea with Lovey
Jan. 5, 2 to 4 p.m.
$4/members, $5/non-members, plus purchase of any menu items; museum admission not included
Members purchase tickets here; and non-members purchase tickets here. Registration required 24 hours in advance of event date.

Peewinkle StudioBring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy high tea in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room™. Afterward, enjoy an exclusive showing of the play, Bear’s Winter Dream, in the auditorium and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express train.