HANDS-ON JOYS Hamil­ton­county, In­di­ana

Touch the happy hol­i­day tra­di­tions in this art-cen­tric re­gion north of In­di­anapo­lis. Grab gifts in venues charm­ing and chic, and feel the pulse of Christ­mas cre­ativ­ity.

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SEA­SONAL SHOP­PING

It’s the most wun­der­bar time of the year when Christkindl­markt (Novem­ber 17–De­cem­ber 23) brings Ger­man spirit to Carmel. The Bavar­ian-style ope­nair mar­ket fea­tures more than 40 ven­dors around an ice rink. New this year: gi­ant Christ­mas pyra­mids— mul­ti­level carousels—à la Ger­man mar­kets. Also in Carmel, City Cen­ter of­fers a clus­ter of bou­tiques and restau­rants. Shop fash­ions, bath and body, and jew­elry, then try tapas, pub grub, gourmet ice cream and lo­cal cof­fee. Or sip gen­er­ously at Peace Water Win­ery, which do­nates part of its prof­its to char­ity.

In down­town Noblesville, make the rounds of Noblesville Square’s shops and eater­ies, as well as the old court­house’s big Christ­mas tree and lights. The Nickel Plate District in down­town Fish­ers beck­ons with more lights and chic shop­ping, in­clud­ing new neigh­bors—ikea and Top­golf.

ART IN THE HEART (OF IN­DI­ANA)

At Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, see the Hand­made in In­di­ana ex­hibit, visit Santa’s Work­shop and do a Hol­i­day Date Night—art projects with wine and beer. In Carmel’s Arts and De­sign District, the In­di­ana De­sign Cen­ter of­fers home redo re­sources, in­clud­ing show­rooms, de­sign pros and artists. Per­form­ing arts shine, too. Watch Mary Pop­pins and Han­del’s Mes­siah at The Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Carmel, a multi-venue site for mu­sic, dance and theater.

KOTEEWI RUN SEA­SONAL SLOPES, NOBLESVILLE

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