Holiday Drop-In Classes — Are the kids feeling a little stir-crazy in the house as winter begins? Bring in your young artists to Nickel Plate Arts for a range of awesome afternoon art projects for kids of all ages. Parents must accompany their children during the class. Each project takes about one hour to complete, and all materials and guided instruction are provided by NPArts staff and Noblesville High School art students. No registration required. Noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 28 to 30. Cost is $10 per project. Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. Eighth St., Noblesville. For more, call 317-452-3690 or visit nickelplatearts.org.
Shear Madness at Beef & Boards — It’s a hair-raising hit comedy that’s different every time you see it! Join in the mystery as the audience combs through the clues to solve a murder above a not-so-typical hair salon. Ask questions like “Shear-lock” Holmes, and you just might figure it out! Dec. 29-Jan. 29, matinee and evening times available. Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. Cost is $41 – $66.
For more, call 317-872-9664 or visit beefandboards.com.
Savory Small Plates Cooking Class — Make a New Year’s Resolution to be confident in the kitchen from now on! Learn from an experienced chef tips and tricks for how to “wow” your family and guests with savory small dinner plates. You will receive hands-on instructions so you will be fully equipped to replicate these recipes at home. From 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 29. A Cut Above Catering, 12955 Old Meridian St., Carmel. Cost is $65. For more, call 317-575-9514 or visit acutabovecatering.com/event/hands-on-instructional-cooking-class-desserts.
Gingerbread Village and Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie — See it before it’s gone! Christmas is over, but you can still see a variety of gingerbread creations made by both amateurs and professionals in the Gingerbread Village. Also, experience an 1836 winter season with a visit to the homes and businesses in Prairietown. Lend a helping hand with wintertime chores, explore the science of baking, see historical chocolate processing techniques, and be an actor for the day when you participate in the popular ‘Anything Can Happen Theater’. Holiday Adventures is recommended for all ages and is ideal for little ones and family members who prefer to move at their own pace. Dec. 31 during regular park hours, Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Cost is $8 for the Gingerbread Village, $12 for the Holiday Adventures. For more, call 317-776-6000 or visit connerprairie.org.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza — Enjoy fabulous food and dance the night away while ringing in the New Year in style. The second annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza will include the popular variety band, the Impalas, on the Palladium stage, as well as the modern country sounds of Joe Hess & the Wandering Cowboys in the Founders Room, the Scott Routenberg Jazz Trio in the Songbook Lounge and DJ Lockstar in the Robert Adam Room. VIP private boxes also are available, 8 p.m. Dec. 31. The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green, Carmel. For more, call 317-819-3505 or visit thecenterpresents.org.
Handmade in Indiana — The Nickel Plate Arts/Judge Stone House annual holiday exhibit feels more like a gift store than a gallery show. Shop for truly one-of-a-kind art gifts in a range of price points, with items made of material such as pottery, paper products, textiles, jewelry, paint and more – all created by local artists. The exhibit is part of Nickel Plate Arts’ year-long bicentennial focus. Today is the last chance to purchase one of these treasures. Dec. 31 until 5 p.m., Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. 8th St., Noblesville. Free admission. For more, call 317-452-3690 or visit nickelplatearts.org/event/handmade-in-indiana.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” — This is the last day to step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” This stage version includes all the musical favorites written by Alan Menken, along with new songs. Re-live the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. The Beast must learn to love and be loved, before time runs out. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and talent, offering a great opportunity to bring everyone together for family theatre at its best, 2 p.m. Jan. 1. Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Center Green Suite 300, Carmel. For more, call 317-843-3800 or visit thecenterpresents.org.
Reynolds Christmas lights display — Check out the free annual Christmas lights display at the Fishers Reynolds store location. Lights are lighting up the sky through the first day of 2017, so it’s not too late if you didn’t make it before Christmas. Jan. 1 at dusk, Reynolds Farm Equipment, 12501 Reynolds Dr., Fishers. For more, call 317-849-0810 or visit reynoldsfarmequipment.com/events.
Winter Break Sewing Camp for Kids — Kids 10-12 will learn sewing basics making a drawstring bag, pillowcase and a sewing caddy. They will also learn a variety of stitches, how to operate a sewing machine and how to care for a machine using a rental (included in the fee) from Always In Stitches. All fabric, notions and sewing tools are provided, 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 3-5, Always in Stitches, 1808 E. Conner St., Noblesville. Cost is $145.99. For more, call 317-776-4227 or visit alwaysinstitches1.com.