City of Fishers returns with Winter Wonderland, offers new activities

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The City of Fishers will once again host Winter Wonderland. The event will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr.

We would like it to be more of an open house feel and encourage the community to come at 2 (p.m.) and do all of the activities and stay for the tree lighting, or come to the tree lighting and stay afterwards and take part in the activities,” said Sarah Sandquist, director for the Fishers Parks and Recreation Dept. “We are just spreading it out a little bit because we’ve had some pretty large crowds. We just want to encourage everybody to come and not feel like they’re rushed and be able to take part in all the activities that will be there.”

Entertainment will be on the amphitheater stage from 2 to 8 p.m.

“We are partnering with Fishers Music Works and Nickel Plate Arts to program the stage with a whole variety of musical acts and ensembles,” Sandquist said.

Sandquist said the event is designed as a celebration for all winter holidays, not just Christmas.

“It’s really to celebrate the season and all of the holidays that fall within this season,” she said.

The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, an ice sculptor, a candy cane hunt, letters to Santa, a sensory-friendly area and more.

“The sensory-friendly area mimics all the activities going on throughout the event but in a place that isn’t loud and doesn’t have as many crowds,” Sandquist said.

The city also will partner with Hamilton East Public Library, 5 Municipal Dr.

“They will be offering activities within the library and a warming area,” Sandquist said. “There will be coloring and crafts in there.”

The library will host a holiday performance from 2 to 3 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase but all other activities are fee. For more, visit playfishers.com.

Celebrating the holidays with pets

This year, local residents’ four-legged friends can celebrate the holidays with their owners. The City of Fishers will offer Pet Pictures with Santa from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr.

Photos will be printed on-site and will be available for purchase from Smiling Dog Photography. Pets must be kept on a leash.

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