Some cities across the state might be canceling their holiday celebrations, but not Noblesville. The city will offer a new event this year, Holidays at the Hill.
It began Nov. 21 and runs through Jan. 3, 2021. It includes an ice-skating rink, a walking light tour, carriage rides, a holiday market and visits with Santa Claus at the Christmas Cottage.
“Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate the holidays outdoors with friends and families. Holidays at the Hill is a one-stop location with activities for children and adults to enjoy time together and create lasting memories,” Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen stated.
Families can reserve a private, 20-minute ride through Noblesville for $50. Rides can seat up to six adults and three to five children. Each ride can have only one group and must be reserved in advance at noblesvilleparks.org/317/Holiday-Carriage-Rides.
Santa will visit the Christmas Cottage, the city-run Santa House on the event lawn near the Rotary Shelter, on Dec. 3. He will return to his cottage every weekend throughout December.
The temporary ice rink, with real ice, opened Nov. 21. It will close Jan. 3. It is located at the Market Plaza at Federal Hill Commons. Through Dec. 20, the Ice Plaza hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Starting Dec. 21, hours will be extended to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The rink will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday. It will have special holiday hours Nov. 27 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Dec. 24 and 31 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.); and will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The rink is open to all ages and includes rental skates in child and adult sizes. Admission rates are $13 for ages 13 and older and $11 for ages 12 and younger. A 10-skate pass is available for $110 and a five-skate pass is $60. Guests may bring their own skates, but skate rental is included in the admission fee. Skating aids will be available for $3.
“For the past three years the Ice Plaza has become a new holiday tradition in downtown Noblesville and each year we’ve looked at ways to improve the experience for our residents and guests,” Noblesville Parks Director Brandon Bennett stated. “Holidays at the Hill is a unique offering we are happy to present to the community to activate our park and truly make it a year-round amenity.”
The City of Noblesville will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines as well as the state’s Back on Track plan. It will monitor for changes in the plan that may affect the event. Social distancing guidelines will remain in place, and if the statewide mask mandate is still in effect throughout the entire event, masks will be required for ages 8 and older if social distancing is not possible.
For more, visit noblesvilleparks.org/235/Holidays-at-the-Hill.
Walking light tour and more
Holidays at the Hill will include new lighting installations in the event lawn at Federal Hill Commons, a warming shelter and the Celtic Pretzel food truck, as well as the Ice Plaza and the Christmas Cottage.
A free walking light tour will feature 10 displays and photo opportunities throughout the display. Federal Hill Commons will present live music, dance and choir performances Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 4-6.
A winter market will operate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 with more than 25 Noblesville restaurants and holiday artisan vendors. An ice-carving demonstration will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 28. Indy Beer Taps will sell alcohol on weekends.