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Holiday Traditions
December 18, 2023


Tim Griffin
Carmel Firefighter and Public Information Officer
Tim also serves as Hamilton County Coucilor for District 1

For the Griffin family, the holiday season is more than just a calendar event; it’s filled with cherished traditions that we eagerly look forward to – traditions centered around the delightful experiences at Conner Prairie’s A Merry Prairie Holiday and the delightful Carmel Christkindlmarkt.

Our family, consisting of my wife and five daughters, initiates the festive season with a visit to Conner Prairie. A Merry Prairie Holiday, boasting historical charm, takes us back in time as we engage with interactive exhibits and admire the recreated 19th-century village adorned in holiday splendor. The laughter of our daughters blends with the melodies of carolers, creating an evening filled with pure holiday joy.

A standout tradition at Conner Prairie is the Holiday joyful ride on Kringle’s Carousel. The lights and festive melodies bring pure excitement and joy and witnessing the huge smiles on our daughters’ faces as they immerse themselves in the holiday spirit reinforces the magic of the season.

After this heartwarming experience, our celebrations extend to Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt. Tucked in the heart of Carmel, the Christkindlmarkt offers a taste of European holiday traditions with its charming wooden stalls and the enticing aroma of spiced cider and roasted nuts. Our family explores the market hand in hand, reveling in the festive decor and indulging in delightful treats. At the core of Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt lies a special connection to our family’s heritage. Our family loves to get each year’s New Christkindlmarkt boot mug.

These are just two of the options here in the county that create lasting memories and become the true gifts of the season. Conner Prairie’s A Merry Prairie Holiday and Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt have seamlessly become integral parts of our family traditions, sculpting a legacy characterized by love, laughter, and the magic that defines the holidays for our family of seven.