Santa Raced to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in A Real Race Car to Greet All The Good Little Girls and Boys at The World's Largest Children's Museum

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Elves rappelled from the rooftop to greet Santa Claus, who arrived in an IndyCar two-seater driven by IndyCar driver and owner of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar. Then, the Jolly Old Elf slid down the 47-foot-long Yule Slide to a crowd of nice little girls and boys and their grown-ups.

Santa races into the world's largest children's museum in a race car

Ladies and gentlemen, Santa and elves… start your engines! Santa arrived at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar!

Ladies and gentlemen, Santa and elves… start your engines! Santa arrived at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar!

The festivities revved up at 9:00 a.m. when Zazzles the Comic Elf told silly jokes and Dare-dev-elves who rappelled from the rooftop. Then, a special Speedway police escort guided the way for Santa and sleigh. Ed Carpenter, driver and owner of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar took the green flag to race in with the Jolly Old Elf in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater.

Guests arrived early to listen to Zazzles the Comic Elf tell silly holiday jokes, grab a treat from the Gingerbread Café, pick up a free cup of cozy cocoa on the plaza and to chat with cheery Elfies taking selfies before the big show!

Inside, visitors joined The Chorduroys for a holiday sing-along to usher Santa down the festive red carpet to the 47-foot-long Yule Slide to celebrate the opening of Jolly Days Winter Wonderland (a special holiday exhibit for little ones). Jolly Days will remain open through Jan. 7, 2018. There, children and their grown-ups will enjoy sock skating, faux ice fishing, holiday baking and climbing the ice castle. Santa will be on hand to take those last minute requests and pose for photos through December 24, 2017. There is also a giant, magical globe that allows visitors to let it snow at the push of a button!

Visitors are invited to enjoy a performance of A Visit from St. Nicholas, or the Night Before Christmas (live theater performances) 1–1:45 p.m. and 3–3:45 p.m. On Christmas Eve 1822, Clement C. Moore’s house is not as quiet as a mouse—in fact, everyone is stirring! Three children await the arrival of St. Nicholas, and Cousin Harriet enlists them to copy their poem their father has just written, which she hopes to have published for all young people to enjoy. But Father, a distinguished professor, fears becoming known as “a poet for children” and burns the poem. At first heartbroken, the children unite to save the poem through a riotous enactment.

The museum offers free admission to good little girls and boys and their families on December 24, 2017. Please note the museum is open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on that day. Lastly, there will be plenty of programming happening during this festive time so that families can always experience something new: Earn elf ears, participate in “snowball” fights, sing along with The Mistletoes and talk to animated, costumed, winter characters! Be sure to check out special programs and activities for the day of your planned visit on our online calendar and don't forget if you buy ahead, you save.

Gift Memberships
Give a gift for all ages that lasts all year! A membership to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis lasts for one full year; but, the memories last a lifetime! Who knew a year of fun could fit into a stocking?

(*) Just a reminder that The Children’s Museum wants to provide plenty of opportunities for visiting children and families to enjoy the museum during the holidays and winter vacations. Although we are closed most Mondays during the winter, we will be open Monday, December 18, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017.

The following sponsors are sure to make Santa's Nice List: Jolly Days Winter Wonderland is presented by Meijer and supported by Barnes & Thornburg and F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc. Free Admission Day is presented by Target and Supported by Geico. Visit from St. Nicholas, or the Night Before Christmas is presented by Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit http://www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum, Instagram @childrensmuseum and YouTube.com/IndyTCM

The Dallara IndyCar Factory
The Dallara IndyCar Factory is an interactive Facility where the public can learn how IndyCars are designed and built! Everyone can have the opportunity to see and take photos with IndyCar Show cars, and even take a ride around town in a street legal two-seater IndyCar!

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit http://www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram@childrensmuseum, YouTube.com/IndyTCM, and Facebook.

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