10:25 AM PST, November 15, 2012
If you don’t plan to go far for Thanksgiving, you can stay in Indianapolis and have some fun—and do it affordably.
“Whether it’s night or day, there's plenty to do downtown, any time of day, with some great, inexpensive options,” said Taylor Newell with Downtown Indy Inc.
“The weekend of Thanksgiving will be huge in Indy,” Newell said. “The Colts are playing, so are the Pacers, and don't forget about hockey. It's one of the least expensive tickets in town.
“If you want to get into an Indiana Ice game, it's only $10 to get into Pan Am Plaza. They're actually playing all their home games this year downtown, either at Pan Am Plaza or Bankers Life Fieldhouse.”
On Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week, you can check out the IHSAA boys state football finals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets are $10 and all five classes will play over those two days.
You can also have Thanksgiving dinner without all the work. The Conrad is having an elegant feast in the ballroom from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices range from $29 for kids to $59 for adults. The JW Marriott is offering brunch for $36.
The Indianapolis Propylaeum is also offering a Thanksgiving dinner. All are at a set price, and you can bring the entire family; kids get discounts. Keep in mind that most places require reservations.
Of course, you don’t need reservations if you plan to serve own feast. Meijer is offering a package dinner deal for $47.99—and it’s fully loaded.
“You get the turkey, the stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, potatoes and the salad,” said Dave Polett, manager at the Greenwood Meijer. “If you want to save even more money, you can go for the $35.99 deal. You get the turkey, stuffing and the gravy and do the rest of the trimmings yourself.”
All that food is prepared for you and ready for pick-up. The store is also offering deals on turkey.
“We have Tom Turkeys, which are 16 pounds and up. And with a $20 purchase, you can get $17 off these turkeys,” said Poletti.
Once you’re stuffed from the meal—don’t forget about the Circle of Lights at Monument Circle on Friday, Nov. 23. The annual event celebrates its 50th anniversary.
“Bring the entire family, enjoy. There's going to be a show. There will be a lot of local celebrities around too. It's a great event for anybody who wants to have a good time on the evening after Thanksgiving,” said Newell.
If your Thanksgiving weekend could use a little music—don’t forget about Carrie Underwood. The former American Idol winner and country music star will perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 24. This is not free or even cheap, but organizers say it’ll be fun and tickets will go for at least $65.
Sometimes the best news of all is this: if you do go downtown on Thanksgiving, parking is free.
Click here for a detailed list of what’s happening downtown.
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