NOBLESVILLE, IN (November 6, 2020) – The City of Noblesville has created a new holiday experience at Federal Hill Commons named “Holidays at the Hill,” that will run November 21 through Jan. 3, 2021. This year, in addition to the ice skating rink, visitors can enjoy a Walking Light Tour, carriage rides, holiday market, and visit Santa in 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,” said Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen.
Families can reserve a unique, private 20-minute carriage ride through Noblesville. Sponsored by Bailey and Wood Financial Group, carriage rides can seat up to 5-6 adults and three to five children on adults’ laps. Each ride includes only one group and must be reserved in advance online at www.noblesvilleparks.org/317/Holiday-Carriage-Rides.
Santa hours at the Christmas Cottage have been canceled and replaced with a “Home for the Holidays Tour” featuring Santa Claus. Residents interested in learning more about the Home for the Holidays Tour routes may visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/SantaTour. While Santa will not be available as part of the Holidays at the Hill festivities, the city is adding a special mailbox at the Christmas Cottage. Santa will be checking it to read all of the letters dropped off by children with their holiday wishes.
The temporary ice rink, with real ice, will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 21 and will close for the season on January 3, 2021. The 56-foot by 100-foot ice rink, will be located at the Market Plaza at Federal Hill Commons.
From November 21 through December 20, Ice Plaza hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Starting on December 21, hours will be extended to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday for enjoyment during Noblesville Schools’ winter break. The rink will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday. The rink will have special holiday hours on November 27 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and December 24 and 31 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.); and will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
All ages are welcome to participate and rental ice skates range from kid to adult sizes. Admission rates are $13 for those ages 13 and older and $11 for those ages 12 and younger. A 10-skate pass is available for $110 and a 5-skate pass is $60. Guests may bring their own skates if they prefer, 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,” said Parks Director Brandon Bennett. “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 expanded Holidays at the Hill event will include new lighting installations in the event lawn, a warming shelter, and Celtic Pretzel food truck, in addition to the Ice Plaza and Santa Cottage. Other new activities include:
- A free Walking Light Tour will include ten displays and photo opportunities.
- Federal Hill Commons will host live music, dance and choir performances on November 28 and 29 and December 4 through 6.
- The city will host a Winter Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 5 with more than 25 Noblesville restaurants and holiday artisan vendors participating.
- An ice carving demonstration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 28.
- Indy Beer Taps will sell alcohol during the weekends.
Holidays at the Hill would not be possible without the support of the following businesses and organizations: First Merchants Bank, Gaylor Electric, Indiana American Water, Mini Storage Depot, Moonshot Toys, Old Town Companies, Burtner Electric, IU Health Saxony, Ceres Co-Op, Context Design, CSI Signs, Horizon Bank, Midwest Paving, Peterson Architecture, Pediatric Dentistry of Noblesville, Stony Creek Early Learning Center, Cardon & Associates, McGavic Outdoor Power, and Wings, etc.
The City of Noblesville follows CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Back on Track plan. We will continue monitoring for any changes that could impact this event. Social distancing guidelines will remain in place. If the statewide mask mandate is still in effect per Governor Holcomb, masks are required (for ages 8 and older) in outside public spaces when it is not possible to socially distance. Masks are strongly recommended for ages 2-7.
For additional information about Holidays at the Hill, visit: https://www.noblesvilleparks.org/235/Holidays-at-the-Hill
About the City of Noblesville: Noblesville is home to more than 63,000 residents and is the county seat in Hamilton County, Indiana. Just north of Indianapolis, the growing city is known for its nationally recognized public schools, extensive public park system and is home to Hamilton Town Center and the outdoor music venue Ruoff Music Center.