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Celebrate The Season & Indy's History At The President Benjamin Harrison Home

Celebrate The Season With The 12 FREE Days of Christmas In Indianapolis
Celebrate The Season With The 12 FREE Days of Christmas In Indianapolis
Melody Schubert

Step back in time on Friday, Dec. 17 at the authentically-restored 1875 Italianate home of President Benjamin Harrison,, which will be shining with Victorian holiday decor during the 12 FREE Days of Christmas. This Free event takes place between from 10am-3pm when you can tour the home of our 23rd President featuring feather trees, Harrison family toys and ornaments, plus a replica of the first decorated White House Christmas tree – a tradition begun in 1889 by Harrison. Children as well as adults will adore the "Model Trains Make Tracks" is a new special holiday exhibit of model trains, which highlights a working HO-scale model train and scenics representing the southwest portion of Benjamin Harrison's notable 10,000-mile cross-country train excursion in 1891. Also, “From Bustles to Ballots”. Women’s Suffrage Exhibit will be on display in the reconstructed carriage house located behind the home.

Another of the interesting exhibits we enjoy are the on-site memorabilia and works of art. It is here you can discover the creative works of Indiana's artists and creative minds. During the second half of the 19th century, an unparalleled art movement emerged in Indiana that drew national acclaim for the men who were part of it. During the same period, scores of talented Indiana women also painted and sculpted and earned their own following. Among the popular Indiana artists are T.C. Steele, Forsythe, Stark, and Gruelle and Adams who capture the landscapes of Indiana and founded the John Herron Art Institute.

Also participating in the 12 FREE Days of Christmas is the Morris-Butler House. The beautifully restored 1865 Morris-Butler House showcases the architecture, history, culture and society of Indianapolis during the 19th century, and will be open from 10am-3pm. View exciting exhibits and discover more about Indiana's history at this unique home that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

These are just a sampling of the attractions offering Free Admission during Indy's 12 FREE Days of Christmas!

Among the attractions offering Free Admission and special programs are The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg, Rhythm! Discovery Center, Conner Prairie, Pres. Benjamin Harrison Home, Morris-Butler House, James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, Meredith Nicholson Home, Lilly House, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Indiana Medical History Museum.

To learn more about each attraction and to plan your trip visit

It's so easy to do so much with so many attractions and events held throughout the year in Indiana and in the Circle City of Indianapolis. For great discounts and exciting things to do visit for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development or go to the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association at


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    Melody Schubert 4 years ago

    Join More Holiday Events At The President Benjamin Harrison Home -

    The President Benjamin Harrison Home will also host the “LIVE: Family  Christmas at the President’s Home” on December 11 between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This reenactment at the Pres. Benjamin Harrison Home takes place during in house tours with members of the President’s family and household staff in the Victorian holiday-decorated home. And, later in December on the 29 between 5:30-9:30 p.m they will celebrate the season with a the annual pre-New Year’s event called the “A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street” in the evening with a historic home and dinner. The event is hosted by the Harrison Home in cooperation with The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Yellow Rose Inn, and other vintage mansions on the Old Northside. For ticket prices and to book reservations for these events call 317-631-1888 or visit for more information.

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    Melody Schubert 4 years ago

    Enjoy Holiday Teas at the Morris-Butler House on December 4, 11 & 18 between 1:00-3:00PM -

    Some of our favorite and most beloved Christmas traditions became popular in the Victorian era, including the Christmas tree. Another favorite indulgence dates back that far too, which is afternoon tea. Enjoy the elegant trappings of a Victorian Christmas Tea at the Morris-Butler House. Tour all three floors of the 1865 landmark, lavishly decorated for the holidays, and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions both familiar and unfamiliar. The tour ends with flavored tea,  scones, finger sandwiches, and cookies . For more information on this and other events coming up at the Morris-Butler House visit