Imagine, a five day power shoppers’ paradise…all under one enormous roof! Anything and everything you would treasure giving as a gift, enjoy receiving, love to purchase for yourself or use to decorate or entertain with during this holiday season is here! Please browse our photo gallery to get a visual idea of what you will find at the show.
Want more? Where else can you shop and have the chance to win FREE money, on the spot, to spend however you want on whomever you want at the show? Santa’s little helpers will be watching, once again, to see who’s dressed in the holiday spirit or acting with the holiday spirit in mind…we have more than $5,000 in Merry Money and prizes to give away at the show!
In 1949, Indianapolis entrepreneurs Ed and Thelma Schoenberger had an idea to create a show that featured Holiday gift ideas, Santa Claus and a variety of arts and crafts, and the Christmas Gift & Hobby Show was born. From a handful of exhibitors and, of course, Santa the show has grown. Today, the Christmas Gift & Hobby Show is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. Over 60,000 patrons attended last year, and the show now boasts over 350 exhibitors selling “something for everyone”.
Since 1949 the city of Indianapolis has marked the beginning of the holiday season with the opening of the Christmas Gift & Hobby Show. This event is a true Mid-Western Tradition that attracts tens of thousands of shoppers!!
The Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, has been owned by Hobby Shows Incorporated since 1989.
The Christmas Gift & Hobby Show
November 6-10, 2013
Wednesday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
General Admission: $12
Children 12 and Under: Free
Senior Days are Wednesday & Thursday: $7 – Seniors 65+ with proper ID
Group of 15 or more: Click here for special rates
Hand stamps are offered for SAME DAY ONLY return
During show hours, tickets are available at the show box office located in the West Pavilion lobbies. Credit Cards are not accepted at the show box offices; however, there are ATMs in both show lobbies if you need cash on-site.
Indiana State Fairgrounds
West Pavilion & Expo Hall
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
For Indiana State Fair Info – (317) 927-7500
For HSI / Christmas Gift & Hobby Show Info – (317) 576-9933 or (800) 215-1700
Click here for interactive map
There is a $5 facility charge per vehicle for all events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Food and Refreshments:
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Register to win:
Indiana State Fairgrounds Contest – Enter to win the Coliseum Complex Grand Prize Package
- 2 tickets to the Grand Opening of the Coliseum in 2014
- 2 tickets to each of the Coliseum ticketed concerts and events at the 2014 Fair
- 2014 skating party for 12 in the Youth Arena
- Free 1-year Indiana State Fairgrounds Membership
- Winner and a guest invited to a pre-opening tour of the Coliseum in 2014
- 30 additional winners with prizes ranging from behind the scene tours to concerts and IUPUI basketball tickets.
The Marten House Hotel
Official Hotel of the Indiana State Fairgrounds
Amenities: Complimentary parking, full service restaurant, room service, high-speed internet, indoor pool and fitness center
Distance to Fairgrounds: 9 miles
Hilton Indianapolis North
Rate: $99 + tax
Amenities: Complimentary parking, full service restaurant, room service, 24 hour fitness center, indoor pool, high speed internet access, and complimentary shuttle within 5 miles…see link to site for more amenities.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 8 miles
Holiday Inn Express
Amenities: Breakfast buffet, indoor pool, fitness center, business center, in-room coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator…see link to site for more amenities.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 7 miles
Candlewood Suites – Northeast
Rates: $69 Studio Suite/$89 Double or One Bedroom Suite
Amenities: Fully equipped kitchens, free high speed internet, flat screen with DVD player, Free laundry…see link to site for more amenities.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 8 miles
Residence Inn Northwest Indianapolis
Rates: $109 per night for one bedroom suite or studio suite. Book your room now!
Amenities: All rooms are suites and 60% larger than an average room. Complimentary breakfast daily; evening reception Monday – Thursday with food, beer and wine. Indoor pool/spa. Outdoor patio/grill. Sport court and fitness facility.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 11 miles