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 11-15, 2015
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: $8 – Seniors 65+ with proper ID
Group of 15 or more: Click here for group order form.
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 now accepted at the show box offices!
Indiana State Fairgrounds
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. Due to construction, we recommend entering the fairgrounds via gate 1 off of 38th street. Details on the construction routing are below.
A FREE shuttle is offered that will drop you right at the show’s front door. Click here for a map of the shuttle route!
Pardon our mess:
Plan to enter the fairgrounds via gate 1 off of 38th Street for easiest access to the show. The fairgrounds is undergoing some construction that may affect your usual route. Here is a link to show the construction project and where you will be routed to park, depending on which gate you come in.
Food and Refreshments:
See what’s on the menu!
Rate: 1 King $85 + tax, 2 Queens $90 + tax
Amenities: Complimentary parking, breakfast, indoor pool and Wifi access… see link to site for more amenities.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 9 miles
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Rate: $99-$199 + tax
Amenities: Complimentary breakfast and Wifi…see link to site for more amenities.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 5.7 miles
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Rate: $79 + tax
Amenities: Complimentary parking, high speed internet, Continental breakfast, flatscreen TVs, Olympic-sized indoor pool and whirlpool, microwaves and refrigerators… see link to site for more amenities.
Distance to Fairgrounds: 9.5 miles
RV Campgrounds at the State Fairgrounds
Rate: $30 + tax per day with hook-up, $20 + tax without
Amenities: year-round camping options, indoor showers and flush toilets, washers and dryers, electricity, sewer hook-ups, sanitary dumping stations, potable water… see link to site for more amenities.