City of Carmel                                            One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032


Date:           November 29, 2006                                                                                                                                          
Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494

Release:      Immediate

Holiday Festivities Planned for Carmel Arts & Design District

Carmel, IN – This year marks the premier of the Carmel Arts & Design District’s (District) “Holiday in the Arts District,” hosted by the Carmel Redevelopment Commission.  The series of community events provides a festive and entertaining destination where community members and visitors to the area can enjoy free events while shopping and dining in the District.  Events take place the first three Saturdays in December (2nd, 9th and 16th), from 1-5 p.m., with a tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd at 5 p.m.

Each Saturday visitors can experience free carriage rides, elves with live reindeer, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa!  Visitors have the chance to win gifts and services such as a free one-hour massage, home decorations, design consultations or a designer handbag, donated by the merchants of the District.  The free hourly gift drawing will take place at the Arts & Design District Office located at 111 W. Main Street, Suite 140.

A tree lighting ceremony takes place December 2nd at 5 p.m. at the northeast corner of Range Line Road and Main Street, with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra playing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Winners of the student holiday art contest and event sponsors will be announced at the ceremony.  All student artwork entries will be displayed in the Arts & Design District Office and throughout the District in other merchants’ stores.

The Merchants in the District are also hosting other fun and festive activities in their stores to entertain guests throughout the holiday season.  Please see attached sheet for merchant activities.  Please note, some events will take place the first three Saturdays in December, and others are scheduled throughout the holiday season.

Sponsors for the Holiday in the Arts District include: Artichoke Designs, B. Meylor Interiors, Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream, Christian Science Reading Room, Deborah De Fazio Lyons Portrait Studio, Duke Energy, Grosser & Co. Master Jewelers, Inc., Gunstra Builders, Lucky Lou, Museum of Miniature Houses, National City Bank, Old National Bank, Old Town on the Monon Loft Apartments, Old Towne Carmel Bed & Breakfast, Pedcor Development Company, Petals and Fine Gifts, Stenz Corporation, Teresa Chapman State Farm, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10003 and White’s Ace Hardware & Garden Center.

For more information about the Holiday in the Arts District events, please call the Arts & Design District Office at 571-ARTS (2728).


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