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Top six things to do in Indianapolis this weekend: November 25, 2016

Posted at 12:47 PM, Nov 24, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Your stomach is probably full and holiday shopping is in full swing, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy with family and friends.

This weekend is all about spending time with those you love and shopping small.

Here are the top six things to do in Indianapolis this weekend:

Light up Monument Circle

As a tradition for many families, watch the holiday lights come to life the day after Thanksgiving during the Circle of Lights celebration. The event kickoff at 6 p.m. and Santa, along with Mayor Joe Hogsett, will flip the light switch to turn on over 4,000 lights shortly before 8 p.m. Toy soldiers, sailors, elves and giant ornaments will take over Monument Circle while special guest Josh Kaufman headlines the musical performance. After the music, you can enjoy fireworks with those you love.

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Let your pet enjoy the holidays

Just because you have your photo with Santa planned, doesn’t mean your furry friend has to be left out of all the fun. The popular Pet Photo Night returns to Greenwood Park Mall beginning this Sunday through Dec. 11. Your pet will get a chance to hop on Santa’s lap and make lasting memories. Just in case you were wondering: Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

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Shop small this Saturday

Shop your favorite small businesses this weekend during Small Business Saturday, a day to help support local operations that keep the economy thriving. For the seventh year, Mass Ave will host a shopping event where local stores will showcase their best items and sales from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.

You can also shop small during the Really Black Friday Shopping event being held at the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center beginning at 10 a.m. The event supports black-owned businesses in the Indianapolis community and will feature door prizes and giveaways.

The Broad Ripple community is home to over 700 small businesses and you’ll get a chance to shop with some of them during the village’s Small Business Saturday event beginning at 10 a.m. Special this year are six pop-up shops that will feature over 60 artisans and small businesses. Destinations are scattered throughout the Village, so make your first stop the Broad Ripple Village Association’s office at 6323 Guilford Avenue, to pick up a map.

You can help support local businesses this weekend by shopping at Indiana Originals’ Holiday Expo & Marketplace this Saturday. The event, held at Emmis Communications, will showcase some of the best products made by Hoosiers and best of all, it’s free to attend. Participating vendors including: James Scott Apparel, Choc-Ola, Vino Mobile Bar, PortalUnlimited, Inspired Woodcrafts, The Rugged Company, Hot Heads Pepper Store and more. Also, if you’re wondering when you’re going to find time to tell Santa what’s on your wishlist, you can take your photo at the event as well.

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