Despite the decorations in the stores, the music on the radio and wintry blast outside, today traditionally marks the start of the holiday season.

Local choirs will put on mesmerizing performances of holidays classics such as “Silent Night” and “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane).”

It’s time for “The Nutcracker” ballet and Handel’s “Messiah,” for Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and Ebeneezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”

Lovers of the holiday season look forward to the music, dance, theater and art all year long.

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And some of the biggest events in central Indiana will have a Johnson County flair.

Meet some of the local residents taking part in beloved community traditions such as the Circle of Lights and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Festival of Carols.

Learn about the costume designs behind the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration and discover how the Stutz Artists Association is honoring the season.

Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.