Overview

The holiday season at Nickel Plate Arts offers you chances to create, shop and revel in the winter arts magic. Stop by Nickel Plate Arts (107 S. 8th St., Noblesville) or NobleMade (839 Conner St., Noblesville) for one-of-a-kind arts gifts at a range of price points, contribute your art to sell and create art. Don’t miss our Twelve Days of Christmas promotions with art and gifts for sale, as well as The Cure for Cabin Fever Drop-In Activities during winter break.

2019 Details

NPArts Exhibit: Gifted, Nov 29-Dec 28

November 29-December 28, Wed.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nickel Plate Arts campus

Our popular holiday exhibit is BACK for its fifth year! “Gifted” is our annual holiday exhibit-turned-gift-market and your one-stop shop for the arts enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. Shop early for holiday cards, ornaments, gifts, and more in our Judge Stone House in downtown Noblesville. This exhibit kicks off on Black Friday, November 29, and runs through Saturday, December 28. Join us for a special Small Business Saturday event on November 30 from 10am – 5pm and be one of the first to choose from the wide selection of pottery, woodenware, jewelry, hand-knit items, home decor, holiday art, and more! A special opening reception for “Gifted” will take place on Friday, December 6 from 6-9pm. All work will be for sale and admission is free. Put a dent in your holiday shopping list and enjoy live music, refreshments, drinks, and more! Following the Opening, the exhibit will be open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 12-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Give yourself the biggest gift this year and simplify your holiday shopping right here in Noblesville!

Twelve Days of Christmas, Nov 30-Dec 21

We’ve selected 12 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate local artists, makers and creatives and to help you check off everyone on your holiday shopping list! Read below to find out about all the holiday cheer happening at Nickel Plate Arts and NobleMade this season.

1st Day: November 30- Shop Small

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at NobleMade

Get great deals on handmade gifts at Nickel Plate Arts and NobleMade during Small Business Saturday. Pick out the perfect petite gift, or save on special items for small budgets! Enjoy the talents of White River Sound Chorus as they sing Christmas Carols and meet some of Santa’s helper elves!

Special Features:

White River Sounds Chorus will be carolling from 10-12

Improbable Fiction Theater Company will be sponsoring some of Santa’s Elves to help with holiday wrapping & cheer

Artist Kerry Ruschhaupt will be showing off her woodburning techniques and personalizing wooden utensils at Nickel Plate Arts 

2nd Day: December 5- Books & Comics

11-7 p.m. at NobleMade and Nickel Plate Arts PLUS an exclusive sale from 8-10 p.m. on Facebook Live

Support local authors while shopping for printed materials that the reader on your list will love!

Meet nationally-acclaimed author K.B. Laugheed at NobleMade from 12-3 p.m. and buy a signed copy of her latest book The Gift of the Seer.

Local author and arts champion Alys Caviness-Gober will be at Nickel Plate Arts from 12-1:30 p.m. to tell you all about this year’s issue of the Polk Street Review and how you can get involved.

Then, from 3-7 p.m. professional comic book artists Stuart Sayger, Gavin Smith, Adam Fields will be here offering drop-in activities for aspiring cartoonists, portfolio reviews for emerging comic book artists, and signed prints and books for gift-hunters! Can’t make it in to meet these pros? No problem! Starting at 8 pm, tune into our Facebook Live feed as  Stuart Sayger and his friends sell books, prints, and more!

3rd Day: December 6- Food & Drink

6-9 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at NobleMade

Eat, drink and be merry this holiday season with the help of local Makers! We will feature food-related specials all day at NobleMade and during December First Friday at Nickel Plate Arts from 6-9 pm, you will be able to sample some wonderful tidbits from Jaws Food Truck like seafood gumbo and homemade beignets, carry out wine from Blackhawk Winery, and others.

Noblesville Youth Assistance would like to invite you to participate in their Fourth Annual Stuff Your Stocking Event. Anybody can buy an empty stocking from Noblesville Youth Assistance for $15. On the night of the event pick up your stocking and a map then go around to participating businesses to “Stuff” your stockings. Be sure to come visit us as we will be gifting art supplies and utensils from 5pm-8pm. All money raised from stockings will go towards providing holiday assistance to Noblesville kids who may not receive it otherwise

As an added perk, we will be holding a raffle for a specialty wine advent calendar accompanied by wine from: All Local, Blackhawk Winery, Bobbi K Samples, and Private Label cab from Matteo’s with additional holiday treats.

Special Features:

Jaws Food Truck from 6-9 at Nickel Plate Arts

Blackhawk Winery from 6-9 at Nickel Plate Arts 

4th Day: December 7- Ceramics & Pottery

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at NobleMade (Paint-Your-Own Pottery at Kiln Creations ends at 6 p.m.)

Pick out your favorite piece at Nickel Plate Arts and NobleMade and take it to Kiln Creations to Paint-Your-Own Pottery OR shop handmade ceramic specials at both Nickel Plate Arts and NobleMade during our regular hours. Enjoy a free ornament gift with purchase of a Kiln Creations gift card.

Be sure to stop by the Nickel Plate Arts’ Campus and make a ceramic ornament with Heather Garrison for $5. There will be several ceramic vendors onsite selling pieces and select artists will be holding special holiday discounts!

Special Features:

Drop-in activities at Kiln Creations from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Drop-in Make-Your-Own clay ornament with artist Heather Garrison from 12-5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Pottery & Ceramics sale at NobleMade

Make-Your-Own Clay Ornament workshop registration ($5):

5th Day: December 8- Holiday Wreath Workshop

Holiday Wreath Workshop from 3-4:30 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Sale on decor at NobleMade from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join the talented artists from Leffel Florals who will help you create the perfect holiday wreath for your front door, mailbox, or over the mantle. Shop for special deals on other holiday décor at NobleMade.

Advanced registration for workshop is recommended – $20 per person 

Also check out the day’s sales on decor and ornaments at NobleMade!

Special Features:

Description of wreath workshop: Celebrate the start of this 2019 holiday season with a DIY class learning to make your very own homemade holiday wreath! In this class you will learn how to make a traditional, lush, mixed-green wreath that is sure to bring a festive fragrance and holiday cheer to your home. Berries, pine cones, ribbons, and more will be supplied to embellish your wreath. This is a great class to do with friends and/or family members so please come ready for a cheerful, creative experience you will be sure to love!

Register for the Holiday Wreath Workshop ($20) here:

6th Day: December 9- Wood Ornament Workshop

Workshop from 6:30-8:30 

Wooden Wares sale online from 10 am – 5 pm.

Join Noblesville craftsman and Artist of the Year Geoff Davis in a fun and engaging workshop as you paint wooden bird ornaments to take home! This fun event will take place in the conference behind NobleMade. Meanwhile, NobleMade will be featuring an ONLINE-ONLY sale of wooden wares: order your items online for pickup later, or have us mail them to the people on your holiday list for you!

Pre-register for the Wood Ornament Workshop ($36):

7th Day: December 11- Jewelry

Jewelry Making Workshop from 6-7 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Jewelry sales & specials 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at NobleMade

Nothing makes the holidays sparkle like jewelry! Whether you’re shopping for a woman or a man, a girl or a boy, we have the perfect piece of handmade jewelry just for you! Local jewelry makers will be bringing in new and special pieces just for this day of bling. You can also join talented jewelry maker Esperanza Alonzo for a fun workshop at Nickel Plate Arts from 6-7 – this would be a great girls-night-out or date night! The workshop costs $25 (upgrade to a fancier project for just $5 more) and advanced registration is recommended.

Special Features:

Esperanza Alonzo jewelry workshop from 6-7 pm at Nickel Plate Arts ($25). 

8th Day: December 12- Kids!

‘Bath-Night Before Christmas’ bathbomb workshops: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Specials and sales on kids’ items at Nickel Plate Arts from 10 a.m – 8 p.m. and NobleMade from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Today is all about kids at Nickel Plate Arts! Children’s books, toys, and other kid-friendly items will be on sale at both Nickel Plate Arts and NobleMade, and Nickel Plate Arts will host family-friendly drop-in activities all day long ($5 fee for some activities). Plus, Lisa Beale from Fizzle Bathizzle will host two bath bomb-making workshops for families: create your own special bath bomb to use the night before your holiday celebration so that you can be squeaky-clean for all the fun! Workshop is $7 for each fillable bathbomb ornament and additional bath bombs will be available for $6 each.

Registration for the workshop is recommended. 

Special Features:

Description of workshop:

$7 each for the fillable ornaments with additional bath bombs at $6 each

“If you are looking for a new and fun Christmas tradition, Fizzle Bathizzle has you covered. This year they will create an experience for your children to create their own fillable Christmas ornament with bath dust. They will have all the supplies as well as some additional Christmas bath bomb designs for purchase. Just hang it on the tree and let the anticipation of Christmas begin. Then, on the night before Christmas just pour the dust into the bath and let your children have one last burst of excitement before settling in for the night. Just imagine the cool conversations you could have about Christmas over a colorful bath. The bath dust provided will be 100% lavender essential oil for extra relaxation.”

Nickel Plate Arts Drop-in activities TBD

Nickel Plate Arts artist feature: Aili McGill will run drop-in drawing activities for children from 12-8 p.m.

9th Day: December 13- Relaxation!

Candle-making workshop from 6 – 8 pm at Nickel Plate Arts
Tea-making drop in workshop from 11 am – 5 pm
Drop-in Make-Your-Own clay ornament with artist Heather Garrison from 12-5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts
Sales and specials on candles, teas, soaps and more at NobleMade from 11 am – 7 pm and Nickel Plate Arts from Noon to 8 pm

The holiday shopping season is in full frenzy, and to top it off, it’s Friday the 13th! Well, don’t fret – we’re here to help you – and the up-tight people on your shopping list – relax.

Beautifully-scented soaps, candles and more will be on sale at NobleMade and Nickel Plate Arts all day.

Advanced registration for the workshops is not required.

Special Features:

Description of workshops: Taysdreamers and Soul Sisters Apothecary combine to bring you a day of relaxation in this very hectic season! Come relax with us and blend up a lovely batch of herbal tea while you are out shopping. Sign up for our soy candle class to give a truly unique gift or keep it for yourself to enjoy. We hope to bring a little bit of relaxation and calmness to your week.

Herbal tea making class – $15/person and they go home with two 0.5 oz bags of personally blended organic herbal tea.

During this relaxing class you will be given the knowledge and guidance you need to create your own special herbal tea blend.

Create a relaxing or invigorating blend based on what you crave on a daily basis. You will be provided with a wide selection of organic herbs from which you will create your very own tea blend.

Soy candle making & decorating class – $18/person and they will get to choose between four holiday scents or blend their own concoction. 4 ounce candles will be made during this class.

This soy candle making class will be a fun and relaxed class where you will get the opportunity to create your very own candle. You will be given the opportunity to choose from several pre blended oil options to make a one of a kind candle. You will also be able to decorate your candle with crystals, herbs and flowers and much more!

Register for the Make Your Own Holiday Candle workshop ($18):Register for the Make Your Own Tea Blend workshop ($15):

Register for the Make Your Own Clay Face Mask workshop ($24):

10th Day: December 14- Textiles & Clothing

Ugly Sweater Workshop 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts – Bring your own sweater

Sales & specials at Nickel Plate Arts from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and at NobleMade from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Show how cool you are by creating your very own ugly sweater to wear to all of your holiday parties with the help of local artist Kathy Wessel.  She will help you make your own sweater as tacky and silly as possible so that you can stand out and flaunt your holiday pride. Bring your own sweater – $5 will pay for all other supplies and instruction. In addition to this kitschy fun, you can also enjoy sales on textiles and clothing at Nickel Plate Arts and NobleMade and even meet some of the artists who create these handmade items!

Registration for workshop is recommended.

Special Features:

Description for workshop: Lighten up your busy holidays with an ugly Christmas sweater. This workshop gets you started just in time to celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Dec 20. We will add embellishments and decorations to make an absurdly, ugly sweater. You will be ready for every celebration and party of the season. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sweater) and just a hint, it doesn’t have to be red or green.

Register for the Ugly Sweater Workshop ($5):

11th Day: December 18- Paintings & Prints

Artist Critique 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Sales and specials on original artwork and prints all day at NobleMade from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and at Nickel Plate Arts from 12 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

You cannot find a more unique gift than an original work of art – they are one-of-a-kind! Artist prints can also be an affordable way to give something beautiful this holiday season. Luckily for you, we’ll have specials and sales on both during our Eleventh Day of Christmas event! If you happen to be an artist, you are invited to participate in our Artist Critique – veteran artist and 2017 Artist of the Year Rodney Reveal will lead a gentle-yet-insightful critique conversation for any artist who is interested in gathering some feedback on a particular piece of art (Rodney will spend about 10 minutes on each piece). This critique – part of our Art of Business series – is free, but Rodney suggests that you give a $10 donation to Nickel Plate Arts for staying open late!

Registration for critique is recommended.

Special Features:

Artist critique by Rodney Reveal from 6:30-8:30 at Nickel Plate Arts

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artists will be painting live in our gallery or in their studios throughout the day – commission your own painting from them!

12th Day: December 21- Last Minute Deals!

Drop-in gingerbread house activity 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Last-minute specials and sales from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at NobleMade

Santa is coming & we will help you get ready! Snag some last-minute holiday deals, get a one-of-a-kind item for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list, or reward yourself with the gift of your dreams! Stay tuned to our social media to get details about our sales & specials, or to order online. Make a gingerbread house or decorate gingerbread cookies for Santa during our family drop-in activities.

Register for the Gingerbread House Drop In Activity ($5):

The Cure for Cabin Fever Drop-in Activities

At Nickel Plate Arts, Dec 26-27: 12 – 5 p.m.; Dec 28: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Jan 2-3: 12 – 5 p.m.; Jan 4th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

And that’s not all! If you’re family gets a little stir crazy during the holiday break, you can drop by Nickel Plate Arts during our open hours Dec 26-Jan 4 and enjoy our drop-in art activities!  Activities will range from $5-$10 a piece, or you can buy our Unlimited Package for up to 4 children to create all they want for just $25!

Get Involved

We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread during Holiday Events! Visit the Artists page to learn how you can submit work for our Gifted exhibit. Or sign up for one of our classes or events to learn new skills and make beautiful gifts for loved ones.

We’re Blushing

“Ho, ho, ho! It’s glorious to visit Nickel Plate Arts for your gift shopping.”

– Santa C. –

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