Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / Brian McGuckin It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Soon the trees will be capped with snow, and the daunting task of holiday planning will commence. The city will soon be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, seasonal fare and nostalgia. In addition to the spectacular holiday lighting displays that traditionally light up the city, the newly planted evergreens along 106th and Keystone Avenue as well as 136th and Keystone Avenue will be adorned with lighting to enhance those corridors. Marking the start of memorable occasions this November, Mayor Brainard, the City of Carmel and members of the Carmel’s VFW Post and American Legion Post will honor our veterans at this community event on Tuesday, November 10 at 12 noon. The Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Tarkington Theatre at The Center for the Performing Arts. The program includes recognition of winners of the annual poster and essay contest, music, speakers and honor guard. Visitors and regulars alike will enjoy the Gallery Walk, held in the Carmel Arts and Design District the second Saturday of each month from 5-9 p.m. This coming November 14 and December 12, take time to enjoy the unique exhibits in each of the district’s galleries, live entertainment, culture, restaurants and shopping. The city’s Holiday on the Square at Carmel Civic Square will officially kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 21, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The event will include the traditional holiday lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, live reindeer and other animal friends, holiday entertainment and plenty of activities for the entire family. This event is free to the public. The celebration continues Saturday, December 5 from 3-6 p.m. with the Holidays in the Carmel Arts and Design District with elves and reindeer, carolers, carriage rides, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, special activities and more. This event is also free to public. Whether it’s a day or evening of shopping and dining, attending a world-class show or performance or just a lovely stroll through the Carmel Civic Square gardens that are beautifully appointed with the twinkle of lights, be sure to make the most of this holiday season with the ones that you love in the tradition and excellence that is Carmel, Indiana.