Generous families and local businesses come together to bring Christmas joy and cheer to Indianapolis children and families in tough circumstances. Our guests of honor are 100 special children and their families – some 400 people in all – who have been forced from their homes due to domestic violence and related dysfunction. This is an especially tough time of year for these young families, and DREAM Christmas always is a bright evening of hope, a brief moment for them to forget their difficulties and receive the love of a deep, caring community.


  • bring together the corporate, nonprofit and urban youth communities to serve those in need.
  • provide gifts and an evening of fun for children and their families who have had to flee their home due to the devastating effects of violence and abuse.
  • provide a valuable service learning opportunity for DREAM Alive Scholars.


DREAM Alive’s DREAM Christmas Celebration, hosted by DREAM Alive at the Indianapolis Colts’ complex, is always a deeply meaningful experience and a fabulous event. DREAM Christmas advances our mission by empowering our Scholars to be agents of change in the Indianapolis community. 

This special evening also brings together a unique community of local businesses, schools, students and area families who have endured violence and abuse in their homes. DREAM Alive’s 7th through 12th grade Scholars serve as official hosts of this by welcoming more than one hundred children and their families. Each child receives special Christmas gifts to unwrap and is a guest of honor at this warm and fun evening. The Scholars, assisted by employees of local businesses, do the shopping, wrapping of gifts, planning the party and hosting the event, and are matched one-on-one with the recipient of their gifts at the highlight gift-sharing moment of the evening.