It's officially here -- the last weekend before Christmas! As you prep for the holiday, be sure to check some of these events to help you relax and spend quality time with friends and family.

Women can kick off the weekend with Ladies Night Out, presented by Macaroni Kid Hendricks on Friday. Everyone in attendance will enjoy a private showing of the movie, Sisters, at Carmike 18 inside The Shops at Perry Crossing in Plainfield and then shop and eat at the newly renovated lifestyle mall.

All participants get a reusable shopping bag with shopping discounts! Secure a ticket online then enjoy grabbing those last-minute gifts. 

Get in the holiday spirit Friday night with Music for the Season featuring The Meek Sisters. Washington Township Park in Avon will host this concert that begins at 7 p.m. in their Pavilion Center, 435 Whipple Lane.

Santa at Winterland Light Show, Ellis Park- Danville

The Pavilion Center will also host a unique event on Saturday for kiddos with special needs. Their Sensory Santa Experience was a big hit last year with families who have children who need a calm, less-intimidating environment. Cost is $10 for a 15-minute time slot with Santa between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call (317) 745-0875 in advance to make a reservation.

Speaking of Santa, this is the last weekend before Jolly ol' Saint Nick gears up for his most important night of the year. Families have a few options to visit with Santa, but our favorite is to pair it with the Winterland Light Show in Danville's Ellis Park.

Grab a coupon to get into the park for only $5 to see the drive-through light show that is open from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6-9 p.m. on Sunday and then stop at the train station to get a picture with Santa for an additional $5.

Just a reminder, Winterland runs until Dec. 30 but this Friday and Saturday are the last nights for Santa and a live nativity scene.

If you want to get away from the shopping madness, head to McCloud Nature Park, 8518 N. Hughes Road, North Salem on Saturday. Park naturalists will lead a Winter Bird Hike at 2 p.m. to spot some non-migratory birds that live in the park. This event is free and geared for all ages. While you are there, warm up in the Nature Center and enjoy interactive exhibits. 

Remember to check out the Visit Hendricks County Events Calendar anytime for more things to do. 

Whatever you decide to this weekend, I hope you have an enjoyable time with loved ones here in Hendricks County!