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50th Circle of Lights® Celebration on Monument Circle, Nov. 23

Monument Circle at Christmas

Monument Circle at Christmas. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the free Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  Live entertainment, chosen from statewide auditions and national acts, begins at 6 p.m. with the televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m.  Performers will share the stage with Indianapolis native Angela Brown, renowned opera star and co-host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration. The actual Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The decorations on the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will look familiar: 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors surround the Circle, along with 26 peppermint sticks.  Additionally, 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights will be strung from the top of the Monument to its base.

The show stage features a Santa’s Workshop theme complete with toy soldiers and sailors, peppermint sticks, ornaments, elves in the workshop and an abundance of toys– from stick horses to blocks to trains. The stage centers around a countdown box.  Each year, one lucky child is chosen from a statewide coloring contest to help “flip the switch” with Santa and the Mayor.

Millions of sightseers take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season until Jan. 12, 2013.  The decoration of Monument Circle is one of Central Indiana’s favorite holiday traditions, drawing generations of families each year to share in the spirit of the season.

As the official presenting sponsors of Circle of Lights®, The Quality Connection represents more than 80 union contractors and more than 2,600 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 481 electrical workers committed to the partnership of labor and management working together.  Visit www.qc-indy.com.

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI) coordinates this event each year.  IDI develops, manages and markets Downtown.  For more information, call 317-237-2222 or visit www.indydt.com.

Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 – 50th anniversary celebration

Nov. 23, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana – FREE

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc, Quality Connection, IBEW 481 and Central Indiana

  1. November 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Already? Where does the time go? I better get busy. lol It’s still the best Xmas display anywhere.

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