Can’t wait to attend Friday’s Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights presented by IBEW #481?! Here are a few tips so you know before you go.

How should attendees enter Monument Circle?
The event stage will be located on North Meridian Street, adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral. Please do not try to enter the event from the North Meridian Street spoke, as it will be closed. Attendees may enter Monument Circle from Market Street or South Meridian Street. Event-goers may stand anywhere around the Circle that is not barricaded for security aisles.

Where are the bathrooms? (See Map)
Port-o-lets are available in all quadrants: NorthWest and NorthEast are located along the Circle. SouthWest and SouthEast are located on Court Street (alley behind Qdoba and Windsor Jewelers).

Are there accommodations for people with special needs?
Yes! Simply go to the east side of the Circle, north of Market Street and let the security personnel know you are a person with special needs and they will allow you and ONE FAMILY MEMBER to access the “Pit Access” area near the stage. Please know, only the guest with special needs is guaranteed a chair. Our other guests in this area are expected to stand and be part of the overall area.

How can I get closer to see everything?
Everyone wants to be as close to the excitement as possible! Please know that some of our guests stand all day to be front row. We promise that once you hear the countdown, there is not a bad spot in the house for the lights and the fireworks. There are three LED screens located on the west (Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop Viewing Plaza) and east (Central Indiana Chevy Dealers Viewing Plaza) side of the Circle, as well as on South Meridian Street (Lights at the Brickyard Viewing Plaza).

What time do the lights come on?
After 7:50 p.m.

What time does Santa arrive?
Santa arrives around 7:45 p.m.

What time do the fireworks go off?
A few minutes after the lights come on – around 7:55 p.m.

Who turns on the lights?
One child was selected to turn on the lights from Carson’s Coloring Contest, 10-year-old Sonya Rees, along with Mayor Hogsett.

What should I do in the case of an emergency?
In the event of an emergency, please find a Circle of Lights volunteer carrying a flashlight, wearing a yellow safety vest. They will be able to assist you.

What items are not permitted at the event?
These items must be left at home:

  • Pop up tents
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Bicycles
  • Animals (except service animals are allowed)

This is a pedestrian-only event

How long are the lights on display?
The lights are on from November 24 through early January.

How many people come to Circle of Lights?
Approximately 100,000 people come to the actual event (plus more who view it on WTHR-13 from 7 – 8 p.m.)

How can I get a selfie with Santa?
Immediately following the event (from 8 – 10 p.m.) Santa will be in Carson’s available for FREE photos!