Each year approximately 200 union electricians gather on Monument Circle to string the 4,784 lights and 52 garland strands which become the centerpiece of Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481.  It’s truly a spectacle to behold.  Here’s a behind the scenes look at the process.

Each strand is checked and bulbs replaced as needed.

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Blue, yellow, green, red and white make up the color palette.

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“Flying reindeer” can be seen taking their place among the decor.

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Heavy airline grade cable is used to hold the light strands in place.

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Each cable is carefully, slowly guided up to the top of the monument.

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It takes all hands on deck to move this much garland.

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Each cable is secured in place and tightened.

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The view from above isn’t bad.

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Workers from above guide the strands to the top.

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A rope and pulley system hoists the line.

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Each strand is secured to the top of the monument.

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Multiply this process times 52 and it’s a full, hard day of work for these men and women.

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Thank you to all of the IBEW #481 volunteers who make this tradition special for the residents and visitors of Downtown Indianapolis throughout the season.

This year on Saturday, Nov. 12 between 9 a.m.-noon you can come out and see them string the lights on Monument Circle.

Find out more about Circle of Lights® at DowntownIndy.org.