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Indy's Favorite Holiday Tradition

For 53 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Central Indiana’s most beloved tradition is here again.  Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 2015.

Generations of families are drawn to this beautiful centerpiece each year with 52 garland strands and 4,784 colored lights strung from the top of the Monument to its base. Additionally, the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors, along with 26 peppermint sticks. 

Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with Sandi Patty, host of the Indianapolis Symphony’s IPL Yuletide Celebration, and her family. And who gets to “flip the switch?” Each year, a lucky child is chosen from the Carson’s Coloring Contest (below) to help Santa illuminate the night.

To conclude the evening, Southwest Airlines® Presents the Circle of Lights spectacular fireworks finale.

Millions of sightseers will take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit through Jan. 9.  Travelocity named the Circle of Lights® one of the top five “must-see Christmas trees” in the nation.  USA Today also listed the Circle of Lights® as one the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.” 

Be sure to check in at Circle of Lights on Yelp and find your friends.

Selfies with Santa Presented by Carson's

After Circle of Lights, make your way to Carson’s Department Store to take a free “Selfie with Santa” from 8 – 10 p.m.

Carson's Coloring Contest finalists announced!

In the spirit of the holiday season, Carson’s Department Store announces the finalists for the Carson’s Coloring Contest, with the winner chosen to “flip the switch” at Downtown Indy’s Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and the Electrical Workers of IBEW #481. Additionally, Carson’s has unveiled its new holiday window display at the corner of Meridian and Washington streets in Downtown Indianapolis. The newly decorated windows can now be viewed throughout the entire holiday season.

A signature aspect to the holiday window displays features artwork from the five finalists’ entries. The finalists were chosen from more than 1,000 entries. For the first time, Carson’s corner showcase window will be decorated for the holidays in celebration of the Cherub.

The Carson’s Coloring Contest grand prize winner, Lane Stark, an 11-year-old sixth-grade student at Indianapolis Public School’s Center for Inquiry #84, will help to “flip the switch” at next Friday’sCircle of Lights® celebration Downtown on Monument Circle. (The actual “flipping of the switch” will take place at approximately 7:50 p.m. Nov. 27.) 

Her coloring sheet includes an artistic drawing of representatives from all five branches of the Military with the words “To all the soldiers not with their families for Christmas… Thank You!” In addition to appearing on stage with Santa at Circle of Lights, Lane will be awarded a $1,529 CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan, $100 gift card to Carson’s Department Store and four tickets to a Broadway in Indianapolis production.

Four additional finalists will each be awarded a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plans valued at $529, along with the $100 Carson’s gift card and Broadway tickets. The four finalists are:

  • Christian Encarnado, age 9 from Indianapolis (46217)
  • Mia Freeman, age 12 from Indianapolis (46236)
  • Abby Mattingly, age 6 from Indianapolis (46220)
  • Abdul Mohammed, age 12 from Fishers (46038)

Coloring Contest partners include Carson’s Department Store, CollegeChoice 529, Broadway in Indianapolis, WTHR, The Indianapolis Star and Circle Centre Mall.

Thank you to Downtown Indy's Circle of Lights® Event Sponsors

111 Monument Circle,
Ste. 1900
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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