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Downtown Indy, Inc.'s Circle of Lights

Presented by IBEW #481

Nov. 24, 2017
Monument Circle
6 - 8 p.m.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the live televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m. on (NBC) WTHR-13. The Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m.

Indy's Favorite Holiday Tradition

For 55 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.  Downtown Indy, Inc.'s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 2017.

Generations of families are drawn to this beautiful centerpiece each year with 52 NEW garland strands and 4,784 colored LED 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 video auditions will perform. The actual lighting occurs at approximately 7:55 p.m.  One lucky child will be chosen from Carson’s Coloring Contest to help “flip the switch” with Santa and Mayor Hogsett. To conclude the evening, enjoy the Circle of Lights spectacular fireworks finale.

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. 

Millions of sightseers will take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit through early January. 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.”

Circle of Lights gets new LED bulbs/stringers for centerpiece

IBEW local #481 retirees have build completely new light stringers that will make up the beloved centerpiece that will be strung on Monument Circle for the upcoming 55th annual Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481.

The decorations on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument will look familiar – 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights, strung from the top of the Monument to its base. However, all of the strands will be new this year including the use of LED bulbs for the first time ever.These improvements are the first phase of the Keeping Spirits Bright capital campaign with a goal to raise $2 million to further enhance and keep this favorite tradition alive.

The retirees built the stringers from scratch using new garland, cable wire, fuses, sockets and new LED lights. Everything was checked to ensure that all work properly the moment the “switch is flipped” Nov. 24.

Carson's Coloring Contest

That magical moment is quickly approaching where one lucky child will have the opportunity to “flip the switch” at the Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 Friday, Nov. 24. Children ages 3 - 12 can enter the Carson’s Coloring Contest, which runs through Nov. 13, by decorating the official coloring sheet of a large holiday light bulb.

Download the Carson's Coloring Contest Sheet (PDF)

Once again, five $529 CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plans will be awarded to five finalists, based on creativity. Additionally, the finalists will receive a gift card from Carson’s. One “grand prize winner” will receive an additional $1,000 courtesy of Carson’s towards his/her scholarship and will appear on stage with Santa to help light the Monument. All finalists will be notified by Nov. 16.

Pick up a coloring sheet through Nov. 13 at Carson’s Downtown department store or the IBEW #481 main office. Print additional copies above.  The sheet will also be available in The Indianapolis Star in early November.

Return Carson’s Coloring Contest entries by noon Nov. 13 to:

  • Carson’s Department Store, Circle Centre, One W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, street level, adjacent to the escalator or
  • Mail or Drop Off to: IBEW #481, 1828 N. Meridian St., Ste. 205, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Additional Carson’s Coloring Contest Sponsors and Partners
111 Monument Circle,
Ste. 1900
Indianapolis, IN 46204
  (317) 237-2222