Attending the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481 this Friday, Nov. 29? Here are a few tips to know before you go.

How should attendees enter Monument Circle? 

NEW THIS YEAR. All attendees must enter the event from South Meridian Street and Washington Street only. 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, West or East spokes, as it will be closed. Market Street spokes are event exits only. 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, with the Northwest and Northeast locations along the Circle and the Southwest and Southeast locations on Court Street (alley behind Qdoba and Windsor Jewelers).

Are there ADA accommodations?

Yes! The ADA entrance is accessible via West Market Street. Access is for one person and a family member. See the map here.

How can I get a better view? 

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 love the dedication! We promise that once you hear the countdown, there is not a bad spot in the house for the lights and fireworks. There will be three LED screens located on the east and west sides of the Circle, as well as on South Meridian Street (Lights at the Brickyard Viewing Plaza) ensuring all guests have the best view of the show as possible.

What talent will be featured at the event? 

Special guest, Frankie Moreno, host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration will headline the show. The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus will also perform. Local performers include En Pointe Indiana Ballet from Indianapolis; soloist Cora Kendall from Greentown; a capella group Impromptu from Indianapolis, Down to Funk band from Bloomington and One Voice choir from Indianapolis. All entertainers donate their time and talent for the Circle of Lights® show.

What time do the lights come on?

The lights will illuminate the Circle around 7:55 p.m.

What time does Santa arrive?

The jolly ol’ fellow will arrive around 7:45 p.m.

How will the Signature Salute be incorporated into this event? 

As our community gathers on Monument Circle, we will pause to honor the reason behind the space we celebrate, paying tribute to those who serve our country, making joyful celebrations like Circle of Lights possible. We will show the Signature Salute at 6:05 p.m.

What time do the fireworks go off?

Fireworks will close the event a few minutes after the lights come on – around 8 p.m.

Who turns on the lights?

After receiving almost 1,000 entries, one lucky child was selected to turn on the lights from IPL Coloring Contest. The talented 10-year-old Abby Mattingly from Indianapolis will light the Monument 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 (exception: service animals)

This is a pedestrian-only event.

How long are the lights on display? 

The lights will on from Nov. 29 through early January.

How many people come to Circle of Lights? 

Approximately 100,000 people come to the actual event- the crowd is amazing! Many Hoosiers view the show from home on WTHR-13 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Join us on Monument Circle THIS Friday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. for the 57th Annual Circle of Lights. Find more details about the Circle of Lights here and be sure to share your experience using #CircleofLights.

Allie Moffett

Allie Moffett

Communications & Marketing Intern, Downtown Indy, Inc.