Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481

Friday, Nov. 29, 2019
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.

Audition for Circle of Lights via video submission

Downtown Indy, Inc. and the electrical workers of IBEW 481 announce that it is time for Indy’s own renowned holiday auditions, with a twist.

Indiana entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers, choral groups and more are invited to submit a digital video  as an audition to perform at the 57th annual Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481, which takes place on Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis Friday, Nov. 29.

Two-minute, holiday-themed video submissions will be accepted:

  • Sept. 10 - 26 via It’s as easy as recording on your smart phone, filling out an online form and submitting online.  (There will be NO on-site, open auditions.)

From all the video submissions, finalists may be selected for an invitation-only audition which will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 to perform live for judges. Finalists will perform two different songs. Some acts may be selected to perform on stage during Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481 or invited to participate during other Downtown Indy, Inc. holiday presentations.

Performers should prepare a video using the following specifications:

  • Judges are looking for talent, visual presentation and stage presence. Can you command a large stage in front of 100,000 spectators?
  • Video auditions should not exceed two minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced when watching the videos. Acts chosen for the actual live show will have approximately 3 minutes to perform, but for the sake of time, we must limit video auditions.
  • A holiday theme is required (upbeat music preferred).
  • A cappella acts are rarely chosen to advance. Please use recorded musical tracks while performing.  
  • Solo and group acts welcome.
  • No editing videos.
  • Please review the WTHR video tips before preparing your video audition:

 Selected groups must commit to two evening rehearsals Nov. 7 & 21 and from 2:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the day of the event Nov. 29.

Indy's Favorite Holiday Tradition

For 57 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.  The Downtown Indy, Inc Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, 2019.

Generations of families are drawn to this beautiful centerpiece each year with 52 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.

The actual lighting occurs at approximately 7:55 p.m.  One lucky child will be chosen from the IPL Coloring Contest to help “flip the switch” with Santa. To conclude the evening, enjoy the Circle of Lights spectacular Fireworks Finale.

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.”