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.

IPL Coloring Contest

That magical moment is quickly approaching where one lucky child will have the opportunity to “flip the switch” at the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 on Friday, Nov.  29. Children ages 3 - 12 can enter the IPL Coloring Contest, which runs now through Nov. 18, by decorating the official coloring sheet of a large holiday light bulb.

Download the IPL Coloring Contest Sheet (PDF)

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Downtown Indy, Inc. invite children from all over Indiana to participate. Once again, five $529 CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plans will be awarded to five finalists, based on creativity. Additionally, one grand prize winner will appear on stage with Santa to help light the Monument.

Print additional copies here. The sheet will also be available in the IndyStar Nov. 3, 7 & 10.

Return IPL Coloring Contest entries by noon Nov. 18:

  • Mail or drop off to: IBEW 481, 1828 N. Meridian St., Ste. 205, Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Drop off to: Circle Centre Mall, One W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Second floor

The Coloring Contest is presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company in partnershipwith IBEW 481, CollegeChoice 529, WTHR, IndyStar and Circle Centre Mall.

Win a Circle of Lights VIP Package

In partnership with Indy's Child, enter for your chance to win a Circle of Lights VIP Package:
  • Hotel stay for 4 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown on Friday, Nov. 29
  • VIP viewing party for 4 people during Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481 on Monument Circle on Friday, Nov. 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • $100 gift card to Conner’s Kitchen + Bar at the Marriott (does not have to be used on Friday, Nov. 29)
The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on Nov. 15. Winner must redeem through Downtown Indy, Inc. prior to Nov. 25. Contest runs Nov. 1 - 15.

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Installation Nov. 16

Approximately 200 volunteer union electricians will gather on Monument Circle Saturday, Nov. 16 to string the 4,784 LED colored lights and 52 garland strands, which will become the centerpiece of the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights®presented by IBEW 481.

In the past 57 years, only one organization has taken part since 1962 in this holiday event each year.  The IBEW 481 union electricians have always been the group on the ground to install and remove the decor.  IBEW 481 was first the labor crew for the electrical contractor who managed the initial development and then became the labor leader that maintains, stores, installs and removes the decor annually.  In 2004, IBEW 481 expanded its role to become the presenting partner of Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481.

Performers selected to entertain thousands Nov. 29

Thousands of Indiana residents and visitors will be on hand to see live performances by entertainers chosen to perform in the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 on Nov. 29. The free event will take place on Monument Circle.

Exciting acts will perform during the pre-show from 6 – 7 p.m. and the live, televised show from 7 – 8 p.m. The acts were chosen from hundreds of entertainers.

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.

Frankie Moreno has six Top Ten albums, an Emmy nomination, more than one-million record sales worldwide and was named Las Vegas “Headliner of the Year.”He is this year’s host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration.  Additionally, Moreno performed “Tangerine Honey” on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and is writing and recording new music constantly.

The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus entertains, educates and promotes inclusive community through musical excellence. The IMC is a volunteer chorus that gracefully interprets everything from classical, spiritual, Broadway and world music with agility and spirit. Under the artistic direction of Greg Sanders, the IMC is celebrating an era of renewed growth. The current roster includes more than 65 singers, while 15 men ranging in age from 19 – 42 will perform at Circle of Lights.

En Pointe Indiana Ballet is a 34-person dance group ranging in age from 5 – 26 from an Indianapolis studio that opened in 2016, directed by Adrienne Atkins. En Pointe Indiana Ballet has five students in the pre-professional program that have moved here to train with world class instructors. Most of the students aspire to become professional dancers or attend collegiate dance programs. Half of the dancers in this performance train in ballet approximately 40 hours per week

Cora Kendall, age 15, is a sophomore at Eastern High School in Greentown. She performs in her school swing choir, is on the swim team and acts in the school drama club. She also leads her youth worship band. Kendall has performed at the Indiana State Fair and musicals including Cinderella, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Hello Dolly. She won the Howard County Jr. Queen Pageant in 2019. Kendall’s dream is to be on Broadway.

Down to Funk is an eight-person band comprised of Indiana University Bloomington students. All are also a part of the IU Soul Revue Ensemble. Members performing include Jubilee Brademberger, Kayla Behforouz and Jerome Stenson on vocals; Tim Hansen on electric guitar; Chris Durham on bass; Pat Wailes on alto saxophone; Garett Dwyer on auxiliary percussion and Kimeon Sumler on drums/music director.

Impromptu is a group of eight A Cappella singers from Indianapolis (and Ball State graduates) that have been together for two years. The group won VoiceJam 2018 and placed second in the Varsity Vocals AcaOpen Midwest Semifinals. They sang in Taiwan at the Vocal Asia Festival. Members of the group work in medical billing, teaching and tech, but all aspire to sing professionally. This will be the group’s second year performing at Circle of Lights.

One Voice is an adult community choir that was formed in Indianapolis in October 2017. Members range in age from 18 – 65 and come from all parts of the greater Indianapolis area. Retired IPS music teacher Cindy Harthorn is the musical director, and most in this group are her past students. Many of the members of One Voice are involved in other musical activities, which include singing in a barbershop quartet, performing in local theater productions, directing and singing in church choirs and membership in an international-award-winning A Capella ensemble. The group will entertain the crowd during commercial breaks during the 7 – 8 p.m. show.

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

Monument Circle will look much different this year thanks to the $7.6 million Shining a Light on Indianapolis initiative made possible by the Lilly Endowment. Debuting Nov. 9, the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Monument Circle will have enhanced lighting, video-mapping and projection capabilities, a state-of-the-art sound system and a nightly “Signature Salute” synchronized with an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra original score that pays tribute to our servicemen and women. Visitors will see enhanced holiday activations and new video and lighting elements at Circle of Lights, as well as a new event series, Holidays on the Circle, each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Indy’s patriotic Signature Salute will continue to run every night throughout the holiday season, merging with a coordinated holiday theme post-Circle of Lights.

“The Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 are thrilled to be the presenting partner of Circle of Lights again,” said Steve Menser, IBEW 481 business manager. “And with these new lighting and video enhancements, our favorite holiday event will be even more spectacular. The tradition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the standards, skill and capability of the union electrical industry along with our community commitment. This is why the hundreds of men and women of IBEW 481 volunteer their time year after year for this great tradition. We invite all Hoosiers to kick off their holiday celebration with us!”   

The actual decorations on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument will look familiar – 52 garland strands with 4,784 LED colored lights, strung from the top of the Monument to its base. The Monument will continue to be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors and 26 peppermint sticks.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff. Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with performers from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. (NOTE: auditions closed Sept. 26.)

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.

Each year, a lucky child is chosen from the IPL Coloring Contest to help Santa illuminate the night by “flipping the switch.” To conclude the evening, watch the sky for a 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.”