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Another successful lighting of the Circle of Lights® in 2023!

The Downtown Indy Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 – Indy's most time-honored holiday tradition – celebrated its 61st anniversary on Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. Thank you for joining us on Monument Circle to watch the Soldiers and Sailors Monument illuminate with festive decor and energy. The lighting ceremony, which aired exclusively on WTHR Channel 13, began at 6:00PM and ended at 7:00PM. The evening festivities begin at 5:00PM on the Monument Circle with a live DJ. Vendors and other activities provided entertainment from 5:30PM-8:00PM for a whole evening of entertainment. 

Be Part of Circle of Lights®

Many Hoosiers participated in Downtown's unique Circle of Lights® in various ways.  Talented vocalists, musicians, and entertainers from Central Indiana were chosen through the Tom Wood Talent Search to be honored performers at this fun-filled event. Volunteers helped to make our Mile Square look its best by participating in Community Clean-ups before our event! Before the season kicked off, our dedicated IBEW 481 volunteers checked the lights in the ultimate light bulb check at the Indiana State Fair Grounds. Then these same volunteers strung 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights on the Monument with Victory standing tall as the "tree" topper.

 Click here and come volunteer on one of our volunteer clean-up crews! And if you just want to be part of the event itself in the background - come join us as an event volunteer!

AES Coloring Contest

Our AES Coloring Contest has long been a family fun tradition giving children a way to show off their creativity. This is a great art class project for teachers, or a great opportunity to sit around the kitchen table coloring together. Click here to see this year's winner. 

Holiday Traditions and Experiences for 2024

Holiday explorers, shoppers, and foodies will be able to enjoy Circle of Lights® the next holiday season as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be festively lit from Nov. 29 to Jan. 11, 2024. So mark your calendar and come one, come all, to discover the magic that Downtown Indy has to offer in the 2024 holiday season. Live music, special holiday pop-ups, and festive food and beverages will once again be available all over Downtown Indianapolis. Take in the lights, as you immerse yourself in a show, dinner, or carriage ride and be part of the history of Downtown, Indianapolis' urban core. Once again our Holiday Happenings Calendar will be filled with events and activities to enjoy with everyone on your list in 2024.

This FREE event is made possible through the support of these organizations:

IBEW 481, AES Indiana, Tom Wood, Hoosier Lottery, NBA All-Star, Colts, and College Choice529.

Get in the holiday spirit and watch 2022's event below!

Circle of Lights® 2022