Countdown to the Circle of Lights 2022

The Circle of Lights is a holiday tradition that’s been alive in Indy for 60 years.

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IBEW 481 volunteers string 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights on the monument every holiday season.

Photo by @greglipps

Bust out the holiday playlist and ugly Christmas sweatersIt’s Nov. 1, which means we’re getting into the holiday spirit.

We’re counting down to Indy’s iconic holiday tradition: The Circle of Lights.

The tradition of lighting the Soldiers and Sailors Monument with 4,784 colored lights for the holidays began in 1962, marking its 60th anniversary this year. The lighting ceremony takes place the day after Thanksgiving (Fri., Nov. 25) with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Santa will make a visit from the North Pole to flip the switch and turn on the lights with the AES Indiana Coloring Contest winner at 8 p.m. The coloring contest is open now until Tues., Nov. 15.

Want to be a part of the magic? Downtown Indy, Inc. is still looking for volunteers to assist with directions, hospitality, and more during the celebration. See the list of opportunities.

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