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(Holiday) cheers to 60 years: Circle of Lights returns Nov. 25

Get the deets of the 60th anniversary of Indy’s most beloved holiday tradition.

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An aerial view of the illuminated tree during the Circle of Lights event.

Circle of Lights has been featured in holiday roundups by USA Today and Travelocity.

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Are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year, Hoosiers? Circle of Lights — one of our favorite seasonal events — will celebrate its 60th year of bringing holiday cheer to Downtown Indy at the 2022 event, happening Fri., Nov. 25.

The festive fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at Monument Circle with live performances, holiday pop-ups, food + drinks, and a special appearance by Kris Kringle himself.

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The holiday transformation is made possible by electrical workers and volunteers of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 481. The sparkling display that is lit to be enjoyed all season long includes:

  • 52: Garland strands
  • 4,784: LED colored lights
  • 26+: Toy soldiers and sailors with peppermint sticks surrounding the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument

More lights + attractions

Monument Circle will also incorporate lighting exhibits, video projections, and holiday music as part of the Shining A Light on Arts and Culture program (continuing every evening through the holiday season). Included: a “Signature Salute” honoring Indiana military veterans.


Musical acts will add to the holiday energy with live performances throughout the night. At 7:50 p.m., Santa will flip the switch to illuminate Monument Circle with the help of a child chosen through the AES Indiana Coloring Contest. How do you make the evening even better? Cap off the lighting of the Monument with a grand finale of fireworks, of course.

Bonus: The live event will be paired with a made-for-TV special aired exclusively on WTHR Channel 13.

Sightseers can enjoy the light display at Monument Circle throughout the holiday season until Fri., Jan. 13.*

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