This Friday, 11-year-old Courtney Sackett will light up downtown Indianapolis by flipping the switch for Indy’s annual Circle of Lights Celebration. The 4,784 lights strung on Monument Circle will be illuminated at approximately 7:45 p.m on the day after Thanksgiving. This lucky Brownsburg girl won the highly competitive statewide Circle of Lights Coloring Contest, and the stakes were high. More than 3,000 entrants participated in the coloring contest, and Courtney’s winning drawing included Santa and his sleigh with eight reindeer flying over the Circle of Lights display on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument.
The Circle of Lights Celebration is an Indianapolis tradition that spans back nearly fifty years. It is presented by The Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481. Fifty two garland strands hold the 4,784 colored bulbs, but that’s only part of the downtown atmosphere. Other festive decorations that adorn Monument Circle include the larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors, along with 26 gigantic candy canes and 56,700 twinkle tree lights.
Courtney is a fifth grader at Westside Christian School, located on the west side of Indy, near Eagle Creek Park. A whopping 100,000 Hoosiers are expected to attend this Indianapolis event, which will include performances by Indianapolis musicians, a visit from Santa, fireworks and much more. The streets will be flooded with spectators, families and friends.
The tree will remain lit until Christmas, making the Circle a downtown Indianapolis attraction throughout the entire Holiday Season. The Circle of Lights Celebration is free and open to the public. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., and are expected to end around 8 p.m. While you’re downtown, don’t forget to take advantage of the fabulous Indianapolis shopping scene on the biggest shopping day of the year. Circle Centre Mall will be packed full of excitement and holiday cheer.
Top off your holiday plans and bring the whole family for a night of fun, entertainment and togetherness. Be sure to bundle for the winter weather, and arrive early for the best seats in town. The Circle of Lights tradition, and many other popular Circle City events helps to enhance Indianapolis society, community and culture.