The holidays are officially upon us. Thanksgiving is in less than three weeks, with Christmas a short month after that. One of the great events here in Indianapolis this time of year is the Circle of Lights Tree Lighting on Monument Circle.
The event first took place in 1962 and has become a holiday tradition. Taking place the day after Thanksgiving – November 25 this year for those not in front of a calendar – the lighting of the world’s largest “tree” is a fun family experience that features festivities provided by acts from around the state. Monument Circle is decked out with giant candy canes and toy soldiers and Santa Claus makes his first appearance in town. After Santa officially turns on the lights, everyone is treated to a fireworks display.
The lights are truly impressive, not just from the ground but the frequent aerial images displayed on the news and online. The 242 foot display includes 52 strands of garland and almost 5,000 lights. And that doesn’t include all the other lights that decorate the circle. Best of all, the kids love it.
Word of warning: You’ll want to get there early. The lighting usually doesn’t start until around 7:00, but about 100,000 people attend annually.
What other holiday festivities are on your radar this year?