Downtown Indy, Inc. Presents the 59th annual Circle of Lights®

Joey Amato | November 23, 2021

Downtown Indy Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 – Indy’s most time-honored holiday tradition – returns
Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. The celebration will once again be a live, in-person event on Monument
Circle, as well as a made-for-TV special seen exclusively on WTHR Channel 13. The in-person event on Monument
Circle will include live entertainment, holiday presentations and festive food and beverages, culminating with the
arrival of Santa and the flip of the switch shortly before 8 p.m.


Our city’s greatest musical acts, chosen from the Tom Wood Talent Search, are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Additionally, the entertainment will feature The Doo Band. Plus, for the first time, the Christ Church Cathedral’s
Choir, Choristers, and Coro Latinamericano will grace the Circle of Lights stage. Also, representing the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration, we will be joined onstage by T.3! The incredible trio of tenors wowed
audiences on America’s Got Talent with their giant sound and pitch-perfect harmonies. Following those acts, Santa
will help flip the switch with the child chosen through the AES Indiana Coloring Contest, illuminating Monument
Circle. And new this year, the lighting of the Monument will be accompanied by a Grand Finale with fireworks and
true revelry, presented by the 2022 College Football Playoff’s Indianapolis Host Committee.


“The Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 are thrilled to be the presenting partner of Circle of Lights again,” said Jeff
Wheeler, IBEW 481 business manager. “With these challenging times, we wanted to make sure that the Circle of
Lights would be a bright light for this year’s holiday season, no matter what. Hundreds of men and women of IBEW
481 volunteer their time year after year for this great tradition and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”


Without hesitation, the electrical workers and volunteers of IBEW 481 continue the tradition of decorating the
Soldiers & Sailors Monument with 52 garland strands with 4,784 LED colored lights, strung from the top of the
Monument to its base. The Monument will be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors and 26
peppermint sticks. The lights on Monument Circle will be illuminated Friday night, Nov. 26.

Monument Circle also showcases new lighting exhibits, video projections and holiday music every day and evening
as part of the multi-million dollar Shining A Light on Arts and Culture program on the Circle. Each evening, a special
seasonal video presentation plays celebrating the season’s religious holidays, along with the nightly “Signature
Salute” honoring Indiana military veterans. These immersive video-mapped displays put Monument Circle visitors in
the middle of a captivating, socially distanced snow globe!


Again this year, a lucky child will be chosen from the AES Indiana Coloring Contest to help Santa illuminate the night
by “flipping the switch” during the Circle of Lights television show on WTHR.

“We are so glad to be back live and in-person on the Circle,” said Downtown Indy, Inc. president Sherry Seiwert. “We
are so thankful for IBEW 481 and its dedication, care and craftsmanship shared year after year to install the lights
and present the Circle of Lights for the entire community to enjoy. Both the live celebration and TV broadcast by our
WTHR Channel 13 partners will be wonderful. We hope to see folks enjoying the Circle and Downtown all season
long.”

Other sponsors beyond those already mentioned include the Hoosier Lottery, Indianapolis Colts, Christ Church
Cathedral, Rise’n Roll Bakery, Sun King Brewing Company, West Fork Whiskey and the Indiana Donor Network.
Sightseers will be able to take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit until Dec. 30. Travelocity
named the Circle of Lights® one of the top five “must-see Christmas trees” in the nation. USA Today also listed the
Circle of Lights® as one the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.”


As the presenting partner of Circle of Lights®, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 481
represents more than 3,000 electrical workers. IBEW 481 provides the expertise, highly trained workforce, safety
and dedication to help build many of Central Indiana’s premiere education, health care, utility and logistics projects.
This same expertise is offered with hundreds of volunteer hours in support of this annual holiday experience with the
Circle of Lights. Visit www.ibew481.org.

Circle of Lights® is an official program of Downtown Indy, Inc. which focuses on development, management,
activation and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play. We’re the People
Behind the Place. Visit www.downtowninydy.org for more information.