Terrific Tree Tuesday: Indianapolis Circle of Lights

Today’s iconic Indianapolis Circle of Lights isn’t exactly a tree. At 242 feet tall, it makes the spruce in Rockefeller Center look like a seasonal lightweight in comparison.

Photo by Serge Melki via Flickr. CC by 2.0.
Indianapolis Circle of Lights

Circle of Lights

The Monument Circle Christmas Lighting is dedicated to soldiers and sailors in downtown Indianapolis. The 2012 Circle of Lights marked the tree’s 50th anniversary gracing the Indy downtown area with seasonal magic.

Each year, volunteers from the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers string lights from the top of the monument to the ground, giving it the festive shape and sparkle of an actual Christmas tree.

This year’s tree is nothing short of impressive. 52 strands of garland frame the 242-foot and six-inch statue, and 4,784 lights add to the grand look of this commemorative monument.

The lighting of the Circle of Lights is the highlight of the Christmas season for many residents. Around 100,000 people usually turn out in the square to watch Santa flip the lights on. And the atmosphere of the ceremony adds to the season’s magic. Kids enjoy dropping their letters to Santa in a mailbox for missives destined immediately for the North Pole.

Grown-ups love the music and festive mood surrounding the lighting. They just might find a bit of the kid in themselves walking around the giant peppermint sticks and toy soldiers that circle the monument.