Indianapolis starts getting ready for the holidays

November 8, 2012 by  

Every year for the past 50 years, Indianapolis has marked the beginning of the holiday season with its ‘Circle of Lights’. This is the name given to the strings of lights that go to make up the world’s biggest Christmas tree.

Fifty-two yards of lights are strung from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, creating the illusion of a gigantic pine. The tree is lit in a ceremony taking place the day after Thanksgiving, so it will be lit on November 23 this year, and approximately 100,000 people come watch the fun each year.

This year is even more special, since it is the 50th anniversary of the event. The Indiana Historical Society is planning to put a time capsule together in honor of the anniversary. The capsule will be opened 50 years from now.

Sherry Seiwert, who is president of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., expressed her delight at the fact that the Circle of Lights has reached its 50th year. Seiwert believes that most Indianapolis residents have attended the ceremony, driven through the downtown area after the lights were lit, or, at the very least, watched it on television.

Indianapolis Downtown holds a coloring contest each year but this time it has added something very special – it will award three $1,000 scholarships as part of the festivities.

Indianapolis Downtown could print flyers to distribute throughout the downtown area to remind people of the importance of this particular year’s ceremony. They also might consider printing posters to place in schools, since there are scholarship awards to be made.