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Circle of Lights Kicks of Holiday Season Downtown the Day After Thanksgiving 2010

Christmas Monument Circle

Christmas Monument Circle photo from Flickr by Nick Norman

The 48th annual Circle of Lights, downtown Indianapolis’ annual tree lighting event, will take place the day after Thanksgiving, November 26, thanks to the continued support of Quality Connection and IBEW 481.

I had a chance to attend my first Circle of Lights event last year, even after living in Indianapolis for 4 years. I had such a good time, mixing with fellow Hoosiers who wanted to see this holiday tradition up close, that we’re heading back again this year.

The Circle of Lights will also feature their annual coloring contest for children under 12 years old who can try for a chance to be chosen to flip the switch and turn on the lights. The coloring contest will run from November 1 – 17, so if you have any kids, you can pick up a coloring sheet at any Quality Connection contractor office, any of more than 20 Dunkin’ Donuts locations, or you can go to QC-Indy.com and print one out yourself. Or pick up the Indianapolis Star, November 5, 7, and 12th, and get a sheet there.

You can also drop off your child’s entry at Quality Connection, the Electrical Training Institute, Long Electric, Miller-Eads or ERMCO. Or mail to: 1828 N. Meridian Street, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46202. You can also drop off the entries at any Central Indiana Dunkin’ Donuts locations, and your child will receive a free doughnut. All coloring sheets must be turned in by 3 p.m. Nov. 17.

The event itself will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 26, and the television coverage will start at 7:00 pm

The Circle of Lights team also announced the performers for the evening’s events.

  • The JB Band – house band from Anderson
  • Kim Hicks – female soloist from Indianapolis
  • Extreme Rhythm Project – tap dance troupe from Indianapolis
  • Tadd Peebles – male soloist from Indianapolis
  • Jessica Kelley – female soloist from Indianapolis
  • Brian Harvey – male soloist from Zionsville
  • Sandi Patty – female soloist, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Hostess

Santa will also make his first official appearance of 2010 that night.

The installation will begin Saturday, November 13, and will be done by 200 volunteer IBEW 481 union electricians.

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