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Circle of Lights 50th Anniversary Kicks Off


Julia Watson with Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. ( photo: Ray Steele)

The Circle of Lights turns 50 this year, and organizers will celebrate in a number of ways.


The 52 strands of lights that make the "World's Largest Christmas Tree" will again be installed on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument by the electrical workers of IBEW Local 481, as has been the case every year since the lighting of the circle began in 1962.  More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the lighting of the monument the day after Thanksgiving.

Julia Watson, the vice president of Marketing for Indianapolis Downtown Inc., says the traditional coloring contest will be held for children ages 12 and under, with the winner of the contest to join Mayor Ballard on stage to help turn on the lights.  The coloring sheet is available at atny Quality Connection contractor office, at branches of the Indiana Members Credit Union, or online at  

New this year is an essay contest for older kids, ages 13-to-18.  Watson says they want teens to share their thoughts on the value of community tradition in 500 words or less. Three winners will each get college savings deposits or $1,000.

Watson says they are also collecting items to place in a 50th anniversary time capsule, with details to be announced later.


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