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The Christmas season gets underway with Downtown Indy, Inc.'s Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481

A Christmas tradition returned Friday as Monument Circle hosted thousands to watch the "tree" lighting.
Credit: WTHR

INDIANAPOLIS — For many, it's the official start of the holiday season.

The Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® event, presented by IBEW 481, culminated with the lighting of thousands of "tree" bulbs attached to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument at the city center.

Jacob W., the 12-year-old son of an IBEW 481 member, won a coloring contest and got to flip the switch on the Circle of Lights Friday evening.

As with many events and traditions, the annual Circle of Lights celebration took a hiatus last year because of the pandemic. It returned as an in-person event this year and included a made-for-TV special that aired air exclusively on WTHR Channel 13.