The Circle of Lights is a sight to see during Christmas and the holidays in Indianapolis. Nearly 5,000 lights stand over 240 feet tall, draped top to bottom with seasonal greenery. What a beautiful time of year to spend an evening on Monument Circle, and there’s so much to do and see.

See the Giant Toy Soldiers & Candy Canes

There are 26 giant toy soldiers and 26 giant peppermint sticks surround the circle…but who’s counting? You are! Stroll around the Circle and see if your kids count all 26 of each. Take a photo with your favorite soldier.

Beautiful Trees on the Circle

There’s more than one beautiful tree on the Circle. Check out the side windows of the IPL building — you’ll see a giant tree created with colorfully illuminated windows. Check out the front window and you’ll find our absolute most favorite tree in the whole city. This tree is gorgeous! Do you see any other trees?

Enjoy Hot Cocoa

Cold winter nights call for a warm, steamy cup of hot cocoa. Right there on the circle, the South Bend Chocolate Company has the perfect spot for you to grab a chocolaty treat and take it along with you as you cruise the circle and take in the sights of the season.

See all of the best spots for hot cocoa in Indy with kids.

Deliver a Letter to Santa

The Santa mailbox is a super fun tradition for many local girls and boys and the post box on the Circle is probably the most famous. Drop a letter in for Santa and he’ll write back. Be sure to include your return address on your envelope so Santa knows where to send you mail!

See all deadlines and Santa Mailboxes in Indy here.

Watch Yuletide

Now through December 23, you have a chance to see and hear a holiday favorite. Yuletide Celebration is a performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Broadway’s best singers and dancers, from New York to right here in Indiana, will bring the Yuletide magic and music to life on the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage. Get your tickets now!

Take a Carriage Ride

Those horse drawn carriages that prance through the streets are so magical. I always imagined that winter would be the best time, bundled up with my family under blankets, the clop, clop of the horse’s feet as we looked up and around at the beautiful holiday decorations. With tours ranging from 25 minutes ($60) to one hour ($105), there’s an option for kids of any age and attention span. Fees are based on two to four passengers, and children under 5 are free. Additional passengers are $5 each. Carriages will fit six medium-sized adults, but that’s a pretty snug ride. Carriage rides start at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monument Circle and Steak ‘n’ Shake. Visit www.indycarriage.com or www.blueribboncarriages.com for more information.

Look at the Nativity

The little church on Monument Circle has a beautiful nativity scene set up. Stop by and check out the scene at Christ Church Cathedral. Tell stories with your kiddos, point out animals and people. It’s beautiful!

Visit with an Array of Characters

Expect the unexpected. You never know who or what you’ll run in to on the Circle. We’ve pet reindeer outside of the Hilbert Theatre and posed for a photo with a motorcycle riding Santa. We’ve kissed puppies with Santa hats and listened to carolers. Downtown Indy is really beautiful and at Christmastime, it sparkles!