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.
Watch a Projection Light Show
Every night at 6:30 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm, enjoy a free projection light show called, Shining A Light. This special holiday presentation is not to be missed.
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.
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!
Watch Yuletide – Canceled for 2020
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Yuletide performance has been canceled.
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! This may not be available or advisable during this holiday season.
Our favorite candy store is on Monument Circle. Visiting Rocket Fizz to select a piece of candy is a tradition for our family when we spend the evening on Monument Circle. They have EVERYTHING!
What is your favorite thing to do on Monument Circle during the holiday season? Let us know in the comments below.