For six decades, Hoosiers have gathered on Monument Circle to celebrate the official start of the holiday season in Indianapolis with the Circle of Lights.

“Every year at this time, IBEW 481 turns Monument Circle into a beautifully lit hearth, open to everyone,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said. “So, join us downtown this holiday season for one of the great Indianapolis annual traditions.”

For those who can’t make it downtown, WTHR will once again provide the warmest seat in the house by broadcasting this Indianapolis tradition live, exclusively on Channel 13 and streaming on WTHR+.

“We are proud to bring our communities together, whether they are gathered downtown or watching it live on WTHR,” said Michael Brouder, WTHR-TV president and general manager. “On this very special year, we are thrilled to ring in the holiday season together with Downtown Indy, Inc. and IBEW 481.”

This year’s Circle of Lights broadcast airs at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and will be hosted by 13News anchors Chuck Lofton and Felicia Lawrence, live from Monument Circle with Santa Claus.

Sixty-five local performers auditioned to take part in the holiday spectacular this year. The lineup is still in the works, but Downtown Indy, Inc. revealed that some of the featured acts include Morgan Taylor of Carmel, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” and a special performance by singer, songwriter and television personality Kelly Clarkson from her studio.

It takes about 200 volunteers to put on the event that features 52 garland strands and 4,784 colored lights.

Circle of Lights decor pays tribute to the military. Each bulb color represents a branch of the United States Military: green for the Army, clear for the Air Force, blue for the Navy, yellow for the Coast Guard and red for the Marines.

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