Tips for Shopping and Events in Indy

It's that time of year when there is a nip in the air and the occasional snowflake flying.  Thanksgiving is tomorrow and the anticipation of excited shoppers is growing.  The Lighting of the World's Largest Christmas Tree will take place on Friday, November 26, 2010.  Monument Circle in the heart of the Indianapolis Downtown will be transformed into a magical wonderland.  The Tree (actually the Victory Statue 285 feet tall is transformed by an impressive array of nearly 5,000 of lights) is lit by one lucky child to kick off the holiday season.  Elegant horse drawn carriages circle the downtown.  Choirs and singing groups from all over the region have auditioned to perform in the Circle of Lights, an outdoor extravaganza that is performed on Monument Circle.  It is a very festive time that is free to the public.  Usually there is a chill to the air and some snow each year to delight the young and young at heart.  The event is televised locally, but if you have the opportunity to drive down to be a part of event, it is well worth your time.  One year, there were even chestnuts roasting over an open fire to lend an old world feel to the event.

The lighting of the tree is donated each year by the Electrical Workers of the IBEW 481.   Countless hours are spent stringing 52 strands of garlands of light.

For shoppers, wonderful opportunities abound.  Check out Gabrielle's list at Haute in the Heartland for some ideas.  Gabrielle includes some hotspots downtown as well as shopping destinations north.

What are your plans?  Any favorite sites you would like to share?  A special spot where you travel each year to select the perfect Christmas tree?   Feel free to comment here.

(Celebration of Lights photo courtesy of Indianapolis Downtown.


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