'Circle Of Lights' To Help Kick Off Holiday Season

Downtown Lighting Ceremony Set For Friday Evening

Thousands of people are expected to gather on and around Monument Circle downtown Friday to watch the city's annual Circle of Lights celebration, when thousands of holiday lights strung from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be lit.

Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. The event will be shown live on TheIndyChannel.com and the 6News 24/7 cable channel starting at 7 p.m. It also will be shown on RTV6 either at 7 p.m. or when the Texas-Texas A&M football game ends.

This is the 45th year for the lighting of the circle, which helps kick off the holiday season in Indianapolis. Entertainers will include Grammy-winning artist Sandi Patty, the African Children's Choir and the LeRose Dance Academy. Patty is scheduled to perform a duet with Indianapolis Colts tight end Ben Utecht.

The monument lighting will take place at about 7:50 p.m. Kaitlyn Dowden, a sixth-grader at Zionsville Middle School, will help activate the lights. She got the role by winning an annual statewide coloring contest.

Circle of Lights is presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481.

RTV6 anchors Trisha Shepherd and Todd Wallace and chief meteorologist Kevin Gregory will be on hand for the event.

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