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Hoosiers love to celebrate. When the holiday season rolls around, it’s not surprising that Indianapolis has a treasure trove of special events designed to make lasting memories. For many people, the official start of the season is the day after Thanksgiving when folks gather for the traditional Circle of Lights at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.
The geographic heart of Indianapolis, Monument Circle is the large circular plaza at the union of Meridian and Market streets. At the center of the Circle is the 284-foot-tall Soldiers and Sailors Monument, built in 1902 as a memorial to Indiana’s soldiers and sailors and a beacon for peace. Since 1962, the monument has been strung with lights to make one of the world’s largest Christmas trees. Each year, a local child is picked from a coloring contest to help “flip the switch” to signal the beginning of the holiday season.
Another tradition that has shoppers making their shopping lists and hoping to find the perfect holiday gifts is the 65th annual Christmas Gift and Hobby Show, held this year Nov. 5-9 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. More than 350 exhibitors display an incredible array of gifts.
Youngsters often miss out on the New Year’s countdown because it’s past their bedtime. But The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a fun family solution for that. The museum hosts a countdown at noon on New Year’s Eve. Revelers watch North America’s largest water clock count down drop by drop.