Circle of Lights Tree Lighting Indianapolis 2013

Posted on November 29, 2013

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The tradition of braving the cold (sometimes rain or snow) is growing every year. In the past 3-4 years there are more people on the circle every year to see the lighting of one of the world’s largest Christmas trees. I remember 10-12 years ago there were a couple of years that very few people attended compared to today. On a rainy year there were so few that we felt almost alone.

Not any more. People come year after year, with generations of family. The buildings that surround the circle are filled with people who get to sit inside and watch from a warm seat. And there is a hotel you can stay at directly on the Circle that has an observation deck so you can get the best of both…the cold and sounds of outside and a warm room for the night to view the tree from all night.

This year we changed our typical meal out from Acapulco Joe’s to High Velocity at the JW Marriott. The walk to the circle is the same distance and the restaurant is such a great place. The service is always exemplary and they are always accommodating. They even forgave us when we did not know our parking validation would expire in three hours…now we know, we will remember for next time!

Here are the sights of the night.

 

WE are so goofy!

WE are so goofy!

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Jessica and Chris

Jessica and Chris

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Chris, Jessica, Fran, Chris (Harry), Amber, Gregg. Thanks to the nice guy who saw me trying to balance my camera and offer to take this picture. That was very thoughtful!

 

Love this fire place at the J.W. Marriott

Love this fire place at the J.W. Marriott

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The lounge area at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis.

The lounge area at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis.

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The kids in the window are so fun to watch.

The kids in the window are so fun to watch.

The kids are fun to watch and make us laugh.

The kids are fun to watch and make us laugh.

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Sailor Man

Sailor Man

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Not sure how well you can see it but the wagon under the canopy was on a lift kit with nice shocks. I bet it was a smooth ride for the kids.

 

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Chris and Jessica went to the soda shop and got Rootebeers and a maple-bacon sucker. The root beers were great, the candy was gross. And I love bacon.

Chris and Jessica went to the soda shop and got Rootbeers and a maple-bacon sucker. The root beers were great, the candy was gross. And I love bacon.

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Jessica and Daddy

Jessica and Daddy

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All lit up like a Christmas tree.

All lit up like a Christmas tree.

IPL keeps the tradition of lighting their windows in the shape of a Christmas tree.

IPL keeps the tradition of lighting their windows in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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The bell tower in the Christ Church Cathedral comes alive with live people playing carols on the bells just as the tree is lit.

The bell tower in the Christ Church Cathedral comes alive with live people playing carols on the bells just as the tree is lit.

Gregg thinks he has found someone new this year.

Gregg thinks he has found someone new this year.

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P.S. I was so in shock that I did not get to take a picture of the plane that buzzed the monument just after it was lit up. It was close, it was scary and I am pretty sure it was not supposed to be making that maneuver. I am going to post on the news pages and ask if anyone knows anything about that. I was just staring to see if it was going to crash into it and then trying to figure out where to duck fast. Glad he was able to pull out of it.

If you have never been, it is well worth the time. Dress in layers and you are never cold. We did miss the hot chocolate and bake sale that Christ Church Cathedral used to have.

It has been a wonderful start to the season so far and we still get to decorate for the next two days at home!! Love it!!!! Tree goes up Sunday. Can’t wait to see how Della will do with that!

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