City sparkles with the season

The 45th annual Circle of Lights turned bright Friday night as nearly 5,000 bulbs illuminated to the delight of thousands of spectators on Monument Circle. Full Story
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Ha hA

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Nov 24, 2007
Thank you members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for volunteering your labor to do this!

Since: Nov 07

detroit

#24 Nov 24, 2007
Grandma and Grandpa wrote:
We thought there were several problems with this event...most notably the lack of reference to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
Here's to doing something to teach our children why the Christmas season is so very special!
GIVE me a BREAK!! That's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.
Silence Dogood

New Palestine, IN

#25 Nov 24, 2007
Nothing conveys the true meaning of Christmas like a war memorial draped in colored electrical lights.
Silence Dogood

New Palestine, IN

#26 Nov 24, 2007
Santa wrote:
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You're right as usual but these grumpy grinches that waste their lives complaining just burn my arse.
Dear Santa,

I love you, but if you're bothered by negativity you are at the wrong forum.

Check out the Chicago Trib's site ... they use the same type of online forum, but the comments are generally more positive than ours. And certainly better written.

Give Chicago extra toys this year and skip over negative naptown. Maybe it'll teach us a lesson.
Veteran

Decatur, IL

#27 Nov 24, 2007
I don't know...I still have a problem with a war memorial being decorated with Christmas lights.

What's next...a Xmas spectacular at Crown Hill Cemetary?
Santa

Lake Mary, FL

#28 Nov 24, 2007
Silence Dogood wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear Santa,
I love you, but if you're bothered by negativity you are at the wrong forum.
Check out the Chicago Trib's site ... they use the same type of online forum, but the comments are generally more positive than ours. And certainly better written.
Give Chicago extra toys this year and skip over negative naptown. Maybe it'll teach us a lesson.
Kudos to the Chicago Tribune. I read the Tribune. They used to have to have an advertising slogan that said, "A great city deserves a great newspaper." It is a great city and a great newspaper. Extra toys and surprises for all the people of Chicago this year. Indianapolis is a great city also but somehow you got stuck with the Star. I guess that is why everyone is so negative. I would be to if this is all I had to read everyday. Excuse Santa for a second but the Star is a piece of crap. I have always thought the Tribune covered Indianapolis better than the Star did.

I must get back to work now.
overdo

Indianapolis, IN

#29 Nov 24, 2007
what i don't get is why all the excess? like, FIREWORKS????? i remember a time when the only time they did THOSE, it was Independence Day!!!! i could hear them all the way to irvington!!! i think that is just a TAD too much, ya know? i quit going when the crowd got so ridiculous. i'd rather see the neat window decorations they used to do downtown in the 70's, but those days are long gone........
Payin-the-Toll

Indianapolis, IN

#30 Nov 24, 2007
'SickandTired' nailed it on the head for us stay-at-home watchers. Channel 6 botched it completely. Instead of showing the whole event from 6pm to 8pm they showed the Texas vs. Texas A&M football game until after 7 o'clock. Then they started the program and said it was 'live', but it wasn't. They had to have cut some of the program out cause they had the monument lights coming on sooner than 9:15. The girl who turned the light switch was a 12-year old, and seemed to have no interest in Santa. Geez, channel 6, get it together. The local populace would much rather see a downtown live Christmas event than the end of a football game between 2 Texas teams. Also, get a 4, 5, or 6 year-old that still believes in Santa to turn on the lights. Thought the whole thing was disappointing.
Former Democrat

New Palestine, IN

#31 Nov 24, 2007
Grandma and Grandpa wrote:
We thought there were several problems with this event...most notably the lack of reference to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
Here's to doing something to teach our children why the Christmas season is so very special!
Someone alert Brian Bosma! There's a public gathering of people with no Jesus references!

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, IN

#32 Nov 24, 2007
Payin-the-Toll wrote:
'SickandTired' nailed it on the head for us stay-at-home watchers. Channel 6 botched it completely. Instead of showing the whole event from 6pm to 8pm they showed the Texas vs. Texas A&M football game until after 7 o'clock. Then they started the program and said it was 'live', but it wasn't. They had to have cut some of the program out cause they had the monument lights coming on sooner than 9:15. The girl who turned the light switch was a 12-year old, and seemed to have no interest in Santa. Geez, channel 6, get it together. The local populace would much rather see a downtown live Christmas event than the end of a football game between 2 Texas teams. Also, get a 4, 5, or 6 year-old that still believes in Santa to turn on the lights. Thought the whole thing was disappointing.
But, but, but,... It was available to all, live and from the start, on wishtv.com . Even better, all the commercials were omitted (just a black screen until the program resumed).
Duke Nukem

Peoria, IL

#33 Nov 24, 2007
Payin-the-Toll wrote:
'SickandTired' nailed it on the head for us stay-at-home watchers. Channel 6 botched it completely. Instead of showing the whole event from 6pm to 8pm they showed the Texas vs. Texas A&M football game until after 7 o'clock. Then they started the program and said it was 'live', but it wasn't. They had to have cut some of the program out cause they had the monument lights coming on sooner than 9:15. The girl who turned the light switch was a 12-year old, and seemed to have no interest in Santa. Geez, channel 6, get it together. The local populace would much rather see a downtown live Christmas event than the end of a football game between 2 Texas teams. Also, get a 4, 5, or 6 year-old that still believes in Santa to turn on the lights. Thought the whole thing was disappointing.
Yeah, better luck next year TV6.
Did I hear them say a 12 yr old won a coloring contest? Must be IPS.

Santa was kind of strange with that bird's nest beard and "I WAS BORN READY"

Then the lighting was completely out of sync with the broadcast.
Good Job

Indianapolis, IN

#34 Nov 24, 2007
I see why so many negative people post on these comment sections.......because no one wants to be around them in real life. I hoped I would see some good comments on this but I see its the same old whiners. I am done with online comments see ya weirdos lol!
Halt

Indianapolis, IN

#35 Nov 24, 2007
Ha! Ha! I go running at that cemetary. Lighten up. Oh yeah I am a Veteran also if that matters.
Veteran wrote:
I don't know...I still have a problem with a war memorial being decorated with Christmas lights.
What's next...a Xmas spectacular at Crown Hill Cemetary?
Live Free

Matthews, IN

#36 Nov 24, 2007
remember when they called it a Christmas Tree? Its still Christmas to me!
Sotto Voce

United States

#37 Nov 24, 2007
Since I live Downtown (despite what the location under my handle to the left says), I didn't have to deal with driving and traffic, which immediately improved my mindframe about the event.

The only problem I had was purely of my own creation. I was watching it from East Market Street, near the Downtown Comics and Arby's, and wanted to go to Borders afterwords. Instead of just backing out to Pennsylvania and then walking south to Washington and Borders, I waded deeper into the human pileup, hoping to go south on Meridian, but progress was frustratingly slow.
young-old-fogey

Indianapolis, IN

#38 Nov 27, 2007
I want to say that mostly, I thought it was a very fun event - this was my first year attending. My one issue...was it just me, or was the performance by the young dancers a little inappropriate for their ages? I thought it was going to be a really cute, fun, family-geared event, but I was mortified at how suggestive the dancing was by these young girls. aren't there any age-appropriate dance moves anymore?

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