Crowds of adults and children began gathering on Monument Circle
in late afternoon to watch the lighting of the World's Tallest Christmas Tree.
Many had come down earlier to shop, to visit the museums,
and to dine at numerous restaurants in the area, as well as at the
many food trucks parked in the area.
The event has progressed well beyond the inaugural year,
when the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers strung the lights
from the top of the Monument to its base, plugged it in for the duration,
then took it down after the New Year. No fanfare and "no big deal"
is now a local dancing and singing extravaganza, complete with visits from
Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph with his nose so bright.