Waiting between buses to go swimming, I found the volunteers from
the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
had begun their annual task of hanging the long, heavy strands
of lights that make up the World's Tallest Christmas Tree.
Since 1962, the Circle has been decorated for the Circle of Lights,
with the Monument lighted in a ceremony that
takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Up to a quarter million
people come downtown to attend the event,
which is also televised to an even larger audience.
There are a total of fifty-two strands, using 4,784 LED lights.
While all the bulbs are checked before being brought to the Circle,
they are re-checked just before a pulley tows each strand
up to a permanent attaching point over 200 feet above.
Above is a picture from last year,
just after the Monument's lights were turned on.