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Downtown Indy is the place to be this November!

November 2013

November is a great month to get inside and read a good book at a Local bookstore or the library, watch a mesmerizing musical or explore a museum. Fortunately, there is plenty to do inside in downtown Indy this month. And when you need a little fresh air, check out downtown Indianapolis' most beloved holiday tradition, Circle of Lights presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481. On November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, grab your hats and mittens and watch the ceremonial lighting of The Soldiers and Sailors Monument from 6 – 8 p.m. The lights remain lit through early January.
  1. Nov. 1 - 18, kids age 12 or under are invited to enter the Circle of Lights® Coloring Contest, earning the chance to win two very special prizes. Four finalists will be selected and each will receive $529 into a College Choice 529 Savings Plan. Additionally, one of the five finalists will be selected to "flip the switch" on the 4,784 lights strung on the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Thousands enter the contest annually, and one lucky winner will appear on stage with Santa at the Circle of Lights® event November 29. For more information, visit www.indydt.com/COL.cfm.
  2. The Eiteljorg Museum becomes a locomotive wonderland during their annual Jingle Rails exhibit, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels. Watch seven trains pass through replicas of actual downtown Indianapolis destinations including Monument Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium and Union Station from November 23 through January 19. The landmarks are incredibly crafted out of natural materials (moss, twigs and nuts) in exquisite detail.
  3. Have a kid who loves musicals? Wicked returns to Old National Centre this month and plays through December 1. The music is mesmerizing and the story is something everyone in the family will enjoy watching. You can also catch America's Got Talent, NBC's number one rated TV show, at Old National Centre. The stage show, which takes place November 3 at 5 p.m., features performances from fan favorites.
  4. Jolly Days returns to the Indianapolis Children's Museum November 23 – January 5. Enjoy yearly favorite activities including the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, visits with Santa and "outdoor" fun at the Snow Castle and Ice Fishing holes. Don't miss Santa's Big Arrival (in a Dallara IndyCar!) November 29 at 9 a.m. The Jolly Old Elf will be escorted by police cars with flashing lights as he pulls up in a two-seat race car. Shortly after his arrival, Santa will slide down the Yule slide with the lucky child of a member family selected during a drawing.
  5. Indy Reads Books offers free story time every Saturday through the end of December. Gather your family and join the Indy Reads Books team from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. for a round of stories. While you're there, build your own storybook library: Indy Reads Books sells children's books for $1 each.

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