During this festive time of year, there are hundreds of festivals, holiday parties, lighting events and parades all around Chicago. Take a look at these highlights and check your local city’s homepage for celebrations happening in your own backyard.
Holiday Festival Lights in Aurora is one of the largest outdoor holiday light displays in Chicagoland. This signature event is a drive through of more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays at Phillips Park. Last year’s festival set a record when almost 21,200 cars visited! The celebrations starts on November 29 and runs through December 26.
The Winnetka holiday lighting ceremony will light up Station Park on December 6 at 5:45 p.m. The celebration continues on December 7 at Hubbard Woods Park with train rides, cookie decorating and even a visit from Santa.
Lincoln Park ZooLights is an amazing spectacle of holiday lights open every weekend from November 29 to January 5. Bring the family and enjoy the 3D animals, hot cocoa, gift shopping, musical light show and much more. Don’t forget to visit the animals!
The Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills will kickoff its annual Holiday Lights Show on November 29. The event, through January 4, features 97 acres of enchanting holiday lights and decorations that can be viewed from your own car.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield is Chicagoland’s largest lights festival. Attendees will be surrounded by over one million twinkling lights, caroling, ice carving, laser lights shows, live entertainment and more. The event begins on November 30 and goes through December 31.
Orland Park’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on December 1 at the Civic Center. Come early for sleigh rides, concerts and even a magic show.
Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum is an experience you do not want to miss this year. The lights are interactive and promise to thrill your senses. Enjoy the enchanted railroad and Holiday Shoppe.