Festival of Lights Parade

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7PM

2017 Theme: “A Candy Cane Christmas”


The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the holiday season, as Santa Claus comes to town!

The evening is filled with lights, music, pageantry, and little holiday magic!

Applications are ready! Click on the link for a PDF version.  Application and Parade safety rules

2016 Trophy Winners
Several of the judges commented how difficult it was to choose the winners.  The entries in this parade just keep getting better and better!

  • Best Use of LightsDistrict 47 & 155 School Bus Drivers
  • Best Use of MusicCrystal Lake Strikers
  • Most CreativeTrinity Oaks Christian Academy
  • Most EnthusiasticSage YMCA Swim Team
  • Judge’s ChoiceToo Cute Consignment
  • Best of 2016 Theme – A Vintage ChristmasKenmode Tool

The goal of the Festival of Lights Parade is to create a safe, fun magical event to kick-off the holiday season in Crystal Lake.


Please note: In order to create a wider and safer passage for the parade vehicles, there will be NO parking for the entire parade route, including: North Caroline Street, Crystal Lake Avenue, Grant Street, Woodstock Street and Williams Street. Vehicles should be off these streets after 5PM, and can be parked in public/commuter parking lots.

Click here for a map of the parade route: parade-map-2

Spectators must be up on the curbs — plan your viewing options accordingly.

We LOVE our Sponsors!

2017 Sponsor Packets will be going out October 1st.

All Downtown Crystal Lake holiday events and activities are organized and staffed by volunteers. Special thanks to our sponsors whose generous donations help offset the cost of hosting this great holiday event!



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The Clothes Gallery
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria
Lloyd’s Paint & Paper
Marvin’s Toy Store
Old Towne Hall
Osmanski Dental
Shay Boutique
TOBG Engraving
Waggoner Law Firm
Wear Did U Get That
Yours & Meyn

The Cottage
Cowlin & Curran
Crystal Lake Upholstery Shop
Joe’s Barber Shop
Judith Svalander School of Ballet
JWN Designs
Kitchen Outfitters
Mid America Representatives
Montessori Pathways School
Out of the Box
Player’s Bench Music Store
The Running Depot
TLC Massage, Ltd.