Festival of Lights Parade

Friday, November 25, 2022 at 7PM
2022 Theme will be: “Toys of Yesteryear”

Trophies Winners 
The 2021 Parade winners are….

  • Best Use of Lights – Ozinga’s Merry Mixer
  • Best Use of Music – Potts & Pans Steelband
  • Most Creative – Crystal Lake Kiwanis
  • Most Enthusiastic – Hannah Beardsley Middle School
  • Judge’s Choice – Crystal Lake School District 47 & 155 School Bus
  • Best of 2021 Theme – A Toyland Christmas – City of Crystal Lake

The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the season when Santa Claus comes to town!  The evening is filled with lights, music, pageantry, and a little magic!

At the end of the parade, Santa throws his magic dust to light the Community Christmas Tree.  By lighting the Christmas tree, Santa lights the spirit of the season in everyone’s heart!

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

The Festival of Lights Parade will not feature candy distribution as organizers recognize the risks of dark streets and young children taking chances to retrieve candy that does not make it to the sidewalks. Safety is utmost in our minds.  In the past, we have had children run too close to the moving floats. The lights, music and magic provide plenty of excitement for families. Many of our stores will be open if treats are desired during the parade.

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.  Vehicles should be off these streets after 5PM, and can be parked in public/commuter parking lots.

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

We LOVE our Sponsors!
All Downtown Crystal Lake 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 event!



A-Z Interiors
Cheshire Cakes
Countryside Flowershop & Nursery
Cowlin, Naughton, Curran & Hanzel
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
Joe’s Barber Shop
Lulu’s Wiggin Out
Napleton Buick-GMC Crystal Lake
That’s Amore Pizza
Wear Did U Get That
Kay With – RE/MAX Suburban
Working World Staffing Services
Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin


The Clothes Gallery
Corporate America Family Credit Union
Dalzell Jewelers
d’aprile properties
International Hairways
Kitchen Outfitters
McKenna Law P.C.
Mum 117
The Running Depot
Judith Svalander School of Ballet
Thomas Tails
TLC Massage, LTD.
Alicia Wehby Photography
Zip Specialties