Festival of Lights Parade

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Friday, November 29, 2019 at 7PM

2019 Theme Will Be: “A Dr. Seuss Christmas”

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!

The parade ends at the corner of Williams & Crystal Lake Avenue, when Santa throws his magic dust to light the 40-foot Community Christmas Tree!

UPDATE!  We have reached our maximum number of entries in the parade! We’ve got a great mix of applicants, and we’re looking forward to an evening of enchantment!

The 2018 Parade winners were….

  • Best Use of LightsOzinga Merry Mixer
  • Best Use of MusicPotts & Pans Steelband
  • Most Creative – District 47 & 155 School Bus Drivers
  • Most EnthusiasticSage YMCA Piranhas Swim Team
  • Judge’s ChoiceToo Cute Consignment
  • Best of 2018 Theme, “Let it Snow” – Natures Elements

Watch this video of the 2018 Festival of Lights Parade

Thanks to Anni Poppen, Owner/Graphic Artivist of Mowgli Studio (www.mowglistudio.com), who created and shared the parade video


Spectators must be up on the curbs — plan your viewing options accordingly. The goal of the Festival of Lights Parade is to create a safe, fun magical event to kick-off the 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: 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

Thanks to property owner, Don Franz, for his generosity in providing our Community Christmas Tree.

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!







Kay Wirth


Parade Trophy Sponsor:


Corporate America Family Credit Union
CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust
Crystal Lake Travel
d’aprile properties

Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
Montessori Pathways School
Ormsby Motors
Raue Center for the Arts

Suran Built
That’s Amore Pizza
Wear Did U Get That



Aroma Coffee & Win
Benedicts La Strata
Cafe Olympic
Clip Joynt Salon
The Clothes Gallery
Cowlin & Curran PC
The Green Read
Judge Justin Hansen
Home State Bank
Joe’s Barber Shop
JWN Designs, Inc.
Kitchen Outfitters
Lloyd’s Paint & Paper
Mid America Representatives
The Olive Tap
Players Bench Music Store
The Running Depot
TLC Massage, Ltd.
Wickham Interiors
Willow Crystal Lake