Festival of Lights Parade

Friday, November 26, 2021 at 7PM*

2021 Theme: “A Toyland 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!

Parade Participants

Different people work in different ways, so we have two options for applying to be a parade participant . Choose the option that works best for you.

Application and Parade safety rules 2021

Application and Parade safety rules 2021 – Google Form


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

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

The 2021 Parade winners will be announced after the parade….

  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best Use of Music
  • Most Creative
  • Most Enthusiastic
  • Judge’s Choice
  • Best of 2021 Theme – A Toyland Christmas –

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

Thanks to property owner, Barry Fues, 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!