Festival of Lights Parade

Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7PM*

2018 Theme: “Let it Snow!”

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!

*The 2018 parade has reached its maximum number of participants. 


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

And the 2017 Parade winners were….

  • Best Use of LightsDistrict 47 & 155 School Bus Drivers
  • Best Use of MusicCrystal Lake Strikers
  • Most CreativeTrinity Oaks Christian Academy
  • Most EnthusiasticSage YMCA Piranhas Swim Team
  • Judge’s Choice501st Legion – Midwest Garrison
  • Best of 2017 Theme – A Candy Cane ChristmasCity of Crystal Lake Public Works

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, 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!






Parade Trophy Sponsor:


American Community Bank & Trust
The Clothes Gallery
The Cottage Pub
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust
Crystal Lake Travel
Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Empowered Interiors
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
Home State Bank
Lloyd’s Paint & Paper
Martin Chevrolet
Querhammer & Flagg
Suran Built
Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed



Benedicts La Strata
Cafe Olympic
Cowlin & Curran PC
Cross Country Mortgage
Crown & Contour
Fast Forward Marketing
Joe’s Barber Shop
Judith Svalander School of Ballet
JWN Designs, Inc.
Kitchen Outfitters
Mid America Representatives
Mortgage Capital Group
The Olive Tap
Raue Center for the Arts
Restorative Reflexology
TLC Massage, Ltd.
Wickham Interiors