Date and Time
Friday Nov 18, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Parade steps-off at 6:30 p.m.
Tips: Be sure to arrive early, as streets will begin to close at 6:00 p.m. The tree lighting and fireworks display are best viewed from the East end of the Downer Place bridge.
44 E Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60507*From Water Street to River Street, in downtown Aurora
*Free parking available in all public Downtown lots
The Merriest & Cheeriest of Seasons Starts with Winter LightsAs the City of Aurora's official kick-off to the holiday season, this free, family-friendly event will be filled with merry-making moments and a sleigh full of fun for the entire family.
Stepping off at 6:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will usher in the holiday season with an illuminated parade filled with reindeer, elves, special guests, and other holiday favorites!
Following the Parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Mayor Irvin and the newly-crowned Little Mr. and Miss Aurora, will lead the crowd in a countdown to flip the magic switch and illuminate the City's holiday tree!
After the tree lighting, the downtown Aurora sky will be brightened by a grand fireworks display along the banks of the Fox River, sponsored by the Chicago Premium Outlets!
FIREWORKS ARE BEST VIEWED FROM THE EAST DOWNER PLACE BRIDGE.
The twinkling-lit streets of downtown Aurora will be filled with costumed characters, festive photo-ops, food trucks, and much more!
After the fireworks, Stolp Avenue, between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, will be filled with food vendors, hot cocoa, artisan vendors, roaming costumed characters, and musical entertainment at Millennium Plaza! For more information visit https://www.aurora-il.org/1247/Winter-Lights or contact the City of Aurora Special Events Division: (630) 256-3370 | Events@aurora.il.us