Winter Lights Festivities Abound

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The City of Aurora is kicking off the holiday season with the third annual Winter Lights event – It’s a Jolly Holiday! – this Friday, November 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.The festivities will take place on Downer Place and Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora.

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Returning this year, the Winter Lights Parade will usher in the holiday season with dazzling floats along Downer Place, leading up to the official holiday tree lighting. The tree, in front of the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 23 E. Downer Place, will be lit at6 p.m. by Aurora’s Miss Merry Christmas, Jack Frost and Mayor Tom Weisner. Later in the evening, a winter fireworks display will light up the night sky and will be best viewed from the Downer Place Bridge.


The free, family-friendly event will brighten the twinkling streets of downtown Aurora with live music, ice sculpting, local art, roasted nuts and other treats, plus a winterfireworks display. Family photo ops will abound with live reindeer, costumed characters, a life-sized walk-through snow globe, Aurora’s Grinch, the Paramount’s own Mary Poppins, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.


In addition to shopping the new Christkindlmarket full of vintage gifts and holiday foods, patrons are invited to shop along Downer Place and Stolp Avenue where several businesses will be extending their hours including the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer; River’s Edge Café and Fox Valley Home Brew, 14 W. Downer; Vara Designs 15 W. Downer; YM Boutique, 5 W. Downer; Eyeland Optical, 26 E. Downer; and If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp.


More than 25 well-known local and regional vendors will be participating with holiday treats and treasures on display for purchase.  Bring your holiday shopping list for unique offerings from our vendors and free gift wrapping courtesy of the Fox Valley Girl Scouts. A Winter Lights Gift and Activity Guide of participating vendors is also available for shoppers at


Winter Lights is sponsored by the City of Aurora in conjunction with Aurora Downtown. For information call 630-256-INFO.