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Holiday Lighting Ceremony

"Season of Wishes"

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Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 2

Metropolitan Square, Des Plaines

Festivities start at 4:00 P.M.

with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 P.M.

Hand-decorated holiday trees, live entertainment, and special guest appearances from The Minion will be sure to put a smile on your face.

Of course, Santa Claus and his elves will be there - adding your holiday wishes to his list.

Our Mitten Tree will be ready for your donations of new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves and the Des Plaines Self-Help Closet & Food Pantry will be accepting non-perishable food donations.


Schedule of events:

4:00 P.M. - Students and organizations decorate Holiday trees provided by the Des Plaines Optimist Club.

4:30 P.M. - Santa arrives in grand style with Mayor Matt Bogusz's Annual Poster Contest Winners.

4:45 P.M. - Santa is ready to hear your wish list.

6:30 P.M. - Mayor Bogusz and Elected Officials prepare to lead the countdown to "Light Up" Des Plaines for the Season.


Featured Fun, Food & Entertainment:

Children's Crafts Sponsored by the Des Plaines Park District

Hot Chocolate and Coffee provided by the Salvation Army

Hand Warmers offered by Presence Holy Family Hospital

Roasted Chestnuts provided by the Des Plaines History Center

Decorated Cupcakes from the Choo-Choo Restaurant

Holiday Cookies courtesy of Sysco Food

Salvation Army Band

Maine West High School Band

Maine West High School Choraliers

Artistry in Motion Dance Troupe

Santa's Helpers with special gifts


Special Thanks to the Des Plaines Journal & Topics Newspaper

and the City of Des Plaines Special Events Commission

( 2016 Holiday Lighting Ceremony Poster )