Winter Lights

The Merriest & Cheeriest of Seasons Starts with Winter Lights

  • When: 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 18th, 2022
    Parade steps-off at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Where: Downer Place, from Water Street to River Street, in downtown Aurora
  • Parking: Free parking available in all public Downtown lots
  • 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.

You Won't Want to Miss this Year's Winter Lights


As 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!

More Information


For more information on this event, please contact the City of Aurora Special Events Division:
(630) 256-3370 | [email protected]

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