As the City of Aurora’s official kick-off to the holiday season, the annual Winter Lights parade will be held Friday, November 17, beginning at 6pm at Downer Place, from Water Street to River Street, in downtown Aurora.
This free family-friendly event will be filled with merry-making moments and a sleigh full of fun for the entire family. Be sure to arrive early, as streets will begin to close at 6:00pm. The tree lighting and fireworks display are best viewed from the East end of the Downer Place bridge.
With the parade stepping off at 6:30pm, 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 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.
After the fireworks, Stolp Avenue, between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, will be filled with food vendors, roaming costumed characters, and musical entertainment at Millennium Plaza.