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We know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing Christmas displays in our area so use the comment box below to us about other must-see sites.


Sparkling Downtown Lockport Street

WHAT: Lockport Street is a stunning sight thanks to the thousands of tiny white bulbs that adorn the trees in the downtown district. Don't forget to the check out 's illuminated creche scene.
WHEN: Any night between now and New Year's.
WHERE: Lockport Street between Route 59 and Fox River Street.
MORE INFO: Call 815-436-7093

11,000-Light Extravaganza

WHAT: When it comes to holiday decorating, it's hard to beat the Kuper family's 11,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music that you can hear via your car radio by dialing to 106.1 FM.
WHEN: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. daily through New Year's
WHERE: 12941 Greenfield Drive (in “The Ponds” subdivision, east of Route 59 between 127th and 135th streets)


Holiday Light Trolley Tours

WHAT: Naperville Trolley & Tours will lead trips through Naperville to view the lights on decorated homes.
WHEN: Visit the website for days and to check for availability.
WHERE: Throughout the city
MORE INFO: Call 630-420-2223


Tree Lighting

WHAT: Trees will be lit, and Santa, hot cocoa, cookies, music, and holiday cheer will be on hand.
WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
WHERE: Main Street at Seven Bridges, 6320 Main St.
MORE INFO: Check out , or call 630-960-7080


Holiday Lights Tour   

WHAT: School bus ride with refreshments to view the 10 winners of the Darien Holiday Decorating Contest.
WHEN: 6:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 to Thursday, Dec. 22
WHERE: Throughout the city
MORE INFO: Visit Darien Patch's event listing, or call 630-852-5000

Tree Lighting

WHAT: The tree will be lit while school choirs sing, treats are available and Santa visits with children.
WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
MORE INFO: Visit Darien Patch's event listing


Hometown Holiday   

WHAT: Following Christmas caroling, village officials will light Lemont's Christmas tree during the annual Hometown Holiday celebration.
WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
WHERE: Budnik Plaza in downtown Lemont
MORE INFO: Call the at 630-243-2700


Symphony in Lights

WHAT: Said to be the largest commercial holiday light show in the Chicago area, Symphony in Lights features more than 250,000 highly efficient LED lights embedded in thousands of feet of holiday foliage and choreographed to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
WHEN: Symphony in Lights begins at dusk each evening and plays every hour on the hour until 9 p.m. through Dec. 31.
MORE INFO: View Bolingbrook Patch's


Tree-Lighting Festival and Winter Wonderland   

WHAT: Santa will be part of the tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Kids can also enjoy games, inflatables, a book fair, crafts, face-painting and a picture with Santa for the first 300 children. Outdoor activities include live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides and ice sculptures.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9
MORE INFO: Visit Romeoville Patch's


Christmas on Mondamin

WHAT: Community volunteers decorated Mondamin on Nov. 28. During Christmas on Mondamin, there will be carolers, Santa and hot chocolate and cookies.
WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
WHERE: Along Mondamin Street in downtown Minooka
MORE INFO: Visit about the event, or call Laurie Musclow at 815-467-2151


Christmas Walk

WHAT: Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq lights the village's Christmas tree, as musical group Spotlight provides musical accompaniment.
WHERE: Next to the old Fire Barn in downtown Oswego
WHEN: Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
MORE INFO: Read an on Oswego Patch.

Holiday House Walk

WHAT: Participants on the village's annual Holiday House Walk will take a bus tour to four decorated houses. Tickets for this event are $25 each and proceeds will benefit the .
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
WHERE: The event will start with a light dinner at 4 p.m., catered by the Village Grind at Oswego Village Hall.
MORE INFO: Visit Oswego Patch's . For info or to purchase tickets, call 630-554-3618. Tickets can be purchased at Village Hall or .


Tree Lighting

WHAT: The village's annual tree-lighting ceremony includes holiday music provided by local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
WHEN: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
MORE INFO: Visit , or call the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce at 630-897-8137

Cari Barcas December 11, 2011 at 05:23 PM
A member of the Kintz family emailed me and wanted to let readers know about the impressive display at their house in Joliet. While it's not in our coverage area, it's very close to numerous Patch towns at 3111 Evergreen Drive in Joliet. Their 10,000-light display is synchronized to music broadcast on 88.5 FM from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Thanks to Scot Kintz for letting us know!


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