Lisle Festival of Lights

Uamar Syed

It’s that time of year again, shopping for presents, bringing out the Christmas decorations from the garage and attic, the never–ending smell of eggnog and grandma’s secret recipe of ginger bread cookies. The city of Lisle is no exceptions to this rule, and to kick off the holiday cheer Lisle will be hosting their annual Lights of Lisle festival on the first Saturday of December. To prepare for the event downtown Lisle and surrounding businesses will be transformed into a mini “North Pole” complete with Christmas trees, lights, luminaries, and decorations. The festivities will begin early the day of the event with a Santa Claus Christmas parade beginning on Main Street before finishing at the Museum at Station.

Barbara Libby, a Lisle village employee and a committee member overlooking the Lights of Lisle Festival, expects around 750 people to show up for the event. “We have been doing this annual event for the past 15 years, it sets the mood for the holidays where the residents can enjoy spending the day with family and friends,” she said.
Following the parade, the museum along with the city will then hold its “Once upon a Christmas” special, an annual event held for children at the Museums of Station Park campus featuring crafts, brick oven baking, blacksmithing, and a photo op with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The event will also feature a professional ice carver to turn a block of ice into a Christmas sculpture.
“The event is open to all non-residents of Lisle as well and admission is free, popular food trucks will also be available for hungry spectators who wish purchase food or drink,” said Libby.

Afterwards, residents can enjoy delicious Christmas cookies, drink hot chocolate, listen to holiday music, and enjoy dance performers at Village Hall. Mayor Broda will be present to inaugurate the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, held at 6 p.m. at the community holiday tree at village hall. To close out the holiday weekend spectators and residents are encouraged to ride the trolley or take a walk through downtown Lisle. The walk will featured thousands of luminaries that line the streets and Prairie Walk Pond where one attendee from last year’s event described it as “a scene right out of a Hallmark Christmas card.” Come out with friends and family to make memories this holiday season and join Lisle celebrating this wonderful event.