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Brighten Your Season with Holiday Events in Downtown Lisle

Oct 31, 2018 01:17PM ● By Hannah Ott
Lisle, IL - This December 1 & 2, celebrate the magic and wonder of the season with plenty of holiday festivities in downtown Lisle. The Village of Lisle, Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Lisle Park District and the Lisle Heritage Society will partner together to organize holiday traditions in downtown Lisle.

Annual Light Parade
The annual Lisle Santa Light Parade, featuring the official arrival of Santa, starts at 4:30pm on Saturday, December 1. The parade will begin from Ogden Avenue & Main Street and works its way south through downtown Lisle; turning east on Burlington Avenue and ending at the Lisle Village Hall. Santa’s final destination is the Museum at Lisle Station Park where there will be a photo opportunity as Santa will take requests from good little boys and girls. Enjoy holiday performances by students in the Board Room at Village Hall all afternoon and after the tree lighting ceremony.

Merry on Main
Join downtown businesses for a day of holiday open houses, treats and giveaways. Stroll down Main Street and view the decorated windows. Vote for your favorite one then head to the Lisle Station Museum for the tree lighting, and The Lights of Lisle Festival.
Memorial Luminary Illumination
The Lights of Lisle Festival would not be complete without the glow of hundreds of luminarias. Visit Villa St. Benedict1920 Maple Ave., for their Memorial Luminary Illumination from 3:30-5pm. There will be Christmas Carols, hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy with Illumination and Blessings.
Lights of Lisle
Lights of Lisle is the traditional favorite that the Village of Lisle celebrates annually. At dusk approximately 2,000 luminarias line the streets of Lisle and at 6pm the official tree lighting ceremony begins at the Village Hall.  The Lisle Community Band will perform and cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  Holiday song books will be available for all to enjoy community caroling. Purchase foods to enjoy offered by fan favorite local food trucks located in Burlington Square.
Holiday Trolley and Wagon Rides
A festively-decorated Holiday Trolley, complete with holiday music, will be available from 5-7pm for free trolley rides to view the holiday decorations.  Riders get on and off at Village Hall, where there will be an ice carving demonstration, refreshments and an opportunity to visit with Santa at the Depot Museum. Free Wagon Rides will also be available from 5-8pm and run between the Lisle Village Hall and the Museums at Lisle Station Park. 

Once Upon A Christmas
The annual Heritage Society Holiday celebration, “Once Upon a Christmas”, is Saturday, December 1 from 3-8pm and Sunday, December 2 from 11am-4pm at the Museums at Lisle Station Park.  Highlighting this year’s event will be an 1800’s era holiday celebration complete with period costumes, demonstrations, children’s crafts, music, brick oven baking, model train displays, hay rides, black-smithing and of course, Santa.

Lisle Santa Train
The ever popular “Lisle Santa Train” is celebrating their 25th year on Sunday, December 2. The train runs from Lisle Metra Station to Chicago Union Station and back for a 75-minute ride with Santa and his helpers reminiscent of the Caldecott award-winning children’s book and movie, “The Polar Express”.  Advanced “golden” tickets are required for either the 9:45am or 1:45pm rides. Tickets are $18 per person.
For more information contact the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau at 630-769-1000 or visit
Source: Diane Homolka 630-769-1000