Festival of Lights


Festival of Lights Parade and Winter Market

Prior to the parade and tree lighting, attend a Kris Kringle Winter Market located at the Community Garden Green from 3 - 6 p.m.

The parade will start at 5 p.m. at Grant Community High School. Immediately following the parade there will be the Annual Tree Lighting at Millennium Park and opening of the Santa Cottage.

The Festival of Lights Parade starts at Grant Community High School (285 E Grand Ave) and makes it's way down Grand Avenue into Downtown Fox Lake, IL. Lineup begins at 4 p.m. with the parade starting at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to decorate and light up their floats and cars! The more lights – the better!

Parade Application

Kris Kringle Market Vendor Application

For questions regarding the Festival of Lights Parade, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (224) 225-1404.  

Festival of Lights Parade Map

2023 Holiday House Decorating Contest

'Tis the season to spread joy, warmth, and festive cheer! Get ready to transform your homes into winter wonderlands because it's time for our annual Holiday House Decorating Contest! 

  •  Register by December 17th.
  •  Judging will take place the week of December 17th
  • Winners will be announced on December 22, 2023. 

  Register here.

2022 Festival of Lights House Decorating Contest Winners

  1. 1
  2. 2

Fox Lake 2023 Event Sponsors

Trotter Logo