2016 Festival of Lights Parade

Theme: A Vintage Christmas

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7PM

We are really looking forward to this year's Festival of Lights Parade!  We're planning a few surprises -- ones that are sure to make you smile!

Parade Participants

Would you or your group like to be in the parade?  This year, we are adding a theme, "A Vintage Christmas," to the parade.  It is our hope the theme will generate extra interest and spur ideas for your entry.  Six trophies will be presented:
  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best Use of Music
  • Most Creative
  • Most Enthusiastic
  • Judge's Choice
  • Best of Theme - A Vintage Christmas

Click here for a parade application and safety rules.  The goal of the Festival of Lights Parade is to create a safe, fun magical event to kick-off the holiday season in Crystal Lake.


Please note: In order to create a wider and safer passage for the parade vehicles, there will be NO parking for the entire parade route, including: North Caroline Street, Crystal Lake Avenue, Grant Street, Woodstock Street and Williams Street.  Vehicles should be off these streets after 5PM, and can be parked in public/commuter parking lots.

Spectators must be up on the curbs -- plan your viewing options accordingly.

Click here for a map of the parade route

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Results from the 2015 Parade

What a fabulous parade! Although the air was a bit chilly, thousands of people bundled up to line the streets and watch the parade. Businesses, organizations, and individuals went "over the top" with lights and festive floats!

Five Beautiful trophies were awarded.  Thanks to our friends at TOBG Engraving for a beautiful trophy design!

Best Use of Lights: Too Cute Consignments

Best Use of Music: Potts & Pans

Most Enthusiastic Walkers: Midwest Garrison 501st Legion

Most Creative: Cub Scout Pack 127

Judges' Choice: School District 47 & 155 Bus