Tree Lighting Holiday Celebration - 11.25.22

Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Market Square

Friday, November 25

2:30 - 7:30 pm

Market Square

The Thirty-Eighth Annual Lake Forest Tree Lighting Holiday Celebration returns to historic Market Square on Friday, November 25 from 2:30-7:30 pm. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of live music, kids’ activities, food and beverages, carolers, Lake Forest Dance Academy dancers, Santa Claus, and more at this beloved Lake Forest tradition. Presented by The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation and sponsored by Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, this year the celebration features new and exciting activities for all ages. 


Schedule of Events

1:00 pm: Holiday movie at Gorton Community Center

2:30 pm: Kids Activities Area featuring:

  • Cookies courtesy of Lake Forest Bank and Trust
  • Arts and crafts activity for kids courtesy of Sage Explorers
  • Holiday goodies for sale at the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation tent
  • Donuts and coffee provided by the Oertel Group
  • and more to be announced!

3:00 pm: Food and Beverages for sale including the event’s signature Yeti cups

3:00 - 7:00 pm: Visits with Santa

3:30 - 4:15 pm: Lake Forest Civic Orchestra and Lake Forest High School Festival Brass Ensemble

4:45 pm: Caroling concert by the Lake Forest High School Choristers

5:00 pm: Lake Forest Dance Academy performance begins, and just after, the lights will be set aglow!

5:30 - 7:30 pm: Music by Hello Weekend

Please note there will be road closures on Friday, November 25 before and during the event.

  • All streets and sidewalks will remain accessible to pedestrians for the entire day.
  • Western Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Forest Bootery and Westminster Avenue starting at 10 am.
  • Market Square and Western Avenue (between Deerpath and Westminster Avenue) will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 1 pm.
  • Cars left after 1 pm will be blocked in for the duration of the event. 
  • All City parking lots are free and open to the public. 


Sponsored by Lake Forest Bank & Trust.

Contact: John Eldridge, 847.810.3940