Our fundraising events bring friends, families, and the entire community together! Proceeds from these events help support the enhancement of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department's programs, services, facilities, and need-based activity scholarships for families in the community.


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Market Square

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is back for 2021! Don't miss this holiday tradition for the entire family! Enjoy an afternoon and evening of live entertainment, warm drinks, carolers, LFDA dancers, and Santa! This free community event is held at Historic Market Square in downtown Lake Forest.

Schedule of Events

3:00 pm
  • Ice Sculpting by Art Below Zero
  • Arts and crafts activity for kids courtesy of Sage Explorers
  • Food Trucks from Rosati's & Taste of Paris
  • Cider, donuts, and TALA coffee courtesy of The Oertel Group/Compass
  • Hot chocolate and snacks provided by Lake Forest Bank & Trust
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Visit with Santa

4:30 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!

Western Avenue between Deerpath and Westminster will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation is accepting donations from the community to enhance this (free!) and amazing Lake Forest tradition. Click the button below to learn more and donate.

Tree Lighting ceremony Fundraiser



November 27, 2021 - January 10, 2022

In addition to the central business district and Market Square holiday decorations, this year eight Lake Forest community and neighborhood parks will be decorated with holiday trees and lights, which will remain on for the entire season.

Parks include:

  • Elawa Park
  • Everett Park
  • Forest Park
  • Northcroft Park
  • South Park
  • Townline Park
  • Waveland Park
  • West Park

We are looking for families and local businesses to sponsor Lake Forest Lights up the Parks. Any donation amount is welcome. A festive holiday sign will be posted in the park acknowledging sponsors donating $25.00 or more. Donations will close on 11-17 so we have ample time to order signage.

LF Lights up the parks fundraiser

See you at the parks!


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Friday, June 3, 2022

Join us for the 21st Anniversary of The Fred Jackson Golf Classic! This is one of the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation's largest fundraisers. This fun-filled event features 18 holes plus a cart, lunch and beverages, awards, and Mayor's Cup. Open to the public. Tickets go on sale in May.


Save the Date! Monday, July 4, 2022 | Deerpath Community Park | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Spend your Fourth of July holiday under the stars at the 15th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks at Deerpath Community Park.

This fun family event is brought to you by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation. Tickets go on sale in May.


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Saturday, August 20

Parking lot behind city hall

Time: TBA

Come out to our summer party in downtown Lake Forest! Our inaugural event will feature live bands on two stages, games and activities for the kids, fantastic food, and a bourbon, beer, and wine pavilion.

Tickets go on sale in July.