Your children will ooh and ahhh and delight in staying up after dark (we won’t tell them it’s only 6:00 p.m.!) when you light up the holidays at a McHenry County Tree Lighting. From lighted parades to Santa there is a little something for everyone at these events. Find the tree lighting in your town or venture a little farther with our tree lighting map located at the end.
McHenry County Tree Lighting Events
Please remember that these events are all outdoors, so dress for the weather. Little McHenry County is not responsible for canceled events. Events are listed in chronological order, please click on the links for further details.
24 November 12:00 p.m. McHenry Christmas Parade, Walk, & Tree Lighting
The annual event Santa visits, Dickens Carolers, free trolley rides, and more. The parade is staged on Main Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park. Tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk.
29 November 5:00 p.m. Lighting of the Woodstock Square
Visit the beautiful and historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving and help the City of Woodstock usher in the official start to the holiday season. With the flip of a switch, tens of thousands of twinkling lights are illuminated on Park trees and Square buildings, ushering in the magic of Christmas in a Victorian-era setting.
30 November 2:00 p.m. Fox Lake Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting
Celebrate the Holiday spirit with the Village of Fox Lake at the Festival of Lights! Prior to the parade and tree lighting, attend a Kris Kringle Winter Market located at the Community Garden Green from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. The parade will start at 5 p.m. at Grant Community High school and march down Grand Avenue. Immediately Following the parade there will be the Annual Tree Lighting at Millennium Park.
7 December 3:30 p.m. Spring Grove Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
An evening of Christmas fun including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hay wagon rides, storytelling, and crafts. The Tree lighting will be at 5:00 p.m.
7 December 4:00 p.m. A Very Merry Huntley
Head to the Huntley Town Square for an afternoon of holiday fun. The day includes visits with live reindeer, Santa’s arrival on a fire truck, lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Gazebo and Town Square and a holiday fireworks show!
7 December 5:30 p.m. Miracle on Main
Celebrate the holiday season with your family and neighbors at Miracle on Main. We will have plenty of free family activities for everyone to enjoy. Admission to the event is free. Toys for Tots donation bins will be available for new unwrapped toys.
7 December 6:00 p.m. Cary Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting
Enjoy holiday trees decorated by groups from all over the Cary community, visit with Santa and his live reindeer and weather permitting skating, as well as the annual tree lighting.
Map of Local Tree Lighting Events
Where will you be kicking off the holiday season?