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Let There Be Lights: Wilmette Happenings cap local lighting events

This place is lit.

Wilmette’s and Kenilworth’s lighting ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 3, finished off a traditional welcoming of the holiday season across New Trier Township.


After a day of festivities around downtown Wilmette and Plaza del Lago, folks gathered on the Village Hall Green to enjoy carols and the annual lighting — thanks to the guests of honor (Alexa Geiger, Evan Geiger, Cam Geiger, Bea Degen and Bobby Degen) flipping an oversized, ceremonial light switch.

Members of the New Trier swing choir perform before the holiday lighting ceremony on the Village Hall Green.

Earlier in the day, Santa Claus came to down and strolled down the parkway. Children could jump inside an inflatable snow globe, and a scavenger hunt kept people busy as they awaiting the lighting.

Just a mile north, Kenilworth officials welcomed residents for an evening of activities that included a holiday market, live music, and cookies and hot chocolate — with the lighting of the village tree highlighting the affair.

With an evening of merriment, Winnetka’s tree was lit on Friday, Dec. 2. | Photo from Winnetka Park District

A day earlier, Friday, Dec. 2, Winnetka ushered in the holidays with a tree lighting at Dwyer Park. Northfield celebrated the season with its Holiday Fest on Nov. 30, while Glencoe kicked off the area’s festivities with Light the Lights on Nov. 25.

The trees are lit, but local groups have plenty left to keep you busy this holiday season.

From holiday performances to visits with Santa to Hannukah celebrations, check out what else is out there this season in The Record’s holiday event guide.

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