Whether you need an infusion of holiday spirit or you just enjoy shiny things (no judgement here), your neighbors have just what you need.
A drive around the community will allow you to enjoy festive displays ranging from whimsical to awe-inspiring and everything in between. We put together a list of some of our favorites below. Know of one not listed? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Christmas on Cleveland: 1200 Cleveland St., Wilmette
The Maris family’s annual holiday-lights extravaganza that is synchronized with holiday music runs every night beginning at 4:30 p.m. Pop by and tune your radio to 101.5 FM and dance along with the lights. It can get busy so make sure to be mindful of neighbors.
Sleigh Ride: 2000 block of Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
A Wilmette classic. Santa and his reindeer have been flying for 70-plus years in Wilmette. The DIY display has Santa soaring up in the air and back again all night. Take a look around and enjoy the holiday windows, the rotating Christmas tree next door and more. With free candy canes and hot chocolate, Christmas Eve is a great night to stop by.
Holiday Giants: Laurel and Fifth Street, Wilmette
A quick but incredible stop to this intersection will have you deep in thought on how the heck you get lights to the top of 40-foot trees. The colorful lightwork continues around the perimeter as well.
Pretty in Pink: 500 block of Sheridan Road, Kenilworth
Sheridan Road is always a beautiful drive, but this time of year it terms into something more — especially at this home in Kenilworth. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it. The spectacularly lit row of evergreens is a showstopper.
Festival of Lights — and More Lights: 700 block of Valley Road in Glencoe
The Hazan family is back at it again with their tribute to Hanukkah in Glencoe. The display is outrageously fun with numerous inflatables (menorah, dreidel, train, more) surrounded by blue lighting. The display stays up through December.
Christmas Wrap: 700 block of Chestnut Lane, Glencoe
This home really pops just off Forest View in Glencoe. The multi-colored lights are elegantly spread through the landscaping and around the home, and the garland-lined fencing is a special touch.
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