Winter Lights on Nov. 16

Winter Lights is approaching in downtown Aurora. The fun, family-friendly evening on Friday, Nov. 16 heralds in the holiday season with a parade, the official city tree lighting, photos with Santa, fireworks, and more.
Downtown businesses are also invited to decorate their storefront windows for the 2018 Winter Lights window decorating contest. This year’s theme is “The Merry Downtown of Oz.” The deadline for businesses to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 9. Applications are due to Gina Moga or Mike Nelson at Special Events, 5 E. Downer Pl. Suite A.
A trophy will be awarded for the best decorated storefront. In addition, the winner will receive coverage in a press release and social media.
Windows must be fully decorated by Wednesday, November 14. Judging will take place between Nov. 14 and Nov. 16. Winner will be announced at Winter Lights on Friday, Nov. 16 at the parade ceremony.
Winter Lights kicks off the holiday season from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Friday before Thanksgiving. The Aurora tradition brings out thousands to see the parade and tree lighting at the G.A.R. Memorial Museum on Downer Place.
The free, family-friendly holiday event featuring a festive parade kicking off at 6:30 p.m. and ending with the official, living  tree lighting at G.A.R. Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl. Enjoy fireworks, pop up shops, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the festivities. Shop downtown Aurora’s small businesses and visit downtown museums.
Visit Aurora Downtown’s Winter Lights 2018 event on Facebook for a full schedule.