Winter Lights Winter Market showcases dozens of vendors for holiday shopping in downtown Aurora

An indoor winter market joins the Winter Lights lineup on Friday, Nov. 22. Winter Lights Winter Market opens up shops and museums throughout downtown Aurora with pop up shops featuring a variety of local artisans and makers.

The Winter Lights Winter Market will be a time to get a head start on holiday shopping with dozens of local artisans and vendors selling their wares at a handful of locations. The market will allow shoppers to buy unique items for the holidays at Society 57, SciTech Hands On Museum, Pure Skin Solutions, All Spoked Up, If These Walls Could Talk, Gary Brown Art Gallery, and more. 

If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., will host All Out Records, a vintage album pop up shop with uniquely curated LPs at affordable prices. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Historical Society at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., will open their gift shop full of local gift items including Aurora t-shirts, ornaments, and other one-of-a-kind items. 6 to 9 p.m.

Gary Brown Art Gallery, 7 S. Broadway, will be open with “Gifts of Love,” featuring art, photography, and the International House of Hope, unique handmade gifts from rescued victims of human trafficking. 6 to 9 p.m.

L & L Vintage, 30 N. Broadway, will be open with Trinkets and Treasures, Replay Vintage, and Wilameana’s Way. Bring in a new toy for Toys for Tots and get 10 percent off all purchases. 6 to 9 p.m.

Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S. Stolp Ave., will host Luv that Scrub and Ms. P’s Gluten Free Sweets. 5 to 9 p.m.

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will be open with new and vintage items curated for the holidays. 6 to 10 p.m.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12, will host Pricked Finger Felt and Crafty Schmit. 6 to 9 p.m.

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will be open with vendors and a 15% discount in their gift shop plus free museum admission for the main floor. 6 to 8 p.m. 

Society 57, 100 S. River St., will host “Makers Market” featuring live music and a large variety of vendors curated by Illuminate Space. 5 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will be open with free admission and 15 percent discount in the gift shop. Check out the museum’s new holiday ornament. 6 to 8 p.m.

Aurora officially kicks off the holiday season with the annual Winter Lights holiday celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. The evening includes activities along Downer Place including food trucks, a festive parade kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the city’s tree lighting at G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, fireworks, and photos with Santa. 

Food trucks include Holy Pierogi, Red Hot Chicago, Small Cakes, Burritoville, Grumpy Gaucho, and Broasters. 

After the activities, Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste 16, will once again host photos with Santa along with Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18. Visitors will enter Tredwell Coffee in order to see Santa at Wyckwood House, a curated home decor shop that features more than a dozen local vendors. A digital photo will then be available for free download. 

The city of Aurora hosts Winter Lights in collaboration with Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit organization of downtown business and property owners.