Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade

Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade

Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival: Presented by the University of St. Francis is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 10:00 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Jitters Coffeehouse, JJC City Center Campus and more. The Rialto Square Theatre’s annual holiday festivities also add to the holiday spirit in Downtown Joliet!

Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 5:15 p.m. in Van Buren Plaza followed by the Light Up The Holidays Parade at 5:30 p.m.

Become part of the parade by signing up below!

Follow the Parade!

This years parade will start at the corner of Jackson St. & Chicago St. We’ll head down towards the Rialto onto Jefferson and take Scott St. back towards Jackson to finish off the event.

Ride with Santa!

Congratulations to our winners Austin and Ayva. We were so excited with the huge response for this raffle. We hope you enjoy this amazing experience at the Light Up the Holidays parade! 

Activity List

17 E Van Buren St. 17 E
Free coloring book for kids under 12.

179 N. Chicago St. | 2pm
Come and decorate ornaments with the whole family. All crafts and refreshments are free.
20 E. Cass St. | 1pm-6pm
Slime & Ornament making for $5.00pp.
Science display of Worms & Compositing
Christmas Music presented by Violinist Susan
76 N Chicago St. | 10am-2pm
Coloring contest
Free ornament with purchase.
178 N Chicago St.
All Day coloring contest
Santa,Elsa & Anna from 4pm-6pm
Profesh Omar photos available
204 N. Ottawa St. | Free Admission 10:00 – 4:00pm
Museum Gallery Open Frozen Princesses Performance by: Billie Limacher Park Gnomes Crafts Santa Clause

Plaza in front of The Rialto | 3pm-5pm
Brought to you by Amita St. Joseph Medical Group

102 N Chicago St | 9:30am – 12:30pm Seating
Teddy Bear Tea
Box Meals
Cookie Decorating
Photo with Santa
Stories with Mrs. Claus
Each child receives a souvenir Teddy bear

Starts at completion of the parade.
Brought to you by Midland States Bank

Lighting of the Downtown Tree

Joliet Public Library

Adults & Children Crafts (while supplies last)

December Holiday Events!

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre

Dec. 4th & 5th | 2:00pm | Admission $5
The indoor festival features a live stage production of gnome lore and adventures, gnome-made crafts, hand-crafted gnome doll raffle, cookie factory and live music to lift your spirits. Audience members can be gnomes, too, with their very own gnome cap, which are available at the fest. Those returning to the fest get a free tassel for their cap. A family tradition for many! Tickets are available online, at the office and at the door.
More Info & Tickets Here

Dec. 10th & 11th | 8:00pm | Admission $5
Get the real story behind gnome life and their take on world affairs. A tongue-in cheek perspective from the wee bit tipsy folk may help you forget about the pink flamingos in your own backyard. Show is rated R for language & subject matter. Visit the “Tavern On The Bricks” – remember to gnome responsibly. Swing by the gnome gift shop to get your own gnome cap and beer cap tassel to commemorate another year with the drunk’n gnomes.
More Info & Tickets Here