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Naper Settlement is set for the return of NaperLights, hosted by Rotary Sunrise


NaperLights will illuminate Naperville’s holiday spirit beginning Thanksgiving Weekend at Naper Settlement

Victorian carolers from The Caroling Party brightened festivities with holiday songs when members of the Rotary Club of Naperville/Sunrise flipped the switch on Naper Lights prior to the month-long display that begins Nov. 28, aglow on weekends through Jan. 1, 2015.

NaperLights, the Downtown Naperville lighted holiday display that made its debut last year, has moved to bigger quarters. For 2014, the attractive outdoor event will brighten the grounds of Naper Settlement when it opens its holiday run on Fri., Nov. 28, during Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

Presented by Naperville Sunrise Rotary, the display features a number of large holiday-themed figures, lighted trees, hot chocolate at the gazebo, and occasional holiday music in Century Memorial Chapel.

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Illuminated from 5PM -9PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through New Year’s Day, NaperLights is free to the public.

Free-will donations benefit Sunrise Rotary community projects in support of youth and families and youth leadership development.

Presenting sponsors for NaperLights are Marquette Companies, Developers of the Water Street District, and Ryan Hill Realty. Additional sponsors as of press time include John Greene Realtors, Advanced Data Technologies, Power Forward DuPage, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Bank & Trust, Main Street Promenade East, Casey’s Foods, Klein Hall CPAs,  Naperville Development Partnership, Downtown Naperville Alliance, Fastsigns, Belgio’s Catering, Lend Lease, Positively Naperville, Essig Printing, DeEtta’s Bakery, Solemn Oath Brewers and Roseland Draperies and Interiors.

Tentative schedule of performers, weather permitting

Nov. 28 and 29, North Central College, 5:30 to 6:30PM

Dec. 5, Benet Academy, 5:30 to 6:30PM

Dec. 6, Metea Valley HS (chapel)  6:30 to 7:30PM

Dec. 12, Benet Academy 5:30 to 6:30PM

Dec. 13, Naperville Central HS 5:30 to 6:30PM

Dec. 19, Waubonsie Valley HS 5:30 to 6:30PM

Dec. 20, Young Naperville Singers (chapel)  6:30 to 7:30PM

Visitors are advised to dress for outdoor strolling.  Entry to the Settlement will be available through gates on Webster and Porter. The Preemption House and Settlement buildings will not be open in the evening.

NaperLights is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund. For additional information on NaperLights visit www.naperlights.com.

Submitted by Deb Newman, Rotary Club of Naperville / Sunrise

PN Photos from the 2013 NaperLights

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