Above / Organizers say the Sunrise Rotary display will feature the largest holiday tree around amid many colorful sparkling exhibits such as Frosty and others set to music.

UPDATE, Nov. 24, 2018 / If the drizzling dampness kept you away on opening night on Nov. 23, NaperLights will  continue to illuminate the landscape at Naper Settlement with the best sounds and selection of holiday music yet through Dec. 23.

Light displays now enhance the entire village where visitors can stroll and enjoy singing along to Christmas carols and holiday tunes, sure to bring back memories of Christmases past.

The holiday tree stands taller than ever surrounded by colorful light displays in a brand new layout throughout the 19th century village.

Original Post, Nov. 19, 2018 / For its 6th year, Naperville Sunrise Rotary’s NaperLights holiday display returns to make the season even brighter as it joins with Naper Settlement and Christkindlmarket for what promises to be another festive and bustling experience in downtown Naperville. 

The light display, a gift to the community from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, will feature a growing collection of giant lighted holiday figures including new Illuminated Ice Skaters and large animated displays of Elves and Children building a Giant Snowman.

Like the Grinch’s heart, the Giant Holiday Tree has grown to 38 feet, making it arguably the largest holiday tree on display in DuPage County. The popular polar bears and sleigh on loan from Brookfield Zoo make the perfect backdrop for holiday photos. Also returning this year is a holiday light display set to music.  Area music groups will offer occasional evenings of choral music throughout the displays run.

Rotary Club of Naperville / Sunrise will welcome visitors to enjoy its 6th annual display of bright, colorful and often twinkling lights throughout the holiday season. (Photo courtesy Rotary Sunrise)

NaperLights Nov. 23 through Dec. 23

NaperLights will be illuminated beginning Fri.,  Nov. 23 and aglow until Sun., Dec. 23. Hours will be from 4PM to 7 PM on Thursdays,  4PM to 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4PM to 6PM on Sundays. 

Special Christmas Week hours are 4PM to 8PM December 17-19. 

Free-will donations to support Naperville Sunrise Rotary local and international charitable projects are welcomed.

Chriskindlmarket, too…

In addition to Naperlights, Naper Settlement will once again host Christkindlmarket, a traditional European open-air holiday market featuring ornaments, gifts and décor, food, music and traditional mulled wine. Visit napersettlement.org for more details. Admission to Christkindlmarket and NaperLights is free.  Parking is available in three municipal lots in Downtown Naperville as well as after hours at the Municipal Center parking lot.

Naper Lights is produced, in part by a City of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Grant. Additional sponsors include Gerald Subaru, Power Forward DuPage, Source Books, Klein Hall, Century 21 Affiliated Ryan Hill Group, Wells Fargo Advisors, Lisle Savings Bank, Franklin Partners, Michael Bond, DDS, Naperville Bank & Trust, West Suburban Bank, Charles Vincent George Architects, Dogtopia, Edelweiss Snow Plowing and the William Thompson Family.

Some 208,000 people attended over the four-weeks of the display last season.

“We are excited to be partnering on the grounds of Naper Settlement with Christkindlmarket.  It is a perfect marriage with the festive light display creating a beautiful atmosphere and drawing people from throughout the region to enjoy all that Downtown Naperville has to offer,” noted NaperLights Co-Chair Scott Amundsen.   “Sunrise Rotary plans to bring a spectacle that celebrates the community spirit of giving and has become a Naperville tradition.”

For more information about NaperLights 2018, visit www.naperlights.com.   

Story and photo submitted by Deb Newman for the Rotary Club of Naperville / Sunrise.

Visit Downtown Naperville, also decked out with holiday charm…

Naper Settlement is just steps from the Naperville Riverwalk and hundreds of shopping and dining experiences in downtown Naperville, where the streets are now sparkling with with hundreds of the brightest snowflake ornaments around Illinois.

Simply follow Webster Street north and cross over the illuminated Riverwalk Covered Bridge to Jackson Avenue or Jefferson Avenue and hang a right where downtown Naperville leads to many shopping and dining pleasures aglow for the holiday season, too.

Allegory is the new restaurant on Main Street located where Heaven on Seven used to be right next to Dean’s, downtown Naperville’s oldest shop featuring fine clothing for women and men.

Come spend the day! Find plenty that’s new among all the traditions of downtown Naperville, too.

Seasons greetings!