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Lighting of the Square

November 25 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Visit the beautiful and historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving and help the City of Woodstock usher in the official start to the holiday season. With the flip of a switch, tens of thousands of twinkling lights are illuminated on Park trees and Square buildings, ushering in the magic of Christmas in a Victorian-era setting.

The event begins at 4:00pm, followed by the grand arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on an antique fire engine at 5:00pm. While the Lighting Ceremony begins at 7:00pm in the Park in the Square, there are many wonderful holiday activities planned from 4:00-8:00pm, including holiday carolers, children’s activities, charitable opportunities, shopping at downtown boutiques and dining at local restaurants and food trucks. A highlight for children and parents alike is meeting Santa in front of the Opera House beginning around 5:30pm to 6:45pm.

A special treat is the opening of the annual Opera House Christmas Tree Walk featuring dozens of trees beautifully decorated by area organizations. Then, take a stroll through the Gingerbread House Walk at the Old Courthouse and vote for your favorite edible edifice.

While you’re in Woodstock for the Lighting of the Square, stay for the weekend and enjoy our lovely town Square and brick-lined streets connecting upscale shops, fine dining and live entertainment as well as shopping districts on IL Route 47 and throughout the community. And, don’t forget the many holiday events and performances at the Woodstock Opera House.

If you love parades, be sure to join in welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus as they escort the Christmas Parade around the Square on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. After the Parade, head over to Flores Banquets, 240 N. Throop Street, to warm up and enjoy Cookies and Churros with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas.

Be sure to check out the Visitors’ section of our website for information on seasonal events, area attractions, places to stay and so much more!


November 25
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST


Woodstock Square
114 W Calhoun
woodstock, IL 60098 United States
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