Tree Lighting, November 23, 2018

Celebrate Annual Tree Lighting on November 23, 4 p.m.
Posted on 11/19/2018

Celebrate with the community at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony held at North School Park, Eastman and Arlington Heights Road on Friday, November 23 at 4 p.m. Bring your families, friends, neighbors and holiday guests to this festive celebration!

Enjoy free rides on the Holly Trolleys from 4 – 8 p.m., sponsored by the Village’s Special Events Commission. The trolleys will pick-up and drop-off riders at North School Park, the Arlington Heights Historical Museum for the Wishing Tree activity and to Harmony Park.

The traditional Tree Lighting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. with the Arlington Heights Park District’s baton group, followed by a 4:15 p.m. performance by Vibe Dance Troop and a 4:30 p.m. performance of the Dickens Carolers from John Hersey High School. Following the carolers, Park District Board President Maryfran Leno and Arlington Heights Mayor Hayes will make a few brief comments and then join the crowd in a countdown to "flip the switch" that magically activates the lights of the holiday tree in North School Park along with the many displays in the park as well as the streetscape lights throughout the Downtown.

This year’s holiday tree sitting atop the fountain at North School Park is a blue spruce. The over 45-foot-tall tree was donated by the Stoczanyn Family on the 1900 block of North Yale Avenue and was delivered and setup by the Village’s Public Works Department.

Enjoy strolling the park and taking pictures of the fun holiday displays set up by the Arlington Heights Park District, and don’t forget to hop on the Holly Trolley from 4 - 8 p.m. which will include three stops throughout the Downtown that will showcase the white lights of the Downtown!

The trolley’s first stop is at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum where you can write a holiday wish and hang it on the Wishing Tree at the Museum. The second stop is Harmony Park where riders can see two ice sculptures being carved starting at 5 p.m., as well as check out the 30-year Norway spruce decorated tree in the park that was donated by the Swenson Family of the 1200 block of West Hawthorne. 

Then the trolley heads back to North School Park where riders can make sure they did not miss any of the park District’s lit displays that carry out a children's toy theme.