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Aurora Festival of Lights returns for its 16th year in Aurora, Illinois

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The Aurora Festival of Lights – the largest free outdoor drive-thru holiday light display in the region - returns for its 16th year with dazzling displays and merry music that will delight children and adults. 

The Aurora Festival of Lights opens on Friday, November 25, and runs through Sunday, December 25, each night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Philips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive. 

Admission is free, but visitors must register for an entry ticket at

Visitors will enjoy a mile of spectacular lighted displays from the comfort of the car while listening to holiday songs on a closed-circuit radio station.  

This popular free holiday drive-thru features crowd-favorite displays like jumping reindeer, ice skating bears, old man winter, howling wolves, the holiday golfer, Santa’s toy factory, and fields of gigantic snowflakes, along with new displays. 

Gather the family, bundle up, jump in the car and make holiday memories.  

More than 50,000 vehicles visited the festival last year, and voluntary, free-will donations at the conclusion of the event provided support to dozens of non-profit and youth organizations in Aurora.

Groups, organizations, and businesses interested in volunteering at and/or sponsoring the Aurora Festival of Lights should contact [email protected]

Find this and more fun things to do in the Aurora Area this holiday season, including Christkindlmarket Aurora and The Sound of Music at Paramount Theatre, by visiting our holiday events & attractions page at


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