Holiday light shows across the suburbs are lighting up the night almost every day of the week throughout December.
Many have proved so popular that they’re already selling out. So, check the website or call ahead to make sure tickets are still available.
Aurora Festival of Lights
5-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 26 at Phillips Park, South Smith Street and Fifth Avenue, Aurora. Presented in partnership with Rotary Club of Aurora and the City of Aurora, the drive-through event features over a mile of lighted displays, including the new helicopter display. Free; donations welcome. Reserve time at www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.
Festival of Lights
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Thursday, Dec. 30, at Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. See thousands of twinkling lights, plus a selection of Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery, hot chocolate and holiday gifts available for purchase. Lights turn on at 3 p.m. Open from 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Free admission; donations are appreciated. cosleyzoo.org.
2:45-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 16-19, and Sunday through Friday, Dec. 26-31, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Note: Tickets for nonmembers are sold out on Dec. 18-19, with availability low on other days. More than two million twinkling LED lights, a 600-foot Tunnel of Lights, skating rink, photo ops and more. Secure admission and parking tickets in advance of arriving at the zoo. czs.org/HolidayMagic.
Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park
4:30-10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2 in Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard. Magical light shows, tree decorations, a gingerbread house and more. New this year, bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation. Free visits with Santa from 6-8 p.m. this weekend, including a Magical Elf Hunt Dec. 17; caroling and s’mores around a fire Dec. 18; and Polar Express Night Dec. 19. lombardparks.com/holiday-lights/.
Light Up the Lake
3-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 19, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Dec. 20 through Jan. 2, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. An indoor, temperature-controlled experience featuring large-scale light sculpture displays showcasing more than 600,000 twinkling lights, a regulation-size Alpine ice rink, holiday beer garden, train rides, Santa’s Village, gift market and other family-friendly events. The event will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve, and will be closed on Christmas Day. Tickets are $26 for adults, $21 for kids 3-12, and free for ages 3 and younger. navypier.org.
4-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 2 at the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago. Includes a holiday lights experience on the Main Mall and a light show on the South Lawn. New this year: sensory-friendly visit times and …….