Countdown is on for Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Countdown is on for Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Posted on 11/09/2017

Celebrate with the community at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony held at North School Park, Eastman and Arlington Heights Road on Friday, November 24 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 and Harmony Park.

The traditional Tree Lighting ceremony will begin at 4:15 with the Arlington Heights Park District’s baton group, followed by a 4:30 p.m. performance by Vibe Dance Troop and a 4:45 p.m. performance of the Dickens Carolers from John Hersey High School.  After brief comments, the countdown will begin around 5 p.m. 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 at North School Park was donated by the Hermes family on N. Derbyshire Avenue, and was delivered and set atop the fountain in North School Park by our Public Works Department.

Enjoy the “official countdown” to the holiday lights being flipped on as well as partake in the food truck vendors that will be on site from 4- 8 p.m. Don’t forget to ride the Holly Trolley from 4 - 8 p.m. which will include three stops. The first stop is at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum where you can write a holiday wish and hang it on the Wish Tree at the Museum or stroll and shop for a unique wreath or holiday gift at the “Poinsettias, Peppermints and Pines” Holiday Décor Sale held inside the Museum.

Then the trolley stops near Harmony Park where riders can see two ice sculptures that will be carved in Harmony Park starting at 4:30 p.m., as well as check out the decorated tree in the park, which was donated by the Durham family from W. Plymouth Drive. The ice sculptures will remain in Harmony Park once the work is completed. Then the trolley heads back to North School Park where riders can stroll through the park and enjoy the many lit displays that carry out a children's toy theme.