Lake Forest Continues to Light up The Town Despite COVID


Elawa Farms

Annie Kelly, Staff Writer

Although it hasn’t been the most wonderful year, it is still the most wonderful time of the year! With the holiday season upon us that means there are many opportunities to alleviate stress. One of these opportunities, and one of my personal favorites, is Christmas lights. Not only have the citizens of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff taken this opportunity into their own hands by decorating their own houses, the cities have done so as well. 

Lake Forest and Lake Bluff do a wonderful job of lighting up the heart of their towns every year. Lake Bluff continues to spread the light with their traditional blue and green orbs and lights hanging near the gazebo. Lake Forest does the same classic lighting in Market Square, but they decided to take it one step further this year.  

In all of the parks in Lake Forest, the city has set up multiple Christmas trees along with lights to spread even more Christmas cheer. These lights will remain there for the entire season for everyone within the town to go check them out at all locations. 

In the past, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff have been able to host a tree lighting ceremony. It brings the communities together after Thanksgiving to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.. This year due to COVID, those events were unfortunately unable to happen. Although they couldn’t have the traditional tree lighting ceremonies with hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and the wonderful Lake Forest High School and Lake Bluff Middle School choirs ringing throughout Market Square and the Gazebo, the towns didn’t give up on the decorating aspect of Christmas. 

The holiday trees and lights are located at:

  • Elawa Park
  • Everett Park
  • Forest Park (Top of the Lake Forest Beach) 
  • Northcroft Park 
  • South Park
  • Townline Park
  • Waveland Park
  • West Park 

So, next time you and your friends find yourselves in need of a little Christmas cheer, or some light in your life, grab a hot chocolate and drive around to one (or all) locations. The holiday trees and lights will be there to visit during the most wonderful time of the year! 

Check out DroNation Video Services video showing the process, and the lighting of all the light in all the locations around Lake Forest!