Tree Lighting Ceremony Fundraiser

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is back for 2021, and The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation is accepting donations from the community to enhance this (free!) and amazing Lake Forest tradition.

Don't miss this holiday tradition for the entire family! Enjoy an afternoon and evening of live entertainment, warm drinks, carolers, LFDA dancers, and Santa! This free community event is held at Historic Market Square in downtown Lake Forest.

Friday, November 26
Market Square, Downtown Lake Forest

Schedule of Events

3:00 pm
Ice Sculpting by Art Below Zero
Arts and crafts activity for kids courtesy of Sage Explorers
Food Trucks from Rosati’s & Taste of Paris
Cider, donuts, and TALA coffee courtesy of The Oertel Group/Compass
Hot chocolate and snacks provided by Lake Forest Bank & Trust

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Visit with Santa

4:30 pm
Caroling concert by the Lake Forest High School Choristers

5:00 pm
Lake Forest Dance Academy performance begins, and just after, the lights will be set aglow!

Western Avenue between Deerpath and Westminster will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.


  • Tanis Yonkers 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 7 mos
  • Kirstin Gallas 
    • $10 
    • 7 mos
  • Brad and Jennifer Adams 
    • $200 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
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Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.