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Holiday Lighting Ceremony
2016 Holiday Lighting Ceremony
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Start off the holiday season at the City of Highland Park’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 19 from 3 – 5 PM at Port Clinton Square. Gather in Downtown Highland Park and watch the celebration unfold as Mayor Nancy Rotering magically lights 200 trees to celebrate the 2016 holiday season. 

During the event, Family-friendly activities will be offered throughout Downtown Highland Park including Frosty’s Scavenger Hunt with prizes, visits with Santa, horse drawn sleigh rides, face painting and more. 

The event will have a bin near the Frosty Scavenger Hunt table for residents to drop-off non-expired food donations. Donated items are brought to the Moraine Township Office at 777 Central Avenue, where they are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 PM 

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.

Live Entertainment Featured
Entertainment will be provided by Elm Place Middle School Choir, Highland Park High School Band, Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School, Lake Forest Country Day School Choir, The Performer’s School, Soul2Sole Dance Inc., and North Shore School of Dance

2:30 PM Lake Forest Country Day School Choir 
2:45 PM Arrival of Santa

3:00 PM Highland Park High School Band 
3:30 PM Elm Place Middle School Choir
3:55 PM The Performer’s School 
4:25 PM Soul2Sole Dance Inc.
4:55 PM Tree Lighting Count Down with Mayor Rotering

There will be Nutcracker performances by Irina Makkai Ballet in the windows of Uncle Dan’s Kids from 3 - 5:30 PM and a special performance by North Shore School of Dance at 5 PM.

Business Participants
Almost 20 businesses are participating this year by either donating to the raffle prize, activities, providing an in-kind donation or being a stop along the scavenger hunt.

These businesses include: Ami Ami, Christ Church Highland Park, Classic Kids Highland Park Photography, CryoPure Spa, Essential Evolution Holistic Wellness, Florals by Mary Celeste, Freedom Home Care, Cindy Smolin-Guaranteed Rate, Guitar Center Highland Park, Highland Park Bank, Ivy Rehab, Jayne Boutique, Panera Bread, Real Urban BBQ, Renaissance Place, Stationery Station, Trunk Club, Workshop Highland Park, Zeifert Eye Care and Lisa Schulkins-@Properties.

Stop by Local Businesses for Treats and Activities

Ami Ami

Beanstalk and Sprout

Christ Church Highland Park

Classic Kids Highland Park Photography

CryoPure Spa

Essential Evolution Holistic Wellness

Florals by Mary Celeste

Freedom Home care

Cindy Smolin-Guaranteed Rate & Lisa Schulkin-@properties

Guitar Center Highland Park

Highland Park Bank and Trust

Ivy Rehab

Jayne Boutique

Panera Bread

Pulse Fitness

Real Urban BBQ

Renaissance Place

Stationery Station

Summer Classics Home

Trunk Club

Workshop HP

Zeifert Eye Care


Scavenger Stop - Stop by for drinks, treats and goodies

Stop by and visit Llama Llama wears red pajamas for photos from 1-4 PM

Scavenger Stop - Stop by for the coffee bar for hot drinks: coffee, espresso, latte, etc. 

Raffle Donation: Gift card for photo sitting, plus an 8x10 print

Scavenger Stop

Scavenger Stop - Stop by for tea, juice, and healthy vegan treats and first class free cards
Raffle Donation : 1 Week of Free Yoga

Scavenger Stop

Scavenger Stop - 
Decorations throughout lobby

Sponsors of holiday air-brushing

Raffle Donation: 2 Free guitar lessons

Scavenger Hunt Participant: Hot cocoa and carriage rides on the corner of St. Johns and Elm Place

Scavenger Hunt Participant: Providing bagels from Once Upon a Bagel, and refreshments

Scavenger Hunt Participant

Scavenger Hunt Participant: Free hot chocolate; Raffle Donation: 1 Bagel a Month for a Year: 13 Bagels and 2 Tubs of Spread

Raffle Donation: Boxing Gloves and Free Boxing Class - Stop by Pulse Fitness to enjoy their open house and the store's very own raffle, with a selection of prizes featured by Down Town Highland Park merchants

Scavenger Hunt Participant: Santa Cookies

Glowstick Donation

Scavenger Hunt Participant

Scavenger Hunt: Store Coupons

Raffle Donation: $50 gift card to Trunk Club

Scavenger Hunt Participant: Hand-on craft activity for kids; 10% off coupons and open house from 2 - 6PM

Scanger Hunt Participant

Constant Contact is sponsoring a Cash Mob and has selected Goodies as a participant. Stop by Goodies with a perishable food item to donate to Moraine Township and spin a wheel to win gift cards, treats and other promotional materials. A collection bin will be available, as well as samples of coffee and pretzels.

Shop Local this Holiday Season
Everyone is invited to explore and support the charming businesses of Downtown Highland Park. Shoppers will be able to find the perfect gift for anyone on their holiday shopping list from the great mix of unique boutiques and well known retailers, great salons and spas, or one of the many fabulous restaurants and treat shops. 

Shop local this holiday season and enjoy the lights and fun festivities on this special night with family and friends! Free parking will be available throughout the Central Business District on November 19 as part of the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.