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Tree Lighting Ceremony To Brighten Up Black Friday


Arlington Heights has kicked off the holiday season in North School Park at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony since 1991. Join officials from the Village of Arlington Heights’ Special Events Commission and the Park District on Friday, November 27th at 4:30pm as they ring in yet another holiday season. This year, spectators will be greeted by beloved light displays and musical performances by the Hersey High School Dickens Carolers and Vibe Dance Company.

First 1,000 visitors will receive a complimentary light up reindeer nose to brighten up Black Friday.

Visitors this year will also enjoy the unveiling of a special light display commemorating the Park District’s 90th Anniversary constructed especially by the District’s skilled tradesmen. In keeping with the children’s toy theme of the park, a model locomotive engine, with a design inspired by the Chicago & Northwestern’s engine "Pioneer" will be displayed in the center of the park. The interactive engine is constructed of a variety of materials including plywood and aluminum and measures approximately 16 feet long, 7 feet high and weighs approximately 300 – 400 pounds.

Between November 27, 2015 and January 6, 2016, North School Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with 80,000 lights adorning whimsical displays making it the perfect backdrop for keepsake holiday photos and creating warm family memories.


Immediately following the tree lighting, visitors are encouraged to stop by the Arlington Heights Historical Museum located at 110 W. Fremont Street for Festival of the Wreaths. The goal of this event is to promote community engagement and awareness of the Arlington Heights Historical Society/Historical Museum and to raise funds for the Historical Society. Visitors can view over 70 wreaths submitted by local individuals, community organizations and businesses and vote for their favorite. Public voting is open from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Learn more about Festival of the Wreaths online at


Sometimes, the sequel is better than the original. Yes, the Historical Museum is bringing back a blast from the past. Arlington Club Beverages are back. These handcrafted sodas follow the original recipes used by the Sass and Brother manufacturers in 1872, and use the finest quality ingredients including real cane sugar. Those familiar with this 140-year old tradition will rejoice. There are four flavors available: Lemon, Strawberry, Ginger Ale, and Sarsaparilla. Quantities are limited and will be available at the Historical Museum Gift Shop starting Friday, November 27th. Makes a great holiday gift. Learn more about the Arlington Club Beverage Company online at


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