Chicago is ready to flip the switch. You’ll hear oohs and aahs when streets, shopping centers and parks light up for the holidays — and you can be there when it happens. If you can’t make the kick-off ceremonies, don’t worry: these hotspots will stay brilliantly lit through the end of December. Click through our guide to the best and brightest.

Holiday Lights in Homewood

The southwest 'burb and one-time railroad hub gets in on the action with a tree lighting ceremony, trolley rides and special promotions throughout Homewood's central business district. Guests are invited to warm up by the bonfire while marveling at the tree and greeting Santa. There are also carolers, ice sculptors, reindeer and an ice skating rink on Martin Ave.

Dec. 4
Festivities kick off at 6 p.m.; tree lighting at 7 p.m.
Irwin Park
18120 Highland Ave.

Where will you go to see holiday lights this year? Let us know in the Comments section!

— Lisa Snart & Kelly Aiglon