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.

Festival of Lights at Bolingbrook Promenade

This year, Bolingbrook will host a traditional tree lighting ceremony in honor of its 50th anniversary. Take a horse and wagon ride before Santa makes his grand entrance at and brings along crafts, story telling, a petting zoo, musical entertainment, and more. The official tree lighting will be followed by a Glow Stick parade to Bass Pro Shops to launch additional holiday festivities.

Nov. 14
Ceremony starts at 1 p.m.; Santa arrives at 2 p.m.; tree lighting at 5:15 p.m.
Bolingbrook Promenade
631 E. Boughton Rd.

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

— Lisa Snart & Kelly Aiglon