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.

Roscoe Village WinterFest

One of Chicago's most kid-friendly neighborhoods goes all out for the holidays, starting with a tree lighting in front of Conexion Spa. Stick around following the tree lighting and browse the area boutiques for some late night shopping. Come back the next day for family day and enjoy kids’ activities like trolley rides, Santa visits and choir performances.

Sat. Dec. 5 tree lighting; Sun. Dec. 6 family day
Tree lighting at 5 p.m.; Family day from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
In front of Conexion Spa
2213 W. Roscoe St.
Roscoe Village
Online: http://roscoevillage.org/event-calendar/winterfest/

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

— Lisa Snart & Kelly Aiglon