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HP150 2019 Light Up the Night

October 31, 2019 -- Highland Park kicks off the holiday season with the HP150 “Light Up the Night” event and the Sugar Plum Shopping Spree in Downtown Highland Park on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 1-5 PM. The City, Downtown Alliance, and local businesses have partnered to create a memorable afternoon and holiday season.

Family-friendly activities will be available throughout Downtown Highland Park, including carriage rides, the arrival of Santa Claus on a firetruck to Port Clinton Square, a Menorah on display, entertainment, and live reindeer. In addition to the activities in Port Clinton Square, the Sugar Plum Shopping Spree, coordinated by the Downtown Alliance, will offer refreshments, activities, and goodies distributed by participating businesses throughout Downtown Highland Park beginning when stores open. Shoppers are invited to participate in the spree by making shopping local at participating downtown businesses (retail, restaurants, coffee stops, and spa services) for a chance to win a $250 gift card to the participating business of their choice. The events will conclude with a spectacular light show in Port Clinton Square to commemorate the City’s 150th Anniversary.

Schedule of Events: 
1:00 PM     Sugar Plum Shopping Spree Begins in Downtown Highland Park
1:00 PM     Carriage Rides Provided by Highland Park Bank & Trust
2:45 PM      Arrival of Santa to Port Clinton Square
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM     Santa, Reindeers, Entertainment, and Family-Friendly Activities at Port Clinton Square
4:45 PM      Tree Lighting and Light Show Count Down by Mayor Rotering in Port Clinton Square

Residents and visitors are encouraged to shop and dine locally throughout the holidays with extended parking hours in public parking lots in Downtown Highland Park between Saturday, November 16, 2019, and Saturday, December 21, 2019. On-street customer-only parking, disabled parking, fire hydrant, and loading zones will still be enforced. Additionally, permit parking remains in effect.

A complete list of entertainment and activities is available at Sugar Plum Shopping Spree details can be found at For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.