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HP Light Up the Night

HP Light Up the Night
November 16, 2019

The entire City will “Light Up the Night” in Highland Park on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 3 - 5 PM as the City and local businesses celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with decorated storefronts and over 200 decorated trees.

Recap of 2018 HP Light Up the Night
Schedule of Events: 
2:45 PM      Arrival of Santa
3:00 PM      Lake Forest Country Day School Choir
4:15 PM      The Performer’s School
4:30 PM      Prize Giveaways
4:50 PM      Holiday Tree Lighting Count Down by Mayor Rotering
Horse-drawn carriage rides run throughout the event. 

There were plenty of family-friendly activities throughout Downtown Highland Park including a special early arrival of Santa Claus on a Firetruck to Port Clinton Square at 2:45 PM. Attendees also enjoyed hot chocolate and a horse-drawn carriage ride available at Highland Park Bank & Trust from 1:30 - 5 PM. From 3 - 4:30 PM, attendees were invited to decorate a holiday card at Paper Source (490 Central Ave), color and get a free box of crayons at Ross Highland Park (625 Central Ave), and pick up a free cup of hot cider from Style Shack (1839 2nd Street), who donated 20% of the day's sales to the Highland Park Community Foundation. Plenty of refreshments, activities, and goodies including glow sticks were distributed by many participating businesses including Highland Park Bank & Trust, Uncle Dan’s, JAYNE, Stationery Station, Summer Classics Home, Jade & Renee, Edward Jones Investment, Ross Highland Park, Style Shack, Paper Source, @ Properties, Burn Boot Camp,  Alixandra Collections, and OrangeTheory Fitness.

Event attendees received a prize drawing ticket for a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses including Bar Method, Jade & Renee, Stationery Station, Dairy Queen, Summer Classics Home, The Art Center - Highland Park, Landmark Renaissance Plance, First Bank of Highland Park, Blaze Pizza, and Alixandra Collections. 

Live entertainment featured Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School, Lake Forest Country Day School Choir, and The Performer’s School A Cappella Group.

The Tree Lighting Count Down with Mayor Nancy Rotering takes place at approximately 4:50 PM.

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 17 and Saturday, December 22. Extended parking hours only pertain to public lots. On-street customer-only parking, disabled parking, fire hydrant, and loading zones will still be enforced. Additionally, permit parking still remains in effect. Employee parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.

In addition to the host of family-friendly holiday activities, there are opportunities to give back to those in need of assistance this holiday season:

Zac's Zoo: Zac Cohen, a Highland Park resident who recently passed away at the young age of 20, started a charity called Zac's Zoo when he was only seven years old. His family is carrying on his legacy of collecting new stuffed animals that first responders can give to children who are in need of comfort during crisis situations. Bring a new stuffed animal to Port Clinton Square between 3 and 5 PM to support the cause.

Moraine Township Food Pantry: The City will be accepting donations for the Moraine Township Food Pantry, including food and toiletry donations for those who are in need of sustenance assistance. Please bring non-expired, sealed items. Most needed items include cereal, rice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cleaning supplies.

2018 Entertainers
Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School
Lake Forest Country Day School Choir
The Performer’s School A Cappella Group

2018 Participating Businesses/ Sponsors
Highland Park Bank & Trust
Highland Park Chamber of Commerce
Stationery Station
Bar Method
JAYNE Boutique
Summer Classics Home 
Edward Jones
Blaze Pizza
Dairy Queen
Jade & Renee
Paper Source
Style Shack
Ross Highland Park
Art Center of Highland Park
First Bank of Highland Park
@ Properties
Burn Boot Camp
Alixandra Collections
OrangeTheory Fitness
Uncle Dans Highland Park