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Wheaton Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony 2023

Join thousands of locals for a traditional Christmas-opening ceremony

Dates: November 24, 2023

Christmas is a special occasion in Illinois. The state’s residents prepare for the holiday very early, arranging various events and ceremonies. In Wheaton, people get together for a spectacular Christmas parade, which begins on the intersection of Wheaton Ave & Wesley Str. and heads east towards Front Str., wrapping up on Cross Str. The parade features numerous Christmas-decorated trucks, Santa-dressed people, and lots of tasty treats.

The parade then moves to Adams Park, where Wheaton’s Mayor and City Council begin the lighting ceremony. This event is a big deal to the city residents as it officially marks the beginning of the holiday season. And the best part: it's free of charge. All you have to do is come to the place at a stated time–7 pm–and enjoy yourself. But keep in mind that Wheaton is very busy this time of year, so you may want to book your accommodation beforehand.

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