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MERRY & BRIGHT | NaperLights Bigger and Brighter in Downtown Naperville


The holidays may look different this year, but in Downtown Naperville, Naperville Sunrise Rotary’s NaperLights holiday display will make the season even brighter as it expands its location along Water Street overlooking the south side of the Riverwalk. Visitors can access the display from the Webster Street covered bridge, Main Street and Webster Street. Strollers can enjoy the outdoors with public parking is available in the Water Street and Municipal Center parking decks. Lights on Water Street tress will be synced to music, as will the arch on the Foyo Plaza, making a drive-through experience for those wishing to stay in their cars.

The light display, a gift to the community from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, features 150,000 lights and a growing collection of giant lighted holiday figures including skating polar bears, penguins sliding on an igloo, skaters, snow men, carolers, gifts, baubles, and dancing trees. The Imburgia Fountain will sing all season and up in the sky high above the Riverwalk, you might just spy Santa and his reindeer flying over the Marquette building and downtown.

Animated lights and music will fill the area with carols synched to the lights, and the colorful arch on Foyo Plaza will be a popular photo spot. The Great Tree, also popular for photos, will now be located at Jaycees Park adjacent to the Municipal Center at the end of Water and Webster Streets. Jaycees Park will also feature an interactive lighted Honey Locust Tree which will respond to sounds of clapping, singing or shouting.

NaperLights will be illuminated beginning the weekend of November 14 through the holiday season. While they last, the popular holographic viewing glasses will be available for kids from Rotary volunteers on weekends. Free-will donations to support Naperville Sunrise Rotary local and international charitable projects are welcomed.

“Water Street is thrilled to be partnering with the Sunrise Rotary Club to continue this popular family tradition. We were the first sponsors of the event years ago, so hosting at our property on Water Street, where visitors can enjoy it every night through the holidays is awesome,” says Nick Ryan, CEO of Marquette Companies. “We think families with relatives staying at Hotel Indigo will be delighted, and the spa, shops and restaurants on Water Street are planning a wide array of holiday enticements to enjoy throughout the season.” Marquette, Ryan Hill Group and Water Street Naperville are the lead sponsors for NaperLights, with support from Gerald Subaru, Perma-Seal and Sourcebooks as well as several others. Technical expertise and electrical manpower is provided by IBEW Local 701 and Power Forward DuPage.

For more information for NaperLights 2020 visit For more information on Water Street holiday plans visit or visit the Water Street facebook page.


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