Press Release

For Release:  October 1, 2021

NaperLights Bigger and Brighter in Downtown Naperville

Sunrise Rotary Display Will Be a Winter Wonderland on Water Street

We all look forward to a little holiday cheer this year and in Downtown Naperville, Naperville Sunrise Rotary’s NaperLights holiday display will make the season even brighter along Water Street and 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  available in the Water Street and Municipal Center parking decks.  Lights on Water Street trees and the Foyo plaza will be synced to music with an enhanced sound system which will project music across the DuPage River, making a drive-through experience for those wishing to stay in their cars as they enjoy Downtown.

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 be enhanced with new dancing skaters 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.  Student music groups will make occasional weekend appearances to add to the holiday cheer.  A tentative schedule will be found on

NaperLights will be illuminated from Thanksgiving weekend 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.  Santa will be holding socially distanced chats with children by the Great Tree at Jaycees Park on Friday and Saturday evenings depending on his busy schedule, providing the perfect opportunity for photos.

“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 eager to welcome you.”  Marquette Companies and Ryan Hill Group are lead sponsors along with Gerald Subaru.  Technical expertise and electrical manpower is provided by IBEW Local 701 and Power Forward DuPage.

For more information for Naper Lights 2021 visit     For more information on Water Street holiday plans visit or visit the Water Street facebook page.     

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