ComEd’s Powering the Holidays Program awards a
total of $43,000 in grants to support community-based lighting
Today is Halloween, which means the holidays are just around the
corner! Recognizing the importance of cultural holiday celebrations
and how they can brighten communities, ComEd and the Metropolitan
Mayors Caucus today announced grants of up to $2,500 each for 18
northern Illinois communities as part of the ComEd Powering the
"Nothing spreads holiday cheer like the twinkle of festive
lights, and we are proud to power the displays that celebrate
community identity and culture," said Gil Quiniones, CEO of
ComEd. "ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus are excited to
again support a wide variety of holiday lighting displays that
bring residents together to celebrate and experience cultural
traditions within their communities."
"We are thrilled to once again partner with ComEd on the
Powering the Holidays Program," said Neil James, Executive
Director of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. "It will be
rewarding to see these grants provide communities a sense of unity
during the holiday season and help people develop a respect and
understanding for different cultures."
The grant program, established in 2021, celebrates identity and
culture throughout Illinois communities by supporting holiday
programs that encourage respect for different cultures, promote
intercultural exchange and provide a pathway for all members of
these communities to gain a sense of belonging.
Powering the Holidays grants can be used for any community
holiday lights event held from November 1, 2022, to February 13,
2023. Municipalities, townships, counties and other local
governments within the northern Illinois areas ComEd serves were
eligible to apply.
Powering the Holidays is an extension of ComEd's long-time
sponsorship of and support for holiday lights events at Lincoln
Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, The Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic
Garden. For more information about Powering the Holidays, visit the
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus website.
This year's 18 ComEd Powering the Holidays grant recipients and
the programs to be supported are:
2022 City of Belvidere Hometown Christmas Celebration
(Belvidere, Ill.) – This annual event brings together residents
of all ages for one grand night of holiday festivities including
carriage rides, light parades, puppet shows, outdoor movies, cookie
decorating and more on Friday, December 2.
Holiday Magic 2022 (Bensenville, Ill.) – On Sunday,
November 20 residents are encouraged to celebrate the holidays by
participating in community tree lighting, holiday parade and
Village of Bolingbrook Winter Walk (Bolingbrook, Ill.) –
Running from December 2 to January 8, this quarter-mile walking
path of holiday lights and decorations will be open to visitors in
the Bolingbrook Town Center.
Legacy of the Lighted Deer in Bull Valley (Bull Valley,
Ill.) – This resident-driven holiday tradition will include
over 200 lit deer throughout the Bull Valley community. The newest
installation of deer will be located at the Bull Valley Village
Hall to pay tribute to the founding members of the Village.
Community members are invited to drive through town during the
month of December to enjoy this experience.
A Dickens Christmas in Evergreen Park (Evergreen Park,
Ill.) – Members of the community are invited to celebrate the
holiday with trolly rides, a craft fair and holiday activities
including the lighting of the village Christmas tree. This year’s
community gathering will take place on Saturday, December 3.
Forest Park Holiday Walk (Forest Park, Ill.) – This
holiday display will feature the lighting of a community Christmas
tree and menorah with additional light displays throughout the town
to make the event more accessible to members of the community. The
kick-off celebration date will be announced in November.
Winterlights in the Fabyan Japanese Garden (Geneva, Ill.)
– Families are invited to immerse themselves in the culture of
Geneva and the history of Japan via lighted displays at the Fabyan
Forest Preserve on Fridays and Saturdays from November 25 to
December 17, and Saturdays from January 7-28.
The Village of Grayslake Holiday Lighting Event (Grayslake,
Ill.) – This multi-month holiday-light display will bring
community members together to marvel at 100,000 lights throughout
the Village Center. The event promotes community engagement,
sharing of customs and celebration during the holiday season. This
display will be open to the public from November 1 to February
Village of Hampshire’s Jingle Bell Festival of Lights
(Hampshire, Ill.) – On Saturday, December 10, community members
are invited to this annual holiday celebration which includes
lighting displays, crafts and a parade. The decorations throughout
the festival will be inclusive of all cultures and traditions and
will include 240 ornaments decorated by members of the
Highland Park Heart of the Holidays (Highland Park, Ill.)
– Community members will come together during this multi-weekend
celebration of diversity and enjoy various music and dance
performances, cultural celebrations and special promotions against
a backdrop of holiday light displays. This celebration series will
take place every Saturday from November 19 until December 10.
Winter Welcome-Land at Golf Mill Park (Niles, Ill.) –
This outdoor, winter celebration, located at the new Golf Mill Park
event space, will include an outdoor walking path filled with light
sculptures and decorations celebrating different cultural
traditions. This display will be open to the public from December 1
to January 30.
Powering Rolling Meadows’ Holiday Celebration (Rolling
Meadows, Ill.) – From November 1 to February 13, community
members are invited to explore a free, winter light display that
shares the cultures and joys of diverse cultures during the holiday
Village of Schiller Park’s Winter Wonderland and Tree
Lighting Ceremony (Schiller Park, Ill.) – This event will bring
the community together for a fun-filled day of celebration on
Saturday, December 3, with holiday lights, children’s crafts,
sleigh rides and more.
Holiday Season Cheer! (South Chicago Heights, Ill.) –
This community event provides residents with holiday cheer through
light displays, carols and the lighting of the South Chicago
Heights Christmas tree. This year’s event is set for Friday,
Holiday Community Tree Lighting (Summit, Ill.) – During
this event, members of the community will gather on Thursday,
November 17 to celebrate the season, marvel at light displays and
enjoy each other’s company. This year’s tree will be adorned with
ornaments decorated by children in the community.
City of Waukegan Holiday Lights 2022 (Waukegan, Ill.) –
Throughout the month of December, downtown Waukegan will be
decorated with winter holiday-themed lighting and decorations to
celebrate the community and provide residents with a greater sense
of camaraderie and inclusion during the holiday season.
Wayne Holiday Tree Lighting at the Depot (Wayne, Ill.) –
This event encourages all members of the community to gather on
Saturday, December 3, to celebrate the holiday season at this
community event including a tree lighting, hot cider and
City of West Chicago Frosty Fest (West Chicago, Ill.) –
Members of the community are invited to celebrate the holidays on
Saturday, December 3. The event will include a tree lighting
ceremony, complete with ornaments decorated by the community, lit
window displays throughout the area, horse drawn trolly rides,
carols and entertainment.
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