While Oak Park didn’t get Fourth of July of fireworks, the village has something special planned to ring in the holiday season. A festive, professional light show will take place this Saturday afternoon in Scoville Park.
Don’t expect any loud bangs or firework debris. The light show will feature aerial drones with attached light fixtures. The drones will fly in coordination, creating a spectacle of lights — weather permitting.
The show is scheduled for 4:45 p.m., Saturday, after the conclusion of Downtown Oak Park’s Winterfest, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard.
Winterfest features holiday cookie walk, carolers and complimentary hot chocolate. Lake Theatre offers a free showing of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey at 10 a.m. A bearded man in a red suit (initials S.C.) is set to make an appearance during Winterfest.
The holiday light show serves as the finale to the merrymaking. The blocks of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue adjacent to Scoville Park will be temporarily blocked off from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday to accommodate the gathering light show audience.
Parking is free at the village-owned Avenue Garage, Lake and Forest Garage, and Holley Court Garage. Free parking is available in those structures every Saturday in December.
The light show is funded by a private donation originally intended to subsidize July Fourth fireworks, which were canceled in light of the mass shooting in Highland Park.