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Lighting of the Riverwoods

(Last Updated On: July 18, 2015)

The lights are beautiful at the Riverwoods!

Every year we visit the lights at the Riverwoods. They have an amazing display and we featured pictures here. But this year we attended the Lighting of the Riverwoods. This is a free event where the Shops at the Riverwoods turn on their lights for the first time. There is a small parade as Santa arrives and heads over to his home for the holidays at the Riverwoods. There is a countdown and then the lights come on! After the lights are on, there are lots of free festivities to participate in: carriage rides, ice sculpting, prizes and raffles, visiting Santa, and live music. The stores are open and often offer special discounts or prizes, so you can also start your Christmas shopping. We had a lot of fun watching the ice sculpting and enjoying the beautiful lights. We also had apple cider handed to us, which was delicious. This event usually takes place in the middle of November, so check their Facebook page or website for the updated date! It’s worth attending.



The ice sculpting was lots of fun to watch!


The final product!


There are lots of lights to admire.


They offer free carriage rides throughout December.


Our boys LOVED the excitement of welcoming Christmas.


There are tons of people who attend!


Here’s a short video of the lighting and the ice sculpting!