Festival of Lights in Shelbyville, Illinois Festival of Lights in Shelbyville, Illinois

Festival of Lights in Shelbyville

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2019 dates TBD in Shelbyville, Illinois

Kick off the holiday season with thousands of twinkling lights at Forest Park’s annual Festival of Lights in Shelbyville.

Stroll through themed areas of the park, such as Candy Cane Lane, which honors loved ones who have passed, Victorian Village, Santa’s Shop, the North Pole, Bethlehem and more. A large, intricate carousel made of lights placed on the historic Chautauqua Auditorium serves as an attractive centerpiece for the festival.

Volunteers and locals help put the lights in place, with new lights and themes added each year. For more information on the Shelbyville Festival of Lights, call (217) 774-1342.


  1. Ellen Cross says:

    What are the hours for the festive of lights? What’s the price to get in? Thanks

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Ellen,
      Thanks for your comment! The lights will run 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call (217) 774-1342. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Bertone
      Illinois Partners

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