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Welcome to the 31st annual
East Peoria Festival of Lights
holiday light show,
Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 2015!
Parade of Lights - Nov. 21
2014 promotional video
Get text messages about Festival of Lights events! Text C448 to 36000!
Complete texting program details
Planning which night to visit Folepi's Winter Wonderland
We want everyone to have the best possible experience when coming to view the lights in Folepi’s Winter Wonderland, and that includes not having to wait too long in line to see the display. When possible, we encourage people to come to the display on Sunday through Thursday as wait times those nights are usually significantly less than on weekends. Traffic on Friday and Saturday nights is much higher so there will be a line to get in the display. If you can come to the display only on Friday or Saturday night, please keep in mind that there will be a line.
Gift idea: Winter Wonderland admission tickets available for purchase
Need a gift idea? Give a trip through Folepi's Winter Wonderland! Tickets to Folepi's Winter Wonderland will be available starting Nov. 16, 2015. Tickets cost $10 each, are good through Dec. 31, and are available at EastSide Centre, 1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria.
EastSide is open from 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It will be open until noon on Christmas Eve and 3 p.m. New Year's Eve.
Parade of Lights - 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display - Nov. 26-Dec. 31
Narrated Nativity Display - Nov. 26-Dec. 31
Folepi's Enchanted Forest display - Nov. 28-Dec. 31; join us for the official lighting event 5:45-6:15 Saturday, Nov. 28
Christmas Splendor Exterior Decorating Contest - entry deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
Parade of Lights TV Broadcast - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
Find Folepi Ornament Hunt - Kick-off clue Nov. 25
Postage Cancellation Stamp - 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
The Nutcracker - 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
Festival of Lights Queen Pageant - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15
FOLEPI River Trail Classic - Saturday, Nov. 28
Festival of Lights Holiday River Cruises
Historic Holiday Traditions - 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
Folepi's Gifts Galore Shop & Stroll - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
Get Lit Fun Run - 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31
Marking 31 years of holiday cheer, the festival begins with the Parade of Lights and continues through the month of December with the Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display.
The Festival's mascot is the wooden soldier Folepi, whose name serves as an acronym for "Festival of Lights, East Peoria, Illinois."
Click here to view the Festival of Lights photo gallery!
Lights Tours for Large Groups
Tours are available by advanced reservation only to groups of 30 or more with their own transportation. Cost is $30. For more information, call 1-800-365-3743.
for Out-of-Town Visitors
Decatur/Lincoln: I-55 North to I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96
Lasalle/Peru: I-80 West to Route 180 South to Route 29 South to East Peoria
Champaign/Bloomington-Normal: I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96
Springfield: I-55 to I-155 at Lincoln, then I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96
Chicago: I-55 South to I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96