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Welcome to the 30th annual
East Peoria Festival of Lights
holiday light show,
Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2014!
Parade of Lights - Nov. 22
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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 last minute gift idea? In response to many requests, admission tickets to Folepi's Winter Wonderland are available for purchase. 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. 22
Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display - Nov. 27-Dec. 31
Narrated Nativity Display - Nov. 27-Dec. 31
Folepi's Enchanted Forest display - Nov. 29-Dec. 31; official lighting event 5:45-6:15 Nov. 29
Christmas Splendor Exterior Decorating Contest Winners
Parade of Lights TV Broadcast - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Find Folepi Ornament Hunt - Kick-off clue Nov. 26
Postage Cancellation Stamp - 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
The Nutcracker - 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Festival of Lights Queen Pageant - 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16
FOLEPI River Trail Classic - Saturday, Nov. 29
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Festival of Lights Holiday River Cruises
Historic Holiday Traditions - 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7 and 14
Folepi's Gifts Galore Shop & Stroll - 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Get Lit Fun Run - 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31
2014 Folepi Guide, published by the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce
2014 Festival of Lights Brochure
Folepi has been updated for the 30th anniversary!
A new logo featuring the mascot soldier surrounded by a wreath will be the symbol for this year’s festivities, but this soldier looks more toy-like and friendly than its predecessor.
“We think that kids will like this Folepi soldier better, and the updated logo fits with one of our goals of appealing to families and children,” said Doug McCarty, City of East Peoria director of Special Events and Tourism. “The original logo served us well for 29 years, and we decided our 30th anniversary is a great time to roll out an updated version.”
Plans for the 30th anniversary have been in the works for months, and include more lighted displays in The Levee District downtown area in addition to the traditional Parade of Lights and Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display.
Folepi’s Enchanted Forest is returning to the festival after many years, located outside of the Civic Plaza in The Levee District. McCarty said plans are still being finalized, but the walk-through forest will include the festival’s 35-foot lighted Christmas tree, lighted displays, real trees illuminated with lights and some of the Parade of Lights floats. Admission will be free.
The lighted wreath on the Fondulac Drive hill has also updated. Instead of using a Ferris wheel which must be erected with a rented crane, a new wreath is has been constructed. The wreath is a large flat piece with sides that fold in for ease in moving and storing the display. Illuminated entirely with LED lights, the candle in the center of the wreath has three flames which flicker, and the candlestick and bow are made of a grid filled in with lights. McCarty said the wreath is on a timer, turned off during the day and then coming on at a preset time each evening.
Marking 30 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