Glen Ellyn: 4.5/10
Glen Ellyn clearly had a plan when it came to its lights this Christmas. The decorations were neat and put together, satisfying viewers. However, it seems the town sacfrificed creativity for uniformity. There was only one type of lights, those present in the picture, which came across as a lack of effort on the city's part.
Although a bit of a drive from Naperville (about 30 minutes), Schaumburg surprised us with a decadent light display. The centerpeice of the display is a clocktower, giving off a classic Christmas feel. The decorations are not centrally located downtown. The Woodfield Mall, however, only minutes away, provides a perfect food or shopping stop if a pit stop is needed.
St. Charles: 8/10
Driving into St. Charles, every lightpost was topped with a small decorated tree. By the time we neared downtown, we were expecting a magnificent display, and St. Charles did not disapoint. The location- a vibrant downtown lining the Fox RIver- created an atmosphere that added to the lumination of the lights. The only critisism we had was the spread of the lights (it's too cold to walk far this time of year).
I hope these displays have inspired you to take your own holiday light show tour. Whether with friends or family, the Christmas season is meant to be a time of joy and light. Although COVID has put a damper on many activities, enjoying a display of lights, outside and socially distanced, is the perfect way to catch the holiday spirit.