We begin in west suburban Downers Grove where the Gingerbread Festival is happening on Sunday. There are free carriage rides, ginger man hunts and more! It's free.
In Wheaton, the Cosley Zoo's Festival of Lights is underway this weekend. Tree sales are all day, the light show is in the evening. It's free and runs through the end of the month.
Batavia has its Celebration of Lights Festival along the Riverwalk on Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m. You can take a stroll down Christmas tree lane, roast some chestnuts, and enjoy the season. It's free as well!
And Aurora's Festival of Lights runs through Christmas in Philips Park. You can drive through a mile long journey of lights and animated scenes. It's free, but donations are welcome.