Aurora Festival of Lights

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Aurora Festival of Lights
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Time Out says

A city named after nature's most stunning light show deserves an equally spectacular man-made display. The Rotary Club of Aurora organizes this holiday wonderland in Phillips Park—now in its 15th year—allowing visitors to drive through and take in a series of twinkling scenes. Last year, amid the new demand for drive-through light shows, more than 50,000 cars drove through the premises. 

Hop in the car, drive through the illuminated gate and keep an eye out for shimmering representations of Santa's toy factory, a holiday train and some giant snowflakes. You'll need to make an timed reservation ahead of your visit, but the experience is totally free—though if you're able to make a donation online, the proceeds will go to a selection of local charities.  

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