The annual Light Up The Parks Parade down Elm Ave in Loves Park had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The mayors have made some adjustments. 

In a press release issued Monday night Machesney Park Mayor Steve Johnson and Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury have announced that instead of the parade, they will be holding the 2020 Light Up Elm Avenue Contest.

Decorations are to be in place by November 22nd, and the homes will be judged by Machesney Park Village Clerk Lori Mitchell and Loves Park City Clerk Bob Burden.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the best decorated homes, best use of candy canes, and the best Santa-themed decorations.

In addition to the house decorating contest, a tree lighting ceremony will be held and the Machesney Town Center for 6PM on November 22nd. Those wishing to see the 30-foot tall tree in person can do so from the safety of their own cars. Santa will be on hand waving to children as well as a drop-box for any letters you child might want to send Santa.

A quote from Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury:

We know that this year has been challenging for everyone, and so we wanted to do this to give residents something to look forward to this year.

Additional updates and information will be found on the Village's and City's social media pages.