Christmas on Cleveland, Wilmette’s winter wonderland

The northeast corner of Cleveland and Thornwood in Wilmette is home, once again, to an enchanting display of Christmas lights and music.

Wilmette resident Steve Maris has outfitted his home with an array of Christmas figures and more than 50,000 lights computer-controlled by more than 300 separate channels. Maris puts on the show, in part, for the benefit of Lurie Children’s Hospital, and to the delight of all who experience it.

The show runs from 4 to 9 on week nights and until 10 on weekends, weather permitting, until New Year’s.

I’ll revisit the show as the holiday nears and provide a lengthier video. In the meantime, you can head to Wilmette and see it yourself. Repeat visits are encouraged, since different songs will play on different nights.


  • We are having our 2nd annual fundraiser for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago this Friday December 14 fom 5-7. The light show will be the entertainment and of course…a visit from Santa! We will be serving cocoa and cookies and some fun little takeaways for the kiddies! Please come and help us raise some serious cash for a great cause, the kids….! They are counting on everyone’s support!

    1200 Cleveland Street, Wilmette, IL

    *please be respectful of our neighbors and keep your cars off, radios to a respectable level and don’t turn around or block neighbors driveways.

    Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!!!

  • Gina Logan 4 years

    What fun!! thanks for a great way to raise money for a wonderful cause and get us all in the Christmas spirit!

    Your neighbor across town,
    Gina Logan