Countdown to Opening Night
Countdown to CHRISTMAS
WELCOME TO REINDEER ROAD™ - NAPERVILLE
Reindeer Road™ is a Christmas themed drive-thru attraction, and event, hosted throughout December in Naperville, Illinois, featuring:
- The World’s Largest Lighted Reindeer
- Theatrical Lighting
- Mailbox Drop For Letters to Santa
- Christmas Music by Tuning Car Radio to 88.5 FM.
- FREE Hot Chocolate and Candy Canes (while supplies last)
- Christmas Photo Opportunities at Santa’s Selfie Stop
- Occasional Guest Appearances by Santa and Rudolph
- Much, Much More!
LOCATION - NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS
Reindeer Road™ in Naperville is located on the campus of Highpoint Church at 1805 High Point Drive, Naperville, IL 60563. The location is easily accessible via I-88, and visitors can enter the event venue via Diehl Road and High Point Drive.
SCHEDULE, HOURS AND ADMISSION
CHRISTMAS RIBBON CUTTING
Friday, December 3, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Community leaders and all Naperville residents are welcome to park and join us as Santa cuts the ribbon and officially kicks off the first big weekend at Reindeer Road™!
DRIVE-THRU HOURS AND ADMISSION
The first vehicle will be admitted at 6:30 PM and the last vehicle will be admitted at 9:30 PM (no exceptions). Admission is only $10 per carload, not per person, so carpooling with family and friends is encouraged! The drive-thru experience takes approximately 5 minutes, but visitors should allow extra time for traffic, especially on weekends! Drive-thru schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 through Sunday, December 5, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 through Sunday, December 12, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 through Sunday, December 19, 2021
Christmas Week: Monday, December 20, 2021 through Thursday, December 23, 2021
CHRISTMAS EVE (DECEMBER 24) – FIRST CAR 8:00 PM, LAST CAR 10:30 PM
CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 25) – CLOSED
FREE HOT CHOCOLATE AND CANDY CANES
Visitors are encouraged to enjoy FREE Hot Chocolate at check-in. Hot Chocolate will only be available while supplies last, and is not guaranteed!
Candy canes will be distributed to all at Santa’s Selfie Stop, where visitors are encouraged to get out of their car and take a one-of-a-kind family photo.
ON THE “NICE LIST” THIS YEAR – SPECIAL THANKS
Special thanks to the City of Naperville’s special event team and the Naperville Police Department for their assistance with this event. All visitors should be certain to follow directions given by the uniformed police officers supporting the event, along with our event staff and security personnel.
WINTER HATS AND LED LIGHT BULB NECKLACES FOR CHARITY
‘Tis the Season of Giving! Show off your Christmas spirit with a souvenir winter hat and/or a festive LED light bulb necklace. These items will only be available while our supply lasts. A portion of the proceeds from merchandise sales will be donated directly to The Alive Center and KidsMatter, local charities. These festive souvenirs will fly away faster than Santa’s team of reindeer, so if interested, don’t delay!
THE REINDEER ROAD™ STORY
The 2020 Christmas season was wrought by pandemic-related shutdowns of holiday traditions, restaurants, events, skating rinks, activities, etc. Many families sought to fill the void and find joy by driving around to view residential holiday light displays. As stated so well in the Prayer of St. Francis, “Where there is darkness, light.”
Naperville business owner and Park Commissioner Rich Janor discovered that Christmas light displays brought joy to his family (Rhonda, Archer, Brooklyn and Caiden) during a challenging and dark time in our history. He sought to create an event that would bring this same joy and light to the entire community and any holiday visitors that wished to attend.
Fellow Naperville business owner Matt Baker of Brookdale Lighting created a popular neighborhood light show in his cul-de-sac when he was only twelve years of age. Now, nine years later, his Manchester Lights Show has outgrown the neighborhood, so Baker has joined Janor in the creation of a new lighting experience, Reindeer Road™.
Together, Janor and Baker have developed an attraction that will be entirely new and innovative. Visitors and fans of the Manchester Lights Show will no longer find that show in the neighborhood. Instead, everyone should plan to come to Naperville’s Highpoint Church to check out Reindeer Road™, THE place to get into the Christmas spirit!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What is Reindeer Road™ and how do I get tickets?
Reindeer Road™ is a drive-thru Christmas lights attraction and event, hosted throughout December in Naperville, Illinois. The community event is supported by local business owners and sponsors. Tickets are ALWAYS available on location at the event. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will also be available online for the convenience of those who prefer to get tickets in advance. All tickets are good for any night. Click on the green button atop this home page for the link!
How do I hear the music and announcements?
In order to hear the music and announcements, tune your car radio to 88.5 FM upon arrival. Check the sign by the entrance for a reminder about the station number.
What is the admission cost and how do we support the Reindeer Road™ partner charities?
Admission to the drive-thru attraction is only $10 per carload, not per person, so we encourage carpooling with family and friends! We also encourage visitors to support our local charity partners, The Alive Center and KidsMatter. An option to support our partner charities will be presented in the online ticket sales interface. Additionally, look for signs along Reindeer Road™ with QR codes for The Alive Center and KidsMatter!
What are the drive-thru hours?
During the week of Christmas, the drive-thru attraction will be open from Monday through Friday (December 24). Normally, the first car is admitted at 6:30 PM and the last car is admitted at 9:30 PM. On Christmas Eve, we’re open late! First car on December 24 will be admitted at 8:00 PM, and the last car will be admitted at 10:30 PM. Any changes to the normal schedule (due to hazardous weather, technical or mechanical issues, etc.) will be posted on the official Reindeer Road™ Facebook page.
How do we find Reindeer Road™ on social media?
The Reindeer Road™ media team will be active on both its Facebook and Instagram pages. All visitors are encouraged to follow us on those platforms, and share their best photos and video clips from the event from their own social media accounts using #ReindeerRoad.
What happens if it is raining or snowing?
Winter weather was taken into consideration when creating the event, so the event will typically be open during rain and/or snow. If it is determined that inclement weather could create unsafe or hazardous conditions, the event will be cancelled for the night and the Reindeer Road™ Facebook page will be updated with that information.