Get a behind-the-scenes look at LaSalle’s Celebration of Lights

Virtual program open to the public, Nov. 9

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LA SALLE - On Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., the LaSalle Public Library will virtually host Beth Ketter, City of LaSalle Administrative Assistant and Brent Bader, City of LaSalle Director of Community Development, for a behind the scenes presentation of the area’s largest holiday display, the City of LaSalle’s “Celebration of Lights.”

This virtual program will give viewers an inside peek into the creation of the area’s holiday lights display. Ketter and Bader will provide details about planning, creating, and displaying the lights and the extraordinary coordination of City staffers to make this one of the most memorable holiday events of the season. From a handful of displays to today’s hundreds of custom creations, viewers will learn about the growth of the Celebration’s size, as well as the impact it has on the many visitors that make the display a holiday tradition.

Ketter has been involved with the event from its inception and has been dubbed by many as “Suzy Snowflake” due to her dedication and passion for improving upon and helping to perfect the awe-inducing display. She will provide much of the history of the event and detail the work that goes into bringing the magic to life every year.

Bader is entering his second year of assisting with the display and helps manage the hundreds of volunteers that cheerfully greet visitors to the illuminated marvel. He will discuss the enthusiasm many of the volunteers have as well as the importance the display had for many families last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program is free, open to all and will be presented virtually through Zoom. To attend, register online at https://bit.ly/3jhfOhm.

For more information, please contact the LaSalle Library at (815) 223-2341 or e-mail Rachael Blomquist at rblomquist@lasalle.lib.il.us.