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The Bureau County Fair and Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce & Princeton Tourism are pleased to announce the first ever drive thru Christmas Light Spectacular!

WHO: Bureau County Fair and Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce & Princeton Tourism

WHAT: Drive Thru Christmas Light Spectacular (Name of Event to be determined)

WHERE: Bureau County Fairgrouds, 811 West Peru Street, Princeton, Illinois 61356. *Traffic will enter at the South Gate from Route 6 and wind through the fairgrounds, exiting onto West Crown Street.

WHEN: December 2021. Opening Night will be Saturday, December 4th, 2021 and run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Sunday, January 1st, 2022. Hours will be from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

WHY: Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year! We tend to reflect upon the year that is ending and contemplate how we will live in the year ahead. But no matter what the past and future bring to our lives, we tend to focus on the “light” during the holiday season.

It is with pure joy and excitement that our organizations have teamed up to bring the lights to Princeton! But we need your help! You can imagine how big of an undertaking this event will be, but we are confident that we will be able to organize and put forth a great event for Princeton, our community members, outlying communities and possibly even farther. To make our first year a success we need our local businesses and families to take part in sponsoring the light displays.

We sincerely look forward to working with those that are interested in sponsoring or donating to this event, and hope that our vision can come to fruition and become a yearly tradition for the City of Princeton and Bureau County!

Please reach out to Jenica Cole – Executive Director of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce & Princeton Tourism to discuss any and all details regarding sponsoring a light or donating to the event. Call (815) 875-2616 or email

Sponsorship & Donor Details

Sponsoring a Light – We want to make this experience super fun for your business and/or family! Your name will be displayed in front of your light for the duration of the event. Please reach out to Jenica to schedule a time to sit down and pick out a Christmas display of your choosing. Lighted displays can range in price from a few hundred dollars to $500.00, $1,000.00 and even more. It truly depends on your budget and preference!

Sponsors will be responsible for their light cost and an additional $125.00 to help cover any shipping costs and signage. All light displays will be made with LED lights. After that initial, first investment the Bureau County Fair along with the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce & Princeton Tourism will be responsible for the maintenance and storage of the lights, along with set up and tear down each year. Whereafter both entities will retain ownership of all light displays.

*There are also possibilities for creating a custom light display of your liking. Prices begin at $1,000.00.

*We do reserve the right to evaluate at year 5 a possible fee to retain sponsorship of your chosen display.

Donors – Additional funds will always be needed for those expenses not often thought about. For example, electrical & building supplies, maintenance, signage, snow removal, storage costs and the electric bill itself! Any type of donation that would contribute to making this event a success would be extremely appreciated.

All sponsors and donors will be recognized throughout the season and in any advertising campaigns!

A huge thank you in advance for everyone’s support!!!

You can also reach Kyle Burrows,President of the Bureau County Fair Board, at (815) 303-8247.