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Illuminations Tour

Springfield Street circa 1997

Illuminations 2021

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Illuminations Tour 2021
Time to light things up Somerville!!! This year, Illuminations is a month-long lights extravaganza in which the you are able to take self-guided tours of decked-out houses any time you like! Using our handy map, it will be easy to cruise around and see the best lights in town. 

Don't miss out and get ahead with the Illuminations timeline:
** Dec. 9th (rain date Dec 11th)-- City-wide caroling!  We are kicking off Illuminations month on Thursday, Dec. 9th - with caroling around town. Caroling will take place between 6-8pm. (Please note the different time schedules on the map!)
Dec 12th - Community Lantern Project 
**Dec.19th - Illuminations Bike Tour, starting at Somerville City Hall at 5:45 (departure at 6pm) 

To help lead your own tour here are a few suggestions. On the map you will find different location pins and map options:
- Festive homes - crowd-sourced homes of snazzy displays
- Support Local Businesses - businesses that will have holiday specials or festive decors not to be missed
- Caroling - locations and times where people will sing
- Blockbuster Homes: our traditional Illuminations "picks"-- with history and descriptions you can read or listen here (Disclaimer: the podcast and addresses are from 2020 and might be not all be 100% active homes for 2021) 
-Illuminations Community Lantern Project and Art Installations 

The map can also be viewed on your Google Maps App: When using your phone, you can download the Google Maps App and use the map directly from your GPS:

Throughout the month, you are able to add your home or business to our google map. We will be adding these every other day, so be on the look out for newhomes! and to add to our map, visit this google form. So, as a participant or tour goer, let's celebrate the folk artistry and creativity of residents and businesses that transform their spaces and yards with lights, ornaments, and shrines of devotion and fantasy —and song!

Additional questions contact Iaritza at