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Illuminations Tour

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Illuminations 2021

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Illuminations Tour 2021
Time to light things up Somerville!!! This year, Illuminations will be a month-long lights extravaganza in which the public is able to take self-guided tours of decked-out houses any time they like! Using our handy map, it will be easy to cruise around and see the best lights in town. So whether you're a business or a resident, time to deck the halls and plug things in! 

NEW THIS YEAR:  City-wide caroling!  We will kick off Illuminations month on Thursday, Dec. 9th - with caroling around town.  If you, your family, choir, or a group of friends, would like to sing a few Holiday numbers on your porch or driveway, we invite you to participate. Caroling will take place between 6-8pm. (Please note: acoustic only outdoor vocal performances, or with one or two classical instruments as accompaniment.) Sign up before December 9th!

Participate by adding your home, business, or carol performance to our google map. We will be creating a digital map so folks can take a "deconstructed tour" on their own time. 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!

Participate by creating a community lantern project in your neighborhood. Illuminations Lantern Project: Neighborhood Edition 2021 brings back the same creative energy that illuminated our City last year. Residents are encouraged create their own lantern installation in their neighborhoods and Squares that will be on display on Saturday, December 11th. If you are interested in leading the charge in your neighborhood, sign-up no later than December 1st. Sign-up via our Google Forms link:
If you have questions, contact Heather Balchunas at 

Our Illuminations 2021 map will be available starting on Dec. 9th — the night we kick off Illuminations month! The map will be available through Jan. 1st, 2022. 

The map will include: 
*Crowd-sourced suggestions of snazzy displays not to be missed
*Caroling schedule and locations for December 9th. (Deadline to sign up is Dec 1st)
*Our traditional Illuminations "winners" houses-- with history and descriptions you can read about
*Illuminations Community Lantern Project 

To be part of this year's Illuminations, fill out the form:

Illuminations Timeline:
Dec. 9 through early January 2022: Self-guided tours using the SAC’s official online Illuminations Map
Dec. 9, 6-8pm: Illuminations kick off with city-wide caroling!
Dec. 11: Community Lantern project
Dec. 18: Illuminations Bike Tour, starting at City Hall at 5:45 (departure at 6pm) (RD Dec 19)

Additional questions contact Iaritza at