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317. Power Outage Sets Stage for Bright New Deer Park Town Center Tree Lighting Tradition

317. Power Outage Sets Stage for Bright New Deer Park Town Center Tree Lighting Tradition

Home Newsroom 317. Power Outage Sets Stage for Bright New Deer Park Town Center Tree Lighting Tradition

As families gathered around Deer Park Town Center’s new giant 42-foot Christmas tree before Santa’s arrival, tree-lighting and fireworks Friday night, the entire shopping center lost power.  It happened about 45 minutes before Santa’s scheduled visit when ComEd had an issue with a transformer on Rand Road.  Minutes before it was time to light the tree, the power returned to one of the nearby buildings, just in the St. Nick of time!

Santa's Arrival on a Firetruck at Deer Park Town Center
Santa’s Arrival on a Firetruck at Deer Park Town Center

As guests waited for Santa, kids were all smiles and spirits were bright, despite the blackout.  And the power came back center-wide soon after the fireworks.

Awaiting Santa's Arrival at Deer Park Town Center
Awaiting Santa’s Arrival at Deer Park Town Center

Children lined up, cheering for Santa, and the magic of Christmas returned well before St. Nick showed up.  Then Stevenson High School’s marching band started to play, signaling his arrival.

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One lucky little boy was chosen to ride in with Santa on the firetruck.  Hawthorn Woods second grader, Jake Coyle, won the once-in-a-lifetime honor with a letter-to-santa he shared with Deer Park Town Center.

Letter-to-Santa Winner Rides in with Santa
Letter-to-Santa Winner Rides in with Santa

Jake stepped on stage to help flip the switch, lighting Deer Park Town Center’s new 42-foot Chiristmas tree.

Jake Coyle Helps Light Deer Park Town Center's Christmas Tree
Jake Coyle Helps Light Deer Park Town Center’s Christmas Tree

The giant tree is the highlight from a list of new holiday decorations you’ll find throughout Deer Park Town Center this season including new garlands on signage and the arch in the center of the shops plus new greenery on the lampposts along Rand Road.

New 42-foot Christmas Tree at Deer Park Town Center
New 42-foot Christmas Tree at Deer Park Town Center

Jake Coyle’s family was the first of Santa’s many visitors on Friday night. As kids started climbing up on his lap, the fireworks display began.

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Forget Christmas in July.  Deer Park Town Center’s display brings a little of July to Christmas!

Fireworks for Santa's Arrival at Deer Park Town Center
Fireworks for Santa’s Arrival at Deer Park Town Center

And if you missed Friday night’s celebration, you have through December to enjoy the festive holiday energy at Deer Park Town Center.  All the shops are lit up with new displays for the season and I couldn’t help but do a little window shopping on my way home.

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For those of you who are counting, there are 46 days until Christmas.  And, if you’re like me, you’ll find the best gifts for many of the people on your holiday shopping list with a quick trip to Deer Park Town Center.

Different from your average shopping mall, Deer Park Town Center is an open-air lifestyle center offering leisurely amenities in addition to some of the best shopping and dining in Illinois. Located at 20530 North Rand Road, Deer Park Town Center features over 70 of the most exclusive shops and restaurants in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Stores include Apple, Crate & Barrel, Barnes & Noble, Sephora, Gap, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and more and entertainment includes Century Theatres. CLICK HERE to follow their updates on Facebook or visit

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Hi guys! Today we'll be checking out some star-crossed lovers! 💔

No, **not** Romeo and Juliet! I mean first of all, the story of 牛郎织女 -- niú láng zhī nv -- dates back to at least the Jin Dynasty -- 250-420 AD 😱. Take that, Shakespeare! Also, Romeo and Juliet may be tragically "star-crossed," but, as the story goes, Niu Lang and Zhi Nu literally *are* stars -- on opposite ends of the Milky Way 😦.

Let's rewind. Zhi Nu is the youngest daughter of the Queen Mother of the West and the Jade Emperor (Hey -- we know who those people are! 😁).

Meanwhile, Niu Lang was a poor. sad, unloved cowherd. As many versions of the story go, though, the cow was magical -- which is never a bad thing 😂. The cow led Niu Lang to steal the clothes of a girl bathing with her sisters in a river.

As questionable as a method as that may seem, it worked! Zhi Nu and Niu Lang were married and had children ❤️.

But there's always a but. And this story's "but" is that the Queen Mother was not happy with this union. Niu Lang had a magical coat (that's another story), and when the Queen Mother tried to separate them, he flew up to try to join Zhi Nu in the heavens.

Unfortunately, the Queen Mother wasn't having it, and she separated the two with a river in the sky, only allowing them to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar -- "Chinese Valentine's Day."

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