145 Evergreen Lane
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Since 2013 Christmas on Evergreen has been raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation of Illinois. Make-A-Wish helps grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.
Donations can be made either in person, at the candy cane donation pole, or online by clicking the "Donate Now" link below.
Christmas on Evergreen is an animated Christmas lights display with over 75,000 lights set to music for the 2018 Christmas season. Since 2012, the show has been designed, built, and choreographed by Christian Tingle, currently a senior at New Trier High School. Donations are accepted and go directly to Make-a-Wish of Illinois. To date, Christmas on Evergreen has raised over $40,800 with $13,400 raised this year alone.
A note from Christian:
As a child, setting up Halloween decorations, constructing haunted houses and putting up Christmas lights allowed me to engage in my two favorite things: holidays and building. My passion exploded in second grade after my aunt showed me a video of an incredible animated holiday display in Utah. From then on, my dream was to create a holiday light display at my home for the people in my neighborhood to enjoy.
In 7th grade, after years of studying, planning, and designing, I asked my parents for permission to install a holiday light show. They said yes, and today this massive project has become the ultimate outlet for my love of building, technology and holiday spirit. I spend countless hours every summer designing, fabricating, and wiring new props and display elements. Setup begins annually on October 1st, and it takes approximately 200 hours to build and program the show.
From December through mid-January, nearly 1,000 cars drive by my display; for many people from my community and the greater Chicagoland, a leisurely cruise by my house has become an annual tradition. Knowing I am brightening their winter and bringing joy to both those who pass by and children in need makes the hours and hard work worthwhile.