Advancing Places: Holiday and Winter Activations

Overview: It’s never too early to start planning your holiday activations and lighting programs. Join this webinar and learn from the Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival organizers in Chicago. Hear from the City of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board Downtown for the Holidays Program and how Portland, Maine, incorporated the work of a local artist Pandora LaCasse and Pandora’s Winter Lights program that runs from Thanksgiving through March.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the best time of year to start planning for the holiday season.
  • Partnerships needed to coordinate major events.
  • Understand the intricacies of planning, purchasing and installing a lighting program.

Friday, July 14, 2023 | 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT) 

Domain: Marketing, Communications and Events

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Ellen Farrar, Producer, The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®, Chicago, IL
  • David Barilla, Acting Executive Director, City of Orlando Downtown Development Board, Orlando, FL
  • Cary Tyson, Executive Director, Portland Downtown, Portland, ME


  • Carolyn L. Dellutri, CAE, CTP, CMSM, Director of Professional Development, IDA

LPM | 1 IDA LPM professionals can earn credit hours for this webinar. More information about IDA’s Leadership in Place Management certification program can be found here.



David Barilla


Ellen Farrar


Cary Tyson

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