Holiday on the Square with GIS


Special event mapping occurs throughout the year in Des Plaines. City sponsored events involve a lot of moving parts and many departments working together for a common goal. It can be a struggle to keep everyone on the same page, but almost all event information and planning is geographically centered. This common features aides in smooth event planning and execution.

The holiday tree lighting ceremony is an annual event that takes in downtown Des Plaines. This year it’s happening on December 6. It’s a family event and the city works closely with the local schools to involve students. This year the event is featuring Christmas trees decorated by students with hand crafted ornaments, musical performances, roasted chestnuts, hot beverages, canned food drive and of course Santa arriving on the Des Plaines Fire Engine.

With all of these activities going on and especially with the large number of students attending the event, safety is a top priority. With maps provided to the emergency management staff and volunteers before the event, they know the exact location activates as well as where the emergency access points are. If an incident were to occur staff will be able to respond swiftly and without delay.