holiday events

Christmas Walk

Downtown Geneva

Third Street and James Street

DATE: Friday, December 6 from 10:00a - 10:00p

DETAILS: Several specials, events, and treats available from Geneva businesses. Santa Lucia arrives at 6p to light the great tree on Third Street in Geneva. Visit Santa in his cottage from 6:00p - 9:30p.



Reindeer and Santa

Geneva Bank & Trust

514 W. State Street, Geneva

DATE: Saturday, December 7 from 9:00a - 12:00p

DETAILS: Reindeer visit the Geneva Bank & Trust with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 



Holiday House TOur

 Various Locations; Start at Geneva Chamber

8 S. 3rd Street, Geneva

DATE: Friday, December 6 from 10:00a - 8:00p Saturday, December 7 from 10:00a - 5:00p

DETAILS: Go inside five spectacularly decorated homes for the holidays.

COST: $35/ticket


christmas on the farm

Peck Farm Park 

4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

DATE: Saturday, December 14 from 4:30p - 6:30p

DETAILS: Gather around the fireplace inside the historic Peck House and listen to a story from Mrs. Claus, stay warm outside by the fire in George’s Circle, enjoy Christmas Carolers and ice sculpting in the courtyard, and perhaps meet Santa Claus himself! Food will be available for purchase from The Last Wing. 



celebration of lights festival

Peg Bond Pavillion

at the Batavia Riverwalk

DATE: Sunday, December 1 from 5p - 7p

DETAILS:  Hayrides with food or $1 cash donation (proceeds directly benefit the Batavia Food Pantry) | FREE roasted chestnuts | Family photo opportunity at the main stage of Peg Bond Center | Holiday craft activities inside City Council Chambers | Old fashioned ornament making for all ages at the Depot Museum, main level | Santa arriving at 5:30p and staying in the Peg Bond Center Warming House for visits and pictures | Christmas Tree Lane will be lit with 25 decorated trees



holiday homecoming

Downtown St. Charles (Main Street)

DATES:  Friday, November 29 at 5:00p and Saturday, November 30 from 10:00a - 5:00p

DETAILS:  Friday, November 29 at 5pm: Light up the lights in downtown, sing Christmas carols, and Santa first appears at his Santa House in the plaza.


Saturday, November 30 at 10:00a: FREE showing of "The Grinch" at the Arcada Theatre | From 1:00p - 4:30p: FREE horse-drawn trolley rides on 1st Street, holiday window displays in downtown businesses and the Electric Christmas Parade begins at 5:30pm!


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electric parade

Downtown St. Charles

Main Street Route

DATE: Saturday, November 30 from 5:30p - 6:30p

DETAILS:  Holiday Homecoming Electric Christmas Parade ,put on by the St. Charles Alliance, begins at 5:30pm in downtown St. Charles on Main Street between Sixth Street & Fourth Avenue. Get there early to find a spot to watch before it's too crowded.


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christmastime at fine line

Fine Line Creative Arts Center

37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles

DATE: Friday, December 6 through Saturday, December 14

DETAILS:  Our opening night is always a great atmosphere.  Luminaries light the path to our doors. Our rooms are decked out with holiday cheer, and seasonal music plays throughout the evening. Hot cider and snacks are on hand as attendees browse the incredible display of artisan items.


st. charles

candlelight at the inn

Garfield Farm Museum

Garfield Road, La Fox, IL

DATE: Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8 from 3:00p -7:00p

DETAILS:  Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfield's in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale.

COST: FREE (but donations accepted)!

la fox

living wheaton christmas parade

108 E. Wesley Road, Wheaton

DATE: Friday, November 29 from 6:00p - 8:00p

DETAILS: Join the festivities at this family-favorite kick-off to the holiday season. Santa will once again be in town and riding in the parade.



celebrate the season holiday festival

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

DATE: Saturday, December 7 from 1:00p - 7:00p

DETAILS:  Sleigh Rides | Live Reindeer | Craft | Face Painting | Storytime with Mrs. Claus | Santa Visit Mistletoe Market at the Visitors Center for some beautiful handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts from local crafters!

COST: $5 per car


naper settlement's yuletide festival

Naper Settlement

523 S. Webster Street, Naperville

DATE: December 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22 Fridays from 2p - 10p | Saturdays from 11a - 10p | Sundays from 11a - 8p

DETAILS: The lighted streets of Naper Settlement are welcome to all families, with family-friendly holiday features including: Hot Cocoa and Mulled Wine Bar | Live Holiday Music and Caroling | Fa La La Lighted Wonderland | Local Crafters | Traditional Holiday Treats …and more! 



winter lights

S. Stolp Ave. & E. Downer Pl., Aurora

DATE: Friday, November 22 from 6:00p - 9:00p

DETAILS: The merriest and cheeriest of seasons starts with Winter Lights in Aurora! Join the fun as we kick off the holiday season with pop-up holiday shops, Santa & Mrs. Claus, costumed characters, parade, tree-lighting, award presentations and fireworks, Come make Winter Lights a memory-filled family tradition! Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop at Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl., Suite 16, for photos after the Winter Lights parade. Guests will enter through Tredwell Coffee next door to see the visiting couple from the North Pole at Wyckwood House.



Elburn Christmas stroll

Main Street, Elburn

DATE: Saturday, December 7 from 4:00p - 8:00p

DETAILS: The annual Christmas stroll is held the Friday after Thanksgiving. Many businesses remain open for the event that starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by to see some guy in a red suit at the library. This event is also sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.



dickens in dundee

West Dundee Village Hall

102 S 2nd St, West Dundee

DATE: December 6- & 7 | Friday from 6p - 10p | Saturday from 10a - 4p 

DETAILS: The weekend kicks off tree lighting ceremonies in both East and West Dundee. Stroll downtown to see local merchant's windows "come alive" during Living Windows, a Christmas Parade, Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!



downtown oswego christmas walk

Main Street, Oswego

DATE: Friday, December 6 from 5:00p - 8:30p

DETAILS: Help Cindy Lou Who usher in the holiday season with a Seussian twist on the traditional tree-lighting ceremony, take a Belgian horse-drawn wagon ride, go skating on the faux ice skating rink, watch an ice sculptor, slide down the giant inflatable sled hill, take a ride on the Toyland train and much more – all for free. VIsit Santa at Fox River Academy of Music and Art beginning at 5 p.m. Be in line before 7:45 p.m. to guarantee your visit.



holiday in the grove

Community House, 141 S Main St., Sugar Grove

DATE: Saturday, December 7 from 7:30a - 4:00p

DETAILS: Tree lighting, breakfast with Santa, pictures with Santa, a sweet shoppe from Mrs. Claus, vendor + craft fair, crafts at the elementary school, library activities, and several shops participating in fun activities on "Candy Cane Lane"!


sugar grove

an almost winter day

SEBA Park, 151 S. Water Street, South Elgin

DATE: Saturday, November 16 from 2:00p - 5:00p

DETAILS: It's a family-friendly kickoff to the holiday season! Enjoy Letters to Santa station, Petting Zoo, Trolley Rides with reading of Polar Express (3pm and 4pm - $1 per person), Santa arrives at 3pm, Free soup station, Free s’more station, Free cookie decorating station, Free horse drawn trolley rides, A bonfire and concession stand, Tree lighting takes place at 5pm at Footprints in Time Plaza – corner of 31 and State Street


south elgin

winter wonderland

Fulton Street and Spring Street, Elgin

DATE: Saturday, December 7 from 2:00p - 6:00p

DETAILS: Holiday Craft Market, Food Trucks, Live Music, Carriage Rides, Live Nativity, Petting Zoo, free kids activities, Pictures with Santa, AND MUCH MORE!



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