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Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Step into the fantastical imagination of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. In this special exhibit, you’ll explore 50 original artworks by the creative genius, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he influenced their careers and touched their lives.
Kick-off the holiday season with this family-oriented event filled with merry-making moments and a sleigh full of free fun for the entire family! The twinkling lit streets will be filled with live music, costumed characters, festive photo-ops, live reindeer and much more! The Holiday Parade ushering in the jolly old elf himself (Santa) and Mrs. Claus steps off at 6:30 pm. The City of Aurora Holiday Tree will then be illuminated by Mayor Weisner, Miss Merry Christmas and Mr. Jack Frost. The parade and tree lighting are followed by a grand fireworks display along the banks of the Fox River. Holiday Pop-up Shops featuring music, art, gifts and good things to eat can be enjoyed at Water Street Mall (behind City Hall) 5 - 9 pm. After the fireworks, follow Santa and Mrs. Claus to Riverfront Playhouse where Santa will be on stage listening to Christmas wishes. As a bonus, Mrs. Claus will have special treats for those who have been good all year. Come and make Winter Lights a memory-filled family tradition!
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration.