Elgin Announces Festival of Lights, Letters To Santa

Elgin Announces Festival of Lights, Letters To Santa

Elgin is keeping the holiday spirit alive — and safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — with events such as the festival of lights and letters to Santa.

Festival of Lights Starts Dec. 5

Share in some holiday cheer at Elgin’s Festival of Lights!

Lights will be on display nightly, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 27, at Festival Park, located at 132 S. Grove Ave. in Elgin.

An enhanced show will take place Thursdays through Sundays, when three holiday-themed songs will play on the half hour from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with lights dancing and twinkling to the music. Lights will remain on until 9 p.m. nightly.

“We could all use a little extra joy this year,” said Special Events and Community Engagement Manager Kate O’Leary. “While unable to host our traditional tree lighting ceremony, we’ve found a way to create a safe, outdoor space filled with holiday magic for the community to enjoy.”

Attendees should wear a face covering and observe social distancing. The Festival of Lights can be viewed from a vehicle, or from the paved sidewalks at Festival Park.

Letters to Santa — ‘A Big Ol’ Party!’

The city of Elgin is now an official mail stop for the North Pole, accepting letters to Santa from Nov. 23 through Dec. 11.

Children may drop their letters to Santa off at The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, located at 100 Symphony Way. The “Santa Mail” box can be found outside the main entrance doors, and mail can be dropped off any time of day.

Letters must be dropped off by 5 p.m. Dec. 11 in order to guarantee a reply from Santa. Letters must include a return address, but no postage is required.

For more information, contact Special Events and Community Engagement Manager Kate O’Leary at 847-931-6770 or visit cityofelgin.org/events.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release