KANE COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS UPDATE: This Week’s Big Event Is Dec. 11 Hampshire Holiday Fest & Parade!
UPDATED NOON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8
Happy holiday, Kane County, IL!
Presented here is a sampling of tree-lighting events, parades, celebrations and Santa arrivals in communities throughout Kane County.
Several community holiday events already have taken place — like Aurora’s Winter Lights Parade, Miracle on Main in Algonquin, Dickens in Dundee, Geneva Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Weekend and Montgomery Merry And Bright (just to name a few) — but there are are more celebrations still to come throughout Kane County.
This week’s big event is the Hampshire Holiday Fest & Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 11. Scroll down for more information.
If you’ve got more to add, email information, photos and links to Kane County Connects Editor Rick Nagel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends and plenty of free family activities for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, Dec. 4 at The Plaza (2 S. Main St.) in Algonquin.
Activities will kick off with the arrival of Santa and the annual tree lighting ceremony. Admission to the event is free, and a donation bin for Toys for Tots will be made available for new, unwrapped toys. Watch for updates on the village’s Facebook page.
Experience the magic of Batavia with the Celebration of Lights Festival! We will have hayrides, holiday craft activities, old-fashioned ornament-making, a community sing-a-long, ceremonial tree lighting, a visit with Santa, story hour and the ever-popular Christmas Tree Lane!
The festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with Batavia MainStreet, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, the City of Batavia, and the Batavia Police Department. This event is free and no registration is required.
Time: 5 PM
Location: Batavia Riverwalk
- Free hayrides with food or $1 cash donation (proceeds directly benefit the Batavia Food Pantry)
- Free treat
- Family photo opportunity at the Peg Bond Center’s main stage
- Hot chocolate for sale
- Holiday craft activities inside City Council Chambers
- Old-fashioned ornament-making for all ages at the Depot Museum, main level
- The Batavia Community Band performs
- Christmas Tree Lane – Featuring 25 holiday trees decorated by local organizations and businesses
- Community sing-a-long led by Craig Foltos, of Foltos Tonsorial Parlor
- Arrival of Santa
- Welcome by Mayor Schielke & Ceremonial Tree Lighting
- Santa’s Warming House: Visit Santa at the Peg Bond Center warming house and receive a treat from Kris Kringle himself (for children younger than 10, while supplies last)
- Announcement of Christmas Tree Lane winner
- Story Hour hosted by the Batavia Public Library at the Gustafson Research Center, located in the lower level of the Batavia Depot Museum
Christmas at Corron Farm Saturday, Dec. 18
The Corron Farm Preservation Society and Campton Township will host Christmas at Corron Farm, an outdoor event featuring live entertainment by The Caroling Connection, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7N761 Corron Road St. Charles (Campton Hills).
Complimentary hot cocoa and “Swedish” S’mores will be served. There will be a small holiday market and food for purchase.
Children will enjoy a visit with Santa or the Ice Princess, as well as seasonal activities. This is a FREE event.
The Corron Farm Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission is to preserve, increase, and enrich knowledge of the history of the Corron Farm and early Campton Township and to provide leisure and education opportunities for township residents, businesses, and surrounding communities.
East Dundee And West Dundee
Dickens in Dundee — Dec. 3-4
The weekend kicks off each year on the first Friday in December, with tree lighting ceremonies in both East and West Dundee. Residents and visitors stroll through downtown East and West Dundee to see local merchant’s windows “come alive” during Living Windows.
Saturday begins with the cornerstone event: the Spirit of Christmas Parade. The parade begins at Second Street in West Dundee and travels across the Main Street Bridge into East Dundee, ending near the Dundee Township Visitors Center (The Depot) on River Street.
Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa’s Petting Zoo and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!
Elgin Tree Lighting Ceremony — Nov. 27
The city of Elgin will ring in the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov, 27, on the splash pad at Festival Park, located at 132 S. Grove Avenue.
All are invited to celebrate the incoming holiday season.
Mayor David Kaptain will welcome the crowd, and rumors have it Santa will pay a visit as well. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Larkin High School Jazz Band. The local Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl (BFH) will also host a Posada celebration ending with a traditional piñata smash.
Throughout the day leading up to the ceremony, the community is also encouraged to shop and dine at local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Holly Days will also be under way, with holiday-themed window murals displayed throughout downtown.
Downtown Elgin offers free parking on-street, in municipal lots and in parking decks. A map of parking locations can be found at cityofelgin.org/parking.
Small Business Saturday
For every $100 spent at an Elgin business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy, as opposed to only $43 at a non-local business.
By shopping at your favorite local places – not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year – you are making a positive impact on Elgin. Join the movement and Shop Small in Elgin!
To find more information on Small Business Saturday, Elgin businesses to support and how to show off your small business pride, check out the following websites:
Hampshire Holiday Fest & Parade Set For Dec. 11
Last year’s Hampshire Holiday Parade was such a success that organizers are building on it and looking to bring more fun to the village.
This year, in addition to the parade through the neighborhoods at dusk, Hampshire officials are adding a scavenger hunt, holiday lights competition, and holiday fest with the lighting prior to the parade.
The Hampshire Holiday Fest & Parade will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, downtown.
The parade kicks off at dusk with the village’s tree lighting at the village hall, 234 S. State St. as the parade passes by.
The parade is scheduled to line up at 4 p.m. at Hampshire Middle School, with the start at 5 p.m.
The village will be closing the street from Jackson to Jefferson, while Santa and the Grinch are visiting the village along with carolers, games, crafts, and other fun activities.
The parade route will be similar to the route used last year. To accommodate the need for social distancing and to ease parking constraints, Santa had so much fun in the ladder truck last year that he will be returning to ride atop the ladder truck again.
To see the route of Santa’s Parade through the Hampshire neighborhoods, visit www.tinyurl.com/HampshireParadeRoute.
Many local businesses, organizations, and other government bodies are working together to bring the community an afternoon focused on fun for kids.
Century 21 New Heritage is conducting the decorating contest. Learn more at www.facebook.com/Century21NewHeritage/.
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Montgomery — Dec. 5
The village of Montgomery and the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Tree Lighting in front of the Village Hall on the first Sunday in December.
The event features Santa Claus’s prompt arrival at 5 p.m. by the Montgomery-Countryside Fire District fire engine, musical performances by area school children and local singers, strolling carolers, free hot chocolate and cookies, kids giveaways, and a coloring contest sponsored by local River Street businesses.
Participants should dress for the weather as most activities are outdoors.
In addition to lighting the tree outside Village Hall, the Festival of Trees kicks off which includes trees decorated by residents, families, businesses, and organizations both indoors at Village Hall and outdoors along River Street (between Webster and Mill).
All are invited. Bring the family to meet Santa, he arrives promptly at 5 p.m. and will be onsite until 7 p.m. for visits and pictures. Area residents are invited to bring the whole family to meet Santa, have cookies and cocoa and vote for their favorite tree.
For those unable to attend the Sunday event, the Festival of Trees will stay during the month of December. Indoor trees will be available for viewing during business hours Monday through Friday at Village Hall.
Mooseheart Holiday Lights — Nov. 26 to Dec. 31
Join the Mooseheart family for the 10th Annual Holiday Lights display, opening on Friday, Nov. 26, and running 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through Friday, Dec. 31.
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland’s largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view.
Holiday Home Coming & Electric Christmas Parade — Nov. 26-27
Holiday Homecoming is one of the Midwest’s most spectacular holiday events and is the official kick-off to the holiday season in St. Charles.
This weekend-long event has been making holiday memories for area families for over seventeen years. The event features seasonal music, holiday movies, sleigh rides and lighted parade floats that light up Main Street between 6th Street and 4th Avenue.
Friday, Nov. 26
Lighting of the Lights | 5 PM
Lighting of the Lights, sponsored by Audi Exchange St. Charles, will be at 5pm on Friday, November 26th in the East First Street Plaza. Come and celebrate the lighting of the city’s lights while kicking-off the holiday season with the community! Even Santa will be there to meet and take pictures with everyone after the ceremony!
Kick-Off to the Holiday Tree Trail
Take a stroll down the 1st Street Water Front Walkway to see trees decorated by local organizations and businesses.
Place your vote for your favorite tree at the ballot box next to Santa’s House in the East First Street Plaza by Alter Brewing + Kitchen. Voting takes place from 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m.
The decorated trees will be up all season, so you can stop by anytime to see them!
Saturday, Nov. 27
Holiday Movie | 10 AM
Free screening of Frozen II at the Acrada Theatre. Doors will open at 9 am to grab your seat and get some snacks from the lobby. The movie will start at 10 am.
Santa’s House will be open for visitors from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm in the East 1st Street Plaza.
Electric Christmas Parade | 5:30 PM
The Electric Christmas Parade steps off on Main Street at 5:30 pm. The parade will feature bands, parade floats and a special guest, Santa Claus!
Small Business Saturday | All Day