Editorial: Local municipalities dive headfirst into holiday season
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local municipalities are getting ready to put their respective holiday-themed events on display for the entire Kaneland community to enjoy.
Each local holiday event is unique—no question about it. However, all of the events boast familiar themes: the spirit of Christmas, the joy of giving and the celebration of friends and family.
Kicking off the holiday festivities is Maple Park’s “Make and Take” event, which will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maple Park American Legion, 203 Main St.
The Make and Take is a crafting night meant for children ages 3 and up. However, everyone is welcome to participate. There will be seven different craft stations set up so that participants can walk around and visit at their own pace. Some items participants can make this year include: ornaments, letters to Santa, gift bags and gift boxes. Cookies and lemonade will be served during the event, and festive holiday music will be played. This is a free event, but monetary donation tubs will be available, if anyone would like to support the Fun Fest Committee’s efforts. Any donations received will help to fund all the activities the Fun Fest puts on throughout the year.
Next up will be the Elburn Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. around Elburn. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Town and Country Public Library (via transport provided by the Elburn Fire Department) and have their picture taken with children in attendance. Elburn firefighters will host a tree-burning demonstration at the Fire Station. At the Elburn and Countryside Community Center will be a Holiday Crafters Bazaar, wreath silent auction and the Elburn Herald’s life-sized “Kandyland” game.
Remember our veterans as you view the decorated Christmas tree in front of the American Legion Hall, and be sure to visit the many beautiful nativity displays from around the world at St. Gall’s Church. You can also observe Conley’s annual manger dedication on Route 47 and Pierce.
Amazing Grace Antiques and Ream’s Elburn Market will also participate in the Stroll, as will Main Street eateries, including Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Schmidt’s Towne Tap, Alice’s and Eddie Gaedel’s.
The Christmas fun will continue on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the Christmas in Kaneville event, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include an inaugural tree lighting, Cookie Walk, craft show and bake sale, and a Customer Appreciation promotion at both Hill’s Country Store and Old Second Bank’s Kaneville location.
In addition, the Kaneville Public Library will host kids crafts, story, basket raffles and free drawing. Local musical students will put on a musical performance.
Last but not least is Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove event, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Sugar Grove Community House, John Shields Elementary School and Sugar Grove Public Library.
Breakfast with Santa can be found at the Community House from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost of the meal is $6 per person.
Baking and decorating cookies will also be part of the event. Mrs. Santa Claus will have a Sweet Shoppe set up at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The church will sponsor wagon rides this year as a way to transport people from the church to John Shields Elementary School, 85 S. Main St., Sugar Grove.
At the school, there will be a Kids Holiday Shop, where participants will be able to buy Christmas gifts for their families and friends. Various holiday crafters and vendors will offer a section of their display for kids to buy items priced between $1 and $6. Gift wrapping will also be offered free of charge, separate from the vendors.
The Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, will also host several activities such as crafts, stories, games and movies. The Kaneland Madrigals will also be on hand to perform at the library during the event. Refreshments will be included.
As you can see, there are many Christmas-themed events to partake in early next month. And because each event is special in its own right, we recommended experiencing all four of them and taking a moment to appreciate the long hours and hard work each municipality has put into its event.