Frigid weather keeps crowds down, but spirits high at Elburn Stroll

By on December 13, 2013
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Photo: The 19th Annual Elburn Christmas Stroll took place throughout Elburn Friday evening. A crowd gathered around to watch the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District firehouse demonstrate a live burning of a Christmas tree. More photos are below the story. Photos by Lynn Logan

ELBURN—Fewer people showed up for the Elburn Christmas Stroll because of the frigid weather, but those who did made it a great night.

“The weather was terrible, and attendance was down, but the people that showed up were so amazing,” said Kristen Damolaris, Elburn Community Center Activities Director.

Damolaris said the vendors and everyone all pulled together, crafters referred shoppers to each other, and everyone promoted the wreath auction. Several children from the business community sold Light up the Center paper light bulbs, raising $77 for the center.

The Elburn Leos kept the children entertained, and Jewel-Osco employees helped them decorate cookies. The Fox Valley Wildlife Center was a big hit with its full-sized hawk.

“People were 100 percent in support of the center,” Damolaris said. “It really felt like a community. The building came alive.”

Town & Country Library Youth Services Director Dwayne Nelson said the library staff and their visitors “had a blast, as always.”

Music from the Kaneland High School Madrigal Singers, as well as the Reamtet jazz quartet, set the festive tone for the night, as children participated in the many activities available and waited in line to have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The crowds were a little light because of the extreme cold, but in all, the library had about 800 visitors, and “it was a great night,” Nelson said.

It wasn’t too cold for the Fire District’s Christmas trees to go up in flames, as the firefighters conducted their safe tree-handling demonstrations.

Back by popular demand this year were the reindeer, from the North Pole by way of the Summerfield Farm and Zoo in Belvidere, Ill. The two reindeer, together with their elf handlers, greeted visitors outside the Lighthouse Academy Child Care Center. Children and adults were thrilled to pet the animals who help Santa bring all those presents to children around the world.

The Elburn Christmas Stroll continues its family tradition of kicking off the holidays within the community.