Fun for the family

By on December 4, 2009

Holiday in the Grove brings holiday cheer to Sugar Grove
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Holiday in the Grove begins early on Saturday, Dec. 5, for good little boys and girls who want to share a breakfast with Santa. The first of four seatings begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House on Main Street, with the last seating scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Reservations are required for this popular event, and can be made on the Parent Teacher Organization website,

Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer and Sugar Grove firefighters will cook the breakfast. Breakfast with Santa raises money for the community’s Holiday Spirit fund, a program that ensures there will be presents under the tree and staples in the house for Kaneland area families during the holiday season.

The children may pose for a free photo with Santa, available for pick-up after 12:30 p.m. Packaged photos taken by a professional photographer are available for purchase and will be ready one week from Saturday.

For an old-fashioned family experience, the Sugar Grove Park District sponsors horse-drawn sleigh rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local farmer George Alexander volunteers his time and his horses to provide the rides through the streets of Sugar Grove free of charge.

For transportation between the various events, a heated school bus will take visitors from the Community House to the school to the library all day long.

Community House events
Residents may stop in at the Community House between 9 and 11 a.m. for Coffee with the Mayor with Village President Sean Michels.

A Fun Fair will take place at the Community House upstairs in the gym from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The children can grab a lunch of hot dogs, chips, nachos, popcorn and pop, and enjoy an entertaining clown from noon to 2 p.m. Stay for magician David Fleming’s juggling act and magic show at 2:30 p.m.

Ornament making is available downstairs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or children can participate in Noah’s Ark Stuff-n-Fluff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make a snowman, reindeer or gingerbread man.

Sugar Grove United Methodist Church
Visit Santa’s Sweet Shoppe at the United Methodist Church, across from the Community House, and purchase candies and cookies, pies, sweet breads and fudge, baked by members of the church. Be sure to take a tour of the sanctuary, where nativity scenes of all shapes and sizes will be available to remind visitors of the reason for the season.

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School

Events at the school include a crafter and vendor fair with more than 35 crafters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Kids Holiday Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where children can do their own Christmas shopping. Inexpensive homemade craft and store-bought items are available for purchase for family members and friends.

Sugar Grove Public Library

The Library Friends will host a Used Book Sale all day on Saturday at the new library. For a head start, stop by the library on Friday, Dec. 4, to pick up a few green (recycled) Christmas gifts.

Salvation Army community volunteer bell ringers will be at the library from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Money collected on that day will be available to Sugar Grove families and service organizations.

Holiday in the Grove

Saturday, Dec. 5
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sugar Grove Community House,
Sugar Grove United Methodist Church and Kaneland
John Shields Elementary School,
Sugar Grove Public Library.
Parking available at each location.

Sponsored by
Kaneland John Shields PTO and
other organizations

Contact Carrie Guerra at
(630) 715-9230