Snow is a maybe, but Santa Claus is certain to arrive in La Grange for the 18th annual La Grange Christmas Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Sponsored by the La Grange Business Association and the Village of La Grange, the Christmas Walk showcases the downtown business district, which will be transformed into a holiday setting complete with a “canopy of lights,” trolley and sleigh rides, ice sculptures and the sound of carolers.
Free parking is available in the parking deck located behind the Village Hall, 53 S. La Grange Road.
The event unofficially kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with a free showing of “Fred Claus” at the La Grange Theatre, 80 S. La Grange Road.
The main event starts at 5:30 p.m. when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck to the Village Hall for the lighting of the Christmas tree. There will be an all-village sing along as well, with the help of the village’s high school and grammar school choral groups.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will then take their seats in the Village Hall where children can stop by and say hello and tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
S’Mores will be served outside of the Village Hall, compliments of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and DeVries Grocery and Market.
Pony rides and a petting zoo will be found in Calendar Court and for the first time, a kiddy choo choo train will be taking young passengers for a ride behind Palmer’s Place, 56 S. La Grange Road.
Merchants will be hosting an open house offering promotions, raffles and entertainment.
Business Association President Honor Lorenzini said she’s feeling positive, both for this year’s event and for business in general.
“I really do have a positive feeling because of the amount of sponsorship and enthusiasm showed by the business community this year,” she said. “A lot of people are being really creative to get involved. I think everyone has really come together and be positive in these hard times.”
Several newcomers to the business community have also pledged their support for the event, Lorenzini said.
“All these new people want to get involved and make things happen in La Grange,” she said.