Downers Grove rings in the holiday
|(left-right) Molly St. Claire, 8, Allie Grganto, 7, and Aubrey Woodring, 7, of Downers Grove cheer for the Christmas tree lights to be turned on during the annual tree lighting downtown Downers Grove festivities Friday (Photo by Erica Benson)|
Christmas arrived in the downtown in a big way Friday, with hundreds turning out for the annual lighting of the Downers Grove Holiday Tree.
On a chilly and gray twilight — with Santa Claus looking over his shoulder — Mayor Martin Tully sparked up a two-story tree that was decked out in hand-made ornaments donated by children in the village.
The day-long celebration also included a Gingerbread House contest, a children’s parade led by the Downers Grove South marching band and a performance from the Downers Grove Choral Society.
The festivities continue through the month, with Santa visiting the downtown every weekend through Dec. 16.
Santa will meet with children from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at his Gingerbread House at the corner of Main and Curtiss streets. This Sunday, free carriage rides will also be available downtown between 1 and 4 p.m.
For a full list of events, times and locations, go to www.downtowndg.org.
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