Christmas comes to Lombard for annual Jinglebell Jubilee event
|A train takes people through Lilicia Park during the Jinglebell Jubilee Saturday December 3, 2011. (Erica Benson)|
Saturday afternoon and evening will mark the beginning of Lombard’s Christmas celebration with the village’s annual Jinglebell Jubilee event.
Activities in downtown Lombard begin at 1 p.m., where visitors can view scenes from the Nutcracker being performed in shop windows by dancers with the Dance Center. Sweet Street Candies will sponsor a gingerbread decorating activity at 19 W. St. Charles Road from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $3 to participate.
Between 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., visitors can enjoy holiday carols from a strolling quartet and at 5:15 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive on a Lombard fire truck to light the village’s Christmas tree. Trustee Bill Ware will help Santa light the Christmas tree, located at Main Street and St. Charles Road.
The Lombard Park District, the Helen Plum Library and the Lombard Historical Society will also have activities planned to celebrate Jinglebell Jubilee.
Lilacia Park’s holiday lights will be lit at 6 p.m., and visitors will be able to take train rides through the park until 8 p.m. and visit with Santa.
At the Helen Plum Library, madrigal singers from Glenbard East will be caroling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and guests are welcome to tour the Victorian Cottage Museum’s Candlelight Christmas Tour, where special exhibits will be on display that show what Christmas Eve looked like during the Victorian Era.
Free, horse-drawn carriage rides will travel up and down Park Avenue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and participants can sing Christmas carols.
The Lombard Bible Church and the Lombard Historical Society will both be warming centers and serve complimentary hot chocolate and hot cider.
The night will wrap up at Lombard’s Maple Street Chapel’s holiday sing-along from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The event is a collaborative effort by the Lombard Chamber of Commerce, the Lombard Park District, the Lombard Historical Society, the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Maple Street Chapel, the Lombard Town Centre and the Village of Lombard.
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