A nearly 20-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide blue spruce tree arrived in downtown West Chicago in time to serve as a centerpiece for the annual Frosty Fest season. The tree, which was dug from a residential yard in Lemont, was permanently planted at the Fox Community Center, 306 Main St., as part of the infrastructure improvement to restore an underground tunnel and add a natural area and courtyard.
The tree will be decked out with holiday bling compliments of West Chicago’s Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc. later this month, and be the featured attraction for the downtown lighting ceremony, which takes place as part of Frosty Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
The free event is the community kick-off of the holiday season and features a variety of family-friendly activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, an ice sculpture artist, West Chicago Park District crafts, a gingerbread house display and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The fun begins with a “Frosty Procession” that will travel down Main Street, west of Illinois Route 59, to Galena Street in the heart of the downtown starting at 4 p.m. The tree lighting will follow at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Cultural activities planned include an exhibit and sale of handmade wearable art at Gallery 200 located at 200 Main St., an exciting new exhibit titled "Where History and Progress Meet," plus a German Christmas Exhibit sponsored by West Chicago Sister Cities at the City Museum, 132 Main St. Also, the CB&Q Depot at 134 Turner Court will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. with live music from Sleight Street and a local a capella group, and a train exhibit.
Additional downtown performances by the Community High School Chamber Choir, Wheaton Academy Kantorei and the West Chicago Park District’s Performing Company and Jr. Combo classes will help festival-goers start the season on a high note. Also, a new feature, the Upside Downers Barbershop Quartet, will be added this year to bring the nostalgia and spirit of holidays past.
The Frosty Fest committee, which includes representation from the West Chicago Park District, West Chicago Public Library, West Chicago Fire Protection District, West Chicago Sister Cities, Gallery 200, State Bank of Illinois, Boy Scout Troop #33, CHS Educational Foundation and community volunteers, is hoping the entire community will mark their calendar and plan to be a part of this year’s celebration of the season.
For a complete schedule of activities, visit www.westchicago.org/Community/documents/ScheduleFlyer2013.pdf.
Krista Coltrin is the marketing assistant for the city of West Chicago