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Holiday fun abounds at the Glen Ellyn Park District

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 1:01 p.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn Park District will host various events this holiday season.

The annual Turkey Trot Predicto Race will take place at 8 a.m. today beginning at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road. The free, 5-mile race is open to all ages and skill levels. Registration is not required.

The top two runners who most accurately predict their finish time will win a Thanksgiving treat. In order to be eligible for a prize, runners may not bring a timing device to the race. The park district “Breakfast at the North Pole” will offer families two different times to enjoy breakfast, carols, games and a visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 7.

The breakfast will take place from 8 until 9 a.m. and 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse. For residents, the cost is $17 for children and $10 for adults, and for nonresidents, $25 for children and $15 for adults.

Each child will receive a favor to commemorate the morning’s festivities.

Community members of all ages are invited to take a trip with the park district to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see the festive lights Dec. 7.

Attendees will meet at the Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St. in Wheaton, and take a Holiday Express Bus downtown. The event will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Only 20 spaces are available for the trip, and registration is required. The fee is $15 for residents and $23 for nonresidents.

The morning of Dec. 23 will be filled with candy cane fun at the Main Street Recreation Center, 501 Hill Ave. The event will offer indoor crafts and an outdoor candy cane hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

For children who are too young to ring in the new year at midnight, the park district will host a New Year’s Noon Bash from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Main Street Recreation Center. This party celebrates the new year at the stroke of noon with a noisemaker parade and ball drop.

The fee is $10 per person for residents and $15 for non-residents.

The park district will continue its winter fun with a snowman-building contest from Jan. 1 through March 31.

Participants should take a photo of their creation and mail it to Jeannie Robinson at the Glen Ellyn Park District, 185 Spring Ave., or send the picture via email to jrobinson@gepark.org, by March 31.

Contest categories include “Classic Snowman” and “Snow Sculpture.” The latter category may include animals, and competitors are encouraged to be creative.

The entrant’s name, address and phone number should be included with the photo, as should the name of the snowman, if applicable. Winners will receive a plaque with their snowman photo.

There is no charge to compete in the contest.

For more information, visit www.gepark.org.

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