LA GRANGE – Nearly 70 La Grange businesses will participate in the 22nd annual Hometown Holiday on Saturday to celebrate the holiday spirit and start of the winter shopping season.
The event, organized by the La Grange Business Association, will feature an array of activities for shoppers and kids, along with festive open houses throughout town.
New this year, is a promotion to encourage holiday shopping at local businesses. Participating merchants will display a window decal on their doors offering shoppers $5 off a purchase of at least $25 on Saturday.
“We really want people to come in and enjoy the free activities, and we also want them to consider this a way to start their holiday shopping,” LGBA Executive Director Nancy Cummings said.
Also new this year will be a collection for local food pantries. Children are asked to help fill Santa’s sack with nonperishable food items for the less fortunate when they visit him at Village Hall to share their wishes.
From 5 to 9 p.m., visitors can enjoy singing from choirs and strolling carolers, a baby animal petting zoo with pony rides, a bonfire and make-your-own s’mores, free old-time trolley rides throughout the village, ice sculptures and kiddie train rides.
“We are so fortunate to have a local community that understands the importance of supporting the small business owner, especially during the holiday shopping season,” said Steve Jasinski, president of the LGBA, in a news release.
Musical entertainment will include the Lyons Township High School Madrigal Choir and small group performances by musicians from the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra.
Before the shopping and activities, a free matinee showing of "The Santa Clause" will take place at 3 p.m. at the La Grange Theatre. Parents can drop their kids off at the theatre and then enjoy a concert from the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra in the lobby of Village Hall.
Visits with Santa Claus will take place between 6 and 8 p.m., also at Village Hall. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 5:30 p.m. for the official lighting of the Christmas tree at Village Hall.
Another new feature for this year’s event is complementary in-home care service for the elderly at Huge Hearts HomeCare. Families or friends can have their loved ones dropped off at Huge Hearts HomeCare, 639 S. La Grange Road, where they will receive care from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Jenni at 708-352-1850.
Visitors to Hometown Holiday are encouraged to park in the free commuter lot near LT’s North Campus and ride the free trolley through the village.
The event is sponsored by Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, the village of La Grange and more than 60 local businesses.
IF YOU GO:
What: La Grange's Hometown Holiday
When: Starts at 5:30 p.m. with Santa arrival via firetruck to light the Christmas tree at Village Hall. Festivities continue through 9 p.m. with shopping, caroling and other activities.
Where: Downtown La Grange, in the Central Business District
Parking: Parking is available at village lots and downtown. Visitor are encouraged to park at Lyons Township High School's North Campus, 100 S. Brainard Ave., and take a free trolley to downtown La Grange.
Activities: Discounts on shopping at local businesses, free s'mores and a bonfire at Village Hall, ice sculptors, kiddie train rides, a petting zoo and more.