WEST CHICAGO – Fun-filled holiday traditions take center stage at West Chicago’s annual Frosty Fest, which this year takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in downtown West Chicago.
At 4 p.m., the Frosty Procession steps off, heading west down Main Street to Route 59. It is followed by the city’s official tree-lighting ceremony.
From 4:30 to 7 p.m. there will be caroling, dance performances, activities, holiday displays and refreshments – both outdoors and indoors.
The Iceless Curling Rink will be offered along Main Street. Free to play, it accommodates two to four players at a time for a chance to slide their stones closest to the target.
The Cookies w/flavor food truck will offer sweets, treats and hot beverages for purchase.
Visit Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St., for the “Small Gifts of Art” exhibit, sales, activities and musical performances.
Republic Bank, 101 Main St., will be a hot spot, with free hot cocoa, popcorn and snacks, plus a candy cottage display sponsored by First United Methodist Church.
The City Museum, 132 Main St., will host exhibits, activities and crafting.
The American Legion, 123 Main St., will offer crafts, as well as cookie decorating and dance performances by District 33’s Ballet Folklorico.
Festivalgoers can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Fox Community Center, 306 Main St., and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor games and activities, live ice sculpture carving, and caroling by local student groups.
There will be caroling by the First United Methodist Church Choir throughout the downtown.
Get started early with the Frosty 5K and Kids Fun Run on Dec. 1.
The city of West Chicago and Healthy West Chicago welcome residents to participate in the Frosty 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. The race will start and finish on Turner Court behind the library and runs through the beautiful streets of historic West Chicago.
All children in the Kids Fun Run will receive a Finisher’s ribbon. The run is a 200-yard dash down Turner Court.
Registration and T-shirt pickup for the Frosty 5K Run/Walk is at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the Kids Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m.
Registration and packet pickup will take place in the parking lot behind the West Chicago Public Library District building, 118 West Washington St.
Race fees for the 5K are $25 for adults who are West Chicago residents and $30 for adults who are nonresidents and $5 for students who are West Chicago residents and $10 for students who are nonresidents.
The Kids Fun Run for children 10 and under is free.
First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded to “overall” male and female winners in the 5K.
First-, second- and third-place medals will be awarded within each age group, male and female. Age groups are 10 and under, 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over.
For information about the Frosty 5K or Frosty Fest, including volunteer opportunities, contact Bethany Bayci, special events coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-293-2200, ext. 176.