by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Join in the community spirit as you hit the trail through downtown Elburn for a mix of fun and food on Friday, Dec. 3.
The town will be lit with the spirit of the Christmas season as businesses and organizations open their doors from 5 to 8 p.m. serving refreshments, giving tours and welcoming the community. From the Town & Country Library to the Elburn & Countryside Community Center, you’ll find enough music, food, decorations and sights to light up the night.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be front and center at the library, giving wish consultations and photo ops. While snacking on refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library, merry-makers can see the Kaneland Madrigal Singers perform at 5:15 p.m., Magic Matt create balloon characters, and Mr. E and Maggie perform ventriloquism from 7 to 8 p.m. Village of Elburn trustees will be on hand to greet. Watson, of course, will be dressed for the holidays.
Learn how quickly a Christmas tree can catch fire as the fire department presents its annual Christmas tree burning at 5:30, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.
Stop in at the American Bank and Trust to take home a balloon creation, and at Edward Jones to enter a coloring contest and decorate a Christmas ornament. Catch another performance of the Madrigal’s at Ream’s Elburn Market. Then cross the street and wander the wonder of life-sized Kandyland at the Elburn Herald.
The Elburn Community Congregational Church will host cookie decorating and refreshments. Heartland Counseling will present the blessing of the manger.
If you’re tired of strolling at this point, you can hop the free, heated 28-passenger shuttle bus to head to the Elburn Hill Church, where the Lamplight Singers will perform and the Oberweis truck will stand at the ready.
Across the street at the Community Center will be a free train ride with Santa. The Wildlife Center will bring animals to see.
“There is a lot going on,” said Laurie Studdard, Community Center director. “We have about 400 people come through here.”
The Christmas Tree Auction will allow the highest bidders to take home Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses.
The Silent Auction will raffle off gift baskets, sports memorabilia and games.