by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—The folks in Elburn’s business district are busy as little elves getting ready to welcome visitors for the 17th Annual Elburn Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The festivities begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be available for photographs at the Town and Country Public Library, and there are many other places to visit around town to get into the holiday spirit.
Holiday song will fill the air thanks to the Kaneland High School Madrigal Singers, who will provide a festive atmosphere to downtown Elburn.
New this year is a Holiday Bazaar at the Elburn & Countryside Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., for those who want to get in some early Christmas shopping. Many other Elburn Chamber business will have displays there as well, with ongoing activities that include martial arts demonstrations, cookie decorating, a silent auction, Santa train ride and a few more things.
Visit area businesses and drop off an initialed map at the community center or at the library for a chance to win gift cards provided by local businesses.
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will demonstrate how fast a Christmas tree can catch fire and will have the safety house on display at the firehouse.
The Great Lakes Leadership Campus will offer tours of the mansion, American Bank & Trust will provide balloon creations for kids, and the Elburn Hill Church will have a display of Christmas trees. Also participating are Amazing Grace Antiques and Reams Market who, like many of the downtown stores, will be open late on Friday and share refreshments with visitors.
And, of course, The Elburn Herald will again transform its offices into a life-sized Kandyland game, patterned after the popular children’s board game, Candyland. The Herald welcomes hundreds of children and parents each year, who arrive ready to play the game and leave with holiday treats.
Free shuttle service will be available continuously to the events throughout Elburn stopping at the Town and Country Public Library, the Elburn and Countryside Community Center and the downtown area, including Jewel.