For many in the area, the Christmas holiday season kicks off with the first weekend of December, when Elburn hosts the annual Elburn Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll and Sugar Grove hosts its annual Holiday in the Grove.
This year, the Christmas Stroll is set for Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout Elburn. Holiday in the Grove follows the next day, on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Both events feature a community-wide variety of family-friendly events, activities, and of course, visits with Santa.
At the Elburn Herald, we look forward to the Christmas Stroll because it gives us an opportunity to transform our office into a life-sized winter wonderland styled after the Candyland board game. Kandyland draws hundreds of children and their parents each year, and Elburn Herald Design Director Leslie Flint, the mastermind behind our decorative schemes each year, is preparing to ensure that this year is our best yet.
In addition to playing life-sized Kandyland, Santa will hold court at the Elburn Town and Country Public Library, a number of demonstrations, activities and food are available at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, and a business expo will be held in the Elburn Village Hallâ€”not to mention all of the individual offerings available in many businesses throughout Elburn.
The following morning, Santa will be on hand for breakfast at the Community House in Sugar Grove to open the Holiday in the Grove festivities.
There are plenty of additional events throughout the day at the Community House, such as a Coffee with the Mayor, Village President Sean Michels, a Fun Fair and childrenâ€™s crafts. The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will feature Santaâ€™s Sweet Shoppe for those with a sweet tooth, the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School will offer a crafter and vendor fair, as well as a Kids Holiday Shop, and the Sugar Grove Public Library will host its annual used book sale throughout the day.
We hope to see you at Kandyland as we kick off the holiday season, and we urge you to visit the rest of the events during the Elburn Christmas Stroll and Sugar Grove Holiday in the Grove.
See you on Friday!