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Holiday Gatherings

McHenry County celebrates the season of light.

November

November 18: McHenry Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with a celebration throughout Downtown McHenry! Specials in stores, Characters, Games and Treats await, plus ride the trolley and visit with Santa! End the day with caroling and the tree lighting in Veteran’s (Pearl St.) Park.

Location

Veterans Park, McHenry

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/mchenry-christmas-walk

November 19: Toys for Tots Parade

It’s that time of year again where we come together as a community and parade through downtown McHenry collecting toys for the Toys For Tots foundation!

Location

Downtown McHenry

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/toys-for-tots-parade

November 23: Crystal Lake Community Harvest

Thanksgiving morning, volunteers come together to help sort and pack all food that is collected. The food donations are then distributed to local families thru the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, in the following months.

 

Location

6250 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/community-harvest

November 24: Crystal Lake Festival of Lights Parade

The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the holiday season, as Santa Claus comes to town! The evening is filled with lights, music, pageantry, and little holiday magic!

Location

Downtown Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/festival-lights-parade

November 24: Woodstock Lighting of the Square

Come out to the beautiful, historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving when Christmas officially comes to Woodstock as a flip of the switch illuminates tens of thousands of lights on the Park trees and the Square buildings.

Location

Woodstock Square

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/lighting-of-the-square

November 25-December 30: Woodstock Opera House Christmas Tree Walk

Join us in the Annual Christmas Tree Walk. Over 30 area organizations decorate trees to celebrate the holiday season. The Christmas Tree Walk is open to the public beginning Friday, November 24th, after the Lighting of the Square at 7:00 PM, through December 30th during Opera House business hours.

Location

Woodstock Opera House

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/christmas-tree-walk-2

November 25: Shop Small Business Saturday

Holiday shoppers are encouraged to support the many small businesses throughout McHenry County.

Location

McHenry County

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/shop-small-mchenry-county

November 30: Woodstock Ladies Nite Out

The Historic Woodstock Square goes to the ladies during Ladies Nite Out! Grab your best girlfriends, sisters, nieces, cousins, grandmas and moms and shop at our unique local boutiques, have a sip and nibble at one of our local hot spots and have some fun.

Location

Woodstock Square

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/ladies-nite-out

November 30: Crystal Lake Brewing Winter Market

Crystal Lake Brewing is “hopped” to be hosting our Annual Winter Market.  Local artists, local brewery – it’s a match made in heaven. We have gathered some of the best local artisans around to bring you a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Location

Crystal Lake Brewing

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/winter-market

December

December 1-3: Richmond

Join us for Richmond’s Annual Christmas of Yesteryear celebration December 1-3 kicking off with the tree lighting ceremony at Steven’s Park and visits with Santa.

Location

Downtown Richmond

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/christmas-of-yesteryear-2

December 2: Christmas in Harvard

Come join us for the annual Christmas in Harvard! Join Mrs. Claus for breakfast and stick around for a Christmas parade and shopping!

Location

Downtown Harvard

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/christmas-in-harvard

December 1-2: A Very Merry Huntley

Join us for two days of fun – Kris Kringle Market, trolley rides, shopping, and more!

 

Location

Huntley

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/a-very-merry-huntley-2

December 2: Holiday Rock on the Fox

Celebrate the holiday season with your family and neighbors at the Holiday Rock on the Fox! We will have plenty of free family activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities will kick off with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Riverfront Park.

Location

Riverfront Park, Algonquin

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/rock-on-the-fox-2

December 2: Historical Holiday Exhibit

The Dec. 2 open house features free admission to the museum, as well as live music, a bake sale and other surprises.

Location

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum, Union

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/historical-holiday-exhibit

December 2: Christmas at the Dole

This annual Christmas at the Dole Signature Event begins the holiday season with fun and festivities. Your attendance helps ensure Lakeside Legacy Foundation continues to cultivate and support the arts, education, historic preservation, and community events year-round.

Location

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/christmas-dole-gala

December 2: HoneyCraft Holiday Market

Join us for a curated shopping experience filled with handmade objects from the county and beyond. Every show is a new mix of talented crafters, makers and artists.

Location

124 Cass Street, Woodstock

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/honeycraft-holiday-market-2

December 2-3: Marengo-Union Holiday Housewalk

Do your Christmas shopping at this juried show that takes place in 13 homes and community facilities throughout Marengo and Union Townships.

Location

Marengo

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/marengo-union-housewalk

December 3: Merry Cary

The Merry Cary Holiday Parade and Festival is a long-standing tradition for the residents of Cary. Thousands of children, community groups and businesses participate in the parade and enjoy the downtown festivities.

Location

Cary

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/merry-cary

December 8: Holiday Pops Concert

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra returns to Raue Center For The Arts for a beloved holiday tradition. The spirit of the season comes alive in this festive Holiday Pops Concert! NISO celebrates the spirit of the season with beautiful orchestral renditions of traditional holiday favorites and new sounds in this beloved holiday tradition.

Location

Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/holiday-pops-concert

December 9: McHenry County Made

McHenry County Living’s McHenry County Made is the area’s premiere holiday fair celebrating handcraft, food, beverages and art made here, from the ground up, by hand and from the heart.

Location

124 Cass Street, Woodstock

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/mchenry-county-made-holiday

December 16: HoneyCraft Holiday Market

Join us for a curated shopping experience filled with handmade objects from the county and beyond. Every show is a new mix of talented crafters, makers and artists.

Location

124 Cass Street, Woodstock

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/honeycraft-holiday-market-3

December 16-17: The Nutcracker Ballet

This incredible production is brought to you in conjunctions with The Berkshire Ballet Theatre and Raue Center for the Arts. Audience members will hear Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music, witness emotional dancing and view lavish costumes when the incredible Nutcracker Ballet returns to Raue Center’s stage.

Location

Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/the-nutcracker-ballet

December 31: Rockin' New Year's Eve

Join us as we welcome in the New Year with an amazing evening of Rock and Roll! Your musical host for the Evening is Jimmy Nick and he’ll be joined on stage by his band Don’t Tell Mama, which includes Kenny Hampton on bass, Brady Williams on drums and Rodney Brown on Sax, Jimmy Nick combines his massive talent and stage theatrics with high-energy blues and rock and roll for one of the best live shows around.

Location

Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/rockin-new-years-eve

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