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November 2018

Henry’s Thanksgiving Hustle

Free – $25
November 22 · 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Marlowe Middle School 9625 Haligus Road
Lake in the Hills, IL United States

Henry’s Thanksgiving Day Hustle 5K & Kids Dash, presented by Kopf Running Thursday, November 22, 2018, 8:00am 5K; 8:45am Kids Dash Marlow Middle School, 9625 Haligus Rd, Lake in the Hills Henry’s Hustle benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information please visit www.henryshustle.com Timed 5K is $15 early bird now through September 30th, then $20 from October 1st through October 31st, then $25 from November 1st through race day, then race day is $30. Kids Dash is always free.

Lighting of the Square

Free
November 23 · 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Woodstock Van Buren & Dean Street
Woodstock, IL 60098 United States

Visit the beautiful and historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving and help the City of Woodstock usher in the official start to the holiday season.  With the flip of a switch, tens of thousands of twinkling lights are illuminated on Park trees and Square buildings, ushering in the magic of Christmas in a Victorian-era setting. While the lighting ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Park-in-the-Square, there are many wonderful holiday activities planned from 5:00-9:00 p.m., including holiday carolers,…

Lighting of the Square Mingler

November 23 · 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mixin Mingle Woodstock 124 Cass Street
Woodstock, IL United States

To celebrate the warmth and magic of Woodstock's annual Lighting of the Square tradition (attended by thousands), Mixin Mingle is hosting a mingler featuring unique finds from community businesses. The event will be open from 5pm-9pm, and you can watch the Lighting of the Square in front of our store at 7pm.

Festival of Lights Parade

Free
November 23 · 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Crystal Lake Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL United States

The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the season when Santa Claus comes to town! The evening is filled with lights, music, pageantry, and a little magic! The parade ends at the corner of Williams & Crystal Lake Avenue, when Santa throws his magic dust to light the 40-foot Community Christmas Tree! Find more info here.

Christmas Parade

Free
November 25 · 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Downtown Woodstock Van Buren & Dean Street
Woodstock, IL 60098 United States

If you love parades (and who doesn't!) and are in the holiday spirit, be sure to join in welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus as they join our Christmas Parade around the Square beginning at 2:00 PM on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  After the Parade, come over to the old fire station behind City Hall and enjoy Cookies and Milk with Santa (and tell him what you want for Christmas!) hosted by the City of Woodstock. If you or your group would…

A Very Merry Huntley

November 30 · 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Downtown Huntley 11712 Coral Street
Huntley, IL United States

A VERY MERRY HUNTLEY - DAY 1 There is something for everyone at this 2-day event! At the Municipal Complex (10987 Main Street) Kris Kringle Market * Tree Decorating Contest Voting * Kids Room (free things for kids to do) * Huntley Holiday Express Train Ride (free) * Visit with Mrs. Claus * See Live Reindeer * Free Hot Chocolate & S'more Making At the Huntley Public Library (11000 Ruth Road) Be sure to register for the Library's Open House…

Luminaria Walk

$1 – $5
November 30 · 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shamrock Park 6204 Hillside Road
Crystal Lake, IL United States

Enjoy a beautiful night under the stars as we light a trail through our magnificent Shamrock Hills Park. Campfires and hot cocoa will warm you up while listening to holiday songs performed by members of the Encore Youth Choir. Suggested donation (pay at the event) $1 per person/max $5 per family Donations to be used for Nature Center outdoor education programs Luminaria Walk at Shamrock Hills Park Date: Friday, November 30 Time: 6:30-8:30 pm Location: Shamrock Hills Park, 6204 Hillside Rd, Crystal Lake…

December 2018

A Very Merry Huntley

December 1 · 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Downtown Huntley 11712 Coral Street
Huntley, IL United States

A VERY MERRY HUNTLEY - DAY 1 There is something for everyone at this 2-day event! At the Municipal Complex (10987 Main Street) Kris Kringle Market * Tree Decorating Contest Voting * Kids Room (free things for kids to do) * Huntley Holiday Express Train Ride (free) * Visit with Mrs. Claus * See Live Reindeer * Free Hot Chocolate & S'more Making At the Huntley Public Library (11000 Ruth Road) Be sure to register for the Library's Open House…

Marengo Union Holiday House Walk

December 1 · 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Marengo, IL IL United States

Held within the Cities of Marengo and Union in northwestern Illinois, the 26th Annual event features local crafters with plenty of items for those special gifts for Christmas. Find more info here.

Holiday Open House

December 1 · 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
McHenry County Historical Society 6422 Main Street
Union, IL United States

The McHenry  County Historical Society will host a month-long quilt contest and show kicking off with its annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the county historical museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. This year's Rock Around the Quilted Tree show and contest theme is “Silver & Gold.” Quilters are invited to enter their favorite predominately silver and gold quilts in the month-long show. The first 25 bed-size quilt entries will be displayed as…

Tree Lighting Festival

December 1 · 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Algonquin Road Elementary School 975 Algonquin Road
Fox River Grove, IL United States

Holiday Rock on the Fox

Free
December 1 · 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Riverfront Park 201 N. Harrison Street
Algonquin, IL United States

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. Find more info here. Admission to the event is free. Toys for Tots donation bins will be available for new unwrapped toys. Do you have an organization or business that would like to become involved with this event? Please…

Jaycee Park Holiday Walk

December 1 · 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jaycee Park Cary, IL United States

Spread holiday cheer and share your creativity with the entire community at the annual Jaycee Park Holiday Walk and Tree Lighting. Gather your family, friends or register your group, club, troop, neighborhood, business, to help decorate one of many holiday trees lining the trail at Jaycee Park. Show us your creative side with your uniquely designed and decorated tree. One tree will be available to each registered group. Each group is responsible for providing their own decorations, putting them up,…

Kiwanis Santa Run

December 2 · 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014 United States

The Santa Run is an annual 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk to benefit the following agencies of McHenry County: Kiwanis Club of Crystal Lake Turning Point CASA Girls on the Run of NW IL Big Brothers Big Sisters Main Stay Therapeutic Riding The 6th Annual run in 2017 had over 1,000 runners/walkers and raised over $45,000 for these agencies. The event will continue to be the first Sunday in December every year…..so mark your calendars. Each 5K registrant will…

Marengo Union Holiday House Walk

December 2 · 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Marengo, IL IL United States

Held within the Cities of Marengo and Union in northwestern Illinois, the 26th Annual event features local crafters with plenty of items for those special gifts for Christmas. Find more info here.

Merry Cary

Free
December 2 · 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Cary Cary, IL United States

Santa’s Holiday Express

$10
December 2 · 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grand Oaks 1401 Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL United States

Christmas of Yesteryear

Free
December 7 · 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Downtown Richmond 10310 N. Main Street
Richmond, IL United States

Join us for Richmond's Annual Tree lighting and visit with Santa! 12/7 The night will begin at 6pm with caroling by All Saints Carolers at the Steven's Park Gazebo. Santa will be arriving at approximately 6:30pm with our host family to light Richmond's Christmas tree for the season! Immedately following the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will be meeting wtih families at Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome to take their own pictures with Santa!! Once you're done visiting with Santa be…

Cookie Walk

December 8 · 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church 8505 Church Street
Ridgefield, IL United States

27th annual Cookie Walk, Saturday, December 8, 2018; 9 a.m. until noon or until cookies are gone.  Traditional favorites; cookies, candies and breads. $9 per lb. Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, 8505 Church Street in Ridgefield (east of MCC) 815.459.1132.

Holiday Faire

$3
December 8 · 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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McHenry County Fairgrounds 11900 Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL United States

This is not your everyday craft show. This is a family event that is centered around the idea of creating handmade items. This event has over 30 artisan vendors that have all handmade items that make perfect gifts for family and friends. We also take this time to provide a fun day for the entire family by including fun things to do including meeting Santa, creating crafts in Kids Craft Corner, going on a story telling hayride, and stopping by…

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