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Santa kicks off countdown to Holiday in the Grove

Santa Claus stands Saturday near a tree located in front of the Sugar Grove Community House at a kickoff event promoting next month's Holiday in the Grove festival.
Santa Claus stands Saturday near a tree located in front of the Sugar Grove Community House at a kickoff event promoting next month's Holiday in the Grove festival.

SUGAR GROVE – Marguerite Ledone has a new activity in mind for the Holiday in the Grove festival, set for next month in Sugar Grove.

“I am hoping for snow,” said Ledone, vice president of the event’s committee. “I love snow. I don’t want a blizzard. But if it snows, we’ll have a snowman contest.”

There was no chance of such an event Saturday, but a festive holiday theme was in place nonetheless at the Sugar Grove Community House.

Santa Claus arrived via fire truck, and he helped with the official lighting of the event’s new tree outside of the building at the official kickoff.

The Santa sighting might be too early for some, but the event is less than a month away, and organizers want to drum up interest and get the word out that volunteers and sponsors are needed.

The event drew a small group, and it offered Holiday in the Grove organizers an opportunity to talk about the event.

Holiday in the Grove is set for Dec. 7 at several sites in Sugar Grove.

The signature event is Breakfast with Santa, which features three serving times starting at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St.

The building will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a performance by the Kaneland String Ensemble at 10 a.m., and kids activities after the breakfast.

Events also will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Shields Elementary, 85 Main St., Sugar Grove. There will be a vendor show, story time with Gwen and Mrs. Santa’s Sweet Shop.

In addition, activities will be from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove.

There will be stories, games, crafts, movies and a performance by the Kaneland Madrigals.

Related Christmas events have been going on for more than 10 years in Sugar Grove, but this will be the fourth year that Holiday in the Grove will be put on by the current group, organizers said.

Diana Baker, the event’s president, said last year’s turnout was the best yet.

They said those interested in volunteering, serving as board members or becoming sponsors are welcome.
For information on the festival, visit

At Saturday’s event, Santa mingled with guests, as he turned the lights on for the tree that sits in front of the community building.

The tree is making its debut because the previous tree died. The tree was donated by Spring Bluff Nursery in Sugar Grove.

Know more
The Holiday in the Grove event takes place Dec. 7 at various locations in Sugar Grove. For information, visit

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