KANEVILLE – Christmas in Kaneville organizers say they hope to start a new holiday tradition at the annual festival by adding a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony to this weekend’s festivities.
Pat Hill, village president and owner of Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville, said the village partnered with Kaneville Township to make the tree-lighting event happen.
“We always thought we should have a tree lighting like all the other villages, and this year we brought it up to the [village] board,” she said. “They thought it was a great idea, and we just decided to do it.”
The lights on the tree, the tree having been donated by Strang Landscaping, will be switched on at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Kaneville Community Center, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville, but that’s not where it will permanently stay.
Hill said the live tree, which stands at 7 or 8 feet tall, eventually will be planted at Hill’s Country Store and will be used year after year for the tree-lighting ceremony.
Members of the community are encouraged to bring an ornament representative of their family to hang on the community Christmas tree during the ceremony.
Santa will start at the tree-lighting ceremony and then will visit with children at the Kaneville Fire Department, 46W536 Lovell St., Kaneville.
Christmas in Kaneville festivities continue until 1 p.m. Saturday.
Karen Flamand with the Kaneville Township Historical Society said unique mangers will be on display at the Farley House this year.
Flamand said those interested in loaning a manger to display during the festival can call her at 630-557-2854.
“They could loan us the manger for the day and write a little description about it and how it’s special,” she said, noting mangers can be very old or made out of unique material. “It doesn’t have to come from Kaneville.”
Hill said Jim Feece and Village Board Trustee Carl Hauser plan to give tractor-pulled wagon rides around town on Saturday, as well.
Other activities include a cookie walk from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a craft show and bake sale in the community center gym.
Hill’s Country Store will celebrate with free peppermint ice cream and raffles. Old Second Bank, Kaneville branch, will have breakfast food and drinks, gifts for children and raffles.
Also, children’s crafts, story time, basket raffles and a free drawing will be at the Kaneville Public Library, 2S101 Harter Road, where area music students will be performing.