ELBURN – The 23rd annual Christmas Stroll will help usher in holiday spirit in Elburn from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25.
The Christmas Stroll, presented by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce in partnership with local businesses, will turn downtown Elburn into a holiday destination, with Christmas cookies, a Christmas tree lighting and, of course, the man in red himself, Santa Claus, Elburn Chamber of Commerce administrator Tracy Leach said.
Businesses will be open with longer hours celebrating not only the start of the Christmas season, but Small Business Saturday as well.
“Most of [the businesses] are on board with staying open for extended hours on Saturday,” Leach said.
She added that many businesses will be offering candy canes, hot cocoa and cider.
A hayride through town, sponsored in part by the Masonic Lodge and the Elburn Lions Club, will be available for those who find the stroll too far to walk or if they just want to seize the opportunity and take a hayride, Leach said.
The Elburn Lions group provides the tractor, and a Lions member will be driving.
Children can find Santa Claus in front of the American Bank and Trust building, near an outdoor warming fire pit and a place to get some s’mores.
Leach said there will be sights to see. Brian Larsen, who is a past winner of ABC-TV’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and is known for the light show he puts on at his home on Beith Road in Campton Hills, will bring some of his sparkling talent to the top of the Town and Country Public Library with a dazzling light display set to music.
“For the last four years, he has incorporated a light show with us as part of the stroll,” Leach said.
Beyond the twinkling Christmas lights, the Town and Country Public Library offers balloon art that always proves to be a hit, alongside holiday goodies, cider and live music, Leach said. Railside Citrus Insurance Agency also will offer family-friendly fun with face painting.
Schmidt’s Towne Tap will host a raffle event with a number of prizes, including gift certificates to local stores and restaurants. Attending the drawing isn’t necessary to win. Tickets will be on sale before the event at local businesses. Ticket sales will end at 8 p.m., and the raffle takes place at 8:30 p.m. on the night of the Stroll. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Kaneland Scholarship Fund that provides $1,000 scholarships to Kaneland-area students. Two scholarships will be offered, Leach said.
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will perform tree burning demonstrations in the parking lot of J&R Herra. The fire department will explain safety for the holidays, care for real and artificial trees, and how to be careful with lights.
J&R Herra also will offer cookie decorating.
American Legion Post 630 has a way that people can share Christmas cheer. Participants can write letters and send Christmas cards to troops overseas.
The Christmas Stroll can’t occur without the sponsorship of local businesses. Big Santa sponsors this year include Vital Wellness Center, American Bank and Trust, Shaw Media, Old Second Bank, First Midwest Bank, Railside Citrus Insurance Agency, Kane County Coins & Currency, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, Mosquito Joe, Kane County Country Market, Shodeen Homes, and the Elburn Lions Club.
More activities will be added as the event approaches. To find out more, visit the Elburn Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElburnChamber.