SUGAR GROVE – A longstanding tradition comes back to Sugar Grove this year as the Holiday in the Grove event returns Dec. 2.
The festivities begin at 7:45 a.m., when the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District will escort Santa to a tree–lighting ceremony in front of the Sugar Grove Community Building, 141 Main St. Children will be able to take pictures with Santa at no charge.
The community building also hosts Breakfast With Santa, according to Marguerite Ledone, president of the Holiday in the Grove Committee. Sugar Grove fire personnel will prepare pancakes and sausage. There also will be a kids activity area. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa can be bought online at www.holidayinthegrove.org.
New this year will be Candy Cane Lane on Main Street.
“This year we are actually adding on some businesses on Main Street,” Ledone said. “Any business that is participating in Holiday in the Grove will have a candy cane in front of their business – we call it Candy Cane Lane. … We are just trying to add more fun things going on throughout the community so that no matter where you are in Sugar Grove you’ll have something to do.”
“I’m hosting classes that day, but I wanted to open up my shop space, which is just down the street from the event, in an attempt to expand the reach of Holiday in the Grove,” Ellen Violet Svehla, owner of Ellen Violet Designs, said. “At my location, kids will be doing crafts, making candy canes, decorating candy canes and trying out sewing.”
Svehla went on to say that it’s a great way to participate in the community and get exposure for her business that opened earlier this year.
Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, 85 S. Main St., contributes with crafts and vendors; at 1 p.m., Mrs. Claus also will host a cookie decoration activity for kids at the school.
The Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, will participate by hosting the Kaneland Youth Orchestra and showing the movie “Elf” in an interactive fashion at 1 p.m. According to the Sugar Grove Public Library’s website, children will be jumping up and down, yelling Santa, throwing snowballs of paper and singing along to Christmas songs in addition to other prompts.
If singing isn’t your thing but sweets are, the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 S. Main St., will host Mrs. Santa’s Sweet Shop, where shoppers can purchase cookies and fudge as part of a fundraiser for the church.
For something a bit more savory, Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 is hosting a chili cook-off with blind tastings at the American Legion, 65 First St., according to Ledone. The cook-off starts between 3 and 4 p.m.
To volunteer or for information, call Ledone at 630-334-8570 or visit www.holidayinthegrove.org. Anyone can volunteer, but those younger than 18 years of age are asked to be accompanied by a guardian.