As snow falls and temperatures drop, communities are preparing for their holiday celebrations. Here are some of those events coming up in the next few weeks.
A Sandwich Christmas: The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and Sandwich Park District are hosting the free community event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7, featuring local businesses and a visit from Santa Claus and his reindeer-in-training, as well as plenty of other family activities.
Sandwich High School Madrigals Dinner: The members of the Sandwich High School Madrigals choir will take the stage to entertain audiences with traditional holiday tunes Dec. 13 and 14 at the high school, 515 Lions Road, Sandwich. For times and ticket information, call Sandwich High School at 815-786-2157.
Plano’s Rockin’ Christmas, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6: The city of Plano will gather downtown to celebrate Christmas on Friday, Dec. 6, with music, activities and a parade. Events kick off with music at 5:30 p.m., followed by the parade along Main Street and the official tree and Holiday of Lights lighting ceremony.
Plano High School Madrigal Dinner, 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 4 p.m. Dec. 8: The Plano High School Madrigal choir will entertain and feed their audience with traditional holiday songs during their concerts. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and the military.
Yorkville Holiday Celebration and Winter Wonderland, Nov. 23.: Yorkville residents can spend the day welcoming in the holidays, beginning at 11 a.m. at Circle Center Grade School for the seventh annual Winter Wonderland Festival, featuring games, a bake sale, a meet-and-greet with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” and a visit from Santa Claus. In the evening, residents can head to Bicentennial Riverfront Park at 5:30 p.m. for the annual holiday parade, followed by the tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks.
Prism: Yorkville High School’s annual Prism band and choir concert will return at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Featuring classic holiday songs performed by student band and choir groups, the event is a much-loved way to welcome the holiday season. For ticket information, call band director Victor Anderson at Yorkville High School at 630-553-4380.
Madrigals Dinner: The Yorkville High School Madrigals Choir will host its annual dinner Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8 at Yorkville High School, with food, drink and traditional holiday and Christmas songs. For times and ticket information, call Anderson at 630-553-4380.
Christmas Walk: Downtown Oswego will be overcome with holiday spirit for the annual Christmas Walk from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, throughout downtown Oswego. Visitors can help Cindy Lou Who light the Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m., near the intersection of Main and Jackson streets, then celebrate on a faux ice skating rink, ride the Toyland train and partake in activities from area businesses.
Crystals: The choirs and bands of Oswego High School will take part in the annual Crystals concert on at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Barnes Performing Arts Center. Audiences can enjoy traditional and modern holiday songs, culminating in a grand finale. For ticket information, call Oswego High School at 630-636-2000.
OEHS Winter Concert: The Oswego East High School choirs and bands will provide holiday entertainment at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 3 in the Oswego East HIgh School Performing Arts Center, for the annual winter concert, featuring a mix of classic and new holiday tunes. For ticket information, call the Oswego East High School Performing Arts Center at 630-636-2200.
Tree Lighting: The village of Montgomery will light its Christmas Tree at 5 p.m., Dec. 1, outside of Village Hall. Kicking off with the Festival of Trees inside of Village Hall and musical performances from area schools, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via firetruck to light the tree before going inside to visit with children and pose for pictures. This year, the free family event will feature an elf workshop, featuring holiday games and craft stations for children to participate in.