Historic Downtown Crystal Lake comes alive for the holidays with lights, garlands and the hustle and bustle of the season. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with some of the most unique stores in the Northwest suburbs. There are over 20 merchants in the downtown area, a few of our favorites are Marvin’s Toy Store, Wear Did U Get That and Out of the Box. After shopping enjoy lunch or dinner at one of their many restaurants.
Friday November 29th- ‘Festival of Lights Holiday Parade’ - at 7pm - This festive night time parade enchants young and old alike. The glistening floats, marchers and music create the perfect start to the Christmas season. Santa arrives at the end of the parade in his horse-drawn sleigh to light Downtown’s Christmas Tree and begin visits with children at his house in Brink Street Market. The parade kicks-off at City Hall, west on Woodstock St., south on N. Caroline, east on Crystal Lake Ave., north on Grant, east on Woodstock St., then south on Williams Street which is Downtown Crystal Lake’s main street.
November 29th – December 23rd, Santa House Visits – If you didn’t have a chance to see Santa after the parade, don’t worry, your child can visit with Santa at his house at Brink St. Market, on Williams St. until December 23rd: Thursdays & Fridays from 6-8pm, Saturday’s from 10:00-3:00 pm, and Sundays from noon – 3:00 pm, with extended hours Monday, the 23rd
Saturday, December 7th – Breakfast with Santa - at 9am Delight in another Crystal Lake Christmas tradition. Held in the Old Towne Hall, at the corner of Brink and Williams Streets. You will enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and more. Music, singing and a festive holiday atmosphere fills the room. Every boy and girl receives a special cuddly gift, but the big reason for coming is to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! There is always plenty of time for each child to sit on Santa’s lap, and whether they have been naughty or nice they can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Each child receives a keepsake photo with the Santa. Tickets go on sale in early November, and are $12.00 each (under age 2 free) and may be purchased at Heisler’s Bootery, 50 N. Williams St. and Dalzell Jewelers, 41 N. Williams Street or purchased on line at http://www.downtowncl.org/
Raue Center for the Arts– Raue Center For The Arts hopes you will join them for some of their favorite traditions!
Williams Street Repertory begins the winter fun with It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play – back for a second year! It’s your chance to fall in love with the story of Bedford Falls all over again in a way you’ve never seen it (or heard it) told before Opening November 29 at 3:00p. (Runs November 29-December 8, times vary).
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert (December 13 @ 8p) provides quality orchestral music through festive combinations of contemporary and classic holiday music, and McHenry County’s very own Voices In Harmony presents Sing-Along Messiah (December 15 @ 4p).
The Berkshire Ballet Theatre returns with The Nutcracker Ballet. Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music, emotional dancing and lavish costumes combine for a beautiful production perfect for the whole family (December 21-22 — times vary)
WGN’s Steve Cochran will have you laughing while you ring in 2014 with his New Year’s Eve Comedy Show that also features John DaCosse and Mike Toomey (December 31 @ 8p).
For tickets are available via the Box Office: 815.356.9212 or rauecenter.org. Raue Center is located in Historic Downtown Crystal Lake.