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City of Elgin Announces Holiday Happenings

Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 27

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Festival Park
132 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL

Share in some holiday cheer at Elgin’s Festival of Lights! Lights will be on display nightly Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, December 27, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Festival Park, located at 132 S. Grove Avenue in Elgin. An enhanced show will take place Thursdays – Sundays, when three holiday themed songs will play on the half hour from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with lights dancing and twinkling to the music. Lights will remain on until 9:00 p.m. nightly.

“We could all use a little extra joy this year,” said Special Events and Community Engagement Manager Kate O’Leary. “While unable to host our traditional tree lighting ceremony, we’ve found a way to create a safe, outdoor space filled with holiday magic for the community to enjoy.”

Attendees should wear a face covering and observe social distancing. The Festival of Lights can be viewed from a vehicle, or from the paved sidewalks at Festival Park.

Letters to Santa

We’re having a big ol’ party!

Monday, November 23 – Friday, December 11

Anytime, no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 11

The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

The City of Elgin is now an official mail stop for the North Pole, accepting letters to Santa from November 23 through December 11. Children may drop their letters to Santa off at The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, located at 100 Symphony Way. The ‘Santa Mail’ box can be found outside the main entrance doors, and mail can be dropped off any time of day.

Letters must be dropped off by 5:00 p.m. on December 11 in order to guarantee a reply from Santa. Letters must include a return address, but no postage is required.

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