Christmas Walks kicks off Clarendon Hills holiday season
Betty Drucker, Mark Rediehs, and Laura Marquardt have been busy organizing this year's Christmas Walk in Clarendon Hills. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 7, 2013 6:12AM
CLARENDON HILLS — The annual Tree Lighting and the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Walk kicks of the holiday season.
The events begin at 6 p.m. with the annual tree lighting ceremony and caroling at Village Hall. Additional events run until 9 p.m.
Santa is due to arrive at 7 p.m. in the Sloan Triangle in downtown Clarendon Hills.
A game to help Santa find his sleigh features a card to be filled out by participants who can get clues in several downtown stores.
There will also be sleigh rides, a toy soldier mime, strolling carolers, and special offers at several stores.
The Clarendon Hills Park District is conducting a contest to find the three best decorated houses in the village.
The park district is sending its team of elves on a drive throughout the village from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in an effort to designate houses with the best decorations.
Prizes from J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious in Westmont will be awarded to the winners.
The only restriction to be considered is that the homeowner must install all lights and decorations. Residents may enter the contest by calling the park district, (630) 323-2626, before 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
The Clarendon Hills Public Library is offering How to Make the Perfect Gingerbread House from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the library, 7 N. Prospect Ave.
Pastry chef Rose Deneen will demonstrate how to bake and assemble gingerbread houses. She will share tips on what candies, cereals or cookies work well and how to create a sled, a decorated tree for the yard and more. Gingerbread dough samples and recipes will be provided.
Christian Church of Clarendon Hills presents a free musical program, Christmas: The Gift of Love, from 8-9 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 5750 Holmes Ave.
The church also is having a free interactive movie night from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 16. “The Polar Express” will be shown; the experience will be made interactive by serving children hot chocolate at the same time the warm beverage is served during the movie.
Christian Church of Clarendon Hills also has scheduled The Christian Children’s Center presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth in song, scripture and student memorization from 5:45-7 p.m. Dec. 20.
The church’s annual International Dinner, featuring student’s favorite family foods, will follow the program. Everyone is invited to attend and bring a dish to share.
For more information, call the church, (630) 323-3456.
Church of the Holy Nativity, 275 S. Richmond Ave., offers Lessons in Carols, a choir concert with scripture readings, at 4 p.m. Dec. 16.
For more information, call Church of the Holy Nativity, (630) 323-6820.