November 19 - December 31 @ Elgin Public Museum
People from around the world have made their homes in the Elgin area. They brought with them beliefs and traditions from their countries of origin giving the Elgin community a rich diversity, whichis now part of our cultural heritage. Start a meaningful winter holiday tradition with your family by visiting the Elgin Public Museum’s authentic and culturally inclusive winter holiday exhibition,which features displays and objects oftraditional holiday significance.
December 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elgin Public Museum
In place of Family Science Night, enjoy a night of cultural traditions through Elgin Public Museum’s Touching on Traditions exhibition. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the stories, crafts and foods of different winter holidays highlighted in this interactive, drop-in program. No registration
December 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elgin Public Museum
The Winter Solstice is a dark time of year – the darkest here in the northern hemisphere. Since ancient times, humans have replaced the long hours of darkness with lights and festivals, celebrating with fire, family and community gatherings. The Celtic people of Ireland and
many other cultures chose the solstice as a time to celebrate the seasons. The cycle of nature is the ultimate celebration. The Elgin Public Museum invites you to hear about ancient cultures and the astronomical significance of the winter solstice. Learn about the Druid Oak King and the Holly Queen and watch the Yule log be burned in a glowing campfire. Learn about the significance of the harvest and wildlife to ancient peoples. Drink warm cider and enjoy campfire treats!
December 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 4, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 5, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 9, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 10, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
Magical Holiday Concerts
Stephen Squires, conductor
Marisa Buchheit, soprano
Elgin Master Chorale
Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus
Midwest Dance Collective
Bring the whole family and create joyful holiday memories together at our Magical Holiday extravaganza. For the second year in a row, Miss Illinois 2014, soprano Marisa Buchheit, will be featured soloist. The concerts include performances by the Elgin Master Chorale, Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective performing familiar holiday favorites. The program includes a sing-along and an appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. Concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 25 minute intermission.
December 10, 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 11, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 12, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 14, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 14, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 15, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
Elgin & South Elgin residents only. Must have proof of residency, with a photo id and address. For children 16 years of age and younger with appropriate identification.
1 of the following must be brought for each child of the appropriate age to qualify:
Public Aid Medical Card or
Birth Certificate or
Current School Record.
NO social security cards!
No childcare available, please do not bring your children unless absolutely necessary.
December 16, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 18, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
A free meal for the community, plus music & a kids area! Please join us! Desserts and monetary donations accepted.
December 18, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center
Discover this wonder of Elgin with the city’s talented performing arts community while rejoicing in the season with 'Elgin Celebrates The Holidays' Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm.
There's something for everyone with this holiday variety show: dance, chorale music, classic vocal performances and seasonal cheer featuring talented performing arts groups including Eastern Groove Studio, BFH (formerly Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl), Soirée Lyrique, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chours, and Integrity School of Dance. Elgin's very own Dave Newton to emcee!
General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased from participating groups or at The Hemmens Box Office in person, by phone at 847.931.5900 or online at www.hemmens.org.
Proceeds from the event go to Elgin’s participating performing arts
December 23, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 24, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 25, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 26, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center
December 30, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve Eve!
December 31, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!
December 3, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Activities planned include a K-9 demo, brief tours, SWAT, evidence response team, McGruff, child fingerprinting, 911, traffic fatal vision goggles and other fun activities for kids.
December 5, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elgin Police Department, North Community Room
Have your pet photos taken with Santa and support Elgin families in need!
This event is free to Elgin residents; however, we would love your support. We are collecting pet supplies for families in need. We are looking for: pet food, collars, beds, toys, treats, chew bones, leashes, pet houses, tie outs, food/water dishes. Please bring any of these items, in new condition, so we can distribute them to other Elgin residents in need this holiday season. In return, you will receive a digital copy of your pets photos with Santa for the holidays!
All pets must be secured either on a leash or in a carrier. All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and have their tags displayed on the collar.
December 5, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Elgin Police Department Multi-Purpose Room
Meet with Chief Jeff Swoboda and talk about community issues.
December 5, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall
December 6, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Centre
December 6, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ City Hall
December 6, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall
December 7, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ City Hall, Second Floor Conference Room, South Wing
December 7, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers
December 10, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers
December 12, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall
December 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall
December 13, 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM @ City Hall
December 15, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ City Hall
December 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers
December 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall
December 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Civic Center Plaza
December 6, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Elgin History Museum
This year’s Heritage Plaque recipients and Bungalow Thematic Historic District recipients will be honored. In addition, local historian Bill Briska will enlighten the crowd with the unique history and current rehabilitation of the Nancy Kimball home.
December 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ The Centre, Heritage Ballroom
Reserve your spot now for an evening of holiday fun which includes: dinner, a craft, a sing-along, and visit with Santa! Don't forget to bring a camera for a picture with Santa.
Registration deadline December 5th. Code 20752
December 23, All Day @ All non-emergency City offices will be closed.
December 26, All Day @ All non-emergency City offices will be closed.
December 30, All Day @ All non-emergency City offices will be closed.