Winter Holiday Events

Holiday Cheers

Holiday Cheers: sips of the season is back for the second year in a row on November 25th in conjunction with Small Business Saturday! The City of Elgin is partnering with the Downtown Neighborhood Association to celebrate the Holly Days events. Event attendees are invited to stroll through downtown Elgin and enjoy holiday themed drinks while viewing holiday themed window murals provided by participating businesses. Two different holiday cups will be on offer and serve as your ticket for the event; each ticket purchased will come with a free kid's ticket to attend. To view the drinks available for the day, purchase your tickets, and get more information visit Tickets will be available for purchase soon. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Residents and visitors gather at Festival Park (132 S. Grove Avenue) to view the annual tree lighting ceremony where Mayor Kaptain, members of City Council, and Santa turn on the holiday tree lights. The 2023 Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to occur on November 25th at 5:00p.m.

Letters to Santa

Children who write a letter to Santa and drop it off in the mailbox located in front of the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin (100 Symphony Way, Elgin IL 60120) will receive a letter back from Santa himself! No postage (stamps) required, sealed envelope with return address needed to receive a response. Santa's mailbox will appear on November 10th and be removed on December 15th. All letters will be mailed by December 20th. 

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