La Grange gets all gussied up for the holidays
Milo Gogic with the La Grange Public Works hangs lights on the tree outside Village Hall. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
• 3 p.m. Dec. 2: Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown will provide a holiday musical concert at the La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave.
• 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2: Holiday open house and bake sale at La Grange Area Historical Society, 444 S. La Grange Road.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7: LaGrange Park tree lighting ceremony at west end of Memorial Park, La Grange Road and Woodland Avenue. Includes Boy Scouts presentation of colors, caroling and hot cocoa.
• 10 a.m. to 3p.m., Dec. 8: Holiday open house at CatNap from the Heart. Will include bake sale and Christmas gift sale, raffles, refreshments.
• 1-4 p.m. Dec. 15: LaGrange Park Holiday in the Park at Community Park District Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road.
Updated: January 28, 2013 1:58AM
LA GRANGE — Balmy November days were perfect for stringing lights and hanging wreaths and decorations to usher in the Hometown Holiday festivities Dec. 1.
But now the right mix of temperatures must prevail for shoppers and carolers, as well as 12 ice sculptures to be displayed throughout town.
Restaurants and businesses will kick off the holiday season with open houses and free winter-themed activities from 5-9 p.m., following Santa’s arrival by fire truck at 5:30 p.m. and a tree lighting ceremony at the Village Hall, 53 S. La Grange Road.
Preceding the ceremonies, the La Grange Theatre hosts a free showing of “Elf” at 3 p.m. at 80 S. La Grange Road.
Christmas caroling begins at 4:45 p.m. at the Village Hall led by the Lyons Township High School Madrigal Choir.
“We’ve added tractor-pulled hayrides on the West End, two radio station tents and small-group performances by the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra at various locations throughout the village,” said Nancy Cummings, executive director of the La Grange Business Association, a co-sponsor of the event with the village.
The evening includes a petting zoo with baby animals, pony rides, hayrides and a bonfire for do-it-yourself s’mores. There also will be kiddie train rides and old-fashioned trolley rides from La Grange Road to the West End business district along Hillgrove and Burlington avenues to Brainard Avenue.
At the West End, LT students from WLTL-FM 88.7 will broadcast from a tent with giveaways for listeners. Games and contests also will be featured at the K Hits Radio tent near Burlington Avenue and La Grange Road.
Visitors are encouraged to park in the West End commuter lot near the LT North Campus, at Brainard and Cossitt avenues, and ride the trolley throughout town.