Westmont, Illinois – Date Issued: October 17, 2023
Holly Days is a month-long celebration of fun for the whole family hosted by a variety of Westmont organizations and public agencies. The highlight of the season is the Frosty & Friends Parade followed by the tree lighting ceremony and pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 2 in downtown Westmont. Check out the complete Holly Days schedule below.
PHONE CALLS FROM SANTASign Up At The Westmont Park District By December 1Parents can stop by the Westmont Park District Community Center at 75 E. Richmond to fill out our Phone Calls From Santa form. Santa will be making calls on Tuesday, December 5 between 5:30 and 8:00pm. Santa must have all the forms turned in by Friday, December 1.
SANTA SLEIGH VISITSign Up Online By December 8Sign up for a Santa's Sleigh Visit and have Santa stop by your home to deliver presents to your children. Santa Sleigh visits will be scheduled for December 11 through December 15. Registration fee of $40. Sign up online for program details at westmontparks.org.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAARNovember 12 - 9AM-3PMWestmont Community Center - 75 E. Richmond StreetThe Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar will be held on Sunday, November 12 at the Westmont Park District Community Center. Stop by and check out all of the gift ideas. Event admission is free.
SNOW MUCH FUNDecember 1 - 5-8PMVeterans Memorial Park - 75 E. Richmond StreetCome and check out all the outdoor activities at Snow Much Fun. You can take selfies in Santa’s sleigh or in the giant snow globe, try out the inflatable kids slide (nominal fee), and go for a mule-drawn wagon ride around the park and check out all of the holiday decorations. Visit the Gregg House Museum to help make s’mores and then visit Santa.
FAMILY ORNAMENT DECORATING December 1 - 9:30AM-4PM Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass AvenueStop by and create two bird-friendly tree ornaments—one for yourself and one for the Library’s community tree.
WHS BAND BOOSTER CRAFT SHOWDecember 2 - 9AM-3PMWestmont High School - 909 Oakwood DriveShoppers will find nearly 200 crafters and artists offering something for everyone. This event will also feature raffle prizes and live music performances by the band students. Event admission and parking are free. Donations to help support our bands are always welcome.
FROSTY & FRIENDS PARADE - TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY - SANTA & FRIENDS PHOTO BOOTHDecember 2 - 5PMDowntown WestmontMark your calendars for the annual Holly Days Frosty & Friends Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Photo Booth. The parade route travels south on Cass Avenue starting at Naperville Road, then crosses the railroad tracks before heading west on Quincy Street. Immediately following the parade, everyone is invited to help with the Tree Lighting Ceremony countdown on West Quincy Street. Afterwards, everyone is invited to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Westmont Train Station.
PAPER WREATHSDecember 7 - 4:15-5:00PM Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass AvenueCreate a whimsical paper wreath for the winter season. This event is designed for children grades K – 2.
WINTER WREATH MAKINGDecember 7 - 5:15-6PM Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass AvenueCreate a unique winter wreath that will add a touch of frosty flair to your door. This event is designed for children grades 3-5.
ELF TRYOUTSDecember 7 - 6-7PMWestmont Park District - 55 E. Richmond StreetSanta has a lot of presents to deliver and needs your help - Come to this Holly Days event and become an official Elf for Santa! Applicants will be put through a series of fun Elf tests to see if they can earn their own Elf hat. If accepted, you will earn your Elf hat and be able to take a picture with Santa on his sleigh. Registration is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents.
SANTA’S TRAIN RIDEDecember 10 - 9AM-2PMThis event starts at the Westmont Train Station and travels to see Santa at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Once there, you will be served a buffet breakfast, be able to do Christmas crafts, and visit with Santa. Participants must pre-register; cost is $55 per resident.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & FRIENDSDecember 10 - 9-11AMPark District Administration Building - 55 E. Richmond StreetThis event includes breakfast, a wonderful holiday show, and a chance to meet and take pictures with Santa. Each child will also receive an exclusive, homemade holiday gift. Don’t forget your camera. Sign up early - Cost is $24-$28 per person. Children 2 years and under are free.
‘TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FROM RADIO’S GOLDEN AGEDecember 13 - 6:30-7:30PMWestmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass AvenueThis presentation, brought to you by radio host Steve Darnall, offers a box full of classic seasonal sounds from radio’s past, designed to spur the imagination and share a bit of Yuletide spirit.
DROP-IN CARD MAKING December 16 - 2:30-4PMWestmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass Avenue Stop by the Makery to see our Silhouette cutting machines in action and create a holiday card for someone special.
SNOWY DAY DROP-IN CRAFTS December 27 & 28 - 9:30AM–7:30PMWestmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass AvenueDrop in and get creative - Crafts are designed for preschool and grade school audiences. While supplies last.
For more information regarding Westmont Holly Days, please visit hollydaysfestival.com.