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Posted on: November 20, 2023

2023 Holly Days Festival Schedule of Events

Westmont, Illinois – UPDATED November 20, 2023

Holly Days 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.

HOLLY DAYS FROSTY & FRIENDS PARADE, TREE LIGHTING & PICTURES WITH SANTA
December 2 - 4:30PM
Downtown Westmont

Mark your calendars for the annual Holly Days Frosty & Friends Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Photo Booth. At 4:30 p.m., hear the Westmont High School Choir perform their holiday music repertoire.  Then, the Holly Days Parade begins at 5:00 p.m. 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 assist Santa with the Tree Lighting Ceremony countdown at Addington Plaza on West Quincy Street. Afterwards, everyone is invited to meet us in the Westmont Train Station for free pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and friends!

MORE HOLLY DAYS EVENTS

PHONE CALLS FROM SANTA
Sign Up At The Westmont Park District By December 1

Parents 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.

SNOW MUCH FUN
December 1 - 5-8PM

Veterans Memorial Park - 75 E. Richmond Street
Come 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 Avenue
Stop by and create two bird-friendly tree ornaments—one for yourself and one for the Library’s community tree.

WHS BAND BOOSTER CRAFT SHOW
December 2 - 9AM-3PM

Westmont High School - 909 Oakwood Drive
Shoppers 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.

PAPER WREATHS
December 7 - 4:15-5:00PM 

Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass Avenue
Create a whimsical paper wreath for the winter season. This event is designed for children grades K – 2.

WINTER WREATH MAKING
December 7 - 5:15-6PM
 
Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass Avenue
Create 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 TRYOUTS
December 7 - 6-7PM

Westmont Park District - 55 E. Richmond Street
Santa 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 SLEIGH VISIT
Sign Up Online By December 8

Sign 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.

‘TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FROM RADIO’S GOLDEN AGE
December 13 - 6:30-7:30PM

Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass Avenue
This 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 - 2:30-4PM

Westmont 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–7:30PM

Westmont Public Library - 428 N. Cass Avenue
Drop 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.


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