Downtown Naperville gets decked out with lights and decoration for the holidays. In an effort to attract shoppers to downtown Naperville for Christmas shopping, the Naperville Alliance and downtown merchants are sponsoring holiday events, including a parade, Santa Claus, music and entertainment. Following are some of the highlights of Christmas Time in Naperville Illinois.
On Friday, November 28 the Naperville Alliance kicks off the holidays with the Little Friends Electric Light parade and the Grand Illumination of the downtown lights. The parade is at 4:30 and the Grand Illuminations is held at 5:30 pm. Santa Claus will appear in the parade and visit with children at the Santa House until 8 pm. Gina Glocksen, an American Idol finalist, will appear in the parade and perform a few holiday favorites afterwards.
Merchants in Naperville will host various holiday events over the weekend. According to the Downtown Naperville website, Santa Claus will be visiting stores including Eddie Bauer, Barnes & Noble, Wolf Camera, Two Bostons and Jill’s Childrens Portrait Boutique over the weekend. Check the Naperville website or individual stores for additional information about hours and dates.
Simply outstanding food at Ribfest. Crowded, but that is to be expected. If you don’t want to spend the money, don’t want to stand in a long line, and don’t like people…don’t go! Simple as that. It’s a great festival for the community that allows people to do something with their kids other than stay at home and play video games.
Please don’t complain about music, pricing, or lines when you chose to go there in the first place. They have a website that can be accessed via any search engine that has all of the information for this event.
I had a lot of fun with my husband and our ribs and pulled pork were some of the best we have had.
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Thomas, 56, who lives in the Ashbury subdivision on Naperville’s south side with his wife and children, had always decorated for Christmas, even as a child. And while he still decorates for Christmas, when his kids, who are now in high school and college, were young, he kept adding to his Halloween yard decorations to the point that it is difficult to walk through his front yard.
He started with some plastic pumpkins and life-size tombstones. He has a hundred pumpkins this year. He has added 50 hanging ghosts, including some homemade ghosts made of sheets with newspaper stuffed inside. Recently a neighbor was getting rid of a metal gazebo. Thomas thought it would be great to use in the middle of his front yard with a coffin placed in the center. (The gazebo becomes Santa’s house for his Christmas decorations.)
On the driveway sits a “skeleton choir” of 42 skeletons, which Thomas felt was appropriate because he is music director for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet as well as chairman of the fine arts department at Moraine Valley Community College.
“Everybody knows my dark side,” Thomas joked. “Even the president of the college has been out to my house to see it.”
Naperville is a suburban city of Chicago, located in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Naperville was voted the second-best place to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2006. In a 2010 study, Naperville was named the wealthiest city in the Midwest and eleventh in the nation with a population over 75,000. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 141,857.It is the fifth-largest city in the state, behind Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, and Joliet. Approximately 95,000 Napervillians live on the DuPage County side, while about 45,000 reside on the Will County side. Once a quaint farming town, Naperville has evolved into an affluent city.