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Christmas Walk, presented by Jewel-Osco

Come home for the holidays this December in downtown Oswego!

The 2017 Oswego Christmas Walk, presented by Jewel-Osco, returns to downtown Oswego on Friday, Dec. 1. This beloved community event offers tons of free family fun and showcases the fabulous, festive offerings of unique downtown Oswego shops for residents looking to shop local as they cross items off their holiday gift-giving lists.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and kicks off this year with a return to tradition: the annual tree-lighting ceremony, once again on the same evening as the Christmas Walk. The Village’s tree will be lit with a theatrical ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. in front of Village Hall, officiated by Village President Gail Johnson and The Grinch.

All along Main Street, from 5 to 9 p.m., join in on tons of free activities for the young and young-at-heart, including  crafts and games to the faux ice skating rink, ice sculpture demonstrations, holiday-themed improv comedy, and strolling carolers. Get your photo taken on Santa’s lap at The Garden Faire beginning at 5:30p.m.,take a ride on the Toyland Train, meet a real reindeer, drop off your letters to the North Pole, and take a slide down the giant inflatable sled hill.

When little fingers and noses get chill, warm up inside Village Hall, with Christmas stories told by the real fireplace, a hot chocolate fundraiser for the Oswego Senior Center and live music around the piano from Fox River Academy of Music and Art. Then go for a Belgian draft horse-pulled wagon ride along Parkers Mill.

At 7:30 p.m., make way along the crowded and festive Main Street for the Silent Illuminated Fire Truck Parade, featuring Anna and Elsa and other holiday celebrities.

As always, Oswego’s holiday festivities continue into the next morning, with the annual Breakfast with Santa, brought to you by the Oswego Rotary Club, the Oswego Family YMCA, and Allied First Bank on Saturday, Dec. 2. Get another opportunity to meet Santa, over pancakes and other tasty breakfast offerings.

The Cookie Walk tradition, hosted by downtown Oswego businesses, also returns Saturday morning for a uniquely Oswego experience – remember to buy your tins ahead of the event for just $10 at participating shops all along Main Street.

Thank you to our sponsors: Jewel-Osco, Allied First Bank, Ron Westphal Chevrolet, Temple Display, Kane McKenna, Alarm Detection Systems, GA Blocker, Metronet, Old Second Bank, State Sen. Linda Holmes and State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, Metropolitan Industries, Hennessy's River View Ford, Meade, Frost Electric, HR Green, S&K Excavating and Trucking, Portillo's, Ancel Glink, Fox Matro Water Reclamation, State Rep. Mark Batinick, Clarke, KR&G Excavating, Meijer, 1st Place Rental, Imagination Print and Design, Herc Rentals, Groot, Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Home Depot, Target, and the Kendall County Record!


 For more information on the Christmas Walk, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, visit www.GoOswego.org.

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