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Village of Barrington Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa, Carriage Rides, Tree Lighting & More!

Village of Barrington Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join your friends and neighbors for the Village of Barrington’s annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony coming on on Saturday, December 1st! The FREE Holiday Trolley begins at 10:00 am at Cook/Station Streets and travels in a loop until 5:00 p.m. between the Ice House Mall, Shops on Lageschulte, the Foundry, and Barrington’s White House.

There are plenty of FREE family-friendly activities all day, including carriage rides, visits with Santa, a petting zoo, facepainting, balloon artist, Madrigal singers, and holiday music by Bob the DJ. They’ll light the holiday tree and Santa arrives on the fire truck at 5:00 p.m. at Cook Street & Park Ave. Visits and photos with Santa until 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy this family tradition with a day of FREE Holiday Events around town!

  • Candy Cane Festival | Foundry Shopping Center, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Santa visits from 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Also: Pet live animals at the Petting Zoo; festive reindeer antler headbands at Calico Corners; Write Letters to Santa at Light Drawn Studios; Ornament crafts with Huntington Learning Center; Goodie bags and a raffle at Van Dam Dermatology; Play on a Barrington fire truck; Cookies at One Life Kitchen & more.
  • Winter Wonderland | Ice House Mall, 11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Santa’s Grand Welcome and holiday parade of characters, 12:00 p.m. (Santa visits until 3:00 p.m.) Also: Magical story time with Mrs. Claus at 11:00 a.m., including a “ Nutcracker” dance performance by Dancewerks. Free cookies & milk with Santa. Magical holiday music by Suzuki Strings, 1:30 p.m. Bring donations for “Meals of Hope” food drive.
  • Magical Reindeer Lane | The Shops on Lageschulte, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Santa visits at Norton’s USA from 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Also: Free gingerbread cookies at Norton’s USA plus a special surprise event between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Free cider and cookies at English Daisy.
  • Home for the Holidays | Barrington’s White House, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Take a family photo by the beautiful tree in the living room.
    Also: Docent tours of this 1898 mansion; refreshments, performances by BHS Madrigals and Barrington Children’s Choir.
  • Snow Much Fun | Village Center (Cook & Station St.), 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:00 p.m., South Cook Street. Santa arrives on the Fire Truck at 5:15 p.m.; visits at the Santa House from 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Also: Free carriage rides around downtown & face-painting, 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. See festive holiday characters; holiday carols by BHS Madrigals at 4:00 p.m.; see Barrington’s window displays; cookies & hot chocolate from Heinen’s.

Trolley & Schedule of Events
On Saturday, December 1, park once and enjoy FREE activities all day! FREE TROLLEY is sponsored by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Barrington Bank & Trust, Wickstrom Auto Group, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Norton’s USA, Ice House Mall, the Foundry, and the Village of Barrington.

TROLLEY STOPS: Trolley Route Begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

  • Cook & Main Trolley leaves on the hour; travels to Ice House Mall
  • Ice House Mall Leaves at 12 min. past the hour; travels to Shops on Lageschulte
  • Lageschulte St. Leaves at 24 min. past the hour; travels to the Foundry
  • The Foundry Leaves at 36 min. past the hour; travels to the White House
  • White House Leaves at 48 min. past the hour; travels back to Cook & Main

Timeline of Events: Saturday, December 1, 2018

  • 10:00 a.m. Trolley begins its loop at Village Center (Cook & Main)
  • 10:00 a.m. Candy Cane Festival & Petting Zoo Begins at Foundry
  • 10:15 a.m. Santa arrives at Foundry until 12:00 p.m.
  • 11:00 a.m. Winter Wonderland at Ice House Mall Begins
  • 11:00 a.m. Interactive story hour with Mrs. Claus and Nutcracker performance at Ice House Mall (11:30 a.m.)
  • 11:00 a.m. Magical Reindeer Lane on Lageschulte begins
  • 11:00 a.m. Home for the Holidays begins at Barrington’s White House; docent tours of the mansion; family photos by tree; Madrigals perform
  • 12:00 p.m. Holiday Parade of Characters at Ice House Mall; Santa arrives at Ice House Mall until 3:00 p.m. Free cookies & milk
  • 1:00 p.m. Free carriage rides & activities in Village Center until 5:00 p.m.; free cookies & hot chocolate from Heinen’s
  • 1:30 p.m. Special event at Norton’s USA
  • 1:30 p.m. Magical holiday music by Suzuki Strings at Ice House Mall
  • 3:30 p.m. Santa arrives at Norton’s USA until 4:45 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. BHS Madrigal Singers sing in Village Center
  • 5:00 p.m. Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in Village Center
  • 5:15 p.m. Santa arrives on the Fire Truck; Santa visits on South Cook Street until 6:30 p.m.

Learn more at Barrington-IL.gov.

About the Village of Barrington 

Residents, business owners, village government and civic leaders work hard to make the Village of Barrington a great place to live, work, and play! Located just 40 miles from downtown Chicago, the Village of Barrington offers unique access to both the big city hustle & bustle plus the scenic beauty of a charming village setting surrounded by a wide variety of destinations for outdoor recreation including parks, forest preserves, horse and hiking trails.

For more information, visit Barrington-il.gov and, for a list of upcoming events, visit EnjoyBarrington.com.

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