Lisle will kick off the holiday season this Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, with its Lights of Lisle festival downtown.
The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday when the Santa Parade brings Santa to Main Street, then on to the Museums at Station Park campus, adjacent to Village Hall, according to a village of Lisle press release.
"Once Upon a Christmas," an annual event held at the Museums of Station Park campus, will feature children's crafts, brick oven baking and blacksmithing between 3 and 8 p.m. according to the news release. There will be an ice carving demonstration from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
There will be live holiday entertainment from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Lisle Village Hall, 925 Burlington Ave. Entertainers include: hristine Paryl’s piano students, Contempo Dance Academy, and St. Joan of Arc Elementary Choir.
At dusk, there will be over 2,000 luminaries lining downtown streets and PrairieWalk Pond. and take a trolley ride through the downtown to view the lights.
At 6 p.m., a tree lighting will be held at village hall, followed by cookies, hot chocolate, caroling and music by the Lisle Community Band.
On Sunday, the Polar Express Santa train will offer trips with Santa and costumed characters from Lisle into Chicago and back. Advance tickets required. Call 800-733-9811 or 630-769-1000 for ticket information.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., "Once Upon a Christmas" activities will be underway. Residents can take a hay wagon ride from Polar Express trains to The Museums at Lisle Station Park where the Lisle Heritage Society celebrates the holidays with museum tours, blacksmithing, pie baking, crafts and a gift shop.
Santa will be at the Depot Museum and there will be snacks and live reindeer.