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The Will County 4-H Club’s Lighted Parade float featured children’s favorite Christmas characters.–photo by Karen Haave
The day dawned cold, with icy winds, but that didn’t stop visitors eager to enjoy the seasonal sights and sounds of Peotone’s annual Christmas in the Village on Saturday.
Santa arrived by fire truck to visit with the kids, and there were almost three dozen great family-oriented activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations. The Peotone PTO’s Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair alone drew hundreds of guests with its all-you-can-eat pancakes, a silent auction, pictures with Santa, and more than 50 vendors and crafters for shopping for unique holiday gifts.
The highlight, for the third year, was the Lighted Parade through the Downtown Historic District at 5 p.m.
Mayor Steve Cross and his wife Nancy – who organizes the event each year – were delighted with the turnout and enthusiasm guests expressed.
“Christmas in the Village was a great day all around,” the Crosses said in a joint comment.
“It was wonderful to see people from our community and surrounding communities in Peotone enjoying a day of free family fun.
“All of the businesses that held events that we have spoken with were thrilled with the turnout. The addition of Rosie the Elf doing balloon creations and the hand out of light up wands by the Christmas in the Village Planning Commission were great hits.
“The Lighted Parade, as alway, was a wonderful way to end the day.
“We are looking forward to next year’s Christmas in the Village on Saturday, December 8, 2018.”