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Christmas in the Village Stirs Peotone’s Holiday Spirit, Lights Up the Town with its Parade

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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.

Terry’s Ford of Peotone hosted Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures again, to the delight of visitors like Macy Iwanus of Manteno and Dane Wojciechowski of Beecher.–photo courtesy of Nancy Cross

Talented ice sculptor Nate Johnson got his start in the art when he was a chef in an upscale restaurant in Chicago. He was asked if he could sculpt and he said yes, even though he had never done it before. But he fell in love with and honed his craft with some professional training and has been doing it ever since – 27 years! His ice art is seen all over Chicago and the suburbs for winter events, and at weddings, conventions and other special events, as well. He can be found at Johnson Studios in Chicago.–photo by Karen Haave

There’s just something so “old-timey” about the horse drawn hay rack meandering through Peotone for events like Christmas in the Village.–photo by Karen Haave


Mark Frank’s 1931 Model A was a cool retro entry in the Lighted Parade.–photo by Karen Haave

Even Peotone Police Chief Bill Mort wanted to say hi to Santa after he arrived in town on Saturday. Dozens of kids were there, too, and Santa had little gifts for each of them.–photo by Karen Haave

The Peotone American Legion’s monthly fish fry was a welcome treat for visitors to Christmas in the Village. And yes, it takes this many volunteers to put the popular “fry” together.–photo by Karen Haave

Little Jay J. Price was one of dozens of kids who eagerly awaited Santa’s arrival on Saturday at Christmas in the Village.–photo by Karen Haave

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.”

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