It is the week after Thanksgiving, the plates have been cleaned, the holiday decorations have been changed over, and your children are starting to dream of 'sugar plums'..... If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, at 5:30pm on Friday December 3rd the holiday lighting ceremony and street festival will be taking place.
This annual 'flipping of the switch' marks the beginning of the holiday season in Des Plaines. You and your family can enjoy hot chestnuts and fresh kettle corn as they listen to the Maine West marching band perform and look at the neat decorations that school groups from around the area have used to decorate the various evergreen trees. For more information, look here.
If that doesn't fill your holiday cup, there is more fun to be had on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Opeka. The annual Lake Wonderland Winter Festival will be running from 11am to 5pm on both days. For those interested, there will be free pictures with Santa and horse drawn sleigh rides. You can find more information about the winter festival here. When you are there, don't forget to find the Des Plaines Public Library's tree. See if you can spot your favorite childhood book among the 'ornaments'.