Horses, Window Contest, Tree Lighting & More at Highwood Holiday Kick Off Sat. Nov. 26

Tree Lighting Ceremony, 12 Drinks of Christmas, & Holiday Windows

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2-7 p.m., City Hall Park, 17 Highwood Avenue

Horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, s’more making, holiday music and performances, the 12 Drinks of Christmas and a holiday windows contest all takes place at the 3rd annual holiday kick off celebration in Highwood.

The start of the holidays begins with the “Celebrate Highwood” tradition as downtown Highwood begins festivities on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 2-7 p.m. at City Hall Park (17 Highwood Ave).

City Hall Park will transform into celebration central when Santa arrives by fire truck at 2 p.m. Attendees are invited to take pictures with Santa, and the Highland Park Fire Department will offer children the opportunity to ‘touch the fire truck’. There will be two horse drawn carriages sponsored by M Slavin Farmers Insurance offering rides for $5 per family, face painting by Superhero for Hire at 3 Barrel Studios, and festive holiday music piped in by Matt Feddermann Music.

Following the official tree lighting at 6 p.m. will be a live holiday performance by TPS REMIXED, Highwood’s Performer’s School’s a cappella group.

Warm up to hot cider from the Highwood Chamber of Commerce, hot cocoa and cookies from Highwood Public Library, good old-fashioned popcorn ball treats from Highwood Historical Society elves, s’more making sponsored by the Bank of Highwood-Fort Sheridan, and roasted chestnuts sponsored by Aperion Care.

More than a dozen of Highwood’s favorite establishments were challenged to create a drinkable homage to the Twelve days of Christmas. Dubbed the “12 Drinks of Christmas,” creative holiday concoctions will be available to drink all in one place as the Highwood restaurants and bars set up shop in a Kringle market setting in front of City Hall.

Everyone is encouraged to give back this holiday season and help Highwood collect non-perishable food for St. James Church to help others in the community.

The Marines will be on site collecting new, unwrapped toys for their Toys For Tots program that was started in 1947, by U.S. Marine Major Bill Hendricks and was adopted by the Marine Corps in 1948. For those who cannot attend, people are encouraged to drop off toys to: The Bank of Highwood/Ft Sheridan, The Humble Pub, Jen Z’s Beauty Services Inc., The Toadstool Pub, and VITI Financial.

“Everyone in the Highwood community and beyond, as well as the servicemen and women stationed in nearby Naval Station Great Lakes and Fort Sheridan Reserve, are invited to explore and support the local businesses of Highwood on this festive occasion,” said Julie Brugioni, president of the Highwood Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees can stroll the streets of town, to view the holiday windows and cast their vote for their favorite at The Chamber of Commerce booth.

For more information on all of Highwood’s festivals, please visit, or call 847-432-6000. For updates on all Celebrate Highwood events, please visit the City of Highwood Facebook page, or follow Celebrate Highwood @CityofHighwood on Twitter.

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