Hometown Holidays

Naperville residents recently experienced a holiday tradition in a new fashion. The Downtown Naperville Alliance held their annual Hometown Holidays event, but the festivities underwent a few changes for 2012.

Typically held over the Thanksgiving weekend, organizers pushed back this year’s event by one week, due to many residents’ Turkey Day travels. Moving the date also allowed more Naperville students to take part.

The Little Friends Parade of Lights traveled through downtown as usual including entries of employees of local businesses and members of organizations including: Anderson’s Bookshop, WDSRA, Heaven on Seven, and Aurelio’s Pizza.
The White Sox mascot, Southpaw, and Tommy Hawk of the Blackhawks also took part in the action.

The parade marks the official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus to Naperville as well as the opening of the Naperville Park District’s Santa House for the 11th year along the Riverwalk. Kids can visit them and give them their Christmas lists.

“I want to ask Santa for a purple airplane,” said Sophia, an Aurora resident.

“I just want a laptop and some Army guys,” said Brandon, a Joliet resident.

“A game, book, and a pony,” said Emerson, a Naperville resident.

“A minecraft sword and a super flying screaming monkey,” said Naperville resident Elliot.

“I’m going to ask Santa for a laptop, an iPad, and a computer,” said Joliet resident Ethan.

Kids can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and give them their Christmas lists. The attraction is now open Saturdays and Sundays until December 23rd.

Another change this year was the turning on of the downtown area holiday lights three weeks early because of consumers beginning their holiday shopping earlier than before.


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