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Activities at Veteran’s Park
3400 Pearl Street
12:00-4:00pm Horse drawn sleigh rides around Veteran’s Memorial Park
12:00 – 4:00 pm Come visit Santa under the gazebo. Home Depot will hand out Kids Build-It Kits. Kids’ games and craft activities will be provided by McHenry Area Chamber members.
4:30 pm McHenry High School Vocal Warriors will lead everyone in carols.
5:00pm – Join us as we flip the switch to showcase the thousands of twinkling lights in the park and around the downtown streets.
Thanks to McHenry Parks and Recreation Department for all of their hard work hanging the lights and decorating the downtown area!
Living Windows & Cocoa Crawl
November 17 from 4-7pm
Sponsored by Castle Automotive Group
McHenry’s downtown stores come to life with magical scenes of the season in the store windows.
NEW THIS YEAR – Register for the Cocoa Crawl to receive samples of a variety of hot cocoa and holiday treats at participating businesses!
Festival of Trees
November 17 – December 29
Come see the trees specially decorated by local businesses and vote on a winner by dropping off a non-perishable food item or toiletries under your favorite! (All items will be donated to Veterans Path to Hope.)
Polar Express Pub Crawl
November 18 from 6:00-10:30pm
Sponsored by Castle Automotive Group and Mercyhealth
All Aboard! Buy a ticket for only $20. There will be fun drink specials, a chance to win one of our raffle items, and in true Polar Express theme – come dressed in your pajamas!
November 17-December 15
Search the participating stores for the missing reindeer and then place the corresponding store sticker on the right reindeer when you find them. Turn in your completed card to McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce (1257 N. Green Street) to pick a prize from our treasure chest!
Letters to Santa
November 17-December 15
Sponsored by Northwest Herald
Drop your letters to Santa in our magical mailbox that brings them to the North Pole. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and Santa will write you back!
Free Sleigh Rides
Sponsored by Buss Ford Lincoln
From 12-4pm, take a ride around Veteran’s Park in our horse drawn sleigh!
Want to know what’s happening around town and what time? Download our event brochure!
Toys for Tots Parade
Route: Kane Street to Green Street to Pearl Street to Riverside Drive to Broad Street
Enjoy the holiday themed floats and motorcycles as we kick off the Toys for Tots giving season. Participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy that will be collected at the park and along the route.