Explore Holidays in the Elgin Area

The holidays are coming to the Elgin Area with some amazing experiences. From seeing Santa to our gift guides all the way to the festive beverage crawls, get to know the Elgin Area this holiday season.

Gift Guide

Are you looking for some gift ideas to get in the Elgin area? Well, here is the gift guide that the Explore Elgin Area team put together in collaboration with the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin and SEED, as well as a few other businesses around the Elgin area.

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Where to Find Santa

Oh, the holidays- you’re busy, the world is busy, and even Santa is busy! He can be kind of difficult to track down, so that is what we are for!

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Watch trees sparkle when the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies take place to start off the festivities in the Elgin Area.

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Holiday Cookies

The Holidays are the perfect time to sit down with a freshly baked cookie- whether it be sugar, chocolate chip, or a holiday classic- here is our list of top holiday cookies in the Elgin Area!

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Holiday Blogs and Itineraries

Want more events? Check out our events listings!

East Dundee Toys for Tots Toy Drive 2022

*** TOY COLLECTION DATES ARE 10/28/22-12/7/22 *** Donation boxes for NEW, UNWRAPPED toys (No stuffed animals please) will be located at: Village Hall - 120 Barrington Ave. - M-F 8... Read more »

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Letters to Santa

Children who write a letter to Santa and drop it off in the mailbox located in front of the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin (100 Symphony Way, Elgin IL 60120)... Read more »

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100 Symphony Way, 100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120
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Magical Christmas Celebration Drive Thru

Join us at Santa's Village! Mark your calendars because we’re just a few weeks away from our Magical Christmas Celebration Drive-Thru! We can’t wait to debut some new and exciting... Read more »

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$25 – $30

Glass Ornament Class

Here’s your chance to make three (3) custom ornaments to keep or give as gifts. Create personalized pieces in the style you prefer using the colors, patterns, names and/or dates... Read more »

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Arts In Bartlett, 215 S Main St
Bartlett, IL United States
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Magical Christmas Celebration Drive Thru

Join us at Santa's Village! Mark your calendars because we’re just a few weeks away from our Magical Christmas Celebration Drive-Thru! We can’t wait to debut some new and exciting... Read more »

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$25 – $30

Pizza With Santa

Join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at Prestige Creative Markets for a Pizza Party in December! Each ticket includes a pajama pizza party, meet and greet with Santa, personal photo... Read more »

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$25
Prestige Creative Markets & Nursery, 475 Army Trail Road Bartlett IL IL
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Holiday Tree Lighting – Village of Bartlett

FUN, FREE ACTIVITIES FOR ALL! 5 to 8 pm - Ride through downtown Bartlett in a horse-drawn wagon. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, and the DJ spinning holiday music. 5 to 6:30... Read more »

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Bartlett Park, 102 N Eastern Ave
Bartlett, IL
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Magical Christmas Celebration Drive Thru

Join us at Santa's Village! Mark your calendars because we’re just a few weeks away from our Magical Christmas Celebration Drive-Thru! We can’t wait to debut some new and exciting... Read more »

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$25 – $30

Holiday Shopping Blitz

Start or finish your holiday shopping at the Holiday Shopping Blitz!   As you walk into the Bartlett Community Center's triple gymnasium, over 100 crafters and vendors will be there to... Read more »

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Bartlett Community Center, 700 S Bartlett Rd
Bartlett, IL
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Dickens in Dundee

This year’s Dickens in Dundee will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 6-9 pm, with a parade to follow at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3rd. All of East... Read more »

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319 N. River Street, 319 N. River Street
East Dundee,
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