HOMEWOOD| The village of Homewood ushers in the holiday season from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 with "Holiday Lights in Homewood," an evening filled with festivities from the annual tree lighting and visit from Santa to two outdoor markets and free ice skating.
The evening also features an antique car parade along Martin Avenue, ice sculpting demonstrations, live reindeer, a bonfire and music tent. Many businesses in Homewood are extending their hours for easy shopping and free musical trolleys will shuttle shoppers between locations. "Holiday Lights in Homewood" takes place in Irwin Park, at the corner of Ridge Road and Gottschalk Avenue; Independence Park, at the corner of Hickory Road and Dixie Highway, and the ice rink on Martin Avenue.
The temporary ice rink opens during "Holiday Lights in Homewood" Additional ice rink hours are from 2 to 8 p.m. every Saturday, Dec. 8 through 22. There will be a full staff and free skate rentals available. Ice rink is on Martin Avenue, south of Ridge Road.
"Holiday Lights in Homewood" kicks off in Irwin Park with the annual tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival at 6:30 p.m. On Hickory Road, attendees will view ice sculpting demonstration beginning at 7:30 p.m. by Nadeau's Ice Sculptures, a Chicago ice carving company. In addition, Foundation 153 will sell premium Fraser Firs from Michigan beginning at 3 p.m. There will also be a music tent featuring holiday music and a brass band. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.
"This is a dynamite way to begin the holiday season!," said Homewood President Richard Hofeld. "'Holiday Lights' is a family tradition here. And this year is made especially exciting with the introduction of the ice rink. I'm excited to see everyone in Homewood lace up their skates."
Free musical trolleys will take participants to the different downtown Homewood destinations including businesses with extended hours. Many businesses including Art4Soul, Bella Vita, Global Fusion, Grape & Grain, Homewood Florist, Kirschner Vision Group, Nail Savvy, Nathalie's Interiors and Gallery, Melody Mart, Salon J, Spaah's Skincare & Bodyworks, Suzie's Hallmark, Tessa's Dollhouse, The Village Door, Village Artists and World of Enrichment will feature free children's craft activities, holiday hors d'oeuvres and discounts.
"It's wonderful to see all of Homewood come out to support the local businesses," said Homewood Florist owner Marty Arrivo. "Homewood has a wonderful sense of community and festivity. And 'Holiday Lights' really shows how much fun Homewood has when it gets together."
In addition, the village of Homewood is presenting a special train exhibit next door to Suzie's Hallmark, 18065 Harwood Ave. The train exhibit will feature model trains in holiday scenes.
All activities are free and open to the public. Free parking is available. For more information visitwww.homesweethomewood.com.
"Holiday Lights in Homewood" is sponsored by the village of Homewood, Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, Homewood-Flossmoor Lions Club, Homewood Fire Department and members of the Downtown Homewood Business Association.
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