Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Barrington's Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Talk in 60010
November 27, 2018

The Village of Barrington is kicking off the season this Saturday with its annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony, one of Barrington’s largest community celebrations. This special, all-day event is a great way to connect with family, neighbors and friends and features FREE activities such as carriage rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a balloon artist, Madrigal singers, holiday music, Santa’s arrival and more.

Below is the full schedule of activities, provided by the Village of Barrington.


Candy Cane Festival

Foundry Shopping Center, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Santa visits from 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Also: Pet live animals at the Petting Zoo; festive reindeer antler headbands at Calico Corners; Write Letters to Santa at Light Drawn Studios; Ornament crafts with Huntington Learning Center; Goodie bags and a raffle at Van Dam Dermatology; Play on a Barrington fire truck; Cookies at One Life Kitchen and more. 


Winter Wonderland

Ice House Mall, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Santa’s Grand Welcome and holiday parade of characters, 12:00 p.m.  
(Santa visits until 3:00 p.m.) 

Also: Magical story time with Mrs. Claus at 11:00 a.m., including a “Nutcracker” dance performance by Dancewerks. Free cookies & milk with Santa. Magical holiday music by Suzuki Strings, 1:30 p.m. Bring donations for “Meals of Hope” food drive.


Magical Reindeer Lane

The Shops on Lageschulte, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Santa visits at Norton’s USA from 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Also: Free gingerbread cookies at Norton’s USA plus a special surprise event between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Free cider and cookies at English Daisy.


Home for the Holidays

Barrington’s White House, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Take a family photo by the beautiful tree in the living room.

Also: Tours of this 1898 mansion; refreshments, performances by BHS Madrigals and Barrington Children’s Choir.


Snow Much Fun

Village Center (Cook & Station St.), 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:00 p.m., South Cook Street.

Santa arrives on the Fire Truck at 5:15 p.m.; visits at the Santa House from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Also: Free carriage rides around downtown & face painting, 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. See festive holiday characters; holiday carols by BHS Madrigals at 4:00 p.m.; see Barrington’s window displays; sample cookies & hot chocolate from Heinen’s.


Trolley & Schedule of Events

Want to experience more than one of these fun events? Park once and enjoy FREE activities all day! The FREE TROLLEY is sponsored by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Barrington Bank & Trust, Wickstrom Auto Group, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Norton’s USA, Ice House Mall, the Foundry and the Village of Barrington.

TROLLEY STOPS: Trolley Route Begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

Cook & Main         Trolley leaves on the hour; travels to Ice House Mall

Ice House Mall      Leaves at 12 min. past the hour; travels to Shops on Lageschulte

Lageschulte St.     Leaves at 24 min. past the hour; travels to the Foundry

The Foundry         Leaves at 36 min. past the hour; travels to the White House

White House         Leaves at 48 min. past the hour; travels back to Cook & Main

Timeline of Events: Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 a.m.             Trolley begins its loop at Village Center (Cook & Main)

10:00 a.m.             Candy Cane Festival & Petting Zoo Begins at Foundry

10:15 a.m.             Santa arrives at Foundry until 12:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.             Winter Wonderland at Ice House Mall Begins

11:00 a.m.             Interactive story hour with Mrs. Claus and Nutcracker 
                               performance at Ice House Mall (11:30 a.m.)

11:00 a.m.             Magical Reindeer Lane on Lageschulte begins

11:00 a.m.             Home for the Holidays begins at Barrington’s White House;
                               docent tours of the mansion; family photos by the tree; 
                               Madrigals perform

12:00 p.m.             Holiday Parade of Characters at Ice House Mall; Santa arrives
                               at Ice House Mall until 3:00 p.m. Free cookies & milk

1:00 p.m.               Free carriage rides & activities in Village Center until 5:00 p.m.;
                               free cookies & hot chocolate from Heinen’s

1:30 p.m.               Special event at Norton’s USA

1:30 p.m.               Magical holiday music by Suzuki Strings at Ice House Mall

3:30 p.m.               Santa arrives at Norton’s USA until 4:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m.               BHS Madrigal Singers sing in Village Center

5:00 p.m.               Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in Village Center

5:15 p.m.              Santa arrives on the Fire Truck; Santa visits on South Cook
                               Street until 6:30 p.m.

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