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Holiday merriment in Homewood kicks off Dec. 1 with an expanded events

The fun will begin at 5 p.m. with Homewood Science Center’s Polar Express Party and the opening of an outdoor market on Martin Avenue south of Ridge Road. The event will continue until 9 p.m., with family activities and holiday shopping throughout the evening. The year, there will be a second holiday event in Homewood on Dec. 16. 

  Holiday Lights in Homewood will have shopping …
 
  … reindeer …
 

The fun will begin at 5 p.m. with Homewood Science Center’s Polar Express Party and the opening of an outdoor market on Martin Avenue south of Ridge Road. The event will continue until 9 p.m., with family activities and holiday shopping throughout the evening.

The science center at 18022 Dixie Highway will have participants of all ages creating cardboard garlands or laser cut ornaments from 5 to 8 p.m. The movie “Polar Express” will be shown at the center, and a STEAM rendition (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) of the “Night Before Christmas” will be read.
 

  … music …
 

The market on Martin Avenue, open from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature craft vendors, a live reindeer petting zoo and a 6:30 p.m. ice sculpting demonstration by Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures.

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A parade of antique cars decorated for the holidays will precede the tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. at Irwin Park, 1900 Ridge Road. Santa and his friends will arrive escorted by Homewood Fire Department to flip the switch for the grand tree lighting.
The Southwest Community Concert Brass Ensemble will play seasonal favorites throughout the evening.
 

The Cancer Support Center will help patrons who purchased trees and garland in its annual Christmas tree sale. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 24. Orders can be placed at  https://give.classy.org/TreeSale17.
 

  … a tree-lighting 
  ceremony …

 

The Homewood-Flossmoor High School Orchestra students will host a cookie decorating fundraiser to raise money for their performance tour of Germany during spring break.

New this year will be a second holiday event on Dec. 16 when the village will host a “Miracle on Martin Avenue” gathering from 2 to 6 p.m. 

Santa will be at the Homewood Science Center from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. that day, and on Martin Avenue guests can gather around a bonfire for s’mores and beverages. 

From 3 to 6 p.m., horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown will be available.
 

  … and, of course, Santa 
  Claus.
(Chronicle file 
  photos)
 

“It’s a joy to see so many people out downtown for Holiday Lights in Homewood,” said Mayor Rich Hofeld. “We are going to extend that festive feeling later in December with a second event that will make Martin Avenue merry and bright. It’s a wonderful time of year to explore the downtown, shop and eat at our local restaurants and enjoy coming together as a community.”

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 Homewood Business Association.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.HomeSweetHomewood.com. 

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