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Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting

2021 Tree Lighting Banner - library logo update


November 26, 2021

5:00 - 8:30pm


Downtown Glen Ellyn


5:00pm Gathering around the tree
6:00pm Santa begins walking from the Fire Station
6:30pm Tree Lighting
7:00pm - 8:30pm Downtown Black Friday Shopping & Pictures with Santa at the Firehouse


Celebrate the holiday season as downtown Glen Ellyn comes alive with twinkling lights, decorated storefront windows in the theme of "Ring in the New Year", the sounds of Christmas, and Santa lighting the Christmas Tree.


Free Family Holiday Movies


Saturdays Thanksgiving - Christmas



Glen Art Theatre

540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn


November 27 - Arthur Christmas
Sponsored by: Hilary Harvanek, Realtor

December 4  - Elf

Sponsored by: Marvelous Minds

December 11 - Polar Express

Sponsored by: Saylor & Murphy Orthodontics

December 18 - The Dr. Seuss Grinch

Sponsored by: The Law Offices of Lofgren &   Wentworth, P.C.

Holiday Movies Collage
Thank You to Our Sponsors
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Shop Local Glen Ellyn

  • Black Friday - November 26
  • Shop Small Saturday-November 27
  • Cyber Monday - November 29
  • Giving Tuesday - November 30
  • Corporate Holiday Gifts & Events
  • Shop Small Saturday, November 27th- For every dollar spent at a small business, about 67 cents STAYS in the local community. Celebrate the holidays by shopping at local retailers & eating from local restaurants. This is also the same day as Polar Plaza Kick Off.
  • Cyber Monday, November 29th- Shop local from your home.
  • Giving Tuesday, November 30th – A global day of giving, kicks off the charitable season while many are focused on the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.The Non-Profits of Glen Ellyn support us. Let's please support our Non-Profits!

Glen Ellyn Polar Plaza Pop-Up Skating Rink

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The Kick Off Polar Plaza on Shop Small Saturday
Saturday, November 27    I     Noon - 3:00pm
501 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn

The Glen Ellyn Chamber is excited to partner with the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District and present this full day of fun activities for the whole family. Bring the kiddos to see Santa and participate in a toy drive, listen to live Christmas music, watch figure skater performances, drink some hot cocoa and funnel cakes, go on a scavenger hunt, and please do all your holiday shopping in Glen Ellyn!
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Polar Plaza Returning to the
Glenwood Crescent Parking Lot

Nov 24-Feb 21

The Glen Ellyn Polar Plaza, pop-up skating rink, is scheduled to open by Thanksgiving through Presidents Day. The 60 foot by 40 foot synthetic ice skating rink will be located in the Glenwood/Crescent Parking Lot.
The rink, which will accommodate a maximum of 50 skaters at a time, is free to residents and visitors to the area. Participants will be skating at their own risk and must bring their own ice skates as rentals will not be available on site.

Letters To Santa Mailbox

Santa Mailbox

Located on the N/E corner of Main St. & Crescent Blvd.

Provided by Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by Village of Glen Ellyn

November 24th, Glen Ellyn's very own Letters to Santa mailbox will return on the northeast corner of Main Street and Crescent Boulevard. Children seeking to send their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus may drop them off at Glen Ellyn's very own Letters to Santa mailbox.
Letters “mailed” by Sunday, December 19 will receive a response from Santa, along with a signed photo, thanks to a special arrangement the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce. Please make sure letters include a return address so that Santa can reply. The mailbox will return to the North Pole on Monday, December 20 until next Christmas!

2021 Holiday Windows "Ring in the New Year"

The Green Branch Best Overrall

Who has the most decorated windows? Come and view the Holiday Windows in Downtown Glen Ellyn. The 2021 Window Theme is "Ring in the New Year."

Attention Storefronts

Windows will be judged on Wednesday, November 24.

The categories:

  • Best Overall
  • Best Interpretation of Theme
  • Best Representation of Business
  • Best Children's Theme
  • 3 X Honorable Mention

Need a Gift for the Holiday?

Shopping in Glen Ellyn fosters a thriving, vibrant community for everyone to enjoy. Glen Ellyn Chamber Member Gift Checks are perfect for the holidays. For every dollar spent at a small business, about 67 cents STAYS in the local community. Celebrate the holidays by shopping at local retailers & eating from local restaurants. Shop Local!

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