Plainfield, Shorewood put on glitz for Small Business Saturday

Brock A. Stein | 11/26/2014, 8:13 p.m.
There will be plenty to do to kick off the holiday shopping season if you pay a visit to either ...
Horse-drawn carriage rides are among the activities being offered during Candlelight Christmas in downtown Plainfield this Saturday. www.omeagherfarms.com

Christmas in Plainfield and Shorewood officially kicks off this week with both towns welcoming shoppers for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29.

Shorewood shop owners will get started early with a ribbon cutting Wednesday at 1141 Brookforest to kick start the village's "Tis the Season to Shop Shorewood" series. Events planned for the season include free open houses at area stores throughout November and December.

On Sunday, Santa makes an appearance at Shorewood Village Hall from 3 to 5:30 to pose for free pictures with the kids. Children can also participate in a Christmas crafts, drink hot cocoa and listen to choral music presented by Troy school students.

The day will end with the lighting of the village Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m. in the Towne Center park.

Shorewood residents can also marvel at the over 30 decorated trees on display inside village hall starting on Dec. 1 and running through the end of the year. Trees decorated by Shorewood businesses and other organizations will be on view during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

While there, visitors can also enter a contest to guess the number of chips left at village hall by Giggles, the Shorewood Elf.

A complete list of events and open houses as well as holiday coupons and discounts for local shoppers can be found on the village's website, http://vil.shorewood.il.us.

Candlelight Christmas in Plainfield

In Plainfield, shoppers can start their "Candlelight Christmas" Saturday by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy in the Plainfield Village Hall lobby for this year's Toys for Tots fundraiser. Residents have until Dec. 5 to make a donation.

Businesses along downtown Lockport Street will have holiday themed decorations in their windows for shoppers to see and can get in to the festive mood with a holiday dance ensemble at the CW Avery YMCA starting at 3:30 p.m.

The Y will also be hosting a free showing of the Disney film "Frozen" at 4 p.m. With limited seating, parents are encouraged to call the Y to register.

After the movie, parents can take their kids over to the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 24047 W Lockport St., to meet the Snow Sisters from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Santa will also be available for pictures from 4 to 9 p.m. at Gourmet Junction, 24030 W. Lockport St. Children can also dash off a letter to St. Nick at Barvian Realty, 24118 W. Chicago St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

If parents can sneak away, there will be a complimentary wine tasting at Wine and Cheese by TCC, 24104 W. Lockport St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

Other events throughout the afternoon include carriage rides, crafts at the Heritage Professional Center, and singing performances from the Plainfield North Madrigal singers at the Library.

A complete schedule of events can be found on the village's website, http://www.plainfield il.org/documents/Final8.5x11CandlelightChristmas.pdf.

Contact Brock A. Stein at brocknewstips@gmail.com and on Twitter at @BrockAStein.