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Santa coming to Huntley’s Christmas on the Square

Updated: January 7, 2014 6:28AM

HUNTLEY — There likely won’t be any pouting or crying in Huntley this weekend as Santa is planning a visit to the James Dhamer Town Square from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This is the sixth year for the family event, which features free hot cocoa and a cookie walk, the Kris Kringle Market, carolers, kids’ crafts, indoor farmer’s market, free hayrides and entertainment.

The kickoff is noon for many of the events, including the reading of classic holiday stories at the American Legion Hall, kids’ crafts and a visit with Mrs. Claus at the Huntley Chamber offices on Coral Street, and the free hayrides sponsored by Tom’s Farm and the village of Huntley. After the crafts, visitors can stop by Trinity Lutheran Church at 1:30 and 3 p.m. for a Live Nativity performance, or visit the 1st Congregational Church for some seasonal handbell music offered by the Whitechapel Handbell Choir at 1 and 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m., there will be a holiday lights parade with participants dressed to the theme of Classic Holiday Stories. The parade culminates with the arrival of Old Saint Nick, who gathers the crowd for caroling. Pictures with Santa will begin under the gazebo at 4:30 p.m.

Cold temperatures won’t be a problem with the Kris Kringle Market being held under heated tents. It promises more than a few great holiday gift ideas.

If shopping isn’t on the agenda, perhaps giving is. The event offers opportunities to share one’s blessings with those less fortunate.

A Willow Creek Church-sponsored coat drive lasts until 5 p.m., and the Christmas tree decorating contest allows participants to vote with their wallets. The three trees that collect the most money will win a prize, and all of the proceeds will go to the Grafton Food Pantry.

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