Explore, Enjoy & Celebrate Glencoe: December 2017
By Village Manager Phil Kiraly
While perhaps unlikely, should you have time to spare this month, I hope you spend it in Glencoe! Check out this list of events and activities for ways to take advantage of all that Glencoe has to offer this holiday season. Happiest of holidays from the Village of Glencoe family to yours!
- Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16: Saturdays of the Season
Times vary by date, Downtown Glencoe
Enjoy visits from Santa, caroling and hot chocolate, tea and cookies while you’re out enjoying our local businesses, compliments of the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce. Use the link above to learn about the special events and offers taking place each day.
- Monday, December 4: Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony
Noon, Village Hall (675 Village Court)
In honor of the State of Illinois’ 200th Birthday on December 3, 2018 and the kickoff of a yearlong, State-wide celebration, the Village is hosting a special Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony at Village Hall on Monday, December 4 at Noon. Communities across the State will simultaneously host flag raising ceremonies as well to celebrate the many ways that Illinois has influenced American history, achievement, culture, innovation and more.
- Monday, December 11: Glencoe Community Holiday Drive (FINAL DAY FOR DONATIONS!)
Drop-off donations at Village Hall or the Takiff Center during regular business hours; New this year, drop-off donations at 664 Vernon Avenue (the old Books on Vernon storefront) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through December 11
In 1990, the Public Safety Department started the Glencoe Community Holiday Drive, a community service organization providing for the happiness and well-being of local families, low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. Holiday Drive volunteers collect care packages, unwrapped toys, non-perishable foods, paper goods and monetary donations. In 2016 alone, the holiday seasons of 23 area families, 52 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities and hundreds of children were brightened by these donations. Learn how to help here.
- Tuesday, December 12: Coffee with the Board
7 a.m.., Glencoe Roast (700 Vernon Avenue)
The Village Board wants to hear about what local issues are most important to you. Enjoy a cup of coffee to start your day and meet with members of the Board to learn about current Village initiatives. No RSVP necessary – stop by anytime that you can!
- Wednesday, December 13: Trail Restoration Community Meeting with the Friends of the Green Bay Trail
6 p.m., Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road)
Learn about plans for Green Bay Trail restoration efforts planned for next year between South Avenue and the Glencoe Community Garden. This is a project spearheaded by the Friends of the Green Bay Trail, in partnership with the Glencoe Park District and the Village of Glencoe.View renderings here.
- Saturday, December 16: Christmas Concert in Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden
11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road)
Wonderland Express Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through December 22 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m., December 23-January 7
Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Brass Concert, featuring festive holiday favorites by the Chicago Brass Band in Alsdorf Auditorium. Ticket price includes concert and access to Wonderland Express. Standard parking fees apply.
- Saturday, December 16: Glencoe Fitness Preview Day (One of three days)
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road)
Join the Glencoe Park District for a free workout at the newest gym in town, Glencoe Fitness! Fitness staff will be available to give tours, answer questions and show you the Park District’s new equipment! Other free Preview Days will take place on Monday, December 18 (9 a.m.-7 p.m.); and Wednesday, December 27 and the Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, December 30 (9 a.m.-Noon). Glencoe Fitness regular hours will start on Tuesday, January 2. Learn more about the gym and membership here.
- Thursday, December 21: Celebrate the Winter Solstice with the Friends of the Green Bay Trail
5 p.m., Shelton Park Playground (251 Harbor Street)
Celebrate the passing of the shortest day of the year with a Parade of Lights on the Green Bay Trail. Decorate yourself, your family, dogs, strollers and wagons with lights and things that glow. Friends of the Green Bay Trail will award a prize for best lighting and trail treats. No open candles or flames. Severe weather cancels the parade.
- Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1: Village Hall Closed
As a reminder, Village Hall will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. For both holidays, Monday and Tuesday garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by one day, with Monday collection on Tuesday and Tuesday collection on Wednesday. Normal service resumes Thursday.