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Festival of Lights Parade:

Lights, music, pageantry, and a little holiday magic!  The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the holiday season, as Santa Claus comes to town!  Event is Friday 11/25 from 7 to 8 pm on Downtown Main Street.  

Santa House: 

Last year, over 2,200 children and their families visited Santa in his Downtown Crystal Lake Santa House.  Visits are FREE.  The memories are PRICELESS!  A relaxed, living room environment provides a comfortable, inviting place for children to sit on Santa’s knee.  Bring your camera, and be prepared to SMILE! Children whisper their wishes during their visit with Santa in the comfort of his house at Brink Street Market. Visits will begin on Friday, November 25, 2016 immediately after the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade.

2016 Santa House Hours:

Thursday & Friday (6PM – 8PM)

Saturday (10AM – 3PM)

Sunday (Noon – 3PM)

After that, Santa will be getting ready for his big ride!

Crystal lake's largest one-day event brings families
and the community together to celebrate fall with music, demonstrations, craft fair, farmers market and the
Great Ball Race.

Presented by Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street

Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 9AM to 4PM

Meet and greet Johnny Appleseed – Steve McPhail himself, as he strolls
the streets of downtown, telling his story throughout the day.

Join Johnny in front of Raue Center For The Arts at 11AM and 1PM for
stories and picture opportunities.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT, music and demos all day.

View and participate in demonstrations of an antique apple cider press and
apple peelers, provided by the Crystal Lake Historical Society. There will
be musical groups, dance presentations, martial arts demonstrations,
storytelling in front of the Raue Center (provided by the Crystal Lake
Public Library
), and so much more!

Activities such as children’s games, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train,
pumpkin bowling, temporary tattoos, climbing tower, giant slide, wagon rides,
amusement rides, moonwalk, etc. require tickets. Tickets are $1 each. Two ticket/information booths will be setup (one at the corner of Williams &
Brink, and one at the parking lot near most of the activities). 

The Souvenir Booth (selling apple cider donuts, water, apple juice, apple
sippers, apple-shaped sunglasses, tote bags, and books) will be located
in the Brink Street   Market next to the large parking lot. The Souvenir
Booth will accept BOTH Cash and Tickets.

A Craft Fair (9AM – 4PM) will be held in Ormsby Motors Inc‘s parking lot.
Dozens of vendors displaying beautiful and unique handmade items
(everything from quilts to painted rocks to jewelry to fabric tote bags to
crocheted items to holiday decorations to….well, you get the picture!).

Farmers Market is located (today only) at the corner of Grant & Brink.
Visit your favorite market vendor.

Scarecrow Decorating contest
Pie Eating Contest

Great Ball Race – 3PM

For fast-paced excitement and fun, check out the Great Ball Race on Brink
Street. Purchase your chance to win $1,000 at the ticket booth near Dalzell
Jewelers. Race time is 3PM. Come on down and cheer your ball on to


Saturday, September 24 from 9 am to 4 pm




Downtown Crystal Lake


This will be the LAST 3rd Thursday Event for 2016 (one was in June and July)

Downtown businesses will be open late and offering a unique and different experience.  Come stroll the streets of downtown and prepare to be happily surprised to see artists, musicians, trunk shows, demonstrations, and more!  Every 3rd Thursday will be unique!


Thursday, August 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm


Crystal Lake, IL, United States

Downtown Crystal Lake SideWalk Sale

July 28, 29, 30, & 31 (Thursday - Sunday)

Thursday (8AM-7PM)

Friday (9AM-6PM)

Saturday (9AM-5PM)

Sunday (the sales continue at many businesses!)


A bargain hunter's delight!  Merchants set up tables full of great merchandise at great prices.

Guaranteed to be something for everyone!  Rain or Shine!

Make Plans on Thursday, April 21st for another fabulous


Ladies Night Out happens twice a year -- Spring and Fall (Thursday 10/6/16)  from 5-9 pm 

Ladies -- bring your mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends (whoever!) downtown for lots of fabulous food, music, special deals, and more!

Check in at the Raue Center (26 N. Williams).  The first 500 customers will receive a map, list of participating businesses and their specials, AND one free raffle ticket for the basket drawing!

And -- because you'll be having so much fun all evening, we've arranged for a special "night-cap" of entertainment, food, and prizes at Georgio's Pizzeria!   We will draw the names of the raffle basket winners there.  


The event is FREE to all ladies.  Just come downtown at 5PM and start at The Raue Center For The Arts.  There you will receive a map of participating businesses and a list of their special promotions for the evening. You are free to explore all the great deals - walk around to all the stores and with every purchase made at one of the participating stores you will be entered into the GRAND RAFFLE!!  The more stores you visit and the more purchases made, the greater your chance to WIN!!  You don't have to be present to win; BUT there will be more than one prize basket, so present winners will have the opportunity of selection!