Festival to Light Up Barrington

The annual Festival of Lights is getting bigger and better than ever; it takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, around Town Hall and with Barrington's business community.

Barrington will look a lot more like Christmas on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus and his elves will be at the government center for the annual Festival of Lights in the late afternoon. Santa will light the tree in front of the Town Hall at 5:30 pm.

Flower Power has already lined County Road with the holiday balls. Luminaries are expected to light up the Town Hall lawn and driveway and, optimistically, some streets around town as the festival winds down in the early evening.

The elves will actually ride on a trolley from 1 to 5 pm and point out some of the activities going on at local businesses, said Holly Smith, owner of Hollies on the Avenue and co-director of the Barrington Business Association.

“There will be designated stops around town for people to get on and off,” Smith said.

The association is sponsoring the Festival of Lights with the Barrington recreation and leisure services department.

A train ride will circle Town Hall from 3 to 4:30 pm. There will be gingerbread-cookie decorating, jingle bells and hot cocoa available at the same time.

Look for lots of entertainment as well at the Town Hall between 4 and 5:30 pm.

Holiday songs will be sung by the Barrington Middle School A Cappella Choir and the Barrington High School Choral Ensemble. Prestige Ballet and Arts Alive! of Barrington will provide dancers and performing artists.

During that same time, wreaths will go on sale and the Friends of the Bay Spring Community Center will sell luminary kits for people to take home and light up their sidewalks and driveways.

The sales of the kits also will help to raise funds for the continued improvement of the facility in West Barrington.

“We want to make things as fun as we can,” said Lois Coppolino, owner of Daisy Dig’ins and the other co-director of the business group.

Here is a list of businesses with special events:

Center Hardware: Santa will arrive at Center Ace Hardware at 2pm leaving at 4pm.

Sweete Shoppe : we will be offering complimentary samples of our holiday cupcakes and 15% off all holiday orders.

La Vita Bella :We are going to give candy canes and hot coca to kids. We are going to run a 24 days to Christmas theme. 24% off our products and gift certif. as well as booking $24 haircuts..

Style Unleashed : I am doing a picture frame craft and hot chocolate and treats.

ReMax Rivers Edge : Snack with Santa event at our office- Enjoy a treat and photo with Santa 2-5 pm. Coloring contest, photos and snacks!

Zu Zu’s  -20% off storewide-Barrington store only

Grapes & Grains Will host a winter sampling event for the adults from 1 to 5pm with treats for the kids. Don’t forget about the Passport savings in the Reserve Room and 10% of Champagne.

Feminine Fancies  Open House 10-5PM and Sun - 12-5PM. 25% off with ad from Times   Register to win $100. Gift Cert.

Barrington Books / The Studio  Will be open until 8pm on Saturday (usually close at 6)

Hollies – 15% off Mariposa

Daisy Dig’ins – Bay View Chorus will perform at 3 pm. Mystery Discount and Treats

Joan Haas November 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM
It would be nice to also note that the Barrington Garden Club has put up the garlands and created the wreaths that decorate the town buildings, Memorials and Booster Board.
Meg Jones November 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
And Art by You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio will be offering a warm studio setting with Christmas music and ceramic Christmas ornaments to paint yourself! $8 each, ready to hang on your tree of give as a gift! All profit benefits FAB (For anything but...alcohol, drugs or tobacco) and our substance free activities in the community! Open from 11AM-5PM http://www.weirdgirlcreations.com
Dazey December 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Flowers Galore 'n' More in the Maple Avenue Plaza will be open and offering free treats and hot apple cider inside! A Super Colossal Christmas Stocking is being raffled and everyone has a chance to win the wonderful toys inside of it for themselves or a loved one. Christmas trees, ornaments, swags, and wreaths are all on sale as well as other Christmas and Hanukkah inspired decorations and other holiday delights. Fantastic hospitality and everything is exceptionally priced! Open from 10AM - 6PM or later. Stop on by!
LeAnne Treanor December 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Is there going to be a menorah lighting as well?


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