Village To Host Holiday Festival & Mayor McLaughlin's Tree Lighting

Village To Host Holiday Festival & Mayor McLaughlin's Tree Lighting
Posted on 11/12/2012

The Village of Orland Park will begin the holiday season with its free Holiday Festival on Sunday, November 25, 2012. The festivities start at 3 p.m. with the arrival of Mayor Dan McLaughlin and Santa Claus at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue. Activities at the Civic Center will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"We invite everyone to enjoy the Holiday Festival at the Civic Center and then come outside as the community lights the village's tree in front of the Village Hall," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.

Horse drawn sleigh rides around the Village Center will be available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Encore Concert Band will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Carl Sandburg High School Chamber Singers will perform from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The village's dance companies will perform at 4:15 p.m.

Make and take crafts will be available from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and visits with Santa will be offered from 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Parents should bring their cameras to take photos of their children with Santa. Dan Martin's Comedy and Magic Show will begin at 4:45 p.m.

Residents are invited to turn in old holiday lights and receive a discount coupon for new lights from American Sale. The village's Orland Park Theatre Troupe will sell concessions.

The Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow at 5:45 p.m. outside of the adjacent Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, where Mayor McLaughlin will light the village tree and holiday displays along Ravinia Avenue, officially marking the start of the holiday season in the Village of Orland Park.

"Individuals, families, scout groups and organizations from throughout Orland Park have created decorations for the tree, making it a true community wide effort," the mayor said.

The Village of Orland Park Holiday Festival is co-sponsored by The Maids and Orland Park Bank and Trust. Questions can be directed to the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-PARK.