Just a few miles west of Chicago, the Village of Glen Ellyn, Illinois offers big city amenities with a small town feel. A historic downtown filled with unique shops, restaurants and seasonal events is just one of many attributes that draw visitors to this award-winning community. This season, Glen Ellyn is featuring a number of events and activities, sure to please both local residents and visitors to the area.
Letters To Santa Mailbox Arrives in Downtown Glen Ellyn
New this year to downtown Glen Ellyn, children seeking to send their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus may drop them off at Glen Ellyn's very own Letters to Santa mailbox. The Santa mailbox is located on the northeast corner of Main Street and Crescent Boulevard.
Letters “mailed” by Friday, December 20 will receive a response from Santa, along with a signed photo, thanks to a special arrangement the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society has made with the North Pole. Please make sure letters include a return address so that Santa can reply!
Holiday Treats, December 3
Back for the third year, Holiday Treats delivers the same holiday spirit and experience with your child, however, packaged a bit differently. In partnership with the Glen Ellyn Public Library, participation in this event provides a treat box containing two custom-made holiday cookies with a drink, along with a QR code to participate in a virtual age-appropriate escape room. Proceeds from this event benefit Metropolitan Family Services. More information HERE.
Downtown Valet Parking: Begins November 14
The Village will be offering seasonal valet parking, available in the downtown beginning November 14. This free valet parking service is available to all visitors of the downtown. Hours, which are subject to change, will include Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the valet parking will be located on Main Street with two locations, on both the north and south side of the tracks. Look for the yellow valet stands. More information here.
Free Horse and Carriage Rides - CANCELLED
Explore the charming streets of downtown Glen Ellyn this holiday season with a horse and carriage ride. Together with Canterbury Carriages, the Village is offering free horse and carriage rides on the following dates:
- Friday, November 27
- December 11 & 12
- December 18 & 19
Rides will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. and depart from the southwest corner of Main and Crescent. There is a limit of one family per ride (max 4 people) and riders are encouraged to bring their own blankets.
Spreading Holiday Cheer: December 1 through December 14
Shop local and be rewarded this holiday season! Beginning December 1 through December 14, enter your name at participating businesses throughout Glen Ellyn for a chance to win a $25 gift check. Four $25 gift checks will be awarded from each participating location for a return shopping or dining experience. Remember to Shop Where Your Heart Is this holiday season and support the many merchants who help preserve our Village. More information here.
Holidate Instagram Events: December 4, 11, 17, 21
12 Days of Christmas – Dec. 4th @ 5pm; Holiday Cocktails – Dec. 11th @ 4pm, Santa’s Coming to Town – Dec. 17th @ 4pm, Last Minute Gift Ideas – Dec. 21st @ 4pm
Save the date and snuggle in for a great at home shopping experience! The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn has 4 unique Instagram events that will help you to complete your holiday shopping stress free! Each event features our many boutiques sharing fabulous finds inside their shop. Travel to each boutique’s Instagram page every 10 minutes and enjoy the shopping experience from your own home. More information here.