Editor’s Note: This story was previously published and has been updated to reflect current dates and information.
’Tis the season to empty your energy tanks and wallets (and possibly wine bottles) as you navigate the busiest and most wonderful time of the year! In my home, December negotiates a very, very fine line between chaotic and amazing. However, we try to keep up with our annual traditions and love to take advantage of the holiday activities offered in our community. And if they are free, we appreciate them even more! This year, get into the holiday spirit early by starting a new tradition and spending some time at the FREE A Very Merry Huntley festival. These two days of holiday cheer will help kick off your season in a Merry fashion.
A Very Merry Huntley Friday Activities
Round out your holiday shopping (or get started if you are a procrastinator like me!) at the Kris Kringle Market offering unique gift items for sale. From 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, this market is located at the Municipal Complex on 10987 Main Street, Huntley.
All additional Friday activities take place at the Municipal Complex as well. These include visits with Mrs. Claus, meet and greets with some of Santa’s live reindeer, crafts and activities for the kids, and free hot chocolate and s’mores. This is also where voting for the tree decorating contest takes place. Participation in the contest is open to families, individuals, clubs, non-profits and Huntley businesses, and is an exciting way to get involved. Guests should bring spare change and vote for their favorite decorated tree. The tree with the most donations wins, and all proceeds benefit the Grafton Food Pantry.
To cap off the night, head over to the Huntley Library for activities including Santa, book sale, holiday basket fundraiser, a treasure hunt for kids and entertainment. You will need a free ticket for every member of your family available at the library starting November 16.
A Very Merry Huntley Saturday Activities
From 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, you can check out the indoor farmers market and craft fair. These are both held at the Fellowship Hall of the 1st Congregational Church (11626 Main Street, Huntley.) A variety of local vendors will be present. Various events are held throughout the day at the Town Square to keep your family entertained. You can participate in a cookie walk, take a free train ride on the Huntley Holiday Express with free hot chocolate, make holiday crafts, or play family games. At noon, enjoy a free handbell choir performance followed by caroling with the Merry Maskers in the Square at 3:00 p.m.
Make sure you don’t miss the main event in the town square at 5:00 p.m. as Santa Claus arrives on a fire truck and lights the Christmas tree in the gazebo. Take your annual snapshot with Santa and then enjoy the holiday fireworks show, concluding the festival.
Although this is a free weekend, any donations collected during the events will go to the Grafton Food Pantry.
So have a holly, jolly holiday season and start celebrating early at “A Very Merry Huntley” celebration.
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Friday: Municipal Complex, 10987 Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142, and
Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Rd, Huntley, IL 60142
Saturday: Fellowship Hall/1st Congregational Church, 11628 E. Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142,
and Town Square Events, located on Coral Street between Church and Woodstock Street
Has your family attended A Very Merry Huntley? What is your family’s favorite activity there?