Santa, fireworks and holiday cookies ensured everyone -- young and old -- at Hoffman Estates' annual tree lighting ceremony left with a smile.
Rosella and Joe Hapanionek, of Hoffman Estates, came with their three children, Joey, 3, and twins Jayce and Jacob, 2. "We're always looking for stuff to do with the little ones," Rosella said.
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Entertainment was provided by The Noteables, a local singing group, and dancers from HOTT Productions, a local nonprofit theater troupe.
Seven-year-old Monica Zamorano, of Hoffman Estates, said her favorite part was seeing the ballet dancers.
Santa and Mrs. Santa patiently listened to Christmas gift requests from a long line of children.
Six-year-old Louis Macareg of Hoffman Estates said he asked for a bunch of Skylanders video games.
"This is just something extra we like to do for the residents," Hoffman Estates Trustee Gayle Vandenbergh said.