'Elfing around' and more this holiday season in Barrington
Residents and visitors in Barrington can look forward to festive decorations and events this holiday season, courtesy of local artists, student artists and the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.
The holiday season's theme is "Just Elfing Around Barrington!" featuring colorful window decorations, holiday lights and lots of elves doing mischief.
Artists from the Barrington Area Artists Association and student artists from Barrington High School teamed up with local merchants to decorate windows this week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open downtown Barrington for the holiday season takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesday along Cook Street.
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Suzanne Corr encouraged families to make downtown Barrington a destination. "The holiday windows will offer a great family outing. Come shop, stroll and be merry!" she said.
Other holiday events planned in Barrington:
• A virtual tree-lighting at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and streamed live on the chamber's YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages. During the day there will be live holiday music from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Barrington.
People also can drive or walk past the "Wave-By" Santa at the Santa House on South Cook Street and Park Avenue from 1 to 5 p.m. Santa will be giving out individually wrapped candy canes via his "socially distanced PCV pipe candy cane chute."
• Visitors are invited to "Shop, Stroll and Be Merry"' at the Barrington Holiday Walk with live holiday street music from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 12.
Tickets are $25 each in advance at bacc.ticketleap.com/barrington-holiday-walk/details. Event check-in is at the corner of South Cook Street and Park Avenue.
Visitors will get a free metallic shopping bag, a coupon booklet, a drink ticket for a takeout coffee, tea, hot chocolate or specialty drink from one of the local coffee spots, and a chance to win a $100 bill, as well as local gift certificates. Winners will be announced every hour.
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce has about 900 members across the 11 communities it serves: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.
For more information, visit barringtonchamber.com or call (847) 381-2525.