Updated: December 13, 2012 10:24AM
Mokena kicks off the holiday season Nov. 17 with its daylong Christmas Fest, featuring a Parade of Lights and family entertainment.
Events run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the downtown area on Front Street east of Wolf Road, and at Mokena Elementary School, 11244 Willowcrest Lane.
Santa’s workshop, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mokena Elementary School. Children can create decorations and write letters to Santa while parents shop with local crafters.
Lunch and pictures with Santa, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mokena Elementary School. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children and $3 per picture.
Tree decorating from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Front and Mokena streets. Everyone is invited to create their own decoration to hang on the village tree.
Merchants open house from noon to 6 p.m., with free activities and collection of food items for the Frankfort Township pantry.
Hot chocolate and cookies from 4:45 p.m. until the end of the parade, at the State Bank of Illinois, 11100 Front St. The bank also will collect new hats, mittens and scarves for local families in need.
Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. on Front Street.
A tree-lighting ceremony and caroling immediately follow the parade at Front and Mokena streets.
A family Christmas dance follows the tree-lighting ceremony and ends at 10 p.m. at VFW Post 725, 19852 S. Wolf Road. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for children age 2 and up.
The 2012 Christmas ornament will be for sale at the Mokena Chamber of Commerce office, the Mokena Fire Station, and McCutcheon Insurance, all in the 19800 block of Wolf Road.
Tickets are available at the Mokena Chamber of Commerce office, 19820 S. Wolf Road.
For more information, call (708) 479-2468 or visit www.mokena.com.