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Homewood kicks off holiday season Friday

Homewood’s annual “Holiday Lights Homewood” celebratiwill take place from 6 9 p.m. Dec. 7. | Supplied photo

Homewood’s annual “Holiday Lights in Homewood” celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. | Supplied photo

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Updated: January 7, 2013 6:04AM



The holiday season gets started in Homewood with the annual “Holiday Lights in Homewood” celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The event kicks off in Irwin Park with the annual tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival at 6:30 p.m.

On Hickory Road, attendees will view an ice sculpting demonstration beginning at 7:30 p.m. by Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures, an ice-carving company based in Chicago.

In addition, Foundation 153 will sell premium Fraser Firs from Michigan beginning at 3 p.m. There will also be a music tent featuring holiday music and a brass band, starting at 7:30 p.m.

There will be an antique car parade along Martin Avenue, ice sculpting demonstrations, live reindeer, a bonfire and music tent.

Many businesses in Homewood are extending their hours for easy shopping, and free musical trolleys will shuttle shoppers between locations.

One of the highlights is the ice rink on Martin Avenue just south of Ridge Road.

The rink will open for the season during Friday’s event. It then will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 22. Skate rental is free. Great Lakes Bank is sponsoring the rink.

“This is a dynamite way to begin the holiday season,” Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld said.

“‘Holiday Lights’ is a family tradition here. And this year is made especially exciting with the introduction of the ice rink. I’m excited to see everyone in Homewood lace up their skates,” Hofeld said.

Many businesses will feature free children’s craft activities, holiday hors d’ oeuvres and discounts, including Art4Soul, Bella Vita, Global Fusion, Grape & Grain, Homewood Florist, Kirschner Vision Group, Nail Savvy, Nathalie Interiors and Gallery, Melody Mart, Salon J, Spaah’s Skincare & Bodyworks, Suzie’s Hallmark, Tessa’s Dollhouse, The Village Door, Village Artists and World of Enrichment.

“It’s wonderful to see all of Homewood come out to support the local businesses,” Homewood Florist owner Marty Arrivo said. “Homewood has a wonderful sense of community and festivity. And ‘Holiday Lights’ really shows how much fun Homewood has when it gets together.”

In addition, the village of Homewood is presenting a special train exhibit next door to Suzie’s Hallmark, 18065 Harwood Ave. The exhibit will feature model trains in holiday scenes.

For more information visit www.homesweethomewood.com.

“Holiday Lights in Homewood” is sponsored by the village, Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, Homewood-Flossmoor Lions Club, Homewood Fire Department and members of the Downtown Homewood Business Association.

Tracey Anderson, recreation supervisor at the park district, said the event is very popular every year. She especially likes it when Santa presses a large button that lights up a tall evergreen tree.

After that job is finished, Santa sets up in the gazebo in the park and proceeds to listen to boys and girls with their special Christmas wishes.

“There’s always a good turnout. It’s very crowded. There will be a couple bonfires so people can stay warm. We’ve had some snow in past years, but it’s always a good turnout,” Anderson said.



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