Village of Orland Park Expands Nov. 26 Holiday Festival

Village of Orland Park Expands Nov. 26 Holiday Festival
Posted on 11/10/2017

The Village of Orland Park's annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday festival have been expanded for 2017.

The event will be held Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, and will include a number of outdoor elements featuring new lighted sculptures throughout the grounds to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

"We have gathered as a community to light the village's tree for years and this year the Recreation Department is expanding the festival moving portions of it outside to enhance the winter wonderland at the village center," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee.

Orland Park's Holiday Festival will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30p.m. beginning with the lighting of the village's community tree and holiday displays.

Area grade and high school musical groups will perform from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with the Carl Sandburg High School Chamber Choir strolling the grounds caroling in holiday costumes.

New features will include live reindeer, kiddie train rides for $1.00 per ride, food, beverage and holiday vendors along with free sleigh rides.

"Everyone is invited to welcome the holiday season to Orland Park," Gira said. "This is always a festive event and we're excited to expand it with the many outdoor activities. It is a great opportunity for families to walk through and experience the spectacular holiday displays."

Visits with Santa will be available inside of the adjacent Orland Park Civic Center along with make and take crafts, face painting and other entertainment.

Scout troops, churches, athletic organizations, youth groups and local clubs are invited to adopt community trees to decorate on the village green. A limited number of trees are available and there is no cost to participate.

Trees will be assigned on a first come, first served basis and are approximately five feet tall and will include lights and a sign with the organization's name.

Participating groups must provide the decorations, handmade or store bought. Organizations are asked to have their trees decorated by November 25 in time for the holiday festival.

Holiday vendors include

All That's Home - decorative glass cutting boards

Baum Designs - Hand-made ornaments, etched spoons, wine bags, his & her glasses

BMH Creations - Glass block & pallet creations

The Brass Tap - Alcoholic cider, non-alcoholic cider, beer

InSpirit Adornments - Jewelry

Joey's Red Hots (FOOD TRUCK) - Hot dogs, Polish sausage, chips, soda, water, hot chocolate, coffee

Just BeeKauz Florals - Seasonal floral arrangements

Knitting Needles by Little Lena (high school student who knits) - Neck warmers, infinity scarves, fashion scarves

LDL Designs - Deco mesh wreaths, centerpieces, trees

Mary Kay - Holiday themed gifts/packages of Mary Kay products for women and men

Mr. Salty Kettlecorn (FOOD TRUCK) - Fries, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, cotton candy, pretzels, nachos, lemon shakeups, pop, hot chocolate

My Swedish Sister - Holiday & other signs, ornaments, magnets, wooden holiday décor

Nisse Nook - Hand painted ornaments and Gnomes from Sweden, Norway and Denmark

Premiere Jewelry

Scentsy - Fragrance products

Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop - Fragrance products - candles, diffusers, wax warmers

Tradyjca Polish Restaurant - Polish-fusion-cuisine

University of Chicago Medicine (sponsor)

OP Health & Fitness

Further information about Orland Park's holiday festival is available by calling the village's Recreation Department at 708/403-7275