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The weather could not have been better for a late November evening. Clear skies, no precipitation and 40 degrees made conditions near perfect for Crest Hill's Inaugural Winter Festival. As residents and visitors started strolling in, they were met by local businesses who were serving hot chocolate, popcorn, bbq meats, and many other goodies and giveaways. Others were lined up for a ride down Knapp Drive on a horse and hayrack while some stopped by to get a close look at real reindeer. Mayor Soliman kicked off the night by counting down and flipping the switch with three lucky students from Richland, Chaney-Monge, and Joliet Montessori schools. As the countdown reached its exciting pinnacle, the Mayor and his special guests flipped the seven foot tall custom light switch to see City Hall come alive with holiday lights. And so began the evening!
Chief Ed Clark put in an emergency phone call to the Mayor to let him know a very important individual had stopped by. Sure enough, it was Santa Claus escorted by the Chief of Police in his SUV, blue and red lights flashing to give the man of the hour a red carpet entrance. Nearly 200 kids endured the wait in line to sit on Santa's lap and pronounce their wishes for Christmas morning. The night pushed forward with the joy of the season as the band Acoustic Avenue engaged the crowd in holiday songs. These were the sights and sounds of the very first Crest Hill Winter Festival. Stay tuned for next year!