Yorkville Holiday Celebration Weekend

Winter Wonderland Festival and Visits with Santa
Saturday, November 17, 2018; 11:00am-3:00pm

Kick off the holiday season with this fun, family event at the Circle Center Grade School's 4th Annual Winter Wonderland Festival at the Circle Center Grade School from 11:00am-3:00pm.  The school will be bursting with holiday cheer as they have carnival games, bake sale, shopping circles, concessions, and of course Santa Claus (11am-4pm)!

Most activities and purchases (excluding the shopping circles) require tickets.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for the Winter Wonderland Festival by going to www.yorkville.il.us/register.  For more information or to volunteer for the Winter Wonderland Festival, please email ccgswinterfest@gmail.com.  All proceeds generated from the Winter Wonderland Festival goes to the CCGS PTO.

Yorkville Holiday Celebration Downtown Events
Saturday, November 17, 2018;  5:30-7:30pm
Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville)

Join the United City of Yorkville at the Holiday Celebration Downtown Events at Riverfront Park for a Holiday Parade starting at 5:30pm.  A Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade and end with everyone's favorite, fireworks!  For more information on the Holiday Celebration Downtown Events, please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357. 

Main Event Sponsor

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Holiday Parade (5:30pm)

The Holiday Parade will be held again this year!  Anyone is eligible to have a float within the parade and all interested participants are encouraged to contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department to confirm a space within the parade.  Floats will be accepted the day of the parade as space allows.  Floats should meet at the East end of Hydraulic Avenue near the Yak Shack (301 E. Hydraulic Ave) starting at 4:45pm with the parade scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.  Floats will be placed within the parade on a first come, first serve basis.

The parade will begin at the Eastern end of Hydraulic Ave near the Yak Shack, proceed West down Hydraulic Avenue, and end at Route 47. We ask all parade spectators to view the parade on the North side of Hydraulic Ave along the sidewalk of Riverfront Park. For questions or more information, please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony 

(Immediately After Parade, Approximately 6:15pm)

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a long-standing Yorkville tradition with Mayor Gary Golinski and Santa Claus lighting a decorated tree within Riverfront Park for the Holiday Season!  The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place immediately after the Holiday Parade at approximately 6:15pm.


Fireworks Show

(Immediately After Tree Lighting, Approximately 6:30pm)

The Fireworks Show immediately follows the Tree Lighting Ceremony approximately around 6:30pm.  The fireworks will be shot off over the Fox River near Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville). 

Cartoons at South Bank Original Barbecue

Warm up after the celebration at South Bank Original Barbecue (129 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkvlile) with some hot chocolate. Grab a hot bowl of soup and enjoy some holiday cartoons with the staff at South Bank.

Chili Chase 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Yorkville American Legion Post #489 (9054 E. Veterans Pkwy, Yorkville)

Gear up for the Holiday season with the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department's Chili Chase 5K Run and Walk!  The race begins at 8:30am and will go through the Heartland Subdivision.  Please see the Race Map for the specific route.  All runners will warm-up after the race with a hot bowl of chili provided by Trinity United Methodist Men!  

Race Results

Check back to view the full list of results from Chili Chase held on Sunday, November 18, 2018.  If you placed within your division and did not receive your medal, contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357.


Fees:  $25 (Includes T-Shirt)

Pre-registration will be accepted through Thursday, November 15 until 3pm.  Completed registration forms can be submitted by mail (201 W. Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville IL 60560) or fax (630-553-4360).  Online registration is also available at yorkville.il.us/register.  

Day-Of Registration    

Fees:  $35 (Includes T-Shirt as Supplies Last)

Day of registration will begin at 7:30am at the Yorkville American Legion.  

Pre-Registration Packet Pickup

All runners registered before race day can pick up their packet on Thursday, November 15 at the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department (201 W Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) from 8:00am-6:00pm.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking sponsors for the 2018 Holiday Celebration and Chili Chase 5K. For more information on sponsorship please download the sponsorship brochure