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ChristkindlMarkt, Christmas & Holiday Lighting Events in Arlington Heights 2008: North School Park, Arlington Park Racetrack

Wed November 26 2008 3:38 am
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Clearbrook Wonderland of Lights & the 6th Annual ChristkindlMarkt
Two family holiday light events are planned for this holiday season: Clearbrook’s “Wonderland of Lights” at Arlington Park and the 6th ChristkindlMarkt or as many call it, “the Christmas Market” at North School Park.

Arlington Park
First, the lights go on at Arlington Park starting Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) through New Year’s Day. Clearbrook will light up the night with the 4th Annual “Wonderland of Lights… a Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular” at Arlington Park Racecourse [MAP/SAT]. Entrance is off of Euclid Avenue near Gate 5 and Gate 6 — display is in the parking lot west of the race track.

Major event sponsors include Arlington Park Racecourse, Chicago Magazine, the Daily Herald, 101.9 FM THE MIX and Sheraton Chicago Northwest.

The holiday extravaganza features millions of lights and hundreds of animated holiday scenes in sizes up to 40 feet by 100 feet. The display includes the world’s largest light tunnel of 150,000 lights measuring 600 feet by 300 feet, in addition to 12 animated light bulb arches.

Sunday-Thursday from 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday from 5:30-10:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 per car Monday-Thursday with possible $2 coupon offer (see info from Clearbrook website) and $12 per car Friday-Sunday.

ChristkindlMarkt, North School Park and Downtown Arlington Heights
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at North School Park, Eastman and Arlington Heights Road [MAP/SAT], is at 4:45 p.m., Friday, November 28. A big event as neighbors and visitors watch thousands of lights and winter displays magically come to life with the flip of a switch! Can we say “Christmas Tree?”

Next, stay for the 6th Annual ChristkindlMarkt, which is held November 28-30.

Heated tents during ChristkindlMarkt 2003.
Christmas Market Schedule:
Color Brochure from the Village of Arlington Heights (pdf)

Friday, November 28
Noon to 9 p.m. (Vendor tent)
Noon to 10 p.m. (Entertainment/refreshments tent)

Saturday, November 29
Noon to 9 p.m. (Vendor tent)
Noon to 10 p.m. (Entertainment/refreshments tent)

Sunday, November 30
Noon to 5 p.m. (Vendor and entertainment/refreshments tent)

Your  family and friends will enjoy shopping, dining and non-stop musical entertainment experience at the annual ChristkindlMarkt in two large heated tents near North School Park, Arlington Heights Road and Eastman Street.

Handwerke & Gourmet

Food Items Schedule:
a la mode
A World Apart
Amber 4 You 2
Amerinkas Native Art
Bashirat Hahn Jewelry
BBA Flowers and Art Gallery
Boxes ‘N’ More
Calligraphy by Linda
Carol & Company Chicago
Completely Nuts, Inc.
Discovery Toys
Elena’s Cucina Deli
Here’s to the Cook
Janey’s Creations
JTM Designs
Lanabead Designs
Lauralee Carlson-Reese
Marta Gerlich Home Décor
Melody Chocolatier
Natalia Pagnoni Nesting Dolls
Nancy Knott, Inc.
Paula’s Material Things
Pet Chef Express
Raw Candles, Inc.
Riverside Chocolate Factory
Silpada Designs Jewelry
Tastefully Simple
The Sign Post
The Silver Rose
Treats and Trifles
Usborne Books
Write ‘n Stuff/Jack Musich Studios

ChristkindlMarkt is brought to you by the Village of Arlington Heights
and the Special Events Commission Free Holly Trolley, sponsored by the Daily Herald, runs from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Free parking is available in the municipal garage at the corner of Evergreen and Miner Streets.

Arlington Heights Special Events Commission Premium Sponsors
Arlington Park
Arlington Theaters
The Daily Herald
Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O’Connor LLC
Groot Recycling & Waste Services
Lutheran Home & Services
Northwest Community Hospital
Sherwin Ace Hardware
The Peoples Bank of Arlington Heights
Village Bank & Trust
Visualedge Creative Services
Wachovia IS Securi

Map of Arlington Heights Christmas Market
Map of Arlington Heights ChristkindlMarkt
German Christmas Market 2008
Arlington Heights ChristkindlMarkt

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