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“North Shore Shines with Tree Lightings and Festive Celebrations”

Ready, set, glow.

The countdown to tree lightings is over as Kenilworth and Wilmette’s ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 2, capped the vacation kickoff season in The Record‘s coverage area.

Pete Macleod (right) helps his sons Kit (center) and Mason toast marshmallows during Northfield’s tree lighting on Nov. 29 in Clarkson Park. | Joe Coughlin/The Record North Shore

Wilmette spent most of Saturday celebrating with its Holiday Happenings, which included photos with Santa Claus on the Wilmette Theatre, candy canes and hot chocolate, carol singers and lots more in and across the Village Hall.

The festivities were capped with the lighting of the town’s holiday tree, star and more that blankets the Village Hall Green in light each evening. Festive folks enjoy Wilmette restaurant Pit & Tap throughout the town’s Holiday Happenings on Dec. 2

Around the identical time, the tree lighting up the road in Kenilworth kicked off a night of events on Dec. 2.

The town’s holiday market at Kenilworth Assembly Hall featured special guests Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and after the lighting, cookies, hot chocolate and live music were served to the festive crowd.

The night before, Friday, Dec. 1, Winnetka enjoyed its holiday tradition by lighting the tree in Dwyer Park. Carols, hot chocolate, and naturally Santa Clause were all hits throughout the event.

Glencoe and Highland Park lit their holiday trees a bit earlier. The Light the Lights ceremony in Glencoe on Nov. 25 had plenty of youngsters’s activities in the neighborhood’s downtown, including a winter village on Tudor Court.

The Village of Winnetka’s tree lit up at Dwyer Park on Dec. 1.

Highland Park’s Sugar Plum Shopping Spree and Tree Lighting on Nov. 18 was the primary of 4 events within the Home Sweet Home for the Holidays series in downtown Highland Park. The ultimate two events are yet to return with the Candyland-themed Wonderland from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9., and gingerbread-house making from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Renaissance Place.

For more festive events throughout December, try The Record Roundup of holiday events.

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