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Hyde Park Holly-Day

Get ready for holiday family fun with Hyde Park Holly-Day on Saturday, December 2, 2017

There’s an entire day of fun holiday activities planned for the Hyde Park Holly-Day celebration on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The Hyde Park Vitality Committee, comprised of the University of Chicago Commercial Real Estate Operations, Downtown Hyde Park, the South East Chicago Commission, the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, and the Nichols Park Advisory Council have collaborated to create a full day of holiday programming for families.

Start the day with “Breakfast with Santa” at Einstein Bros. Bagels at 5225 S. Harper Court, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. It’s a free meet and greet opportunity to take photos, with food available for purchase.

From then enjoy the free ice sculpture carving demonstration by Nadeau Ice Sculptures in Harper Court from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nadeau is known for their work for the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks, Lincoln Park “Zoolights,” and more.

Soon-to-open Vanille Patisserie will be hosting a cookie decorating station from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their new store location at 5229 S. Harper Court. The activity is free, and no reservations are required.

“Lunch with Santa” is being held at Potbelly Sandwich Shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5428 S. Lake Park Avenue. It’s a free meet and greet opportunity to take photos, with food available for purchase.

Costumed characters including Elsa, Anna, Belle, and a Jedi will be greeting kids and signing autographs at local stores from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit Elsa at NoteworthyNotes at 5231 S. Harper Court from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at Kilwins at 5226 S. Harper Avenue from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Meet Anna at Freehling Pot and Pan Co. at 1365 E. 53rd Street from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at Pockets at 1307 E. 53rd Street from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Belle will be at Office Depot at 5420 S. Lake Park Avenue from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at Treasure Island at 1526 E. 55th Street from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Meet a Jedi at Dearborn Denim & Apparel at 1504 E. 53rd Street from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at Jojayden at 1457 E. 53rd Street from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King with the Kenwood Academy High School Singers will be leading caroling starting from Harper Court at 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.

The Hyde Park School of Dance is presenting a free dance preview performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Connect Gallery from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at 1520 E. Harper Court.

Meet and take photos with two live reindeer and Buddy the Elf at the Courtyard Shops at Hyde Park Shopping Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 55th Street and S. Lake Park Avenue – the event is free.

Invite your friends and family, plan to bundle up, and get ready for a fun Saturday in Hyde Park! For more event information go to hphollyday.com. For information on all Hyde Park events go to downtownhydeparkchicago.com.

Celebrate the Season with Hyde Park Holly-Day on Saturday, December 10

Hyde Park gets into the holiday spirit with a daylong schedule of family-friendly special events for “Hyde Park Holly-Day” on Saturday, December 10th, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Start the morning off with breakfast with Santa at Einstein Bros. Bagels at 5230 S. Harper Court, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Santa will be available for selfies and posed pictures free of charge; there will not be a professional photographer available, so make sure to bring your camera or phone.

Stay close to Harper Court for the ice carving demonstration from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ice carving artists from Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures, Inc. will be on site creating an original ice sculpture while you watch.

Four costumed characters – Elsa, Elena of Avalor, Wonder Woman, and Spiderman – will be at Hyde Park businesses from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ready for photos, hugs, and autographs. Meet Elsa at NoteworthyNotes, 5231 S. Harper Court, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and at Kilwins, 5226 S. Harper Avenue, from 12-1 p.m. Wonder Woman will be at Jojayden Shoes, 1457 E. 53rd Street, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and at The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd Street, from 12-1 p.m. Meet Spiderman at The Freehling Pot & Pan Co. at 1365 E. 53rd Street from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and at Pearle Vision, 1200 E. 53rd Street, from 12-1 p.m. Elena of Avalor will be at Toys et Cetera, 1502 E. 55th Street, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and at Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th Street, from 12-1 p.m. Many of the participating businesses will be offering special sales while the characters are visiting in the store, so be sure ask the store employees.

As an added treat, everyone is invited to join 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King for an afternoon of caroling from 12-2 p.m., starting in Harper Court - spreading holiday cheer through the gift of song.

If you missed breakfast with Santa, you’ll have your chance to have lunch with him and take pictures at Native Foods, 1518 E. Harper Court, from 12-2 p.m.; and night owls can enjoy cocktails with Santa at Seven Ten Lanes, 1055 E. 55th Street, from 6-8 p.m.

Receive two hours of free parking at the Harper Court Parking Garage from 11/25 through 12/31 – the entrance is located on South Lake Park Avenue just south of the McDonald’s restaurant on 52nd Street. Pull a ticket when entering the garage, and if you park for less than two hours there will not be a charge when exiting.

Be sure to tag all your pictures and videos with #hphollyday to join in all the fun.

Get all the event details and learn more about other Hyde Park holiday activities at downtownhydeparkchicago.com.