Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 21

Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit and celebrate the season in Downtown Oak Park on Saturday, December 21st from 11am-3pm on Marion Street at Lake Street and North Boulevard.
– All events and activities are free.


  • 10am – Join us for a FREE special showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Lake Theatre – tickets available at Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest
  • 11am–3pm – FREE Horse-drawn sleigh rides (board at 106 N. Marion)
  • 11am–3pm – Stop in for a hot cocoa and cookie at the Warming Tent on Westgate
  • noon–3pm – Santa will be out and about looking for photo-ops on his way to the North Pole (bring your camera)
  • noon- 2pm –  Dickensian Duo roaming
  • noon–2pm – Holiday Carolers roaming the streets of Downtown Oak Park


Holiday Parking


With all of our exciting downtown destinations, we want to make sure parking is as simple as possible!

– Free metered/pay-by-space parking (3 hours max) and free garage parking the Friday after Thanksgiving and every Saturday from November 24 through December 22.

– Garage parking is always free on Sundays.

– Metered/pay-by-space is always free on evenings after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday.

– Lake & Forest parking garage is now open.

– Public valet locations on Lake Street & Marion Street/North Boulevard.

– Click here for parking map & more information.