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The holidays are a joyful time to spend with friends, family and the Evanston community! Below are the events that Downtown Evanston is planning to add some extra cheer to your holiday season! 

Warm Bevvy Walk  – Thursday, December 6, 5-8pm
Stroll throughout downtown Evanston stopping at local businesses to enjoy delicious warm beverages (some spiked!) Check-in at Ayla's Originals (1511 Sherman Ave.) to pick up a map of stops and a wristband if you would like to enjoy alcoholic beverages (must present a valid ID). Event is free but please RSVP here so we know you're coming!  

Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting - Saturday, December 8, 5-8pm
Celebrate the holiday season at the annual tree lighting with Mayor Hagerty as he lights up the new live tree at Fountain Square! Enjoy holiday-themed music by the Evanston Children's Choir and old-timey carolers. Plus, there will be hot chocolate provided by Colectivo Coffee and an ice sculpture demonstration from 6-7pm. After, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Pete Miller's to take photos and warm up with hot cocoa and live piano tunes! Click here for more info.

Holiday Window Decorating Contest – December 1

The 4th Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest kicks off on December 1. Evanston businesses will decorate their windows for a chance to win: Judges Favorite, Fan Favorite, and Best Use of Merchandise. You will be able to view and vote for your favorite window decoration at the Evanston Holiday Window Contest Facebook page. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 22! 

CTA Holiday Train
The CTA Holiday Train will travel through Evanston on the Purple Line on December 12, 14, 15 and 20. Bring your family to say hello to Santa and board the train with his elves! View full schedule and details here.