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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! 

Holiday Window Decorating Contest – December 9-21
The 5th Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest kicks off on December 9. 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 21 at 5pm! 

City of Evanston Grand Menorah Lighting – December 23
Tannenbaum Chabad House invites you to join Mayor Stephen Hagerty and Evanston's civic, business and Jewish communities to Evanston's Public Chanukah Lighting and Celebration. The 10-foot Menorah will be lit at Fountain Square at 5:30pm. For more information, please call 847-869-8060. 


Warm Bevvy Walk  – Thursday, December 5, 5-8pm
Stroll throughout downtown Evanston stopping at local businesses to enjoy delicious warm beverages (some spiked!) Check-in at Newport Coffee (622 Davis St.) to pick up a map of stops and a wristband if you would like to enjoy alcoholic beverages (must present a valid ID). Commemorative mugs will be available for the first 300 attendees for a donation of $5 or more that will benefit Connections for the Homeless.

The Warm Bevvy Walk is free but please RSVP here. Thank you to Beth Lewis of CIBC Bank and The Brown Team of Baird & Warner for sponsoring the event and supporting local Evanston businesses!

Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting - Saturday, December 7, 5-7pm
Celebrate the holiday season at the annual tree lighting with Mayor Hagerty as he lights up the new live tree at Fountain Square at 5:30pm! Enjoy holiday-themed music by the Evanston Children's Choir, accapella by Northwestern's Purple Haze, a special tap performance by Chicago Tap Theatre and special holiday characters from The Actor's Gymnasium! Plus, there will be hot chocolate provided by Colectivo Coffee special holiday characters from The Actor's Gymnasium from 6-7pm. After, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Merion (529 Davis St.) to take photos and warm up with hot cocoa. Click here to let us know you're coming! Thank you to Valli Produce of Evanston, Industrious Evanston, The Merion and Colectivo Coffee for sponsoring this event!