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  • November 21, 2014

    Downtown Holiday Parade Kicks off The Christmas Season in Wheaton

    Dickens of a Christmas
    The Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Parade will take place in         Downtown Wheaton on Friday, November 28th at 6pm on Front Street (between Wheaton Avenue and Cross Street).

       This year’s parade includes a tree lighting ceremony at Martin                          Memorial Plaza, fairy tale characters, bagpipe bands, Cosley Zoo,                  dancers and community organizations.
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    The Holidays Belong to the ‘Reindogs’ of Downtown Wheaton

    Dogs rule on Saturday, Dec. 13th when they compete in the Reindog Contest at Martin Memorial Plaza at 11am.  Santa will be the official judge and all participating dogs will receive a special treat.  Let your dog express their holiday spirit with antlers, wreaths, or whatever fun attire they like!  …
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    Holiday Stroll- Dec. 6th Features Special Treats for All Customers

    Snowman Customers will be treated to hot cider, holiday cookies, roasted chestnuts, candies, and special trinkets  during Downtown Wheaton’s Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 6th

    Enjoy ice carving demonstrations at Martin Memorial Plaza, free carriage rides and visits with Santa then stop in at these participating shops for your special treats!…
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    Santa Visits and Carriage Rides Every Saturday this Holiday Season!

    Santa Claus

    Every Saturday during the holiday season you can find Santa Claus at Martin Memorial Plaza (at Front and Main Street) from 10am to 1pm Nov. 29/ Dec. 6/Dec. 13 and Dec. 20th.  Bring your camera for special photos!

    Free old fashioned carriage rides are also featured every Saturday during the holiday season at Martin Memorial Plaza from 12pm to 3pm Nov 29/ Dec.…
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    • Upcoming Events

      For a complete listing, please view our calendar of events >

      Dickens of a Christmas Lighted Holiday Parade

      Dickens of a Christmas Lighted Holiday ParadeFriday
      November 28
      6:00 pm
      Front St., Downtown Wheaton

      Join us for our annual ringing in of the holidays! Join fellow community members for the tree lighting ceremony and festive, lighted holiday parade.

      For more details, see the DWA Signature Events page >

      Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

      Free Horse Drawn Carriage RidesSaturdays
      Nov. 29-Dec. 20
      12:00-3:00 pm
      Martin Memorial Plaza, Downtown Wheaton

      Tour Downtown Wheaton in festive style in our free horse-drawn carriage rides! Pull on your favorite holiday sweater and enjoy the ride. Note: spontaneous caroling may occur!

      Free Visits with Santa

      Free Visits with SantaSaturdays
      Nov. 29-Dec. 20
      10:00 am-1:00 pm
      Martin Memorial Plaza, Downtown Wheaton

      Visits with Santa! Calling all good girls and boys!: This is your chance to tell Santa what you want for the big day. He's making his list and checking it twice.

      "It's Like Coming Home" Gingerbread House Contest

      Gingerbread House ContestSaturday
      December 6
      10:00 am-3:00 pm
      Mission Place by Team,
      370 West Front Street,
      Downtown Wheaton

      Think outside of the ordinary holiday gingerbread house design and express your creativity with different themes, scenes, architectural designs or iconic Wheaton landmarks. Enter your design in this very special contest hosted by the Downtown Wheaton Association. We feature adult and child categories based on ages. All themes, scenes or iconic Wheaton landmarks are encouraged. Prizes to be awarded! Entries due by 10:00 am.
      Rules, prizes and details found at the Gingerbread House Contest page >

      Holiday Stroll

      Holiday StrollSaturday
      December 6
      11:00 am–8:00 pm
      Downtown Wheaton

      The shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton will be sharing the spirit of the season with complimentary holiday treats throughout the day from roasting chestnuts, cider tastings, eggnog, peppermints, Christmas cookies and other holiday treats. Complimentary carriage rides, carolers and other special activities will be featured throughout the day!

      Reindog Contest

      Gingerbread House ContestSaturday
      December 13
      11:00 am
      Downtown Wheaton

      Bring your pet decked out for the holidays: Santa himself will be the judge!

      For more details, see the DWA Signature Events page >

      Wheaton French Market

      Wheaton French MarketSaturdays
      April 19–Nov. 15
      8:00 am-2:00 pm
      South Main Street & East Liberty Drive

      Awarded West Suburban Living's 2013 Best of the West: BEST Farmer's Market Ranking! Wheaton's French Market has returned to Downtown Wheaton. It will be open every Saturday this spring, summer and fall, through November 8, 2014. Enjoy artisan baked goods, fine cheeses, bountiful flowers, fresh local produce, fashionable accessories, artwork and fun with your neighbors!

      Winter Wheaton French Market

      Wheaton French MarketSaturdays
      Nov. 8–Mar. 26
      9:00 am-1:30 pm
      Wheaton Metra Train Station, Front and West Streets, Downtown Wheaton

      Many of the same favorite vendors from the summer will be featured throughout the winter at the French Market's indoor location. Stop by and see them inside the train station as the air turns from brisk to cold! They have goods that will warm your heart.

      For more details, see The DWA Calendar of Events >