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Your chance to make some holiday memories : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Your chance to make some holiday memories

This weekend is one for making holiday memories.

In Oswego tomorrow evening, the village's annual Christmas Walk will open at 5 p.m. and continue through Sunday, Dec. 6.

As in past years, thousands of area families are expected to descend on the village downtown area to participate in the festivities that include a sledding hill, ice skating rink, carolers, food vendors, a fire truck parade and a visit from Santa. Many downtown merchants will also be open late Friday evening. Activities will continue on Saturday with the ever-popular Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Oswego YMCA and the Cookie Walk downtown. On Sunday activities continue with the Jingle Bell Jog 5K from the Oswego YMCA and the Holiday House Walk.

Downtown Montgomery will be the place to be on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. when the village and the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce sponsor the village's annual tree lighting ceremony in the plaza in front of village hall at 200 North River Street.

The tree lighting will feature area school children singing Christmas carols and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. In addition, inside village hall, the village is once again hosting its Festival of Christmas trees. The festival features uniquely decorated Christmas trees from local businesses on all three levels of the building.

Hard to believe now, but as recently as the late 1980s there were no special holiday time community events in Oswego or Montgomery. Area families had to travel to other area communities to watch the lighting of a community Christmas tree or to meet with Santa. Fortunately, a combination of local government, business owners and community groups in both villages joined forces and created events that allow area families to enjoy the holidays right in their own hometowns.

We hope you and yours will get out and enjoy these two very special local events. We're certain that years from now when you're looking back at the holiday seasons of long ago, you will remember the cool, crisp evenings you spent taking in all the activities on Oswego's Main Street during the Christmas Walk or the excitement in the crowd at Montgomery Village Hall when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived out of the darkness on a fire truck to light the community Christmas Tree.

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