Holiday Events Near Elgin

With the holidays drawing near, it’s time for festive music, sparkling lights, and tasty treats. Save some room on your calendar for these Elgin-area holiday events.  

Holiday Homecoming

Head south to St. Charles for a spectacular holiday display. The two-day event starts at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 with Lighting of the Lights on First Street Plaza. The annual Electric Christmas Parade heads down Main Street at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24. There will also be free holiday music, moves, and other activities.

Sounds of the Season

The Northeast Neighborhood Association of Elgin is hosting its annual Sounds of the Season event on Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be held in the Spring-Douglas Historic District. Food and drinks are included in the cost of a ticket. Featured performers include members of the Elgin Youth Symphony and the Sterling Brass Quintet.

This Is Christmas

Christ Community Church in St. Charles will present its annual holiday concert Dec. 7-9. Tickets cost $5 per person. Concert times vary by day.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

On Dec. 31, Pheasant Run Mega Center will host a Family Fun Fest from noon to 8 p.m. There will be a fun balloon drop at 7 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, zip lining, inflatables, and carnival games.

The Most Exciting Upcoming Events in Elgin

Cinco De Mayo, Elgin, IL

Whether you live in the area or are just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of fun things to do in or around Elgin this spring. Read on to discover some of the Elgin area’s most exciting upcoming events.


Cinco de Mayo in Elgin


Come to downtown Elgin on May 4 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This festive event will feature authentic Mexican cuisine, traditional Mexican music and plenty of local food trucks and eclectic vendors. Admission is free, so we hope to see you there!


Elgin iFest


On May 5, you can experience the sixth annual Elgin International Festival (iFest). This event will feature tons of music, entertainment, cuisine, and art displays from cultures all over the world. Admission is free and there will be plenty of sights and activities for people of all ages to discover and enjoy.


Barrington Art Festival


Just a short drive away from Elgin, the Barrington Art Festival in downtown Barrington will highlight paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry and other works from more than 130 artists around the world over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-27). There will also be plenty of food, live music, and activities for the whole family. Best of all, admission is free.