Chilly weather arrived just in the nick of time for Cicero’s annual Christmas in the Park Celebration. After an abnormally warm November, Jack Frost turned on the Chicagoland Area just after Thanksgiving to bring the right kind of temperatures to usher in the holiday season at Cicero’s Community Park.
The Nov. 27 event kicked off the Christmas season for Cicero with a variety of activities for kids and adults alike. Kids enjoyed the train ride and met with Santa’s reindeer. Afterward, adults and children alike enjoyed the first day of ice skating season at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink.
“This is such a special time of the year,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “I can’t think of a better way to start the season than to see so many Cicero residents, families and children come out to have fun and be together.”
In addition trains, reindeer and skates, residents listened to Christmas tales inside heated tents and carolers singing festive holiday tunes. The children even had a chance to get their wish list in early to Santa and Mrs. Claus. The nighttime fun ended with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of the park, an annual holiday tradition.
“Not only do you really get into the Christmas spirit, but you also get a sense of Cicero’s strong community,” said Town Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari. “Everyone gathered together with friends and family, music filling the rooms, and the children’s laughter really start the season off right.”
This is the fifth year for the ice rink, named for NHL Hall-of-Famer and Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull.
Joining Dominick and Cundari were Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Collector Fran Reitz, Supervisor Joe Virruso, and Trustees Larry Banks, Victor Garcia, and Dennis Raleigh.