It’s that time of year again! The sleigh bells are ringing, the hot chocolate is steaming, and the carolers are singing. While others are just beginning to prepare for the holiday season, you can start your Christmas festivities right away! December 1st is a big day in Fairbury this year with lots of events including breakfasts, sales, and parades, so you don’t want to miss out on all the fun.
Lots of breakfast opportunities by a variety of organizations! Fairbury VFW’s Auxiliary, the First United Methodist Church, and Relay for Life at The First Baptist Church! If you can’t make it to breakfast, stop in for lunch at the Oddfellows Chili and Potato Soup Luncheon. From 11 am to 2 pm, order your choice of soup, dessert, and drink for $5. Does your sweet tooth need satisfying? Baked goods will be for sale at the Westview PTO Cookie Jar Sales (next to Serendipity) and the Fairbury VFW bake sale.
Want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping? Gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, and food will all be for sale from 9 am to 2 pm at the Indian Creek Holiday Market, located inside SELCAS/Fairbury Fire Station. All proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Livingston County. The First Baptist Church will be holding a Christmas Bazaar from 9 am to 2 pm, and the proceeds from the event will be given to Livingston County’s Relay for Life.
“The Specialty Shops are hosting their annual Shopping Celebration! The weekend of the Christmas Parade brings folks to town, and our shops want to host a special event that day, too! Have fun stopping by for more of your Christmas shopping,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire Antiques and Accents. “We appreciate everyone’s interest in shopping local first and want to thank the Chamber and all the organizations that help make this day a big one for Fairbury!”
As mentioned, the Chamber of Commerce is responsible for one of the biggest events of December – the Fairbury Christmas Parade! You won’t be disappointed by the array of floats, lights, decorations, local celebrities, vintage cars, emergency vehicles, and sweets. Also marching in the parade are the Christmas Court and Santa Claus! Following the parade, Santa will be at the Fairbury VFW to meet children and hear their Christmas wishes.
Step back in time and tour Fairbury in a horse and buggy. These free carriage rides, sponsored by Bluestem/Bank of Pontiac, only come around once a year, so take advantage of them while you can! Afterward, wander over to the Dominy Memorial Library to savor hot beverages, cookies, and music from the PCHS Madrigals.
Next Monday at the Central Illinois Connection Center in downtown Chatsworth, don’t miss the Holiday Food Fest showcasing over 20 area restaurants who will be sampling a variety of their own foods! Lots of Fairbury restaurants will be there. The event runs from 5-8pm or while supplies last! No reservation required! Any donations will go toward the youth activities at the Central Illinois Connection!
Your feedback is much appreciated! You can send stories, ideas, and suggestions to us by visiting Bobbi McKeon at Heart’s Desire, calling (815) 692-4500, or emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.