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Edgewater’s Northside North Pole Event Expands Into A Full One Day Holiday Extravaganza

TK Photography

Expanding on the growing popularity of the Northside Northpole event, Edgewater will fill the community with Holiday joy this Sunday with fun activities such as a Kidkindlmarket, toy workshop, lighting ceremony and a festive Bryn Mawr parade led by Santa and his rein-goats (AKA Mayor Pax the Goat and his buddy Eros).

Hosted by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (ECC), the Northside North Pole is an opportunity for the community to connect for one-day with family-friendly activities for everyone across the neighborhood.

“The holiday season is a time to slow down and to reconnect with friends, family and community,” said ECC Executive Director Christina Pfitzinger. “We are all busy but as we take stock of the year, we are motivated to make good on promises to volunteer time, donate resources to those in need and share with loved ones the places that make the neighborhood we call home so very special.”

“You can experience winter in a whole new light with Lights on Byrn Mawr as we accent the unique details of the street by bringing back the favorite holiday tradition of window decorating,” Pfitzinger added. “Wander the street with Santa, Edgewater Pet Mayor Pax the Goat, Elves, and Tiny Bubbles Ukulele Ensemble while viewing holiday displays designed in collaboration with partner businesses, nonprofits, shop owners, restaurants and artists.”

The unveiling will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019 and finish the stroll at the Lytle House with the Edgewater Chamber’s annual Pictures with Santa.

Participating business include Bryn Mawr Jewelry, Custom Framing, Edgewater Mexican Café, Francesca’s, Mama K’s, First MidWest Bank, Edgewater Playhouse, CLK and Salon Echo. They will be working in conjunction with Designers including 11hundred, Loom, Orange Theory, Sara Lewis Crafts and the Andersonville Edgewater Theatre District.

Full line-up of events include:

Brunch With Santa 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mas Alla del Sol – 5848 N. Broadway

Brunch with Santa kicks off Northside North Pole’s day at Mas Alla del Sol. Families and friends can drop in to enjoy delicious Mexican brunch items with Santa. Tickets are not required to attend this event. Brunch is not included and guests are responsible to pay for their own meals.

Kidkindlmarket 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cedar Park – 5311 N. Winthrop

After filling your bellies with chilaquiles and french toast at Mas Alla del Sol’s Brunch with Santa, walk off those calories by heading over to Kidkindlmarket at Cedar Park! Part of Edgewater’s Kid’s Biz Day series, Kidkindlmarket showcases over 15 young entrepreneurs selling their handmade gift items (such as ornaments, soy candles, handmade mittens and scarves and more) at this outdoor Holiday Market. Do your holiday shopping and support a great cause. Cash only to purchase vendor items. This is not a ticketed event and is free to attend.  Event will take place snow or shine.

Families Care 3: p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Care for Real  – 5339 N Sheridan Road

Squeeze in more family-time while helping out your local community at Care for Real’s Families Care open house. Come tour Care for Real’s new renovated space and take some time to create cards to warm their clients’ holiday season, enjoy a hot cocoa bar and help create Care for Real’s holiday window display. Guests are encouraged to bring a (new, unwrapped) toy to donate to their holiday toy drive. Be sure to RSVP to participate for this community event.

Build a Stuffed Animal 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Edgewater Playhouse – 1048 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Children who are crawlers through 6 years of age may enjoy two hours of Open Gym time with the option to build their own stuffed animal with the help of Santa’s Elves and Teddy Bear Mobile – Chicago North. An adult must accompany the child(ren) for this entire event. Should the kiddos or grownups get hungry, our fridge will be stocked with Lil’gourmets for purchase and Fat Chris’s Pizza and Such will be at the Playhouse selling pizza by the slice. Admission fee to participate in Santa’s Workshop starts at $35 (these fees include two hours of play, 1 stuffed animal, a birth certificate, and a t-shirt for the animal that the kids can decorate in the workshop or at home). Click here to find out more about pricing and ticket purchasing.

Lights On Bryn Mawr 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Bryn Mawr between Sheridan and Broadway

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM: NEW THIS YEAR. After touring Care for Real’s renovated space, head on over to the Historic Bryn Mawr District and join Santa and Edgewater’s Pet Mayor Pax the Goat for the first-ever Lights on Bryn Mawr event, hosted by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and SSA26! Starting at the Bryn Mawr CTA Red Line Station at 5:00 p.m. join Santa, Pax and all of his elves as they lead a stroll through Bryn Mawr’s sidewalks. Continue the fun stopping to gaze at participating business as they light the way with their holiday window displays. Participating business windows were inspired by this year’s theme, Holiday Memories. This is a free event, everyone is welcomed to join Santa and Pax the Goat for Lights on Bryn Mawr.

Pictures with Santa 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Lytle House – 5517 N Broadway

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Santa and Edgewater’s Pet Mayor Pax the Goat will finish their stroll at the Lytle House for the Edgewater Chamber’s annual Pictures with Santa. TK Photography will take your holiday photo with Santa for free! Guests can nosh on cookies from Edge of Sweetness and hot cider from Conn’s Catering while they wait to take their pictures.

Please note: TK Photography is providing one (1) free digital picture with Santa. You can purchase additional images and prints through them.

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