By Anna Lothson
It's cookie walk time again in downtown Oak Park.
The ever-popular event kicking off the holiday season for the downtown shopping district will hit the streets this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 7. Holiday cheer will be evident across the district with carolers, visits from Saint Nicholas and a variety of family-friendly acts. Guests can also warm up in the hospitality tent on Marion Street, just south of Lake Street for free hot chocolate and coffee.
The event, including the cookie walk, runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants of the cookie walk can join with a $20 participation fee that includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of more than 50 participating shops and restaurants.
A full schedule of events can be found on DTOP's website: downtownoakpark.net. Some of the highlights include: songs and storytelling, poetry readings, folk music, face painting, magic, juggling and comedy, and an appearance from the Fenwick High School Madrigal Singers.
Other events going on for DTOP include the Home for the Holidays day on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. which occurs on Marion Street at Lake Street and North Boulevard.
The business organization is also asking locals to help find Parker the Elf, who will be hiding somewhere downtown each Monday from Dec. 2-Dec. 27.
If you spot him, report his whereabouts to the Oak Park Visitors Center, 1010 Lake Street. Each correct elf-spotting enters participants for a chance to win the reward, a $100 DTOP gift certificate. Participants must enter Parker the Elf's location at the Visitors Center to be entered in the drawing.