Those looking to get out and shop locally on Black Friday can enjoy the holiday atmosphere across Oak Park without having to worry about paying for parking.

Free parking will be available in the garages in the business districts on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24.

Village hall will also be closed Thursday and Friday due to the holiday. For those needing assistance from the village for non-emergency issues, call the police department at 708-386-3800.

On Thanksgiving garbage and recycling service will be moved to Friday. Regular Friday pickup will take place on Saturday.

Oak Parkers should also remember that the annual fall leaf collection ends the week of Nov. 26. For more information about the program, call 708-358-5700.

Santa to make appearance in Oak Park

Anyone who wants to check if they’ve made it on the nice list this year is invited to be on hand when Santa rides into Oak Park on a fire truck.

Starting at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, in the Avenue Business District in front of Scoville Square, Santa will deliver his hometown greeting and “magically” light the Christmas tree and The Avenue gaslight poles.

There will also be a display and information on this year’s selected fundraiser for the Oak Park-River Forest Day Nursery Centennial Birthday.

Afterward, there will be opportunities for photos with Santa while guests enjoy songs and treats. He will then be escorted down The Avenue to local stores and restaurants to welcome shoppers.

“Saturdays with Santa” will be held every weekend, 12-4 p.m., starting Nov. 24 and running through Dec. 22. “Music in Scoville” will be held from 4-5 p.m. every Saturday. The Magical Scoville Square event, where it snows indoors, takes place on Dec. 8.

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