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Visit Your local Christmas Tree Farm to "cut your own" or select a quality pre-cut tree: Ben's Christmas Tree Farm, Harvard, IL LINKRichardson Tree Farm, Spring Grove, IL LINK,  Anthony's Tree Farm,  Woodstock IL LINK.

November 27th, 7-10PM, Christmas will officially come alive in Woodstock with a flip of the switch that will light the buildings and trees on the Square. The program starts at 7 pm. There will be caroling before and after.

November 29th, 2-5PM. The Parade around the Square at 2 pm officially heralds Santa’s arrival. Call the Woodstock Opera House 815 338-4212 for special holiday program information and visit to the Christmas Tree Walk set up in the Opera House.

Saturday, December 5th, from 9am-3pm at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3506 East Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake IL 60097.

Santa is coming to the Wonder Lake Chamber on Saturday December 5th from 10am - 1pm. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Sculptures, Pictures with Santa, and more. This is a popular annual event, and local businesses are encouraged to contact the Chamber for sponsorship opportunities! 815.728.0682.

Visit the Aluminum Christmas Tree Forest at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum. Free holiday open house. Enjoy holiday music, homemade cookies, browse our bake sale, make old fashioned Christmas ornaments and search for unique gifts in the gift shop. Lighted by antique color wheels once used to light aluminum trees in the living rooms of the 1950s and '60s, the display conveys Christmas glow we've come to know. The display will remain up from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 8 at the museum and on weekends by special appointment as part of admission fee to the museum. For information call 815-923-2267.

Come and join us at Nativity Lutheran Church for our Bingo fundraiser, to benefit the WL Food Pantry. First Sunday of every month, doors open at 12:30pm, and games begin at 1pm. Nativity Lutheran Church, 3506 East Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake IL 60097.

Visit RavenStone Castle December 11th, 12th, & 13th. 10am-6pm, Enjoy a cup of hot cider while browsing through their collection of unique gifts. LINK

Families in need should contact the Sunrise Rotary Club and/or your child's school social worker for a holiday giving program.Many families in McHenry County are desperately struggling due to unexpected job loss, death of a wage earner, divorce or abandonment, illness, disability or other crises. Children in these families might not otherwise experience the joy of a gift to unwrap on Christmas. Last year we helped over 497 kids have a nice Christmas. If you can help us help these families by donating money or your time along with tape and wrapping paper, please click Donate.

MCRide Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb, demand-response public transit service available to McHenry County residents traveling within and between partner communities. Riders call the Pace Call Center 800-451-4599 to schedule a trip the day before they need a ride or up to seven days in advance for seniors and individuals with a disability. The fare is based on distance traveled: the general public pays a base fare of $2.00 for the first five miles and $0.25 for each additional mile; and seniors and individuals with a disability pay a base fare of $1.00 for the first five miles and $0.25 for each additional mile. MCRide service hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Detailed information on how to ride can be found in the rider’s guide (link is external). MCRide partner communities include: City of Crystal Lake, City of Harvard, City of Marengo, City of McHenry, City of Woodstock, Village of Huntley, Village of Johnsburg, Village of Lakewood, Village of Ringwood, Dorr Township, Grafton Township, Greenwood Township, Marengo Township, McHenry Township, Nunda Township, and Riley Township. To register and schedule a ride call: 800-451-4599 Questions about eligibility call: 815-334-4981

The Museum is open May through the first Sunday in October; 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as Sundays in May and on select Sundays June-September. 6422 Main Street, Union, IL 60180, (815) 923-2267.

America's Largest Railway Museum, located in Union Illinois. See their website for train scheduls, dates & times.

Tickets for a variety of events are available at the Opera House box office, online or by calling 815-338-5300.

Save time and money, shop locally in Wonder Lake for your family meals. Wonder Foods has coupons for every day items, visit this link, print the coupons you need. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the county's tax base. If our local businesses were in the village boundaries, our tax dollars would benefit VWL directly.

• Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure of a watercraft used in the commission of certain offenses related to operating under the influence. The new rules bring penalties for boating under the influence more in line with those for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
• Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after Jan. 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.
• Senate Bill 2731, mandates that the operator of any watercraft that is towing a person, such as a water skier or tuber, must display a bright orange flag measuring not less than 12 inches per side. The flag must be displayed from the time the person to be towed leaves the boat until that person returns to the boat at the conclusion of the activity

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