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Local Turkey Trots and Events to Kick Off Holiday Season

This Thanksgiving, work up an appetite while raising money for a good cause at a local Turkey Trot. Then kick off the holiday season with some local celebrations including parades, tree lighting ceremonies and, of course, Santa’s arrival! Happy Thanksgiving!

Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K

November 24, 8am

The Naperville Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot raises money to help members of the Naperville community who cannot afford the vision and hearing care that they need. Now in its 19th year, this run has sold out the past few years at 7,500 participants.

13th Annual Bonfield Express 5K

November 24, 8:30am

A Downers Grove tradition, the Bonfield Express 5K is held every Thanksgiving morning to raise money to provide scholarship assistance to local high school seniors.

33rd Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

November 24, 9am

This fun run raises money to feed the hungry in Elmhurst and throughout DuPage County. To date, the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot has raised over $3.5 million dollars and provided nearly 4 million meals.

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

November 24, 8am

Running a 5K not your thing? Catch the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on TV from 8am-11am, or venture downtown and watch in person along State Street from Congress to Randolph!

Downtown Naperville’s Little Friends Holiday Parade of Lights

November 27, 6pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus officially arrival to Downtown Naperville on this parade with brightly lit floats and musical entertainment. Afterwards, kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the Santa House on the Riverwalk!

Downtown Elgin’s Winter Wonderland

December 3, 12-7pm

Downtown Elgin celebrates the holiday season with sleigh rides, Operation Gratitude letter writing, letters to Santa, City of Elgin Tree Lighting Ceremony, meet and greet with Dasher and Prancer, pictures with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus and more!