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The new glow of downtown Veterans’ Memorial Park. Photos by Niko DemetriouSpecial guests, Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Bazaar. The Polar Express on its way to Elgin’s storied railroad tracks. Photo by Niko DemetriouSnowman kits to help bring hot chocolate home.Brothers RJ Williams (left) and Kai Tee Garza hang out with the Elgin Sowpremes before the lighted Christmas parade Saturday. Courtesy photoHadyn Carnus and Elyse Olvera manning Remember Me Tattoos’ hot cocoa station.Elgin Chamber of Commerce President Veronica Seever distributing mugs for the event.Stef Finley putting the final touches on the Smash Daddies cocoa.Addilyn and Laylah, fans of the season.

With holidays on the horizon, Elginites gathered in downtown Veterans’ Memorial Park to spread cheer and watch the street come to life during the annual Lighted Parade.This year’s Holiday by the Tracks featured a Christmas Bazaar and Hot Cocoa Stroll, sponsored by the city, Elgin Main Street Board and Chamber of Commerce.The ensemble of local staples and popup vendors helped residents check some items off of their Christmas lists, with plenty of handmade goods to choose from. Knitted outerwear and blankets were in no short supply, prepping for the cold weather to come.“We like to dress our goods up for Christmas,

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