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Holidays in the Heights returns in 2023!

The events and activities below are expected to be better than ever.

  1. 2023 Winter Market

Saturday, November 11

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Palos Heights Recreation Center, Orchard Room, 6601 W. 127th Street


  1. Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2022 throughout Palos Heights

Support small businesses in Palos Heights and save! Shop at participating area merchants on November 26 and throughout the holiday season and ask about special promotions.

  1. LIGHTS IN THE HEIGHTS
Opens November 24, 2023 for kick off night
Memorial Park (76th Ave & College Dr.)
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

-Local music by several community groups
-Gather around a fire for holiday treats + refreshments
-On-site photographer for family holiday photos
-PH Fire Department will be bringing Santa on the fire truck
  1. Holiday parade on harlem

DECEMBER 2 AT 10:45 AM

Parade will being at 10:45am at 126th & Harlem and end at College Drive.

This will be a festive day in town with the Kris Kringle Market taking place at the municipal lot from 10AM-5PM.

Please note that Harlem Ave will be closed from 127th through College Drive from 10:30am - noon.

For more information on participation or the parade feel free to contact:
Heather Begley: heather.begley@gmail.com
Sharon Courtney: scourtney76@gmail.com
  1. Tree Decorating Contest

It’s that time of year again to sign up for the City’s Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. There is no fee to enter the contest and trees will be provided by the City. The trees will be displayed in COMMUNITY PARK – near the gazebo across from City Hall - through the holiday season.

  1. Kris Kringle MArket

December 1, 2023 - 5:00 PM-9:00 PM 

& December 2, 2023 - 10:00AM-5:00PM

Municipal Lot, 12217 S. Harlem Avenue

Get your holiday shopping done under two heated tents with tons of vendors. You'll also find a Kids Corner, Santa, and a Food Court. 

We are looking for volunteers! If interested please email kcase@palosheights.org 

2023 SPONSORSHIP Information

  1. Merry Grinchmas

Friday, December 8, 2023 — 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th Street

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” Come join us at the Grinch’s Cave at the Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department to enjoy a movie night. Come wearing your comfy, cozy pajamas to help us celebrate the most magical time of the year!  We will have pizza, juice, games, crafts, and a visit from The Grinch while enjoying the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Adult must attend but does not need to pay)


Tickets are $45($35 resident discounted price). Event for ages 1-13 with parents. Each child attending needs to be registered!

Call 708-361-1807 for more information.


  1. Santa's Mailbox

December 1st to December 15th, 2023 the mailbox will be available! 

Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th Street

Santa’s elves will install a mailbox at the Palos Heights Recreation Center from December 1-15. Santa has informed the Parks & Recreation Department that he will write back to all the children who put a letter into this mailbox. Santa’s only request is that all children include a self-addressed stamped envelope.


Call 708-361-1807 for more information.

  1. Noon Year's Eve

Saturday, December 29, 2022 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th Street

Ring in the New Year at noon instead of midnight! The gym will be transformed into a miniature Times Square with music and a "countdown to noon" balloon drop. Tickets are $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

Call 708-361-1807 for more information.