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The Downtown Evanston Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting is downtown Evanston’s kick-off celebration to the holiday season. Between 4 and 9 p.m. on Nov. 16 families can spend the evening in downtown Evanston for shopping, dinner or simply an evening out.

There will be special offers and events in shops, cafes and restaurants throughout downtown Evanston – trolley rides around the downtown and live music in shops and restaurants. In addition to live music, strolling carolers will take to the streets. Shoppers can enjoy seasonal treats and refreshments at some downtown businesses.

At 5:30 p.m. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Santa will light the tree in Fountain Square, and afterward kids can visit with Santa at 1612 Sherman Ave.

For information and a schedule of events, visit