The Village of Oswego announced Nov. 18 that downtown Christmas Walk festivities will be stretched out over a week due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's declaration of new, enhanced COVID-19 restrictions which prohibit large person gatherings, Christmas Walk Week will be held in lieu of Main Street festivities originally planned for Friday, Dec. 4. The Silent Light Parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 has also been canceled.
The concluding event for the week's festivities will be a Christmas Drive-Through Celebration Saturday, Dec. 12 "featuring music, illuminated holiday displays, and appearances from some very special holiday guests" at the site of the future Oswego Entertainment Venue on Station Drive in Oswego.
"Coming together to support one another is at the heart of our community spirit, and that never changes," Village President Troy Parlier said. "Given the circumstances, we need to make changes to this year's Christmas Walk, but we've got amazing things in store, and I encourage all Oswego residents to join us in celebrating the season safely, and especially to support our independent downtown businesses this year."
"It's all the holiday cheer, but different this year!," a press statement from the village read. "This year's Oswego Christmas Walk, an annual downtown tradition, has been reimagined as 2020 Christmas Walk Week: Keeping Spirits Bright!"
Organized by the village in cooperation with the Oswego Downtown Association and sponsor Allied First Bank, Christmas Walk Week will feature drive-through, socially distanced and online events, beginning with an in-person Cookie Walk and online broadcast of the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5, and ending with a Christmas Drive Dec. 12.
"In between, look forward to illuminated holiday care-avans throughout Oswego's neighborhoods and downtown business features, with sneak peeks into the unique finds available at our downtown businesses," the statement continued.
Times have not been announced yet, but a schedule of events can be found on the official website, www.oswegochristmas walk.com, and will be updated as more events and features are announced.