Santa House is Open!

Santa House is open for the season! Bring your children and grandchildren to visit Santa in his charming little house in Brink Street Market,for a sweet experience that is completely FREE. Santa House Hours are: Saturdays (10AM to 3PM) Sundays (Noon to 3PM) Thursdays and Fridays (6PM to 8PM) PLUS: Monday, December 23rd (6PM to […]

Apple Scavenger Hunt

September 1st – September 23rd This scavenger hunt is just-for-fun!  Grab a game card from Out of the Box (71 N. Williams) or Marvin’s Toy Store (64 N. Williams).  Or click on the link: Scavenger Hunt Card – composite to print out your own card. Hunt for the numbered red apples around downtown.  Each apple […]

May is Preservation Month

Through a cooperative effort of Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street and the Crystal Lake Historical Society, numerous posters have been created and will be displayed throughout Downtown during the month of May.  The posters feature historic photos and information about many of our downtown buildings.  Make plans to walk around and learn more about our downtown […]


Downtown Crystal Lake Sparkles with Gem Award Winners The Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street annual meeting and awards night was held Monday, February 4, 2019 at Old Towne Hall.  Members and guests celebrated with a delicious dinner, music, and lots of neighborly fun! Businesses and individuals were recognized and honored with a Downtown Gem Award from […]

Halloween Handout

Wednesday, October 31st (3PM – 5PM) A favorite among young children!  Participating merchants throughout Downtown Crystal Lake open their doors to invite costumed children 12 and under to receive a treat. Participating merchants will have an orange “Halloween Handout” Pumpkin Flyer on their window. Click here for additional information

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Bushels of Fun for Everyone! Celebrate autumn at the Johnny Appleseed Festival!  One day of jam-packed opportunities for family memories from the early morning Apple Pancake Breakfast to the Great Ball Race in the afternoon.  Enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, wagon rides, pumpkin train, children’s games, craft fair, pie baking contest, pumpkin bowling, storytelling, scarecrows, […]

Gazebo Dinner Fundraiser

Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 Winner will be drawn August 30, 2018 The Gazebo Dinner Fundraiser is an annual event in Downtown Crystal Lake.  Raffle tickets are sold for $20 each (only 250 raffle tickets will be sold).  The lucky winner and seven guests are served dinner in the Downtown Gazebo […]


Downtown Crystal Lake welcomes the MCYSA International Baseball Tournament! We wish you a week full of fun, sportsmanship, and fabulous baseball! While you’re in town, take time to visit our historic downtown district where you will find plenty of unique stores and restaurants. Want to take a souvenir home?  Downtown Crystal Lake sells t-shirts, coffee […]

Lunch with the Bunny

Attention!  We have a limited number of Lunch with the Bunny tickets remaining.  You’ll need to HOP TO IT if you wish to attend!  Tickets are available at: Heisler’s Bootery, 50 N. Williams St. Dalzell Jewelers, 41 N. Williams St.

Have a Heart Food Drive

Start stockpiling your food items now for the 2018 Have a Heart Food Drive February 10 – 17 in Downtown Crystal Lake Hunger is an issue every minute of every hour of every day.  In order to combat this issue, many of your favorite downtown merchants are hosting a “Have a Heart Food Drive” in order to […]

A Record Year!

Santa says, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” And Downtown Crystal Lake says, “WOWZA!” 2,115 children plus their families visited Downtown Crystal Lake’s Santa House during the 2017 Holiday Season.

Shop BIG in SMALL Shops!

It’s countdown time!  No worries — come to Downtown Crystal Lake and find everything you need for a wonderful holiday season. Downtown Crystal Lake is home to over 180 individually owned businesses, ready to serve you. Don’t forget to Shop BIG in SMALL Shops!  Support the businesses that support your community.

Festival of Lights Parade Trophy Winners

Our 2017 Trophy Winners Are: Best Use of Lights – District 47 & 155 School Bus Drivers Best Use of Music – Crystal Lake Strikers Most Creative – Trinity Oaks Christian Academy Most Enthusiastic – Sage YMCA Piranhas Swim Team Judge’s Choice – 501st Legion – Midwest Garrison Best of 2017 Theme – A Candy […]

Sneak a Peek!

Holiday Open Houses will be held at many retailers throughout November (dates and times vary per store).  Sneak a peek for the best gift ideas available close to home.  Knowledgeable sales staff will offer personal service, demonstrations, gift wrapping, and more!  Visit our website calendar for listings.