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Friends and families are encouraged to participate in a community Christmas carol singalong in Barrington at 3 – 4:30 PM Sunday, December 22nd.

Former Barrington High School choir director Nancie Tobison will lead the crowd in singling the traditional Christmas songs at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St. A $5 admission fee includes eggnog. Song lyrics will be provided to the participants.

For more information and tickets, visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.

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Hoffman Estates officials have recommended approval of a village-initiated tax increment financing district to spur commercial growth at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

Hoffman Estates officials are poised to grant an economic incentive Jan. 6 to spur development just west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center, helping the vacant site join the commercial development going on around it.

The village’s planning, building and zoning committee voted 6-1 Monday to recommend approval of a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The proposed TIF district would include a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel along Higgins Road west of Route 59 as well as adjacent right of way for a total of 64 acres.

Potential developments for the site include a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks, and a 150,000-square-foot retail center. (Sound familiar?)

Read more here.

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Santa’s arrival to the Ice House Mall begins with the Rockin’ Roslyn Road Choir’s performance of “Here Comes Santa Claus” and a holiday concert from 12 to 12:30 PM. Photos and visits with Santa in his Winter Wonderland begin at 12:00PM to 2:00PM. Bring your camera for photos.

Children can enjoy Cookies & Milk with Santa from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, courtesy of Jewel and Chessie’s Restaurant. Drop holiday letters to Santa in his North Pole mailbox and bring canned and boxed good donations to the Meals of Hope Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Barrington Food Pantry when visiting.

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Need an updated picture of the young ones for the holidays?

Santa Clause will be making an appearance at the Ice House Mall in Barrington on Saturday, December 7, from 12 PM to 2 PM. Take a photo and visits are free and courtesy of the shops of the Ice House Mall.

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Forget Elf on a Shelf. This year, be the elf yourself and help out the jolly old elf himself with Operation Santa. You’ll find everything you need on the USPS website.

All over the country, kids will send letters to Santa, asking for everything from toys to basics, like a warm coat or shoes, and you can make their Christmas wish come true.

Starting Monday of this week, letters to Santa from low-income kids are available for adoption online.

You can pick a letter from any city in the country, and it’s tax deductible. Just remember, your gift needs to be mailed out by Dec. 20.

If you want your child to be added to the list, beanelf.org has everything you need to know.

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Barrington’s White House will host a free open house Saturday, December 7th. Set from 11 AM, to 2 PM, visitors will get to enjoy the beautifully decorated home for the holiday season.

Visitors will be encouraged to take holiday pictures in the historic house. Patrons also will get to learn about the house and life in the late 1890s from the facility’s docents dressed in historic costumes. Celtic singer Jenne Lennon is scheduled to perform at noon.

To register, visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events. The White House is at 145 W. Main St.

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Seriously ill children from across the suburbs will find added excitement while they ride a special Metra train during Operation North Pole next month.

In a first-time effort, organizers want people to pack downtown Barrington’s Metra station platform in a show of support for the children when the “Polar Express” slowly passes through at 12:44 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Operation North Pole has created a fantasy day for seriously and terminally ill kids and their families during the holiday season since 2011. The goal is for the children who have spent a lot of time in hospitals to simply have fun.

About 500 volunteers organize the holiday adventure for 75 families, with the ordinary Metra ride transformed into the Polar Express on the Union Pacific Northwest Line tracks between Des Plaines and Crystal Lake. After the train ride, a party in a “Winter Wonderland” setting will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Read more here.

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