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In addition to our own parks,  Warrenville is surrounded by the green space provided by forest preserves and Fermilab, and Cantigy.  Studies show that spending time outdoors helps everyone live better.  This section will remind you of opportunities offered in our own backyards.

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Cross Country Skiing at Herrick Lake

Dogs and Sleds at McKeeCross Country Skiing in Forest PreserveIf you have been cooped up all week, today is the day to take a hike or go cross country skiing while the snow is still in good shape. The snow will turn to slush soon. You will be energized, and it's not cold today - it feels like spring! Shannon Burns hit the nail on the head earlier this week:

"Unexpected spur of the moment adventure this AM ... with the snow and fog, the prairie looked so wonderful that I parked and walked for 20 minutes. Not dressed for the weather, I didn't last long outside but I can tell already that it made my day to be outside, alone, in the cold, with all of that natural beauty. What a chance to experience something unexpectedly wonderful!" Smiling Now. Shannon Burns - from facebook earlier this week

We are lucky to have all these options: 

Herrick Lake: The trails are groomed and great shape for cross country skiing or walking. If you walk, please use the center of the trail so you don't disturb the paths for the cross country skiiers.

Arrowhead Golf Course: Groomed trails and ski rental - connects to Herrick on the west side. (call before you go, website says trails are closed, but that seems crazy).

Morton Arboretum: Hiking trails, snow shoe rental, and restaurant. Lower Admission in winter

McKee Marsh: One of the two Forest Preserves designated for dog sledding. If you are a dog lover, you should see lots of beautiful huskies out there. Photo above was taken at McKee Marsh.

Blackwell, St. James Farm, and other Forest Preserves: Tubing, Snow Show rental, ice fishing and more, but it might be too late for some activites that need more snow and cold - but check it out.

Kline Creek Farm: "Life on the Farm" and "Ice Harvesting" programs today - see Kline Creek Farm Calendar.

Red Oak Trail: In North Aurora, north of Butterfield on 25. Just got back from skiing there and the snow was still fine.

Prairie Path, your neighborhood - all great places to get out and take a walk. Cantigy is closed in January.

How will you get outside today??

Bundle up the family and come out for these outdoor holiday traditions in Warrenville:

Holly Days

Friday Dec 5 from 6-8 near the Warrenville Park District
Warren & Tracy Place, Warrenville, IL

Holly Days

Perfect way to kick of the holiday season:

  • Watch the mayor light the city trees
  • Hear children's choirs sing holiday songs
  • Take a free horse drawn sleigh ride
  • See the arrival of Santa, and visit with him
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies
  • Get in a festive mood.

Live Nativity at Trinity Lutheran Church

Saturday Dec. 13 at 6:00 and 7:00
Sunday Dec. 14 at 5:00 and 6:00

Live NativityWatch the traditional Christmas story performed by live animals and the children of Trinity Lutheran Church. Join them in singing Christmas carols, and warm up with a hot chocolate and a cookie in the fellowship hall.

Trinity Lutheran Church
3S460 Curtis Ave.  Warrenville, IL  60555



Cut Down a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Have you ever cut down your own Christmas tree? It can be fun to pack up the family, drive out to the farm, pick out the perfect tree, and cut it down yourself.

The closest tree farm is at Marmion in Aurora:
Marmion Abbey Farms

Hours of Operation: Through Dec. 23 daily from 10 a.m. to 7p.m.
Location: 850 Butterfield Rd, Aurora, IL 60502
Cost: You-Cut trees, $45. Pre-Cut trees, $8 per foot. 

If you're willing to travel a bit further, here's  a guide to tree farms in driving distance from Warrenville.

Enjoy the Season and Keep Warm!

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