Hey, Rich Dale here. Now that it’s December, I can in good conscience talk about Christmas.
Right here in Aurora, there’s a place that does Christmas up right. I’m talking about Blackberry Farm off Galena Blvd. Their “regular” season goes from May through September. During the warm months, they run a steam train, paddle boats, a carousel, a hay wagon, and pony rides.
But the fun doesn’t stop at the end of September. Weekends in October are Pumpkin Weekends. And during December, they become a prime destination for the holidays. They call it Holiday Express. The train runs and the lights shine! Two weeks before Christmas, they open at 2 PM, so people can be there as night falls and watch as the lights begin to make a real impact. And there is food available there, but you can totally bring your own too!
They also have a Special Needs Night where pre-registration is required and ticket sales are limited in order create a low-sensory environment.
Blackberry Farm is a place where families here in the burbs can experience the beauty of Christmas close to home! Here’s a Beacon News article with more info about it: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-ent-blackberry-holiday-express-1122-20191114-ibvkakhdlnezpfz7otwk6r7o6e-story.html