Des Plaines basks in lights at Metropolitan Square
Des Plaines held its annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday evening in Metropolitan Square.
Santa Claus was there but kept his distance as a COVID-19 precaution. Children were encouraged to put their letters to Santa in a special mailbox.
The Des Plaines Self-Help Closet & Food Pantry accepted donations of nonperishable food, and a "Mitten Tree" was set up for donations of new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves.