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Downtown Tinley welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year with an exciting array of events to entertain families and friends during the winter, spring, summer and fall. Below is a list of major annual Downtown Tinley events. For more information on local events, dining, shopping and more, Like Downtown Tinley on Facebook and Follow Downtown Tinley on Twitter. To sponsor or volunteer for an event please click here

HOLIDAY MARKET

Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketWhen: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 | Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 | Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7
Where: Oak Park Avenue Metra train station, 6700 South Street (south parking lot)

Stroll into the cozy warmth of our large, heated tent and shop for unique handmade crafts and creations. Enjoy tasty treats and live music by local groups and entertainers. Children will have fun making holiday crafts, writing letters for the soldiers and cookie decorating.

Click here for Tinley Park business sponsorships opportunities.

MAYOR’S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Downtown Tinley Park: Tree Lighting CeremonyWhen: Friday, December 5 | 6 p.m.
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

Village officials will light the magnificent 35-foot community holiday tree. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a sing-a-long to holiday music.

TINLEY'S TOYLAND PARADE

Downtown Tinley Park: Toyland ParadeWhen: Saturday, December 6 | 11:30 a.m. step-off
Where: 175th Street to Zabrocki Plaza

Tinley’s Toyland Parade celebrates the official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Our special guests will arrive at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station immediately following the conclusion of the parade. Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for persons of any age, to be donated to a local charity. A collection center will be located near the Holiday Market.

Click here to view the Tinley Toyland Parade application.

PARADE OF LIGHTS

Parade of Lights

When: Sunday, December 7 | 5 p.m. step-off
Where: Viewing area at 177th Street along Oak Park Avenue

The Parade of Lights includes festive floats, vehicles, local businesses, community groups and school bands displaying the spirit of the season. Our guests from the North Pole will be making a special appearance.

Click here to view the Parade of Lights entry form.

MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Downtown Tinley Park: Holiday MarketOld-fashioned carriage rides: Horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Tinley Park will take you back in time. Rides will be available from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station.

Ice carving demonstration: Watch fantastic frozen sculptures being created right before your eyes at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.

Carousel ride: Children can enjoy a free ride on a carousel and other attractions from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station.

Holiday movies: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy classic, family-friendly movies, popcorn and activities in Tinley Park’s historic landmark. Movies will be shown from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Old Zion Landmark Church, 6727 W. 174th St.

Photos with Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside the train station to visit with children from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Receive a complimentary photo along with a gift from the North Pole. Santa’s visitors are encouraged to bring a nonperishable item to be donated to a local food pantry.

Please note that no tickets to see Santa will be distributed after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Campfire and S'mores: Stop by the campfire and enjoy some S'mores from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 just south of the Oak Park Avenue train station and Holiday Market.

IRISH PARADE

Downtown Tinley Park: St. Patrick's Day ParadeWhen: March 8, 2015 | 2 p.m. step-off
Where: Beginning at Central Middle School, 18146 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

Enjoy this family-friendly event along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley Park. Come out and see floats, community groups, local schools and businesses. Enjoy delicious Irish fare and fun at the many Downtown Tinley restaurants.

BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Downtown Tinley Park: Bridal ShowcaseWhen: March, 2015
Where: Tinley Park Bremen Post VFW, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

Begin your journey down the aisle at the Tinley Park Bridal Showcase. Explore an array of options for your special day from caterers and venues to flowers, photographers, tuxedos, DJs and more. Get a beautiful new look from head to toe from a sparkling smile to a salon makeover. Top it all off with plans for the perfect honeymoon getaway. One enchanting evening is all it takes to get ready for the most important day of your life.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY BUNNY HOP

When: April, 2015
Where: South Street and 67th Court, just south of the Downtown Tinley train station

The annual Downtown Tinley Bunny Hop is held the Sunday before Easter and features a visit from the Easter Bunny, DJ entertainment, games, $1 cookie decorating, adoptable dogs from P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park, a Spring Craft Fair, vintage photos and more.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY CRUISE NIGHTS

Downtown Tinley Park: Cruise NightsWhen: Tuesdays | 5 to 9 p.m. | June through August
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue near 171st Street and the Metra station

Enjoy this classic car show with no entry fee. First come, first served. Food and beverages are sold. Music provided by a DJ. Co-sponsored by V.F.W. Post 2791 and the Tinley Park MainStreet Commission.

MUSIC IN THE PLAZA

Downtown Tinley Park: Music in the PlazaWhen: Select Saturdays | 7 to 10 p.m. | June through September, 2015
Where: Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave. (adjacent to the Oak Park Avenue Metra station)

Enjoy a wonderful evening listening to music under the stars during the 2015 Music in the Plaza series. Beverages, including beer, are provided by V.F.W. Post 2791. Food also is sold, or you can dine at a local restaurant before or after the show.

Downtown Tinley Band Submission 2015 If you would like to submit your band for consideration in the Village of Tinley Park's summer line-up, please click here. Because of multiple cancellations due to inclement weather, some bands from this summer's line-up will be rolling over to next summer. Therefore, there will be very few slots open for 2015. Thank you and good luck!

17th ANNUAL CARIBBEAN BLOCK PARTY

Downtown Tinley Park: Caribbean Beach Block PartyWhen: July, 2015
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue from 171st to Hickory streets

The Caribbean Block Party offers live music on two stages, free activities for the whole family, a mini-Taste of Tinley Park, a classic car show and much more. Free trolley shuttles to the event are available.

BENCHES ON THE AVENUE: 'HEROES AND VILLAINS'

When: May to October, 2015
Where: Along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley from 172nd to 176th streets

Many artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials and based on the theme "Heroes and Villains" will be on display along Oak Park Avenue from May to October, 2015 as part of the 12th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project.

Click here for more Benches on the Avenue information.

Click here to watch a 13-minute video profiling the 2014 Benches on the Avenue.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY FARMERS MARKET

Downtown Tinley Park: Farmers' MarketWhen: Saturdays | 8 a.m. to noon | June 7 to October 11
Where:
Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave.

Visit the Downtown Tinley Farmers Market every week for the best selection of fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers.

DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH

Downtown Tinley Boo BashWhen: Late October, 2015
Where: Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South St.

The annual Downtown Tinley Boo Bash is great fun for families with young children. Some of the free activities include hayrides, a costume contest, trick-or-treating with local businesses, Halloween-themed games, DJ entertainment and more.

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