Cocoa Crawl and First Fridays festivities in downtown Aurora on Dec 2

December 2 is going to be a winter wonderland in downtown Aurora. Aurora Downtown’s fourth annual Cocoa Crawl joins First Fridays to bring a night of holiday festivities to downtown.

First Fridays is a free event. To participate in this year’s Cocoa Crawl, patrons must have a mug and a button. Mugs and buttons can be purchased prior to the event (until sold out) for $20 at Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl.; Society 57, 100 S. River St.; Renew Salon & Spa, 160 S. River St; Wyckwood House, 80 S. River St.

Buttons are not needed for ages 12 and under. Buttons are sold separately for $10 to use with a Cocoa Crawl mug from previous years. Mugs must be official Aurora Downtown Cocoa Crawl mugs from 2019, 2020, and 2021 (pictured | Amy Nelson photo). A button acts as your ticket and is required to participate in the event.

* Denotes participating Cocoa Crawl locations from 5 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise listed

^ Denotes Winter Lights windows decorated for Holidays Around the World


*Aurora Historical Society | Aurora Public Art at The DLP, 20 E. Downer Pl.

Winter Garden of Youth art showcase on 1st & 3rd floors + Aurora Story on 2nd floor

6 to 9 p.m.

^*Compton Law Group | Latino Immigration and Legal Center, 22 E. Downer Pl.

Gerardo R. Madrigal Art Exhibit 

5:30 to 9 p.m.

*The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway

Featuring Jason Essex and Jessi Buzzkill-Cox. Art by Pierre Lucero

6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Hot cocoa & hot toddies (21+)

Artesan Lofts Art Gallery, 2 S. Stolp Ave.

Magic in the Night: Holiday photography series featuring Nattaya Worrakitpoonpol

6 to 9 p.m.

*Gary Brown Art Gallery & Studio, 7 S. Broadway

Art & Vintage Holiday Bonanza feat. cool antique + artistic gifts by Gary Brown + Mark Radina

6 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Special Secret Santa Toppings

*French 75 Gallery and Lounge, 56 E. Galena Blvd.

New works by Hope Ashworth and Jake Beltran and Fabulous Hot Apple Cheer Cocktail ($)

4 p.m. to midnight

*Nuna Ceramics, 77 S. Lake St.

Holiday Ceramics + Raffle + Wheelthrowing Demos

5 to 8 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Spicy Aztec Hot Cocoa (Dairy Free)

*Holz Fine Art | Aurora Artist Studios, 50 E. Galena Blvd. 2nd floor

Affordable painterly gifts for the art or nature lover in your life. Most $20 or under

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Enjoy hot apple cider at this stop


Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.

Full Sparkle: Enjoy an evening of live jazz from Petra van Nuis, get a sparkling snowflake tattoo, take home a cocoa cone, enjoy a greenscreen photo op, and enjoy the Holiday Celebrations in Many Lands exhibit

6 to 8 p.m.

^*Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave.

Live Spanish Rock feat. Damián Rivera

6 to 8 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Mexican Hot Chocolate

Tavern on Broadway, 24 N. Broadway

Live music

8 to 10 p.m.

*Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.

Stay for karaoke

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps (21+)


^*McCarty Mills Taproom, 140 S. River St. Ste 108


Open until 11 p.m.

^*Kathryn’s Place, 61 S. Stolp Ave.

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Toppings bar

*G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.

“When the War is Over,” a traveling exhibit from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, detailing government programs developed after the war to care for soldiers and their families

5 to 9 p.m.

^*Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway

Holiday Fun: Stop by our special Watch Office Gift Shop to check out new holiday merchandise. The First Floor of the museum will also be open

5 to 9 p.m.

^*Wyckwood House Boutique + Cocktail Bar, 80 S. River St.

Live Music + Hot Cocoa Bar + Holiday Shopping

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Handmade marshmallow bar. 21+ can purchase a shot from our cocktail bar

*Zen Loft Wellness Center | I of the Angeles, 6 W. Downer Pl. upstairs

8 p.m. Songwriter Showcase benefiting Mutual Ground, $1/min chair massage, $10/mini-tarot readings, hang in hammocks, shop local vendors, 5 p.m. live music by Mo Pippy

5 to 10 p.m.

*All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste 10

Santa Toy Ride: Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and come ride bikes to Philips Park Holiday lights. Easy pace, dress WARM

6 to 9 p.m.

^*Pure Skin Solutions | you+ Medical Aesthetics, 26 S. Stolp Ave.

Stocking stuffer booth

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Vegan Hot Cocoa with a toppings bar

Superjumbo, 102 E. Galena Blvd.

VHS Sale

Noon to 8 p.m.

*Alive Center for Teens, 78 S. LaSalle St.

Santa photo booth

5 to 8:30 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Chocolate Abuelita

^Amy Morton’s Stolp Island Social, 5  E. Galena Blvd.

Special cocktail: Cocoa Cocktail ($) with a twist

5 to 10:30 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.

Open for First Fridays

5 to 9 p.m.

^*The Cornucopia Tea & Gift Shop, 63 S. Broadway

Teas from Around the World: Learn about the world of teas, health benefits, how to brew loose leaf teas + find your new winter favorite – in shop discounts.  

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Toppings bar

*The Perch | Aurora Business Center, 31 W. Downer Pl. 3rd Floor

Enjoy free refreshments plus holiday shopping. The Perch will offer gifts focused on mindfulness, self-love + connection

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

*Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St.

Ceramics Club holiday pottery sale, silk screen printing, live music featuring the college jazz combos, chorale + more

5 to 9 p.m.

*La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St.

Balloon artist + music + ponche con piquete/hot punch with liquor ($)

6 to 9 p.m. 

*Alice’s Corner, 37 W. New York St. 

5 to 9 p.m.

*Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. 

Tredwell’s Winter Wonderland: Llive music by Stephanie Su & Marcus Jefferson from the Jade Moon Jazz Band + Buho Candle Company + children’s coloring station

5 to 9 p.m. 

*Warehouse 55 | Blissful Blooms, 55 S. Lake St.

Winter Wonderland: Enjoy Christmas cookies and shop for the holidays

Cocoa Crawl: Visit Blissful Blooms on the 2nd floor for Abuelita Hot Chocolate

*Society 57, 100 S. River St.

5 to 9 p.m.

*Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave.

Cocoa & Warmth: Warmed Oberweis Chocolate Milk + a take home art project for kids

6 to 8 p.m.

^*Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St.

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Toppings bar

*FNBO Mortgage, 140 S. River St. Ste 112

5 to 9 p.m.

*Community Christian Church, 78 S. LaSalle St.

Free Picture with Santa 

6:30 to 8 p.m.

*Renew Salon and Spa, 160 S. River St.

Holiday Shopping + Dessert Charcuterie Cups + Grazing Boards by A&J 

5 to 8 p.m.


*Hoof & Horn, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16

Holiday Bake Sale Pop-up feat. Aurora pop-up chef YudyCooks 

5 to 9 p.m.

*Yetee Station Arcade, 11 N. Broadway (next door at Public Access)

Vintage Wonderland: Curated vintage by Offbeat Thrift and Ruby Retro. Center your seasonal intentions with a tarot reading from Huge Witch

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Homemade sweet treats plus vegan cocoa

*The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 64 S. River St.

Fresh Gems +artist Fundamental customizing holiday artwork + Closer Fragrances with handmade oils

5 to 9 p.m.

*Chupacabra Puerto Rican Kitchen, 31 N. Broadway

Aroma Roots Holiday Market feat. handcrafted bathand body products + clothing

4 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Puerto Rican Coquito Hot Chocolate


Food Truck Food Court, Water Street Square, 65 S. Water St.

Holy Pierogi | Burritoville | Home Run Hot Dogs | Strawberries BBQ | Tapville Social (subject to change)

5 to 9 p.m.

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