First Fridays lineup on Dec. 3 features Cocoa Crawl, holiday art bazaar

First Fridays in downtown Aurora gets cozy on December 3 with its third annual Cocoa Crawl. Shop a holiday art bazaar and more.

It’s time to warm up at the 3rd annual Cocoa Crawl hosted by Aurora Downtown featuring more than two dozen participating venues.

Hot cocoa samples given to Cocoa Crawl participants with an Aurora Downtown Cocoa Crawl mug and button. 5 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Venues with an asterisk (*) are participating in this year’s Cocoa Crawl.


*Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.

Featured Comic Artist: Billy Barnette plus Karaoke after the show. 

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: A spiked hot cocoa version for a small fee. Must be 21+

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

Art Gifts for the Holidays: Gifts from artists Gary Brown, Susan Brown, Anton Witek, Asia Belle, Devan, David Sobotka, Kip Pasta, Mark Radina, Mary Marzano, Maureen McKee, Randy Meyers 

5 to 9 p.m.

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

Painterly Presents: Painted ornaments, wine bottle lights, and small affordable art

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Hot Apple Cider 

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave.

Kaleidoscope of Colors: Tracey A. Designs: Original abstract and modern black art by Tracey A. Designs.

7 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl. at David L. Pierce Art and History Center

Winter Garden of Youth: Art by Aurora’s K-12 students

6 to 8 p.m.

*Crystal House & Nieponski Gallery, 59 S. LaSalle St.

Christian Painting

5 to 8 p.m.

*Superjumbo, 102 E. Galena Blvd.

POLYSAUCER Sofubi Figure Launch: The launch of Drew Wise’s soft vinyl art toy, gallery + tee live print

4 to 9 p.m.

ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway

The Mixtape Show

7 p.m. to Midnight

*Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St.

Holiday Art Bazaar: Over 12 artists with art, jewelry, handmade cards, prints, one of a kind gifts, unique glitter make-up, head pieces, mixed media art, and more.  

Devan the Artist, Jessica Fincher Fine Art, Patty Fine Vander Sande, Barbara Barrows, Laura Lynne Art, c-lyn studio, Jacqueline Jayne Fowler – All things Beautiful, 

UR Perfect Palette w/ Dzhelasi and Gin Ingram Art, Bob Fine Photography, Beth Kolar Art, 

Kryspykitty Kreations, Maureen Gasek – Lilly Studios, Moonbeam Glamour Emporium and all things GLITTER.

5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Creative Cocoa Fusions. Plus a vegan version.  

*McCarty Mills Taproom and Bottleshop, 140 S. River St.

Featured Artist 1drop2wellness, Justin Wise and DJ Pryme

Open until 11 p.m.

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

The Glass Slipper craft cocktail

Open until Midnight


Simply Destinee, 122 W. Downer Pl., Ste. 124

Merry Grinchmas: Hispanic Delights to Warm the Soul

5 to 9 p.m.

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

Navidad Feliz

Hot punch with liquor (ponche con piquete) $8

6 to 9 p.m.

*Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave.

Live Spanish Rock feat. Damián Rivera

6 to 8 p.m.

*Tavern On Broadway, 24 N. Broadway

Live music feat. Michael Rawls + great cocktails. Roasting chestnuts on an open grill. Outside, weather permitting.

4 to 11 p.m.

*Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste 18

Hogwarts Yule Ball | Live music feat. Demi Clara

Open until 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Mexican Hot Chocolate

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

Live music feat. Jim O’Connell

5 to 9 p.m.

Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.

Holiday Celebrations in Many Lands exhibit. Take home a Cocoa Cone in honor of this year’s Cocoa Crawl. Enjoy holiday music with premier Chicago jazz performer Petra van Nuis.

6 to 9 p.m.


*Charlie’s Silverspoon Creamery, 6 E. Downer Pl.

Tis the Season: Christmas Season Flavors

5 to 8 p.m.

*Waubonsee Community College, 18 S River St

Listen to Waubonsee Jazz combos. Ceramics sale and exhibition. Free silk screen t-shirt 6-8 p.m. while supplies last.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

*Aurora Historical Society at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.

Aurora Story, 2nd floor; Gift shop open with new gifts. 

4 to 9 p.m.

*Alive Aurora Teen Center, 78 S. LaSalle St. 

Teen center youth will serve up Mexican Hot Chocolate for the Cocoa Crawl. Enjoy a photo booth, crafts, and sweet treats.

6 to 8 p.m.

*Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S. Stolp Ave.

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Vegan Style

*Community Christian Church, 78 S La Salle St

Free picture with Santa

6 to 8 p.m.

Payton’s Photography, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 8

Holiday Princess Couture Sessions: Complimentary sessions for first 5 girls (sizes 2t-14) get a mini session with 1 digital image. 

4 to 6 p.m.

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

Veteran Societies of Aurora: A new exhibit detailing the numerous veteran societies formed in Aurora.

5 to 9 p.m.

*Latrice Murphy Design and Photography, 62 S. River St.

5 to 9 p.m.

*Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway

5 to 9 p.m.

*Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl. upstairs

Open house: Massages for $1/min., shop I of the Angeles, live music, hang in hammocks, shop vendors, tarot mini-readings for $10.

5 to 9 p.m.

*Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16

Live music with Julie Elzerman and guest from 6 to 8 p.m. Pop ups by Izzy Markle from Simply Wix, a 12-year-old entrepreneur candlemaker, Lori Mills with NJ Jewels, and Michelle Parker with Chi-cuterie.

5 to 9 p.m.

*Society 57, 100 S. River St.

Photo booth with Jason Arthur. Visit the official First Fridays photo booth for a free picture.

5 to 9 p.m.

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

Book Sale

6 to 8 p.m.

Paramount School of the Arts, 18 S. Stolp Ave.

Ornament making + Visit with Santa

6 to 9 p.m.


*The Perch, 31 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 

Holiday Shop Pop Up: Special sale on our encouraging and inspirational gifts

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Oat Milk Hot Cocoa

*Renew Salon + Spa, 160 S River St . Suite 106

Donate to Toys for Tots and receive a gift voucher for $20 off a future service.

5 to 9 p.m.

Cocoa Crawl: Hot cocoa bar with all the toppings

*Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St. 

Cocoa bombs for sale from Cakes by Cook

5 to 10 p.m.

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

Fatbrik Industries Winter Gifts: cozy, fun handmade winter apparel. Hats, neck buffs, and handmade high end treats.

6 to 9 p.m.

Offbeat Thrift & Vintage, 14 W Downer Place Ste 16 Basement

Joanna Goss: Shop hand picked vintage clothing and original watercolor art that embraces playfulness and joy.

5 to 9 p.m.

SciTech, 18 W. Benton St.

SciTech Gift Shop open with 30-40% off. Final sales and no museum admission during the event.

5 to 9 p.m.


Water Street Square at Water & Benton streets across from City Hall, 44 E. Downer Pl.

Harvey’s Fire Box | Home Run Hot Dogs | Small Cakes | Holy Pierogi

5 to 8 p.m. 

Visiting nonprofits include YWCA.

Food vendors are subject to change. Please check Facebook for updates.