Virtual+ First Fridays includes Cocoa Non-Crawl in downtown Aurora

It’s Virtual+ (that’s a plus) First Fridays on December 4 in downtown Aurora. There will be both virtual and in person options plus everyone is encouraged to participate in the Cocoa Non-Crawl.

True, we’ll miss out on the big, festive Cocoa Crawl this year. BUT we get a cookbook, a mug kit, and some other fun things out of it. Keeping in the merry spirit, join us for Aurora Express, train-themed holiday storefronts, on First Fridays and throughout the holiday season.

Virtual First Fridays

Auction: Bid on your favorite print(s) from Sugar Skull City

Own a piece of Sugar Skull City! Two dozen local artists submitted artwork, and now you can own some. Just be the winning bid by 9 p.m. on First Fridays. Bids open up on Dec. 3. Click on the Facebook event link below to view the prints and start bidding.

Make: The Perch

Join The Perch to make adorable tree-shaped luminaries and chat about ways to bring light to the holidays this year. Register for FREE and get a downloadable template for the luminaries as well as the Zoom log in information. Then don’t forget to join us at 7 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec 4.

Shop: Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Check out their online store for some incredible deals this First Fridays. Secure your pre-order for their special ornament collaboration with local artist Chris Hodge in support of the Fire Museum and Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. ALL DAY.

Look: Crystal House

Introducing La BeeHouse Collection, a 100% beeswax candle collection and custom holiday products. Take a look at paintings by Chaz Nieponski. Plus enjoy the sounds of Atiba Yali – African drums and percussion. 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Listen: Aurora Public Library

Enjoy the premier of the 2020 Cocoa Crawl Cookbook, followed by a LIVE holiday Zoom storytime with Miss Sophie, and a Facebook Live holiday performance by The Jeff Ford Quintet.

Register for a FREE & LIVE Holiday storytime with Miss Sophie at 6 p.m., then tune into https://facebook.com/APLibraryIL for LIVE holiday jazz with the Jeff Ford Quintet.

The Fox Valley based Jeff Ford Quintet has been performing throughout the Midwest since 1984.  The group has a history of performing an eclectic collection of original compositions and jazz standards. Current quintet members are Jeff Ford: saxophones, Dana Legg: trumpet, Matt Erion: Bass,  Andy Hix: drums and Mark Lathan: keyboards.

The 2020 Cocoa Crawl Cookbook is a collection of community submitted hot chocolate recipes for the Cocoa Non-Crawl hosted by Aurora Downtown. 

Creaciones Morelos, 14 N. Broadway, will offer Christmas specials at First Fridays on Dec. 4. Enjoy several storefront displays for Aurora Express this holiday season. Photo by Vizo Arts.

Visit First Fridays

Mask up and visit stores in downtown Aurora. Take a self-guided tour of Aurora Express. Get some selfies by holiday displays and see the city tree all lit up in front of G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.

Gary Brown Art & Studio, 7 S. Broadway

Buy art for the holidays. Visit the studio to see and purchase the work of 12 local artists: Devan, Maureen Gasek, Mays Mayhew, John Cornelissen, Cassidy Alexander, Mark Radina, Karen Dolce, Ariel Rodriguez, Bill Austin, Kip Pasta, Susan Brown, and children’s book author Sarah Sommer plus the work of Gary Brown. 5 to 9 p.m.

Creaciones Morelos, 14 N. Broadway

Stop in the store for special Christmas pricing from noon to 8 p.m. Enjoy the windows decorated for Aurora Express along Broadway.

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

Pop-up vendor in the house for the holidays. Find cozy and festive gifts. And buy vegan cupcakes from 5 to 7 p.m.

Order Carry-Out

Our restaurants are ready to serve you for curbside pickup, delivery, or in person. Check with your favorite downtown restaurants to see what they have to offer.

Cover photo by Amy Nelson Photography.