Thousands of people packed the Woodstock Square for the Lighting of the Square Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in Woodstock. The annual event featured brass music, caroling, free doughnuts and cider, food trucks, festive selfie stations and shopping.

McHenry faces Kaneland in the Woodstock Hoops for Healing championship basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023 at Woodstock High School.

People celebrate pre-Thanksgiving on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2023, during the 41st annual Turkey Testicle Festival at Parkside Pub, in Huntley. The pre-Thanksgiving festival featured live music, beer, and lots of deep-fried turkey testicles.

People enjoy a free pre-Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, at the Woodstock train depot. This is the second year the meal that was provided through efforts of Warp Corps, MBI Cares, Isabel’s Family Restaurant, and Napoli’s Pizza, all located in Woodstock.

Christmas trees are installed and decorated on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, for the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees at the McHenry Recreation Center. The tree festival that opens on Friday runs through Dec. 30, You can vote for your favorite Christmas tree by leaving canned food or toiletries under the tree you like best during normal business hours. All donations go to Veteran’s Path to Hope.