Marshmallow roasts, sleigh rides and storefront performances are the highlights of an annual family-friendly event held on Madison to kickoff the holiday shopping season. On Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., gawkers and buyers alike are invited to the Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows.

Between Harlem Avenue and Desplaines Avenue, shopkeepers traditionally go to great lengths orchestrating live window displays. Movie scenes, fairy tales, music and art have all been the subject of small performances held in the front windows of participating stores. Behind the window displays and inside the stores, special deals and giveaways are the norm.

Also, kids can have their photo taken with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Forest Park National Bank, 7348 Madison. Santa will be in town from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These free events are sponsored by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and Development.