Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:  Christmas In Elmhurst is an annual event hosted by churches in Elmhurst and the surrounding area.  Most data is processed by West Suburban Community Church in Elmhurst, IL.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Any information that you share with us will be stored and sent to our site administrators so that we can process your request correctly.  In addition, any purchases made online will most likely result in any information submitted during the checkout process to be stored for order fulfillment purposes.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We use Cloudflare as part of our hosting, some anonymized data may be shared with them.  Please see their privacy policy here:  We also use services from YouTube and Vimeo, some data may be shared with them as well.  Please see YouTube’s privacy policy here: and Vimeo’s privacy policy here:  In addition, we also use iThemes Security Pro to help secure our site.  While rare, some information may be shared with them in the interest of protecting against attacks.  See their privacy policy here:

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

How we protect your data

Your security and privacy is very important to us, and we aren’t just saying that as part of a boilerplate response – we actually mean it.  We employ automated and manual controls to ensure that the site is as hardened as we can make it while still being available for public use.  The site is hosted and monitored by Brian Semrau Computer Consulting – who specializes in information security for small businesses.

What data breach procedures we have in place

While we will do everything in our power to ensure that a data breach never occurs, sometimes things happen that are out of our control.  In the event that a data breach is detected, we will alert you within 24 hours unless we deem that there are extenuating circumstances which would make it dangerous for us to do so.  In that event, we will alert you as soon as we deem it safe.

What third parties we receive data from

We may receive analytic data from Cloudflare, as well as Vimeo and YouTube.

We use cookies to give you the best online experience, and we may also store some data about you. By using this site, you agree to our privacy and cookie policy as well as the site terms and conditions.