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NOVEMBER

  • Wilder Mansion Holiday Mart – 11/2-3. Enjoy one-of-a-kind arts, crafts including jewelry, fiber, handbags, glass, ceramics, gourmet food, and unique holiday gifts from over 50 artisans and culinary food vendors. Fri 4-9 PM and Sat 10 AM-4 PM. Wilder Mansion, Elmhurst. 630-712-6541.
  • Diwali Festival of Lights – 12/3. Indian music, dance, food, clothing, handcrafted items and fireworks celebrating the Hindu New Year. 5:30 – 9 PM. Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora.
  • Holiday Handcrafted Artisan Show – 11/3. Quality handcrafted holiday items from various vendors. 8 AM. Higher Grounds Coffee Company, Lemont. 630-754-7788.
  • Lombard Christmas Mart – 11/3. An and craft fair with over 75 crafters and artisans hosted by Lombard’s Maple Street churches and organizations. Locations various downtown churches and other locations. Visitors can travel between the various locations to shop for art, crafts, holiday foods and gifts, raffle prize awarded. 9 AM-2 PM. Downtown Lombard. fairsandfestivals.net.
  • The Nutcracker Suite – 11/3. Dancers will perform for about 20 minutes before inviting the audience on stage to learn a short routine. Stay until the end to get a little sprinkle of something magical. 10 AM. Washington Jr. High, Naperville. Salt Creek Ballet, presented by the DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. 630-637-8000.
  • A Holiday Happening Craft and Art Fair 11/3-4. Art and Craft Fair with over 200 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. craftproductionsinc.com.
  • Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibit – 11/3-4. Illustrations, painting and other works of art. 10AM-5PM. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • Turkey Shoot Golf Outing – 11/4.  Three different formats wait for you as you play your way around 18 holes.  After the round each team is grouped in to a different flight so no matter what you shoot you have a chance to win. 10:30 shotgun start. Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles. 630-584-4914. pheasantrun.com.
  • Winter Showcase Fashion Show – 11/4. Local shops offer their fashion wares. Silent auction, luncheon, fashion and jewelry show. 11 AM – 2 PM. Glen Oak Country Club, Glen Ellyn. Reservations 630-469-0907.
  • Holiday Lights, Trees, Parades and Fireworks in Lake Geneva, WI –  Multiple events happening throughout the holiday season in Lake Geneva: 11/4-5, Cornerstone Holiday Shop Open House; holiday décor, personalized gifts, vendor specials. 11/9-1/1, Rosewood Performance of Lights; out door light and music show. 11/13, The Fireside Holiday Open House; Five specialty shops at the Fireside Dinner Theater. 11/24, Downtown Delavan Open House. Other events include historic happenings, Santa Sightings and parades. For complete listing, go to web site VisitLakeGeneva.com.
  • Shoot For Christmas Cheer – 11/5. Join Nock and Feather Kustom Archery  to help Toys for Tots spread Christmas Cheer (toys accepted during store hours – Mon 12 – 9 PM Sat 9 AM – 5 PM). Bring a new unwrapped toy valued at least $15.00 and participate in a tournament. Aurora. Register 630-896-3854.
  • Weed Ladies Winter Show and Holiday Floral Sales – 11/8-10 and 11/11. Featuring holiday-themed floral arrangements and accessories. Thu-Sat 10 AM-4PM, Sun 1-4 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-305-5289. www.napersettlement.org/weedladies.
  • Festival of Lights – 11/10-12/31. The lights go on and the music begins on the hour, nightly. 250,000 LED lights are choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra for the largest commercial holiday light show in the Chicago area. 5-9 PM. The Promenade, Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com.
  • Geneva Women’s Club Annual Arts and Crafts Show – 11/11. Hand-crafted and unique items for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. Over 100 different arts and crafts booths. 10AM-4 PM. Geneva High School. 630-463-3800. http://www.genevawomensclub.org.
  • Elf Jr – 11/15-17. The favorite family film adapted into a musical comedy. Thur 5 PM; Fri 7 PM; Sat 2 and 5 PM. Westmont Performing Arts, Westmont Commons. westmontparks.org.
  • Aurora Festival of Lights – 11/24-12/26. One of the biggest and best light displays in the area during the holiday season. This dazzling drive through show—open for a full month—attracts over 20,000 visitors. Fri-Sat 5-10 PM; Sun-Thurs 5-9 PM. Phillips Park, Aurora 630-408-5381. aurorarotary.org.
  • 75th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International – 11/16 2-9 PM, 11/17 10 AM-9PM and 11/18 10 AM-6 PM. Cultures from around the world showcase their traditions and heritage including performers, artisans, exhibits and food. State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis, WI. www.folkfair.org or 414-225-6225.
  • BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – 11/16-17. Disney-themed light parade with floats, marching bands and performers. The Magnificent Mile, Chicago. themagnificentmile.com.
  • Hometown Holiday: It’s a Wonderful Life – 11/16-1/6. Experience the nostalgia and sentiment of this classic film viewing rare memorabilia including movie posters, photographs, ornaments and holiday cards. Sun Tues, Fri 1-5 PM; Sat 10 AM-5 PM. 630-833-1457. Elmhursthistory.org.
  • Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum – 11/16-1/1. View 50 acres of majestic trees glowing in a variety of hues with special effects and events along a wooded, one-mile path. New attractions this year. 4:30-8:30 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • Jingle Mingle – 11/16. Santa’s Workshop holiday crafts, train rides, pet parade, Santa parade, tree lighting, story time, make a card for the military and mail it, plus Santa visit. 5:30-7:30 PM (Tree lighting 6 PM). Burr Ridge. 630-654-8181.
  • Shades of Crimson Poinsettia Display & Sale – 11/16. Visitors are invited to the Cantigny Greenhouse to enjoy a sea of poinsettia plants at their holiday best. See 15 or more varieties and 3,000-plus poinsettias in total, all grown on site from cuttings. Plants will be available for sale.  11 AM-7PM. Cantigny Greenhouse. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • Community Trees Display – 11/16-12/30. See Christmas trees artfully decorated throughout the historic home by seven local non-profit groups with missions linked to Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • Spot Shot Turkey Shoot – 11/17. Children and parents can showcase shooting skills from various spots placed around the basketball court. Prairie School, Buffalo Grove. Contact Brian O’Malley 847-850-2119.
  • Annual Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo – 11/17-18. Families and groups can sponsor a tree to decorate that will be on display at Brookfield Zoo for the holiday season and then participate in the tree trim. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Brookfield. Register for a tree now at CZS.org/TreeTrim.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop – 11/17 or 12/8. Learn about and decorate with natural materials. 10-11:30 AM or 2-3:30 PM. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop – 11/19. Create a fresh holiday arrangement for your home with expert instruction. Bring a wire cutter and hand pruner plus a tray to carry creation home. All other materials provided. 6:30-8 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • Festival of Lights Parade – 11/23. Parade with Santa, lights, music, pageantry. 7 PM. Downtown Crystal Lake. 815-479-0835.2018
  • Holiday Homecoming – 11/23: Lighting of Lights on First Street Plaza on Friday, 5 PM with carols, and a visit from Santa. Both nights include seasonal music, holiday movies, sleigh rides, lighted parade. Sat 11/24: Free showing of the movie “Home Alone,” horse-drawn rides, Santa’s House and live holiday window displays. Main Street, St. Charles. 630-443-3959.
  • Holiday Walk – 11/23. An annual tradition since 1975. Countdown to tree lighting, visits with Santa for kids, local merchants offer refreshments. 6-8 PM. Glen Ellyn. 630-469-0907.
  • Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade – 11/23. Parade, fireworks, tree lighting and activities presented by local businesses. 10 AM-7 PM. Downtown Joliet. 815-774-6066.
  • St. Charles Holiday Homecoming – 11/23. Seasonal music, holiday movies, sleigh rides, lighted parade floats. Friday night begins at 5 PM with carols and appearance by Santa and the lighting celebration. Saturday includes an Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30 PM, holiday movies, sleigh rides and lighted parade floats. Downtown St. Charles. 630-443-3959.
  • Holiday Lights at Mooseheart – 11/23 – 12/31. Visit Santa 12/8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23. Over 1.8 miles of beautiful lights. Crafts, games, hot cocoa and cookies. 5-9 PM. Mooseheart Child City and School, Mooseheart. 630-966-2200. Support.moosecharities.org/holidaylights2018.
  • Christkindlmarket – 11/23-12/24. Experience an outdoor German holiday season market with all of the sights, sounds and magic as well as delicious treats, wonderful handmade ornaments and gifts. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-420-6010. christkindlemarket.com/naperville.
  • Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/23-25 and 11/30-12/2; then nightly 12/7-1/6 2019. This free event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds. Enjoy Light Maze, Holiday Market and special events. Chicago. Lpzoo.org.
  • Festival of Lights and Tree Sales – 11/23-12/30. Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts. 9AM-9 PM daily. Wheaton. 630-665-5534.
  • Naper Lights – 11/23-12/23. Stroll the museum grounds and experience a magical holiday lights celebration! Thu 4-7 PM, Fri and Sat from 4-9 PM and Sun from 4-6 PM. From 12/17-19, hours are extended: Sun-Thurs 4-8 PM and Fri-Sat 4-9 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-420-6010.2018
  • Tree Lighting and Gingerbread Festival – 11/23-25. Join the mayor to countdown to the lighting of the tree on Fri during the two-day festival to shop, sample and kick off the holidays. Downers Grove. 630-434-5571.
  • Fox Valley Nutcracker – 11/24, 2 PM and 7 PM and 11/25, 2 PM. Showcasing professional dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, the performance features local dancers ages 5 through adult from 20 different dance studios. Batavia Fine Arts Center, 630-937-8930.
  • Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains – 11/24-25 and 12/1-2, 12/8-9 and 12/15-16. All Aboard for the North Pole. Illinois Railway Museum. 815-923-4391.
  • Santa House on the Riverwalk – 11/30 – 12/23. Take a magical trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Reservations for certain times begin 9 AM 11/9. napervilleparks.org.
  • Celbrez la Saison – 11/26. Fun and festive holiday fundraiser with boutique shopping, cash raffle prizes, silent auction, French martinis, hors d’ oevres, crepe station. Drury Lane, Oak Brook. Oakbkinfantwelfare@att.net.
  • Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo – 11/27. One-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list – embrace the holiday spirit with your loved ones of all ages as you wander a maze of talent artists, all illuminated by the glow of ZooLights. 6:30-10 PM. Chicago. Lpzoo.org.
  • Mistletoe Medley – 11/27 9:30 AM – 3 PM. Annual luncheon and fashion show, boutique shopping and mega cash raffle. Benefits Infant Welfare Society. 9:30 AM-3 PM. Oak Brook. Reservations www.oakbrookchapterinfantwelfare.org.
  • Holiday Housewalk – 11/29 – 12/1. Holiday houses on tour in Oak Park and River Forest. Benefits OPRF Infant Welfare Society. The Nineteenth Century Club, Oak Park. 708-848-0528 ext. 235.
  • Holiday Market – 11/29-12/1. Shop one-of-a-kind artisan vendors offering unique gift items: jewelry, clothing, gourmet food, home décor and more. Benefits OPRF Infant Welfare Society. Oak Park. 708-848-0528 ext. 235.
  • Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Fair –  11/29-30 and 12/1-2. Thu 1-9 PM, – Fri 11 AM – 9 PM, Sat 9 AM – 6 PM, Sun 10 AM – 5 PM. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights. holidaylightslambsfarm.com.
  • Annual Hinsdale Christmas Walk – 11/30. Holiday open house and celebration. 5-8 PM. Hinsdale. 630-323-3952. hinsdalechamber.com.
  • Hanover Park Tree Lighting Ceremony – 11/30. Santa, hot chocolate bar, live reindeer, horse and carriage rides on a lighted luminary path, arts/crafts, choirs and an indoor snowball fight. 6 – 8 PM. Hanover Township Community Center. hanoverparkillinois.org.
  • Holiday Walk & Festival of Windows – 11/30. Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa and reindeer, face painting and shopping. 6-9 PM. Madison Street in Downtown Forest Park. 708-366-2543.
  • Holiday Market and Parade – 11/30 6-9 PM; 12/1-2 12 – 5 PM. Tree lighting, Toyland Parade, Parade of Lights, children’s crafts, market. Tinley Park. 708-444-5045. tinleypark.org.
  • Jolly Old St. Nick Concert – 11/30. Hear authentic carols performed by traditional local German choirs while St. Nick joins the festivities to explain the history of his legend. Hot cocoa, treats, and photo ops. Children welcome to wear pajamas! 6:30-8 PM. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. 630-833-1457. elmhursthistory.org.
  • Westmont Holly Days Winter Ball – 11/30. Dinner, dancing, live entertainment and silent auction. Open to all to attend. RSVP by 11/16. Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook. 6:30 – 11 PM. westmontchamber.chambermaster.com.
  • Santa Home Visits – Late Nov/Dec. Leave a gift outside the front door and Santa will bring it in and give it to your child and take some photos. santainchicago.com.

DECEMBER

  • Christmas Market – 12/1. Visit 14 vendors with creative items such as painted pillows, sweater mittens, hand-made nativities, Christmas apparel and housewares. Wine and chill will be served. 10 AM – 3 PM. 8033 Washington St., Downers Grove. 630-725-0991.
  • Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival – 12/1. Mistletoe Market, horse-drawn “sleigh rides,” facepainting, live reindeer display and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1-7 PM. Parkwide. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • Farmhouse Museum Tours: Christmas Memories – 12/1. Discover Victorian traditions and the house decked in ornaments and greens, savor spicy aromas of holiday treat and origins of food and traditions of the time. All ages. 10 AM-3 PM. Kline Creek Farm, Winfield. 630-876-5900.
  • Frosty Fest – 12/1. A procession of “seasonal characters” down Main Street, tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, community carolers and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 4-7 PM. Downtown West Chicago. westchicago.org.
  • LaGrange Hometown Holiday – 12/1. The LaGrange Holiday Walk opens the season when Santa arrives by firetruck to light a giant Christmas tree. Carolers, ice sculptures, petting zoo and pony rides, free trolleys – and dozens of lively merchant open houses. Downtown LaGrange. 3-8 PM. lgba.chambermaster.com.
  • Mistletoe Market – 12/1. Visit the festive displays of crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giving. 1-7PM. Visitors Center, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.  630.260.8162. www.cantigny.org.
  • The Nutcracker – 12/1-2. Local dancers and actors share the stage with seasoned professionals to create an elaborate production. Sat 7 PM and Sun 2 PM. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin. Professional performers from the Chicago Ballet Conservatory. 630-893-1444. cbcn.nutcracker.com.
  • Village of Lemont Hometown Holidays – 12/1. Christmas tree lighting, visit with Santa, sleigh rides, kids activities, food and shopping at the Kris Kringle Market. 2 – 8 PM. Downtown Lemont. Lemontchamber.com.
  • Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic – 12/1-2, 8-9 and 15-16, 22-23,  and 12/26-31. Sing to the animals and enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, magic shows, a 41-foot talking tree, and special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (visits through December 17). The zoo will be lit with more than one million twinkling LED lights and select animal habitats will remain open, as will zoo restaurants and gift shops. Enjoy live entertainment, costumed characters and a model railroad display. 708 688-8000. CZS.org/Events.
  • Candlelight at the Inn – 12/1-2. Experience 1840s winter travel and tavern hospitality like travelers to the Garfield’s in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, refreshments, live music, and a bake sale in the Burr House. 3-7 PM. Campton Hills. 630-584-8485.
  • Candy Cane Train – 12/2. Travel from the Metra Train Station on Deerfield Road to meet Santa and holiday friends. Refreshments will be served. 1-3:30 PM. Deerfield Park District. Register deerfieldparks.org.
  • Santa Skate – 12/2. Enjoy a family skate with Santa and his elves to holiday music. 2:30 – 4:30 PM. Iceland, Niles Park District. niles-parks.org.
  • Winter Choral Concert – 12/2. Annual concert of wintertime songs, old and new. Refreshments provided. 1:30 PM. Levy Center, Bolingbrook. bolingbrookchorus.org.
  • Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm – 12/2-3, 8-10, 15-17. Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train, enjoy thousands of twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. 630-892-1550. foxvalleyparkdistrict.
  • Lights of Lisle – 12/2-3. Thousands of luminarias, tree lights and storefront decorations transform downtown into a magical place. Lisle. 630-271-4100.
  • Christmas in the Valley – 12/3. Celebrate the holidays at Spring Valley’s Heritage Farm. Noon – 4 PM. Schaumburg. 847-985-2102.
  • Holiday Lights at Lilacia Park – 12/2-3, 12/8-10, 12/15-17. Park Lighting Ceremony/Jinglebell Jubilee on 12/2 with train rides, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph, Polar Express, hot cocoa and cookies. Lombard.  630-620-7322. lombardparks.com.
  • Once Upon a Christmas – 12/1-2. An annual event held at the Lisle Station Park’s Museum Campus. Children’s crafts, brick oven baking, blacksmithing and ice carving. 11 AM – 4 PM. lisleparkdistrict.org.
  • Holiday Bedtime Stories – 12/4 and 12/6. Put on jammies and bring a stuffed toy and blanket for a night of Christmas songs, stories and cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus with a surprise visit from Santa. Tue 5:30 and 7:15 PM; Thu 5:30 PM. Children of all ages with parent. Barrington Park District. Register barringtonparkdistrict.org.
  • Holiday Spectacular – 12/4. Celebrate the incredible talents of SEASPAR’s (South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation) participants with disabilities with theatre, dance, and music performances at a free recital that will leave you inspired and filled with holiday cheer. 7 PM. Theatre of Western Springs. 630-960-7600 or SEASPAR.org.
  • Kid Rock Holiday Sparkle – 12/4. Music and movement parent-child event with songs and musical activities with holiday theme and props. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10-10:45 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162. www.cantigny.org.
  • Cup of Cheer – 12/6-7. Naperville Garden Club’s House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea. Tour homes decorated for the Christmas holiday, shop at market. Tickets napervillegardenclub.org.
  • One of a Kind Holiday Show – 12/6 – 12/9. More than 600 independent makers will set up shop at the 18th annual Holiday Show held at The Mart. Chicago. 800-677-MART. Tickets oneofakindshowchicago.com.
  • Pizza with Santa – 12/7. Pizza, soda, craft, games, bounce house. Children of all ages with an adult. Register by 11/28. 6:30-7:45 PM. Darienparks.com.
  • Sundaes With Santa – 12/7. Build a sundae while Santa makes a visit. Holiday craft for children. 6-7 PM. Iowa Community Center, Villa Park. Register 630-834-8970.
  • Winter Wonderland and Hope for the Holidays – 12/7. Firefighters bring Santa on decorated, flashing vehicles. Hot chocolate and cookies, crafts, inflatables and a picture with Santa for first 400 children.  6-9 PM. Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center, Romeoville. 815-886-6222.
  • Santa’s Workshop – 12/7-8. Visit Santa’s workshop to meet Santa and take photos. Cookies and holiday crafts will be available. Fri 5:30-8 PM and Sat 11 AM-1:30 PM. Itasca Park District, Itasca. itascaparkdistrict.com.
  • Breakfast at the North Pole – 12/8. Breakfast, activities, and visit from the jolly old elf. Children with adults. 8:30, 10 or 11:30 AM. Lake Ellyn Boat House, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462. gepark.org.
  • Brunch with the Grinch – 12/8. Feast on a Grinch-themed buffet along with a viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinch himself will make an appearance. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. For reservations call 630-260-8188 or cantigny.org.
  • Donuts with Santa – 12/8. Drink hot chocolate, decorate donuts and hear a story as told by Santa. 7:45-12 PM. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center, Naperville Park District. 630-848-5000. napervilleparks.org.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop – 12/8. Learn about and decorate with natural materials. 10-11:30 AM or 2-3:30 PM. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • Howliday Jingle Paws Vendor Show – 12/8. Bring your pet for a photo with Santa,, holiday shopping, giveaways and raffles. Benefits A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue. 9 AM- 2 PM. Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center, Romeoville. eventbrite.com.
  • Merry and Bright: A Victorian Christmas – 12/8. Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, tour the holiday-decorated Victorian Blodgett house and listen to Victorian-era carolers. Stroll the park while warming up around a campfire and visit with Santa. Holiday snacks and hot cocoa will be available for purchase. 3-7 PM. Downers Grove Museum, Downers Grove. 630-963-1309.
  • Stocking Deliveries – 12/8. Santa makes a personal delivery at your home (park district area) with a stocking full of goodies. Winfield Park District. Register winfieldparkdistrict.com.
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra Sounds of the Season – 12/8-9. Bring the entire family and create joyful holiday memories together at ESO Sounds of the Season. Sat 2:30 and 7 PM and Sun 2:30 PM. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin. 847-888-4000.
  • LEGO Train Show – 12/8-9. Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club presents the group’s largest annual show. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots. Sat 9 AM – 4 PM and Sun 9 AM – 4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • Last Chance Craft Fair – 12/8-9. Art and Craft Fair with over 175 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. 815-878-2728. craftproductionsinc.com.
  • Santa Splash – 12/9. Santa and his elves will be leading holiday themed games and warding prizes; sleigh racing in the lap and activity pools. 1-3 PM. Bartlett Community Center. 630-540-4800. bartlettparkdistrict.
  • ZooLights Monday Family Nights at Lincoln Park Zoo – 12/10, 17 and 31*. Fun-filled evenings include all regular ZooLights activities along with free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure for families with children. 4:30-9 PM. Lpzoo.org. *8 PM close on 12/31.
  • Holiday House Decorating Tour – 12/11-12. Travel around Schaumburg and see the sights and lights of houses decorated for the holidays while serving as a judge for the Holiday House decorating contest. 6 – 8:30 PM. Schaumburg Park District. 847-490-7020. parkfun.com.
  • Ugly Sweater Holiday Party – 12/14. Have an evening of holiday fun decorating a sweater you supply with pom-poms, sequins, and feathers, play holiday games and decorate holiday cookies. Ages 11-15 years. 6 – 8 PM, Itasca Park District.itascaparkdistrict.com.
  • Holiday Crafts – 12/15. Drop in with your family to create a small holiday wreath, holiday placemat, or craft to spruce up your home over the holidays. 1- 3 PM. DuPage County Historical Museum. Register (630) 510-4941. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
  • Holiday Shopping – 12/15. SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation) Selecting the perfect gift can be tricky, but SEASPAR is here to help with staff to assist with money transactions and asking for assistance.  Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. 630-960-7600. seaspar.org.
  • Holiday Stroll and Open House – 12/15. Enjoy the park at its lighted holiday best. See the Great Holiday Tank Bake-Off and the annual Community Tree Display and self-guided tours of museums with plenty of festive photo opportunities. 4-7 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161. www.cantigny.org.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play – 12/21. The classic Christmas story. Caroling begins at 6:30 PM with the play at 7:30. Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, Palatine. 847-496-6237. palatineparkfoundation.org.
  • Holiday Trolley Express – 12/14. Take a festive trolley ride to see the holiday lights in Carol Stream. Hear the story of the Polar Express and sing carols, enjoy refreshments, holiday themed games, make a craft and visit with Santa (each child gets a holiday keepsake). 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Register Carol Stream Park District. 630-784-6114.
  • Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – 12/14-23. Relax before the holidays on illuminated tours of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area to visit light displays on the fully enclosed trolley. 6-8 PM. Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. 815-220-7386.
  • Annual Children’s Holiday Party – 12/16. Crafts, entertainment, music, refreshments and a visit from Santa himself. Each child will receive a gift and is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.  Hinsdale South High School. Willowbrook. 630-323-8215. willowbrookil.org.
  • Cantigny Brunch with Santa – 12/16. Enjoy a special holiday buffet and meet Mr. C! Besides delicious food, highlights include a photo with Santa, balloon artist and face painters. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. For reservations call 630.260.8188 or cantigny.org.
  • Holiday Concert – 12/16. Join in the spirit of the season with favorite holiday carols and popular songs in fresh arrangements for a full symphony orchestra. Be on the lookout for a special holiday visitor. All ages. 2 and 4 PM. Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville. dupagesymphony.org.
  • Santa’s Bedtime Stories – Dress in pajamas and slippers and join Santa and his elves for some holiday fun. Ages 1-8 . Community Center/Hickory-Oak, Woodridge. Register woodridgeparks.org.
  • Noon Year’s Eve – 12/29. Family-friendly celebration counting down to the New Year without staying up late! Crafts, play, music, dancing and balloon drop at 11:30 AM. 8 years old and under. Bensenville Community Public Library. 630-766-4642.
  • Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball – 12/29. Parents and young children can get an early start on the party of our countdown to Noon party! Dance to the music with a DJ; games, crafts, dancing and a balloon drop plus festive snacks and dessert. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Simkus Recreation Center, Carol Stream. 630-784-6100.
  • Seventh Annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball – 12/31. Children and their parents can get an early start on the party at Barrington Park District’s event featuring DJ music and dancing, snacks, a craft, family photo and Noon Year’s Eve toast. Fitness and Recreation Center, Barrington. Register 847-381-0687.
  • Family Fun NYE – 12/31. Ring in the New Year together with a countdown to Noon celebration! 9 AM-noon. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. dupagechildren’s org.
  • Wild New Year’s Eve Celebration – 12/31. Who is awake and who is hibernating? Celebrate New Year’s Eve early to meet the animals and share a toast. All ages with adult. 12 PM. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles Park District. stcparks.org.

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