‘Tis the Season’s Best
We understand how important holidays are, so we’ve gathered these wonderful events and attractions of places to go and things to do to add to your celebrations. Enjoy!
Start Your Holiday Season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring to your holiday gatherings this year? Apple crisp, pies, German comfort food from our Pine Tree Cafe — plus the Farmstead Emporium offers a wide variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees and wreaths are available beginning Saturday, November 23, and be sure to look for Santa, too! Enjoy an award-winning apple cider donut, free, when you purchase your tree – and ask about our tree delivery service! For more info, visit AbbeyFarms.org!
Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Now through January 26, come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
WhirlyBall Naperville is open to host your Holiday Party! Boasting a two-story “eatertainment” complex with WhirlyBall, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food is powered by its restaurant, The Pivot Room. The Pivot Room’s relaxed dining experience featuring a fresh take on classic American fare, and an expansive rotating craft beer selection. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800
Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free!
One of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest is Cascade Mountain. Located on Interstate 90/94 between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is a large area with 47 ski trails and snow tubing. Wisconsin Dells is just 15 minutes away from Cascade, and the city of Portage is even closer. Families with children save a bundle at Cascade Mountain because kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, go to www.cascademountain.com.
TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Holiday cheer and the best holiday shopping awaits you at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center from December 5-8, 2019. All you need for great holiday gifts and more will be on sale. Discover jewelry, clothing, accessories, and beauty products to highlight your style; gifts for special occasions; and much more. All are welcome (16 years old and above) to attend the Schaumburg Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show December 5-8. Kid’s day is Sunday, December 8th where 9-15 year olds are welcome with an accompanying adult. Visit www.jfashow.com and make sure to register to attend today!
Village of Arlington Heights
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family. It all starts with our grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 29th. Great events continue with Small Business Saturday on November 30th. Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown. And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 7th, a 5K race featuring hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets. With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit www.DiscoverArlington.com!
Spirit Village & Carolfest
Christ Church Offers Free Family-Friendly Events: Spirit Village & Carolfest on December 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is an alternative Christmas market that supports the real needs of people locally and globally. Give gifts on behalf of those on your Christmas list that will uplift and help those less fortunate. Help those in need while having a fun family day with balloons, face-painting and a petting zoo.
Carol Fest is December 8 at 3:00 p.m. And 6:00 p.m., and features portions of Handel’s “Messiah” as well as songs of the Christmas season with a large choir and orchestra. Cookie and punch reception between performances, as well as childcare for children under age 4. Christ Church Downers Grove (We’ve moved!) 2S361 Glen Park Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. 630-654-1884. www.christchurch.us.
Embrace Winter Family Fun at Wilmot Mountain! Traverse the slopes, take a lesson, enjoy upgraded food & beverages options at Ski Hill Grill, attend great season long events or enjoy slope side views and a hot toddy at Walt’s Tavern. Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. Ring in the New Year with the family at our NEW Kid’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Walt’s Tavern! Enjoy a family friendly 2-hour daytime party at Walt’s Tavern. The event includes face painting, photo booth, party favors, games, DJ, and more! Reservation are required, limited seating available. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www.wilmotmountain.com
13th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2019 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9, Nov. 29 through Dec. 26. Freewill donations appreciated. www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.
Village of Lemont…
Enjoy Our Holiday Scene!
Brighten up your holiday season by visiting Lemont and taking a stroll all around our historic downtown as we’re “Lighting Up Lemont” this season. Our illuminating holiday decoration display includes a fun twist for the entire family this year! Loomie, an augmented reality app, features interactive games to play and allows users to create unique photos and holiday cards in seconds. Our holiday season begins with our Hometown Holiday event in our historic downtown on Saturday, December 7, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will be “Lighting Up Lemont” with our dazzling light display sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont throughout the entire season! Come and experience Lemont and Enjoy Our Holiday Scene! www.lemont.il.us/Holiday.
Plainfield Park District
The Plainfield Park District has several family special events planned for this fall and winter. Nov. 8: Mother Son Superhero Fun at the Prairie Activity & Rec. Ctr. (PARC) 24550 W. Renwick Rd. 6:30-8p. Nov. 30: Grinchmas on the Green, Village Green Pk., 24121 W. Chicago St. Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa at PARC. Dec. 13-14: Journey to the North Pole, 4 Seasons Pk., 22500 Lockport St. More info & to register go to plfdparks.org.
Holly Days in Westmont
The annual Holly Days Winter Festival returns to Westmont! Join us on November 24 as we begin the festival with Decorating Day; shop at the Gift Bazaar, donate to the Food Drive and enjoy a tasty holiday breakfast buffet prepared by the Lions Club. Opening Night, complete with the Frosty and Friends Parade and Santa’s arrival on Saturday, November 30 is not to be missed. Don’t miss our Snow-Much Fun Night on December 21 with sled dogs, games, crafts, Santa’s Workshop, s’mores and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit www.hollydaysfestival.com or by calling 630.963.5252.
Aurora Downtown welcomes you to enjoy the holidays with free events for everyone, like Winter Lights on November 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Then join us at First Fridays, a night of free trolley rides, art shows, live music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. On December 6, it’s our second annual Cocoa Crawl. Purchase your mug and button before they sell out. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org.
Kuipers Family Farm
Visit the farm for a huge selection of freshly harvested Pine and Fir trees. Includes shaking, baling and one of our famous apple cider donuts for everyone in your party. Browse The Orchard Shop & Bakery for great gift ideas, gourmet foods, pies, fudge, apple cider and so much more! Located in Maple Park, IL just 45 minutes west of Chicago. Visit YouPickFun.com or call 815-827-5200 for more information.
Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society
2019 Holiday Housewalk and Market for Healthy Kids
Join the OPRF Infant Welfare Society for a fun weekend of Holiday Festivities on December 5-7, 2019.
Tour 5 beautiful homes, festively decorated for the holidays in Oak Park and River Forest. Shop one of a kind artisan vendors offering unique gift items at our Holiday Market and enjoy music food and drinks at the Holiday Spirit and Wine Tasting on Thursday and the not so Trivial Pursuit night on Friday. All proceeds benefit the IWS Children’s Clinic. Purchase tickets at www.oprfiws.org/events or at the door day of the event. Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park.
Living Wheaton for the Holidays
Downtown Wheaton is decked out for the holidays this season. Gather around the community fireplace with hot cocoa at Martin Memorial Plaza and enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides along Front Street. Drop off you letter to Santa in his special mailbox located next to the giant Living Wheaton chair at the ‘W’ Plaza on Front Street.
The season opens with the Living Wheaton Christmas Parade on Friday, November 29th at 6pm. Keep local awesome by supporting our small downtown businesses on Shop Small Saturday, November 30th and visit with live reindeer that same day from 12pm to 2pm at Martin Memorial Plaza. Enjoy Christmas festival family activities every Saturday through December 21st. For details visit downtownwheaton.com.
Downers Grove Park District Holiday Events
- Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas – FREE! Saturday, Dec. 14: 3 to 7pm. Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave. Enjoy some holiday cheer and celebrate the season with Victorian Christmas traditions, carolers, luminary walk, campfire and a visit with Santa!
- New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon – Tuesday, Dec. 31: 10am to 12pm. Downers Grove Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Rd.. Ring in the new year at noon and celebrate with party favors, a DJ, photo booth, face painting, snacks, a balloon drop and more! Advance registration required.
- Learn more at dgparks.org.
Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink
With the start of the holiday season, ice skating has returned to Cicero! Located at 3400 S 53rd Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804. Check out times, rates, and weather-related updates at www.facebook.com/bobbyhullcommunityicerink/.
Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park
Join the Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration1 Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a gingerbread house, and much more. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy a spectacular show with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and visit with holiday characters. Holidays takes place every weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning December 7 until December 22. 150 S. Park Ave. Lombard, IL 60148. Lombardparks.com.
Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo
An amazing opportunity to make Christmas memories! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with Santa’s entire sleigh team of live reindeer. Visit with Santa Claus (times available on website). Kids will earn an official stable elf diploma! Baby reindeer flight school training sessions. Lots of magical photo opportunities, including live reindeer! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop. Visit the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop for ALL of your Christmas shopping needs! Admission is $10 per person. www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com 3088 Flora Rd., Belvidere, IL
“Yuletide Festival & Fair” Naper Settlement
Open Select Days – December 6-22
Make your Holiday merry and bright at the new Yuletide Festival and Fair! Experience the joy of the holiday season with live entertainment, local art and craft vendors, wintry food and beverages from local restaurants and breweries, and more! Stroll through Naper Settlement’s historic grounds decorated for the holiday season with twinkling lights and plenty of holiday spirit. Yuletide Festival & Fair runs Friday through Sunday from December 6-22: Fridays, 2-10PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 11AM-10PM. Admission is FREE! Visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Yuletide for more information.
Granite Peak Ski A
Wisconsin’s #1 Ski Area located in an authentic ski town! Your family will have so much to do for the entire weekend. Ski and Stay packages as low as $452 for a family of 4! 3 High Speed chair lifts with beginner runs that allow for your whole family, no matter their ability, ski all day long! Combo tickets starting at $299 for 5 Days. Now that’s a deal! Book now at Skigranitepeak.com.
Cantigny Park “Holiday Cheer”
Good times and holiday cheer await your family in Wheaton! Cantigny’s Celebrate the Season Festival and Mistletoe Market take place on Dec. 7, followed by the popular LEGO Train Show Dec. 14-15. Brunches with Santa are set for Dec. 1 and 22, or dine with The Grinch on Dec. 7 or 14. Reserve your table at Cantigny.org. See many more events and full details online. For event updates, text PARK to 36000.
Ride Metra to Winter Fun
With traffic-free trips to festive Chicago-area destinations like shopping, ice skating, theaters, light displays and more, Metra is made for the holidays! Enjoy unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday for just $10, and free rides for up to three kids 11 and under with each fare-paying adult on weekends and select holidays. For more fun trip ideas, schedules and to find the station nearest you, visit metrarail.com today!
Oak Brook Park District
Parties and Event Services
From year-round pool parties to quaint weddings and family gatherings, the Oak Brook Park District’s award-winning facilities and staff are available to make sure that your next event is a success! Please contact the our team for additional details or reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 630-645-9554. www.obparks.org.
Celebrate the Holidays
with Hollywood Blvd Cinema
Celebrity Guest, Ugly Sweater Parties, Movie with Santa, Christmas Dueling Pianos, Throwback Holiday Classics and so much more! Private Events rentals available also for Fundraisers, Holiday Parties & Corporate Events. Contact Blvd today. 1001 W. 75th St. Woodridge IL 60517 www.HollywoodBlvdCinema.com.
Villa Park, IL
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
Glenview and Naperville
Funtopia hosts the most FUNbelievable Birthday Parties. Our packages offer a unique way for kids to have fun and be active on awesome attractions while parents can relax and enjoy the great atmosphere.