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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Nov. 29th to Dec. 5th
(Thursday though next Wednesday)   

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities.

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‘TIS THIS WEEKEND’S BEST EVENTS…

Winter Wonderland Holiday Festival
Des Plaines Park District
This year, on the weekend of December 1st and 2nd (11:00a-3:00p), Prairie Lakes becomes a magical place full of holiday fun for all ages. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa! Enjoy lots of family entertainment, including magic shows, jugglers, dancers, face painting, balloon animals, games & crafts, story time, and a beautiful model train display. Bring a non-perishable food item for the annual Des Plaines Self-Help Closet & Pantry food drive, and you’ll be rewarded with a hot cocoa. Tickets in advance are $3 at DPParks.org. At the door, $5. Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016. For information, call 847-391-5711.
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Village of Lemont…Enjoy Our Scene!
No matter the season, breathtaking hills, valleys, quarries and canals frame Lemont, a quaint village 27 miles southwest of Chicago.  This unexpected sanctuary is an ideal place to live, visit and experience. Don’t miss Hometown Holiday, Saturday, December 1, with quaint boutique shopping, children’s activities, tree lighting, visits with Santa and more!

Run on over to Lemont Park District’s Frigid 5K – December 2.  Bundle up and join us for this festive 5K Race and Candy Cane Kids Dash that runs through the Lemont Park District’s Centennial Campus.  Register on Active.com.

Experience the Lithuanian World Center’s Craft Fair, December 1-2 at the Lithuanian World Center.  Lemont is an oasis of dining, shopping, events and activities, all year long. Whatever you do this holiday season, come and experience Lemont, and Enjoy Our Scene!  www.lemont.il.us.
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TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Shop for holiday gifts in every category at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL on Thursday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2, 2018.  Find jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, beauty, home décor, gourmet foods, housewares, and more for that special celebration at prices you will love.  Bring your colleagues, friends and family.  NEW for this year’s show is KID’S DAY on Sunday, December 2nd only. Kids aged 9-15 will be allowed with accompanying adult. All other show days 16+ only. For complete details on KIDS DAY, and to register for the show, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com.
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Living Wheaton for the Holidays
Downtown Wheaton is decked out for the holidays with a new look for Front Street this season.   Gather around the community fireplace with hot cocoa at Martin Memorial Plaza and enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides and give Santa your wish list! The season is open.  Keep local awesome by supporting our small downtown businesses. Make plans for the Christmas Festival on December 1st for all day family fun! For details visit downtownwheaton.com.
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Cantigny Park
Holiday cheer awaits your family in Wheaton! Cantigny’s Celebrate the Season Festival and Mistletoe Market are on December 1, followed by the popular LEGO Train Show December 8-9. Brunches with Santa are set for Dec. 2 and 16, or dine with The Grinch on Dec. 8 or 15. RSVP: 630.260.8188. Take some time to refresh your spirit with a quiet stroll through the gardens too. See more events and details at Cantigny.org. For updates, text PARK to 36000.
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Village of Arlington Heights
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family. Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown.  And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 1st, 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!
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Lombard Park District
Join the Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration in Lilacia Park! Activities include a visit with Santa and the Gold Medal Express train. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 1 to 23. Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a giant gingerbread house, and much more. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus, ride the delightful Gold Medal Express train, visit with their favorite holiday characters, and enjoy a spectacular show with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. www.lombardparks.com. 630-620-7322.
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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, 12 lifts and 15 lanes of snow tubing. A $9 million dollar  project included two new lifts, nine new trails, additional snowmaking, an expanded main lodge, paved parking and base area improvements. The 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.
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Lincoln Park Zoo: ZooLights
Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ
Select dates from now to Jan. 6 4:30-9 p.m. The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. The one-of-a-kind experience offers fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and seasonal activities…all under the glow of 2.5 million lights! Incredible 3D displays. Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive snacks. Holiday gift shopping. Live ice-sculpture carving (select nights). Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn. For more information visit www.lpzoo.org/zoolights.
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Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
This year, treat your whole family to a wonderful day at Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm! Take in the sights as horse-drawn wagons ferry you into nine varieties of sustainably grown trees spread across the 50 acre farm. Once you have found your perfect tree, enjoy free hot cocoa in the warming barn, or visit the farm animals. Ben’s will retrieve, shake, and wrap your tree, and will even tie your tree to your vehicle, leaving you to enjoy a day in the country. Leashed pets welcome. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9am-4pm, Now thru Christmas. Trees $6.25 to $9.25 /ft., most activities Free! See Benstreefarm.com for details.
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Kohl Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Now through January 13, walk into your favorite children’s books in Storyland, featuring Peter Rabbit, The Snowy Day, Abuela, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and more!  Also, don’t miss our New Year’s Eve Bash – tickets on sale soon. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. 847-832-6600. kcmgc.org.
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Golf Center Des Plaines
Our lighted, heated, 80-bay Driving Range features automatic ball tee-up and a 300-yard targeted landing area. The unique 1-1/2 acre Short Game Practice Area, where you can practice chip shots from up to 60 yards out, includes three bunkers and multiple greens. Money-saving Unlimited Annual Memberships make great gifts. 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines. For more info, call 847-803-GOLF or visit www.GolfCenterDesPlaines.com. Open year-round.
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Santa’s Village Amusement Park
The 2018 Magical Christmas Season at Santa’s Village promises something for everyone! From the moment you pass through the front gates, it is apparent that Santa’s Village is a special place for creating new holiday memories. With 23 rides, animals, shows, games, and all your favorite fun foods you’re bound to have a magical time. From Picnics to Parties, toddlers to tweens, and thrill seekers to party goers … Santa’s Village is the perfect place for a day of play for your next family or group outing. Visit Santasvillagedundee.com for further details. Located at 601 E. Dundee Ave., East Dundee
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Oak Brook Park District
Party and Event Services
From all-inclusive, year-round pool parties to quaint weddings, Oak Brook Park District’s award-winning facilities and staff are here to make sure your next event is a hit. Please contact Katie or Carmen at events@obparks.org or 630-645-9554 and ask how we can help you plan your next birthday party, formal event, family reunion, or shower! www.obparks.org.

Safari Land
Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror…take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator, play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Buy a wristband for only $10 (see details on ad). Contact us to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit www.safarilandfun.com.
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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 www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com or call 815-827-5200 for more information.
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12th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2018 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; (5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday); Now through Dec. 26.  Freewill donations appreciated.  www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.
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Chicago Steel Hockey Team
Join the Chicago Steel Hockey Team for fast-paced family fun at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva and see the future stars of college and pro hockey! Home games:  11/30, 12/4, 12/8 (post-game skate), 12/29 (mascot bobblehead giveaway & post-game skate). Tickets start at just $10; sit on the glass for only $20. Plus, parking is always free!  Check out the full promotional schedule and purchase tickets at ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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Abbey Farms
Start Your Holiday Season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring to your holiday gatherings this year?  The Farmstead Emporium offers a wide variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees and wreaths are available now! Enjoy a free apple cider donut when you purchase your tree – and ask about our tree delivery service!  For more info, visit AbbeyFarms.org!
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Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com.
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Entertainment Cruises
Aboard Spirit, Winter’s Never Looked Better
Did you know that Spirit of Chicago cruises all year long? And aboard the cozy, festive decks, you’ll see a whole new side of winter. Bring your family aboard to see magical, winter views of classic Chicago sites like Buckingham Fountain, the Adler Planetarium, Trump Tower, Willis Tower and more! Your cruise will include a delicious buffet-style meal and DJ entertainment. For the highlight of your holidays, plan your cruise at SpiritofChicago.com.

STAY TUNED FOR MANY MORE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AS THE SEASON UNFOLDS.
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FITNESS / RACE EVENTS…

THIS WEEKEND…

Chilly Chili 5k Run/Walk – Sat. Dec. 1st at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk . USATF certified. Schaumburg Golf Course, 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg . 847-490-7015. www.parkfun.com.
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Arlington Heights Annual Rotary Santa Run & Walk – Sat. Dec. 1st at 10 a.m. 5K run, 1 mile walk & kids reindeer run. Proceeds fund Rotary projects that benefit local & global communities. Downtown Arlington Heights. www.RotarySantaRun.org
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10th Annual Frigid 5K & Candy Cane Kids Dash – Sun. Dec. 2nd at 8 AM. Centennial Park. 16028 127th St., Lemont. 630-257-6787. Register at www.Active.com.

  • Arctic Frog Endurance Run – Sat 12/1 at 7:45 AM 50K, 25K and 15K Runs. Libertyville. ultrasignup.com.
  • Frosty 5K – Sat 12/1 at 7:30 Walk and Run. Kids Fun Run Free. West Chicago. westchicago.org.
  • Lions Club Reindeer Run – Sat 12/1 at 8:30 AM 5K. USATF & CARA Certified. Wheaton. 630-690-4880.
  • Santa Hustle – Sat 12/1 5K at 9 AM and 1 Mile Rudolph Run at 8:30 AM. Soldier Field, Chicago. santahustle.com.
  • Snowflake Shuffle – Sat 12/1 at 9 AM 5/10K Run and Walk. Benefits TriCity Family Services. Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve, St. Charles. 630-232-1070. snowflakeshuffleitsyourrace.com.
  • Kiwanis Santa Run For Kids – Sun 12/2 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk for Kids at 9 AM. Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake. kiwaniscystallake.com.

UPCOMING FITNESS / RACE EVENTS:

  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell RunChicago – Sat 12/08 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. 312-248-4593. www.jbr.org/chicago

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ON STAGE

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Adapted by Doug Rand from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling. Now until December 15, 2018. George Bailey, a building and loan banker, sacrifices his dreams to help his community, to the point where he feels life has passed him by. Due to a cruel business rival’s manipulations, Bailey falls into despair so deep that he contemplates suicide, until his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, gives him a valuable new perspective on the worth of his life. It’s an endearing classic holiday presentation you won’t want to miss. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org.
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“Home for the Holidays” – Rialto Square Theatre

Home for the Holidays at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, presented by ComEd, is a month long celebration of the season with sixteen opportunities to enjoy holiday entertainment and build your own family traditions at the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre. Home for the Holidays has something for the entire family! The festivities with events and activities run through Saturday, December 20th. It includes entertainment options for the whole family with holiday shows, concerts, social gatherings, movies and special events throughout the holiday season. Visit www.rialtosquare.com/holidays for a complete listing of our holiday themed shows.

STAGE SCHEDULE…

  • Kenny G, The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour – November 29 @ 7:30PM
  • The Nutcracker – December 2 @ 2:00PM
  • Noel, A Breathtaking Musical – December 4 @ 7:00PM
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas – December 7 @ 8:00PM
  • It’s a Wonderful Life, Live Radio Broadcast – December 8 @ 7:00PM
  • Joliet American Legion Band, Sounds of Christmas – December 9 @ 2:00PM
  • The Tenors, Home for the Holidays – December 14 @ 8:00PM
  • Big Bad V0odoo Daddy, Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party – December 15 @ 8:00PM
  • 98° At Christmas – December 20 @ 7:30PM

HOLIDAY MOVIES – All Seats $5

  • Miracle on 34th Street – November 30 @ 7:00PM
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – December 16 @ 3:00PM

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“The Music of Christmas’ – The West Towns Chorus
The West Towns Barbershop Chorus will take the stage for the first time ever at the Arcada Theatre on December 8th and 9th! The 2017 Illinois District Chorus Champions, are one of the premier men’s choruses in the Chicago area. The West Towns Chorus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to Change Lives Though Song. They rehearse at 7:00pm every Monday at Horizon Community Church, 2129 63rd St, Downers Grove.  www.westtowns.org or (630) 201-5544. Come enjoy our holiday concert “The Music of Christmas’ at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles. Saturday, Dec. 8th and Sunday Nov. 9th at 1:30 PM. For ticket information visit: www.westtowns.org/shows_events or call 630-962-7000.

Holiday Show Schedule – The Genesee Theatre 
The Spotlight is Closer than you think! The historical Genesee Theatre hosts concerts, variety shows, comedy, and other events. Visit our website today to see our full line-up and get tickets today. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list! Visit GeneseeTheatre.com for more information. 203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.
HOLIDAY STAGE SCHEDULE…

  • The Colors of Christmas: Taylor Dayne, Peabo Bryson, Deniece Williams, Jon Secada – December 2 @ 6:00PM
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas – December 9 @ 6:00PM
  • The Magic of The Nutcracker – December 8 @ 1:00PM and 5:00PM
  • Michael McDonald “Minute by Minute” – December 15 @ 8:00PM

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“Sounds of the Season” – Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Create joyful memories with the entire family at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s “Sounds of the Season” holiday extravaganza. Stephen Squires, conducts, with Catalina Cuervo, soprano, the Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective all performing familiar holiday favorites. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole.

December 8, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and December 9, 2:30 pm. Hemmens Cultural Center.

Tickets: ElginSymphony.Org or 847-888-4000. Get to Know Your ESO!
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“The Nutcracker” AND “19th annual Presto! Holiday Concert” – Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts
The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts offers two timeless shows for families this holiday season, beginning with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with live narration, grand sets and vibrant costumes, The Nutcracker plays for two weekends November 30 through December 9. Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 19th annual Presto! Holiday Concerton Saturday, December 15 at 3pm and 7pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir joins the program, performing carols with the orchestra. For tickets, visit prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.
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“’Tis the Season” – Artistry in Motion Dance Company, Des Plaines Park District
The Des Plaines Park District’s national award-winning Artistry in Motion Dance Company performs their annual winter show, ’Tis the Season, onstage at the beautiful Prairie Lakes Theater on Friday, December 7 at 6:30p and Saturday, December 8, at 2:30p and 6:30p. Tickets go on sale November 13, online at DPParks.org and at Prairie Lakes, 515 E. Thacker Street, in Des Plaines. For information about the company, call 847-391-6924.
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SPECIAL REPORT: SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE

Whether you’re a senior in need of healthcare or a loved one trying to help with the decision, weighing your options and making the right decision can seem daunting. We hope the information in this section will help guide you along the way. 

  • Heritage Woods -Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook, Plainfield & So. Elgin and Lacey Creek in Downers Grove
  • Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace
  • Artis Senior Living of Bartlett
  • Villa St. Benedict…A Community with a History, Lisle
  • Midwestern University Eye Institutegrams
  • The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell
  • DuPage Medical Group, Medicare Advantage
  • Alvernia Manor, Lemont
  • Cedarhurst of Naperville/Woodridge and Yorkville
  • Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, Woodridge

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THIS WEEK’S GREATER CHICAGO EVENTS…includes HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

  • CONCERT Christian Artist – Tim Timmons is a national Christian recording artist who will perform selections for his new album as well as Christian favorites. 7 – 8:30 PM. St. Joan of Arc Church, Lisle. Tickets timmons.givesmart.com. Info 630-963-4500. sjalisle.org.
  • TEENS Superhero Night – Swimming, pizza, movie, superhero trivia. 5-8 graders. 7 – 9:30 PM. Olympic Indoor Swim Center, Arlington Heights. 847-577-3000. ahpd.org.
  • HOLIDAY Annual Hinsdale Christmas Walk – 11/30. Holiday open house and celebration. 5-8 PM. Hinsdale. 630-323-3952. hinsdalechamber.com.
  • HOLIDAY 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 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 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY CHICAGO/ CITY  Caroling at the Cloud Gate – Each Friday…November 23-December 14. Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song. 6-7 PM. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

  • FAMILY Tiny Great Performances – Introduce children to the arts with a performance by an ensemble consisting entirely of French Horns. Dancing and clapping along is encouraged. 9:45 and 10:30 AM. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. dupagesymphony.org.
  • KIDS Alien Invasion – Come find out what invasive species have integrated into our ecosystem and why they are harmful to our environment. Ages 7-10. 10:30 – 11:30 AM. 630-897-1808. Register foxvalleyparkdistrict.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY CHICAGO/ CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – Thrugh January 6. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. 773-684-1414. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. 312-744-3316. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • HOLIDAY CHICAGO/ CITY  104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – November 16-January 1. Enjoy this holiday tradition, a glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art of Millennium Park. 6 PM. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.
  • HOLIDAY CHICAGO/ CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 16 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downton and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 16 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY Winter Choral Concert – 12/2. Annual concert of wintertime songs, old and new. Refreshments provided. 1:30 PM. Levy Center, Bolingbrook. bolingbrookchorus.org.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY Lights of Lisle – 12/2-3. Thousands of luminarias, tree lights and storefront decorations transform downtown into a magical place. Lisle. 630-271-4100.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – Thrugh January 6. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. 773-684-1414. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. 312-744-3316. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY  104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – November 16-January 1. Enjoy this holiday tradition, a glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art of Millennium Park. 6 PM. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 16 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downton and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 16 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

  • FAMILY Adult/Tot Open Climb – Join us for indoor rock climbing on Mondays from September 10 thru December 17! Climbing is low impact and feasible for your tots. Other activities around the rock wall included. 9:30AM-10:30AM. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn. www.AckermanSFC.com.

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