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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Dec. 6th to Dec. 12th
(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…

Last Chance Craft and Art Fair
Presented by Craft Productions, Inc
Wrap up your holiday shopping with over 180 booths of unique crafts handmade in the Midwest. Meet the artisans and shop their latest work in jewelry, holiday decor, fine art, kids items, furniture, and much more! Saturday, December 8 (10am-4pm) and Sunday, December 9 (11am-4pm). College of DuPage Athletic Arena, NW Corner of College Rd and Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL. $5 admission, kids under 16 free. www.craftproductionsinc.com.
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Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas
Downers Grove FREE!
Join us on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 7pm for a celebration of the season at this free family event! 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 sale to enhance the holiday cheer. Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. 630.963.1309. www.dgparks.org.
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Home for the Holidays
Downtown Oak Park
December 8
, 11am-3pm on Marion Street at Lake Street and North Blvd. All events and activities are free. Catch the old fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides, carolers and a visit from Santa. Free hot cocoa & cookies too! More information at downtownoakpark.net.
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Naperville Garden Club’s
2018 Cup of Cheer
TM
Get design inspiration from the Naperville Garden Club’s Cup of CheerTM House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea.  Tour four Naperville homes decorated for the holidays.  Shop the Market for artisan gifts. Enjoy cookies and tea and keep the cup!  Preview Day is December 6th from 9 am – 4 pm for $55.  Cup of CheerTM Day is December 7th from 9 am – 4 pm for $40.  Go to www.napervillegardenclub.org for ticket information.

Cantigny Park
Holiday cheer awaits your family in Wheaton! Cantigny’s Celebrate the final Season Festival and Mistletoe Market is the popular LEGO Train Show Dec. 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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“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.

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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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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Kohl Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. 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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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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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.  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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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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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. Friday-Sundays, December now 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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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: 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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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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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.

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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STAY TUNED FOR MANY MORE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AS THE SEASON UNFOLDS.
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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…

  • 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

  • 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…

  • 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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FITNESS / RACE EVENTS…

THIS WEEKEND…

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

  • Greater LaGrange YMCA Reindeer Run – Sat 12/8 5K at 8:30 AM and Kids Dash at 9:30 AM. Brookfield Zoo. ymcahicago.org.
  • Viking Dash Trail Run/Walk – Sat/Sun 12/8-9 at 11 AM 15K, 13.1K, 10K and 5K Run/Walk. Crystal Lake. vikingdashtrailrun.com.

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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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • 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 8

  • FAMILY Restoration Work Day – A perfect outdoor volunteering opportunity to help clear invasive plants, plant native flowers, trees and seeds, maintain trails and more. 9AM-11AM. Ackerman Park, Glen Ellyn. www.gepark.org/restoration.
  • FUNDRAISER Gala – “One Dream” gala benefits Juvenile/Type 1 Diabetes research, and the JDRF announces that Barenaked Ladies will perform at their event. Evening includes dinner, drinks, silent auction. 5:30-11:30 PM. McCormick Place, Chicago. 312-670-0313. jdrf.org.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY LEGO Train Show12/8-9. 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • 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.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • HOLIDAY LEGO Train Show12/8-9. 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.
  • HOLIDAY 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.
  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • 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 10

  • HOLIDAY 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.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

  • HOLIDAY  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.
  • FAMILY Science Night – Families become scientists and explore fun science concepts while making discoveries through experiments, projects and play. 6 – 7 PM.  Wildwood Nature Center, Park Ridge Park District. prparks.org.

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