Lakeview Christmas Market

Chicago, Ill.

Features music/entertainment, carolers, holiday craft vendors, food, a craft beer area, seasonal libations, a Kids' Corner with art activities and more. Held under a heated tent.

When: 2:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 7, noon-10:30 p.m. Dec. 8, noon-8 p.m. Dec. 9
Cost: $5

Make Your Own Wooden Toys

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn how to make your own wooden toys. The wood being used comes from a non-native, invasive plant called European Buckthorn. Learn about this invasive plant and why we work so hard to remove it from our natural areas.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

The Polar Express

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Chris Van Allsberg's best-selling book comes alive, including a visit from Santa and a small present for all aboard. Trains board from the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve picnic grove, on Route 31. Advance purchase of tickets (www.foxtrolley.org/reservations.html)  required. Copies of the book "The Polar Express" can be purchased for $18. Nov. 24, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16.

Cost: TBA

Christmas Crafts

Wheaton Park District Northside Girl Scout Cabin | Wheaton, Ill.

Bring the outdoors in using items gathered from nature to make ornaments and decorations. All material provided. Adult must attend with children.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $13, $10 resident

Holiday Showcase

Hale Park | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy lunch, arts and crafts, games and more.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $10 kids, $6 adults

A Charlie Brown Christmas Play

Sheil Park | Chicago, Ill.

An adaptation of the classic cartoon. Join the director and cast after each performance for a discussion.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids

Heritage Matters: Family Meals

Trickster Gallery | Schaumburg, Ill.

A special program to learn about and taste the Chinese-American, American Indian, and Swedish-American family dishes.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $25 family of three or more

Holiday Lights Display

Mooseheart Child City & School | Mooseheart, Ill.

One of the Chicago area's largest and most spectacular holiday light displays, encompassing a 1.8-mile drive-through course. Features larger-than-life holiday characters, children-oriented figures, and mythical creatures, plus architectural lighting. A special visit from Santa takes place on Dec. 7-9, 15-16 and 21-23.

When: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per car (plus an additional $1/pair for 3-D glasses); discounts on website

Breakfast with Santa

Homewood Flossmoor Park District | Flossmoor, Ill.

Bring your kids to visit with Santa and enjoy doughnuts, milk and orange juice. Get in the spirit with songs, face painting and a special gift from Santa. Digital pictures with Santa are available at hfparks.com following the event.

When: 9-10 and 10:15-11:1 a.m.
Cost: $10, $7 resident

Breakfast with Santa

Deer Park Town Center | Deer Park, Ill.

Hot breakfast buffet with Santa. Reservations at Biaggi's beginning at 8 a.m., call (847) 438-1850. Donations benefit Women in Need Growing Stronger (W.I.N.G.S).

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: $5 donation adults, $3 donation kids 10 and under.
 





 
 
 
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