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
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.
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
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.
Enjoy lunch, arts and crafts, games and more.When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
An adaptation of the classic cartoon. Join the director
and cast after each performance for a discussion.
A special program to learn about and taste the Chinese-American, American Indian, and Swedish-American family dishes.When: 1-3 p.m.
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.
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.
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.