Doll Tea and Tour

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Includes tea with finger sandwiches and sweets (dolls are welcome to attend) and a tour of doll and dollhouse exhibits.

When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

Fancy Nancy Tea

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Follow Fancy Nancy's lead and wear your spiffiest, most frilly outfit for an afternoon filled with tea, punch, cookies and entertainment. Register at ahpd.org.

When: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Cost: $20

Snow Day

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Act out skits and play theater/improv games - all with a snow theme.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $37, $25 resident

Elves at the North Pole

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Join other elves in an interactive, creative drama event where elfin games are played as all the elves prepare for the "big day"  with imagination, costumes and music. Registration required.

When: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $24, $16 resident

Breakfast with Santa at Westfield Old Orchard

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

Maggiano's Little Italy will be hosting Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8. Santa will read a holiday story and visit with kids. Breakfast will be a buffet of pastries, fruits, eggs, sausage and beverages. Reservations can be made with Maggiano's at (847) 933-9555.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: $14.95

Extreme Mammals

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens, an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater, a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found, and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $22-$29 adults, $18-24 seniors and students, $15-$20 kids 4-11; included in Discovery and All-Access passes

Enchanted Railroad

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26-Jan. 6
Cost: Free with admission

Help Wanted: The Holiday Servants Tour

Driehaus Museum | Chicago, Ill.

The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence during the late 19 th century, and the family spent every holiday season in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire, and more.

When: Tours begin every Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Cost: $15, $8 kids 12 and under

Cinderella

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Cost: $15

Midwinter's Tales

Oak Park Festival Theatre | Oak Park, Ill.

Performance is a celebration of the marvelous, merry madness of the holiday season. Includes lighting of the first candle of the menorah, music from The Madrigal Singers of Grace Episcopal and a visit from the Maiden Street School of Irish Dance. Following the performance, guests are invited to enjoy cider and homemade desserts in Unity House.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 students and seniors, free kids 12 and under
 





 
 
 
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