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Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world at our annual expo. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Enjoy the spring weather in Downtown DeKalb where stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! Shops feature chalk paints, unique finds, antiques and more.
Join us for family-oriented winter activities such as snowman building, winter crafts, and even a figure-skating demonstration at the 3rd annual POLARpalooza
The annual Holiday Lights Parade, when people full of anticipation line the streets of Harrisburg, is geared to excite and entertain. This night time parade has many floats, farm and other vehicles decorated with brilliant holiday lights.
Piano sensation and popular radio host Jim Brickman will be bringing songs and feelings of the season to Dominican University's Performing Arts Center with Comfort & Joy, his 2016 holiday tour and the 20th anniversary of his original Christmas concert. Combining beloved holiday classics and festive original compositions, Brickman's enchanting sound and presence evokes the warm sentiments of family and togetherness.Tickets range from $23 to $53 and are available at www.events.dom.edu.
Celebrate the holiday season the old-fashioned way in the heart of Oak Park at Home for the Holidays, a free and family-friendly annual event. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down festively decorated brick roads, visit with Santa, explore the area's eclectic lineup of charming shops, catch a free movie screening of a holiday favorite at the Lake Theatre, and more! All events and activities are free.
The Cernan Earth & Space Center, a unique and sprawling space-age facility conveniently located on the Triton College campus in River Grove, combines education and entertainment with shows year round. The special seasonal exhibit, called Holiday Lights, is a jaw-dropping cosmic light show featuring carefully selected holiday tunes accompanied by thousands of starry and brilliantly lit images. Meant to evoke the feeling of a wintry night sky full of drifting snowflakes, Holiday Lights will have the entire family feeling the holiday spirit!
The Park District of Oak Park presents Winter Fest, a free family-friendly event at the expansive space of Taylor Park. Enjoy games in the snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasting s'mores around a campfire, festive tunes, sledding, rich hot chocolate, and more at this beloved annual event!
The David Davis Mansion will be decorated in its Christmas finery. Visitors will get to experience holiday traditions that were popular during the period.
‘Tis the season for Christmas Tour of the Manor. Join us on December 15 from 5-8pm at Ewing Manor. Step into the past and enjoy the home Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing decorated for the holidays. Parking is located across the street at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Cross the light on the corner of Towanda and Emerson.
A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages when Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. When the Nutcracker comes to life, it’s a magical journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. A special one-hour presentation for kids of all ages, featuring Tchaikovsky's beautiful dance music.
Ring in the New Year at Pere Marquette Lodge! Show off your cocktail attire and indulge with appetizers, an open bar and a lavish buffet dinner. Dance the night away with a great band, midnight champagne toast and even party favors! Retreat to cozy accommodations and take the elevator home! Wake up to the New Year with a hearty breakfast and wonderful memories. $389 inclusive, double occupancy. Let us know if you are with a group when making your reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations, the ladies are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. Mending old bathrobe costumes and discussing who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!
The Museum is decked out for the holidays; the trees have twinkle lights, Sam is dressed up, and of course the tree competition! During the month of December the Museum gets dressed up for the holidays. The Festival of Trees features a display of over 20 trees decorated by businesses and non-profit groups.The public can vote for their favorite tree by making a donation in jars in the lobby. The Midwest Museum of Natural History also has ‘special events’ happening weekly all December long!
The Hazy Hills Golf Course is 9 holes, 2,900 yards and a par 35. The course offers cart rental and a pro shop with club rental. The nine-hole course at the Hazy Hills Golf Course in Hudson was designed by Ben Gildersleeve. The design of the holes, rolling terrain and pond give this course character and add to its charm.
Vigneto del Bino Winery is a boutique winery specializing in “Wines grown from local Vines.” The winery sits on one acre of a 10 acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. The winery building encompasses the manufacturing of the wines, a tasting room and gift shop. Relax and shop for gift items; while sampling our crisp and refreshing wine selection.
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery. jewelry. textiles, ornaments. more. Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri.Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday.
Step out of the cold and into a winter wonderland filled with LEGO brick. Throughout the month of December, young brick fans are invited to play seasonal games and deck the halls with loads of brick-tastic holiday fun!
SiVer Place cuisine, outdoor dinning on Lake Michigan and live entertainment makes it an experience like any other in Waukegan, or Lake County. The Executive Chef brings an interpretation of modern but fun culinary art to the city of Waukegan. Menu includes salads, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, sliders and more. Kids and desserts menus also available.
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 8am.
This forest preserve has miles of wooded trails and a quarry lake suitable for hiking and horseback. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking permitted in season.
Its the best eye candy ever! The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. Bring a camera.
Our heritage is for everyone! A celebration of small town life featuring a fun filled family event that brings us all back in time for a moment to understand our heritage, enjoy the company of others and an opportunity to meet new friends. Activities include 5K/1K mile race, softball and Rolle Bolle Tournaments, children’s games, evening music entertainment. Join in on the meat & soup cook-off featuring, “Hutsepot” a (Belgian Dish). Craft and food vendors featured throughout the park and enjoy the Duck Derby at the village fountain. Activities begin at 8 am.
Chicago Premium Outlets is the largest outlet center in the Chicago market and ninth largest outdoor outlet mall in North America. With more than 140 designer and top brand-name outlets, the newly-expanded Chicago Premium Outlets® is being pegged by many as the market’s must-shop destination this holiday season. Holiday shoppers at Chicago Premium Outlets will find seasonal delights at every turn, like cozy warming lounges serving complimentary hot cocoa on select days and look for Santa to be strolling the promenades handing out goodies to children. Weekend Shopper Shuttle service from Union Station to Chicago Premium Outlets available. (Check their web site for more details.)