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Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is on Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14-, 20-21 and Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply. Free with zoo membership.
Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in the Brookfield Zoo's Discover Center with a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with some special zoo costumed characters. Photo opportunities will be available with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Musical entertainment will make for an uplifting fun time for your entire family to enjoy. Reservations are required. Dates include December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.
A Carpenters' Christmas
Singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping the Carpenters' holiday tradition alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. For tickets, please call (630) 584-6342
CITY: St. Charles
Jingle Bell 5K Run
This certified race is accurately marked and measured. Features mostly rolling terrain and a few hills. Held at Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 7:30 am - 11:00 am, $30 pre-registration; $35 day of event. Be sure to enjoy the post-party.
CITY: Crest Hill
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Family Pops Concert- Music From the Movies
Attend the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Family Pops Concert performance of Music From the Movies. Revel in the drama of music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones performed live! 3pm show time, tickets are $55, $45, $35, $25 & Student with ID $15.
Joliet American Legion Band - Sounds of Christmas
The award-winning Joliet American Legion Band presents, "Sounds of Christmas." Enriched with tradition, military sharpness and musical integrity, these musicians are dedicated to bring you a quality performance with their tremendously rousing musical spirit. Start time is 2pm. Non-perishable food items collected Nov. 29th, Dec. 8th, 10th & 12th.
Holiday Vignettes at the Mansion
Tour the Hegeler Carus Mansion with the maid and visit with the Hegeler family & their friends in period dress as each room will give you a different peek into the Victorian Holidays. The halls are decorated for the occasion. Tickets include a 1 hour tour with a festive beverage from the wine cellar & holiday cookies. Tours will begin at 6pm and every 15 minutes after.
Frank Sinatra Christmas
Drop in to Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center for a Christmas Matinee on December 8 or December 9. Get into the holiday spirit while listening to the smooth voice of Peter Oprisko as Frank Sinatra. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs and some of Frank’s original hits. December 8 & 9, 2014 (Matinees) Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Don't miss this American holiday tradition, as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 8pm start time, tickets are $69, $59 & $54.
6th Annual Lemont Park District Frigid 5K
Bundle up and join in the fun for the 6th Annual Lemont Park District Frigid 5k! Break out those Santa hats and ugly Christmas sweaters for this festive 5k Race. Register by November 19th to be guaranteed a Frigid 5k or Candy Cane Kids Dash Hoodie! Held at Centennial Park. Frigid 5k Start: 8:00am. Candy Cane Kids Dash Start: 8:45am.
Legacy Girls Christmas
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center presents Legacy Girls Christmas. The Legacy Girls humor, choreography and three part harmonies will help you welcome the holiday season in this matinee performance that includes the Lodge’s signature buffet lunch. Call 815-220-7386 for more information and to book your seats. Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show.
Quincy Service League's Holiday Show & Sale
This annual event features over 100 booths of great Christmas gifts, decorations and home decor.
Three Chicks & A Stage
Mrs. Frump, director of the Peaceful Valley Orphanage, has planned for the children to spend Christmas Eve with local families. Setting off in an old bus on Christmas Eve to deliver the kids, they are pursued by the Busybodies from the board of trustees and the suspicious sheriff, and they even pick up a lovesick troubadour on his way home. This ride turns into an adventure Mrs. Frump and the kids didn't expect; one that you and your family will never forget!! Please make special note that there is two different dates and times: December 6th at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. December 7th at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m.
Join Clint Black, heralded as one of the Country music's brightest stars for a Christmas performance to remember. Boasting nearly two dozen #1 hit singles and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Black remains a devoted family man and Honorary Chair for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. This prolific country star invites us to join in the holiday spirit as he performs music to light up the season! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Clint will perform at 7:30 p.m.
The Winter Wonderettes
THE WINTER WONDERETTES takes audiences to Harper’s Hardware for their 1968 holiday party, hosted by the female singing group The Wonderettes. When Santa turns up missing, the ladies must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “ Run Rudolph Run,” “Winter Wonderland” and 20 other seasonal favorites, to save the festivities. This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
Von Heideke's Chicago Festival Ballet - The Nutcracker
The holiday tradition continues as The Nutcracker returns to the Rialto Square Theatre. This holiday favorite fairytale is perfect for the entire family. The magical production features lavish costumes, a growing Christmas tree, a battle between mice and soldiers, a journey through the land of whirling snowflakes and a joyous visit to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Keep the holiday spirit alive and enjoy this breathtaking performance.
Mardi Gras Bash 2nd Annual
Annual party to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Raffles, costumes, candy bar, music dancing and food. 6-10PM.
Dailey & Vincent: "Spirit of Christmas Concert"
Three-time Grammy nominated Daily & Vincent, one of the most elite Bluegrass acts in America, returns to Effingham to delight us again with their "Spirit of Christmas Concert". Spearheaded by four-time International Bluegrass Music Association's "Vocalist of the Year" winner Jamie Dailey and five-time Grammy Award winner Darrin Vincent, this Bluegrass powerhouse will get you in the mood for the season with their highly acclaimed signature sound live concert performance.
Carthage Christmas Open House
A magical evening in the beautiful historic downtown district of Carthage, Illinois, and home to our beautiful Hancock County Courthouse! Specials offered by local businesses, delectable treats, mini-malls highlighting local vendors (Vendors: Register here!), visit from Santa Claus, and much more! The spirit of Christmas is alive in Hancock County!
The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition woven with beautiful choreography, music and a special story. Set to the lovely score by Tchaikovsky, this two act ballet begins with a young girl named Clara who receives a special gift from Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Party. The nutcracker gift quickly becomes Clara’s favorite and soon transforms into a prince who invites her to join him on a special journey. The story continues through the snow, into the Land of Sweets where dancers from many lands entertain them. Is it all a dream? This will be the 15th time that the Kaiser Dance Theatre has brought the lovable ballet to local audiences. The first performance took place in 1985 and since then has become one of Quincy’s very own holiday traditions.
A Christmas Survival Guide/Holiday Musical Revue
Laugh away your seasonal anxieties and join five young optimistic people on their hilarious journey to find the true essence of Christmas. Rated PG. Performances: Fri.-Sat.8pm; Sun. 2pm
CITY: St. Charles
Deerfield's 4th Annual Winter Celebration
The Village of Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive holiday activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, warm treats, live animals and more. In addition Saturday will include the big man, Santa Claus to offer photo opportunities for children of all ages, holiday games, including dreidel games, petting zoo, pony rides, gingerbread house decorating and much more.
Swedish Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society celebrates their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing both Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy. Free will offering.
Shamrockin St. Pat's Weekend Party
Weekend of St. Pats Festivities- 4 Days of Irish Entertainment, Irish Fare, Raffles, St. Pats Day Gear and South Side Irish Parade bus trip. Family friendly all weekend. Family owned and operated for 27 years. 12PM-close.