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12 Days of Christmas
Shop between November 9 – December 19 at the 14 local shops listed for a bonanza of deals and prizes! Daily and Grand Prizes will be drawn between December 5 – December 19. Subscribe to the event at: Facebook.com/WhyBerwyn/events to keep up with prizes. Make a $20 purchase at any of the participating businesses to receive a sticker from that business. In addition, enjoy the bonus time limited offers and discounts. Bring your validated promotional card to Hursts’ Berwyn Jewelers and exchange stickers for entries into the daily drawings taking place between December 5 – December 19. If you collect at least 7 stickers, you are entered into the Super Spectacular Grand Prize Drawing on December 19.
Pheasant Run's New Year Eve
Ring in the New Year with friends and family at Pheasant Run Resort. Entertainment in two separate ballrooms. Choose to have dinner or just come for the parties. Please call for details.
Wreaths Across America
This National program began some 15 years ago in a effort Remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. All 530 veterans graves in the Alton National Cemetery will be decorated with balsam wreaths for the holiday season. Take part in an emotional ceremony sure to bring both pride and joy to those in attendance.
Christmas with the Nelsons at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to the BCPA in this heart-warming holiday throwback. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, the multi-platinum recording artists remind us that the holidays are best spent with family and friends gathered in cozy living rooms with some hot cocoa and meaningful music.
Michael McDonald - "This Christmas" at the Arcada Theatre
Two notes. That's all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the former Dooble Brother and 80's hitmaker's most emotive instruments.
Mistletoe Stroll Holiday Homes Tour
Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena invite you to tour historic inns all lavishly decorated for Christmas. From traditions of the past to current day decor, each inn is unique and the experience should not be missed. Sample each inn’s favorite holiday cookie. See the website for homes open Saturday December 12 and December 19. Admission is $10, tickets can be purchased at any of the homes listed.
Holiday Walk & Festival of Windows
Live window displays, Horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa & live reindeer, marshmallow roast, and merchants open house are just part of the magic of the annual Holiday Walk on Madison Street.
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Start the new year off right! Enjoy games, giant inflatables, arts and crafts and dance to the latest tunes! Returning this year…spin the prize wheel and active toddler zone. Celebrate with a balloon drop at noon! Pre-register by Dec. 30 at noon. Children under 2 are free. Ages 2 and up: Pre-registration: $7 – Includes admission, party favors and snack. Day-of: $10 at the door. (Day-of registration does not include party favors or snack.)
Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair
The 26td Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair is a crafters dream come true with over 200 booths of crafters selling their best wares. This is the largest craft fair in the region, featuring holiday decorations, ornaments, furniture, home decor, baked goods and homemade items of all kinds.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
Rockton Christmas Walk
The 31st annual Rockton Christmas Walk events include the Candy Cane Craft Fair, Lighting of the Park, Lighted Parade, horse drawn wagon rides, a visit from Santa, and Christmas carolers. Many organizations provide events of their own which include a breakfast, craft show, musical concert, hot cocoa, and Christmas time sales at their business. See the website for a full schedule.
Santa's Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting
Come join Schiller Park at their annual Santa’s Winter Wonderland. Santa & his friends will be there to ring in the holiday season with numerous fun activities. There will also be a charity coat drive once again where each donator of a coat will receive a prize. In addition the event will be followed by the Village's Holiday Tree Lighting event at 6:30 PM at Clocktower Park. The Village hopes you and your family will be able to enjoy this free family event. Remember to bring your camera!
Christmas at the Mansions Tour
Travel back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience a traditional Victorian and Edwardian Christmas! Tour Ewing Manor, the David Davis Mansion and a Mystery Mansion in Bloomington-Normal and take in the architecture and history of these homes while they are decorated for Christmas. Tours will be at: 2 pm – 5 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
New Year's Arcada Style
Celebrate 2016 and ring in the New Year with the Arcada Theatre. This will be like no other New Year's party in the midwest! The Bronx Wanderers are Living the American Rock N' Roll Dream.
Home For the Holidays in Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit from Santa Claus, and a special showing of “Grinch” at Lake Theatre. All events and activities are free.
Participate in Downtown Oak Park’s annual Cookie Walk! A $20 participation fee includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 45 participating shops and restaurants to collect a cookie or candy at each stop. Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas on Marion Street, enjoy a variety of family-friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate & coffee. Hospitality tent located on Marion Street at South Lake Street.
Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras
Ring in the New Year with Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras! With overnight accommodations on December 31st, and multiple celebrations packages available for adults as well as children. Please call 630.584.6300 for details of packages to choose from.
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
First Night Evanston
A great Evanston New Year's Eve celebration that brings together a great community! Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists. It's a family-friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to young children as well as a teenage battle of the bands and a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's greatest old classic houses of worship. $20 in advance; $25 until 12/31; $30 at door. Type: Festival/Special Events. Various locations in Evanston.
Ringin' in the New Year in Downtown Naperville
Bring the whole family to enjoy the final day of 2015 shopping, dining and celebrating in Downtown Naperville. Enjoy free performers (face painters, caricature artists, magicians, henna tattoo artists, jugglers, stilt walkers, fortune teller and more) from 1-3pm. Get clues for a scavenger hunt. 50 randomly selected entries will receive a Downtown Naperville gift card. There will also be free trolley rides from 1-4pm and free Shutterbox photos and prizes for kids. Wander around downtown and see all the trains too! Follow the sky lights to the Covered Bridge and stroll down the Riverwalk just a short distance to the Carillon. There will be free hot chocolate at the Riverwalk eatery while you wait for the early evening Countdown to Ring in the New Year at 6pm.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
A rock holiday tradition for a new generation. This year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's live debut performance of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve! Allstate Arena December 28th, two shows, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
Christmas at the Mack House - Macktown Living History Center
Celebrate Christmas at the Mack House. Visit Stephen Mack's home and enjoy traditional 19th Century treats such as Wassail and warm apple cider, along with an assortment of traditional cookies and sweetbreads. Fun for the entire family in the oldest wood frame house west of Chicago. There will be traditional music and both Christmas and winter songs with bag pipers, native flutes, fiddles, and much more.
Christmas Parade - Metropolis
A holiday tradition in Metropolis, the Christmas Parade features bands, floats and Santa Claus. The parade kicks off at 1:30pm downtown. (Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 6th)
The Nutcracker Ballet - Rockford Dance Company & Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family. Saturday performance 7:00pm Sunday performance 3:00pm
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
First Night Springfield
Head on out to the 29th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 PM at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 PM. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 PM-11:15 PM.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter, reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and Classical catalog. The Wizards of Winter bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. This 22 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past!
Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy- The 2015 Holiday Tour
This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s most beloved hits like ‘Valentine,’ ‘If You Believe,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ and ‘Sending You A Little Christmas.’ You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during this most wonderful time of the year…Togetherness.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. This two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has scored 19 Top Ten singles and seven number 1 hits, including his best-loved "God Bless the USA." Share an evening of heartwarming music-from "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to his enduring chart-toppers.
Scott Wattles: Blue Suede Christmas
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock'n'Roll Christmas Show. This musical journey down memory lane is packed with the true Christmas classics. From the moment the curtain opens you will find yourself singing right along with the Blue Suede Crew on such classics as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and many more!! Don't miss this show at 7 p.m. and a chance to get in the mood for the holiday season.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
Carols at Early Candlelight
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas with the Taylor’s
Join them for an evening of holiday fun. The historic mansion will be decorated in its holiday finery. Enjoy homemade cookies, hors d’oeuvres, tea, and holiday punch. Special holiday music will be provided. Entries from the Gingerbread House Contest will be on display and you can help pick the winner! A special kids Christmas room will provide fun with old fashioned games, classic Christmas videos, and maybe even a surprise visit from Santa! Each child 10 or younger will leave with a Christmas gift bag. Adult Historical Society Members: $3; Adult Non-Members: $5; Children 5 to 16: $2. (815-232-8419)
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window
A small group of weary travelers discover the power of the season while trapped in a lonely train station on Christmas Eve. As a blizzard rages outside, the troubled people are forced to turn to each other for companionship. Be sure to catch this heartwarming play at 7 p.m. on December 5th and if you miss that day you can catch it at 2 p.m. on December 6th.
Holiday Open House at the Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore History Museum says “Thank you” to its supporters Saturday, December 5th during their Annual Holiday Open House. This free event is fun for everyone who loves the holidays. Enjoy festive music, drink hot chocolate, take home a craft activity, and decorate sugar cookies. The museum will also be open for tours led by the Junior Docents.
Midwest Museum of Natural History Festival of Trees
See the Midwest Museum of Natural History decked out for the Holidays during the 2015 Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees that are displayed around the museum all month long. Visitors to the museum then get to vote for their favorite tree. And if that's not enough, plan your visit around one of the weekly events and programs. View MMNH's calendar of events to see what other fun activities are planned at the museum. December is a great time to visit and experience the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
3 Redneck Tenors
The "infamous" 3 Redneck Tenors are back and better than ever!! These boys have seen it all, sing it all and make us laugh until we double over, reminding us that in life, it is not the destination, it's the journey. Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Rednecks Tenors could have had, delighting the audience with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel, to country, to broadway and many more areas!! You're going to love them and so will anyone with a sense of humor and appreciation for incredible voices.
Danville Symphony Orchestra "The Nutcracker"
Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grandfather Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King in a fantastic dream where toys come to life. Bring the entire family to celebrate this holiday season with a fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, accompanied by the full Danville Symphony Orchestra. The DSO welcomes Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet back for one matinee performance of this classic holiday tradition.
The legendary Plaids, an all-male vocal quartet, come back to earth to spread yuletide joy with the greatest Holiday hits of the ages. Performing every Fri. Sat. and Sun, 11.20 thru December 27.
Winter Chocolate Walk
Bring your sweet heart or just your sweet tooth to Discover Sycamore’s Winter Chocolate Walk. Enjoy the best of our downtown shops while sampling a vast array of fine chocolate desserts. Enjoy hot chocolate, chocolate covered candy canes, chocolate martinis, homemade chocolate marshmallows, chocolate donuts, chocolate dipped mini cones and much more! Shopping doesn’t get much sweeter than this! The Chocolate Walk will begin at Blumen Gardens at 5pm. You will receive a Chocolate Walk guide listing all participating businesses. Stop at each location and get your card signed when you taste a chocolaty treat. Be sure to make as many stops on the walk as you can – when your card is full – drop your card off with your name and phone number into the bag at your final location. The winner will be drawn from the names of those entered that made the most stops on the walk. We are featuring several wonderful raffle baskets this year.
Christmas Village Craft Fair
The Christmas Village Craft Fair includes 22 vendors from around the country selling Christmas crafts and unique gifts. Lunch will be available both days in a cafe with food made entirely from scratch. Free admission, free parking, and handicap accessible.
WWE Live Holiday Tour
WWE Returns to Chicago for the Final Time This Year With the WWE Live Holiday Tour! Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match. 6 Man Tables Match plus more of your favorite WWE Superstars including: The Big Show, Cesaro, Stardust, The Divas and many more! Card is subject to change WWE Tickets Make a Great Holiday Gift!
103.5 Jingle Ball
Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 PM come out and see this great show with an amazing lineup! The performers include Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Fifth Harmony, Conrad Sewell & DNCE. You can purchase tickets online or listen for a chance to win.
Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Stroll leisurely through the extraordinary holiday trees represented and decorated by local businesses. The Festival includes holiday musical entertainment by local church choirs, school groups and community musical groups scheduled at various times throughout the festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. This special community event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District in cooperation with Timber Creek Inn and Suites. Free admission.
An Irish Christmas at the Virginia Theatre
As seen on PBS, An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, Christmas carol singing, and great storytelling – all led by an award-winning cast of Irish dancers in a night that sparkles with life and a bit
Santa Cause 5K
The Santa Cause 5K race will be a family friendly event for all ages; a great activity for the whole family to participate in during the holiday season. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa. For our inaugural event, we are partnering with the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and bringing the route into the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. In addition, all extra proceeds will benefit “Dazzle Downtown,” providing funds for festive lights and decor for the warehouse district.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It's the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For over 20 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
East Peoria Festival of Lights
East Peoria presents the 32nd annual Festival of Lights, a festival of electrical lighting displays that help spread the holiday cheer. The festival includes a parade on November 19th and a Winter Wonderland drive thru at Veteran's park that runs Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, allowing visitors to enjoy the lights in their warmth of their vehicles.
The Nutcracker at the Prairie Center for the Arts
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s annual production of the Nutcracker continues to delight audiences of all ages. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, with the help of an enchanting toymaker, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with grand sets and vibrant costumes, this Nutcracker is not to be missed. Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings only.
PNC Winterfest at the Peoria Civic Center
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition, is coming to downtown Peoria on November 27th. This 39-day event will give central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue. PNC Winterfest will feature a real ice rink will be ready for you to skate in any type of weather.
Swedish Historical Society - Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society will be celebrating their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy.
Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
The Buckinghams' The Joy of Christmas Live at the Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents legendary band, The Buckinghams, in an unforgettable evening, “The Joy of Christmas.” Combining classic rock hits with beloved holiday songs, the Chicago natives present an evening of entertainment guaranteed to delight! You’ll hear your rock favorites “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” “Don’t You Care,” and more. The brass-infused rock recreates brilliant holiday memories as you’ll want to sing along with the band to “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock.” We dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock. It’s the perfect gift for loved ones, and a great way to entertain family visiting during the holidays. Take the night off and amp up your Christmas spirit with us the last Saturday before Santa shows up. Tickets are on sale now!
Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! New this year: A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers' Theater, Chicago "El" trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express! Join Landmark Illinois' Bonnie McDonald for narrated tours of the history and architecture of Chicago's landmarks. Kids' tours, too!
Palos Park Holiday Market
We are welcoming in the Holiday Season with the arrival of Santa, the Annual Tree Lighting and holiday vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9PM.
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
Frozemont at MB Financial Park
Winter fun in Rosemont! Complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games and more. Free holiday fun for the whole family!
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
Easter in the Country
The 35th Annual Easter in the Country will be held at Sandwich schools south of Route 34 on Wells, Lions & Dayton Street. Stop by Sandwich to see beautiful crafts such as painted windows, lighted bottles, pop can jewelry, hair bows, porcelain flowers and handmade baskets. Shuttle service will be provided to each location, no strollers allowed. The $3.00 admission fee benefits the Sandwich School Music Association.
Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House
Get into the holiday spirit at the Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House. The mansion will be festively decorated for all to see! The weekend will include tours of the mansion, live music, horse and carriage rides and decor from preferred business owners. Bring your last minute shopping list!
Winter Wonderland Festival
Enjoy a horse & carriage ride through the Festival of Lights, great food, shopping, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts, a present for every child and so much more.
It's a Wonderful Life with Zuzu at the Genesee Theatre
Get in the spirit with a screening of America's favorite Holiday Classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" with a special live appearance, Q&A, and stories from Zuzu herself, Karolyn Grimes. Her sparkling personality and her couragious story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
Christmas at the Brewery
Annual family friendly holiday celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides through quaint downtown Flossmoor, and visits with Santa for the children. 4-8PM.
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 from 12/5-12/6, 12-13, 19-20, & 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply.
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
Sparklers Cheer Team hosts a craft and vendor fair for unique holiday shopping. Avon, Tupperware, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Miche, Homemade Jewelry and Crafts, baked goods, split the pot raffle and items to be raffled off and much much more.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.
NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/new-years-eve-fireworks-dinner
Visitors Center Holiday Gift Expo
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products ranging from Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs to mugs to more are featured. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. Open: 8 am - 7 pm seven days a week.
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Spirit of Chicago
This December get into the Holiday Spirit! Celebrate the season with a Spirit of Chicago Holiday Cruise. These special holiday events feature buffet dining, engaging DJ entertainment for dancing and dazzling views from the water. See website for Cruise options.
Holiday in the Grove
Enjoy Christmas in the Grove this year! Children's Holiday Shop, sleigh rides, tree lighting, caroling, crafts, breakfast and photo op with Santa and cookies with Mrs. Claus. Children's Free Raffle basket returns with goodies for all ages!
Holiday House at Magnolia Manor
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia Manor is adorned in Holiday decorations and many of the displays are for sale. Luncheon reservations are available, as well as tours of the 14 room mansion by members of the Historical Society.
Darlene Love at the Genesee Theatre
Get ready for an unforgettable concert experience full of brilliant music and mesmerizing entertainment. Named one the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love brings Love for the Holidays featuring “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” a song she performs annually.
A Well-Strung Christmas at Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Well-Strung, a string quartet features classical musicians who put their own spin on the music of Mozart, Rihanna, Adele, Vivaldi, and more! Well-Strung performed in Batavia during the 2nd season, and is the most requested group to make a return appearance on the Batavia Fine Arts Centre stage.
Home for the Holidays
Visit historic Elsah during the holiday season and take a tour of historic homes, the village museum, churches and bed and breakfasts. There is also an option to ride in a horse-drawn carriage or decorated wagon with a team of horses. Ticket price includes a horse-drawn carriage ride. Lunch is available and will be served in Farley's Hall for an additional charge. Advance tickets are $15 per person. Event day tickets are $18 per person. Ticket prices do not include food. For more information visit historicelsah.org. Tickets are limited. All proceeds benefit the Historic Elsah Foundation.
Hobnob Holiday Market
A pop-up style vintage & handmade market...not your Grandma's antique show! Kick the holiday season off with an evening under the twinkle lights at the Making Merry Party on Friday, December 4th. Enjoy early-bird shopping plus fun prizes, live music, and a cash bar. Ticket are available online for $15.00. Market day will be held Saturday,December 5th with fabulous vintage finds and wonderful handmades ready for the choosing. $5.00 per person at the door - bring your pals and make it a day!
Winter Ice Solstice at the Effingham Performance Center
This year's Winter Ice Solstice will have you frozen to your chair with excitement while watching professional ice skaters glide across the EPC stage in a performance like none other! Take a peek into the winter wonderland and get your snow gear ready for a Solstice for audiences of all ages. So get your tickets now and don't miss the show at 7:30 p.m.
Ellwood House Holiday Traditions Tours
Enjoy a holiday open house and tours of the beautifully decorated Ellwood House Mansion. Every November, the Ellwood Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-29, (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving) our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. See our VISIT page for hours and information. At the end of our touring season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend. Visitors may purchase tickets in the Visitor Center (or online) and present their tickets at the front door of the mansion. Upon entering the decorated mansion, volunteers will be stationed in each room, presenting the history of the Ellwood House and sharing information about the two generations of Ellwood family members who called Ellwood House home.
Light Up McFerren Park
Come drive the mile long loop at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, IL and experience an unforgettable light display. Tens of thousands of lights and dozens of displays will guarantee a night you won't soon forget. The McFerren Park lights will be on every evening from sundown to 11:00 PM starting November 28 to January 3.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley
Holiday celebration inside a large heated tent featuring entertainment, tasty treats, gift vendors, kid's crafts, carriage rides, children's rides, ice carving, visit with Santa and more.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and classical catalog. See them live at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Memorial Day Service
An elaborate service, consists of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, lowering of the flag, Invocation, Civil War Re-enactors, guest speakers, laying of the wreath, benediction, rifle and canon salute and taps.
Christmas Home Tours
Visit Historic Golconda and tour 4 homes, a church and the local museum. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30 pm with refreshments and, at 6:00, a live Nativity Scene and caroling around a huge bonfire on the Court House lawn in downtown Golconda, Santa arrives on the fire truck at 6:30.
Scott Wattles Blue Suede Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
Join musicians, Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock 'n Roll Christmas show.
32nd Annual Pilot Club Holiday Home Walk & Tea Tour
Join us for glittering lights and trees and enchanting displays. Tour the beautifully (holiday) decorated homes. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at County Market, Family Gardens or from any Pilot Club member. Tea is being served at Knollwood Retirement Village. This event is open to the public and surrounding areas.
Christmas at the Farm
Experience an old time Christmas with the kids. This exciting day includes a train display around the Christmas tree and, naturally, the kids get to meet, and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Read some holiday classics and enjoy fresh roasted chestnuts. Eight different hands-on holiday crafts will be available. Chili and hot dogs are available for sale. For two Sundays: December 6 and December 13.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window at the Effingham Performance Center
Take a journey with a small group of weary travelers on Christmas Eve to see how their interaction with seven youngsters changes their holiday spirit. See Three Chicks & A Stage perform this play Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Winterfest in Downtown Oak Park
Collect sweet treats at this signature holiday cookie walk on December 5th (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Take photos with Saint Nicholas and enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment acts.
Olde Tyme Christmas and Living History
Decorations and period music accompany reenactments of what 18th century life was like at Fort Massac. The park staff and local historical re-enactors will welcome guests to the visitors' center and museum, which will be festively decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs. Hot spiced tea will warm visitors as they sample cookies baked in the authentic period bake oven.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. See him live at the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!