Why do I have the feeling that the next month and a half will erupt into one brightly-lit, sequined whirlwind? Because it will! There is so much to do, see, and experience.
As you can imagine, there is pretty much every type of Santa event that you could ever imagine in the Chicagoland area. A few years ago, I discovered the website Santa in Chicago. This site lists most of the events in the area. I am serious--it is totally unbelievable that so many Santa events can be found on one site--but this site really does it.
Here is some of the cool stuff in our neck of the woods this weekend:
Saturday, November 17
Hersey High School Children's Theater will be presenting The Wizard of Oz at 10:00AM at Hersey High School. Tickets are $4 for kids younger than 12 and $6 for adults at the door. You can also contact Joann Langley at 847-718-4942 for advance tickets.
Graue Mill in Oak Brook will be holding its "Christmas at the Mill" Fine Artisan Boutique from 10AM-4PM. Local artisans will be on hand selling all sorts of holiday items. Carolers and decorated trees will be adding to the cheer. Santa will be present from 11AM-1PM.Admission to the event is free.
Creatively Caring is holding an awesome family volunteer project at The BookMarket in the Glen in Glenview. The event starts at 10:30AM. For the Thanksgiving service craft, families will help decorate baskets that will be delivered with food to the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The free event is a good way for the family to volunteer together! (while supplies last)
Mount Prospect Public Library will be visited by the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Woods for The World of Pooh. From 11:00AM-11:45AM, families will be treated to a live, musical portrayal of their favorite characters--Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and more! You will need to register for the free event.
Palatine businesses will be having their Holidays on the Town event (10:00AM-5:00PM). On Saturday, Holidays on the Town is having a Family Fun Day. During Holidays on the Town, participating businesses will be having demonstrations, decorating ideas, special offers, and refreshments. To participate, you will need to purchase a passport for $2 at one of the participating businesses. Since Saturday is Family Fun Day, you will also receive a scavenger hunt for the kids. Positive Strokes Art School & Gallery will be having free face painting and art projects for kids. The art projects will be at 11:00AM, 1:00PM, and 3:00PM. There are more activities associated with this event including raffles, so check here.
Saturday marks the annual tree lighting in Palatine. The event will begin at 4:30PM at the Towne Square. There will be carols, refreshments, and some characters from the Nutcracker. Santa will arrive at 5:00PM. Children are encouraged to write letters for Santa. The event is free!
Is your pooch eager to give Santa his list? The Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital will be having pet pictures with Santa from 3:00PM-5:30PM on Saturday. Call 847-310-8668 to reserve your 10 minute photo session. Pictures cost $5 and proceeds will benefit The Buddy Foundation.
Sunday, November 18
in Oak Brook will be holding its "Christmas at the Mill" Fine Artisan
Boutique from 10AM-4PM. Local artisans will be on hand selling all sorts
of holiday items. Carolers and decorated trees will be adding to the
cheer. Santa will be on hand from 11AM-1PM.Admission to the event is