Friday, November 14
- November 14-16 The Grove Arts & Crafts Faire, The Grove in Glenview, crafts, art, food creations and more, crafts populate most of the buildings on the grounds, check website for more info and discount tickets
- November 14 Unwrap the Play Place at Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills, 6:30PM-8:00PM, Santa will arrive and unwrap the new Play Place on the Lower Level near JCPenney's, meet Santa's reindeer, holiday entertainment, free!
- November 15 Craft Fair, Salt Creek Park District Sports Center, Palatine, 9AM-2PM, free admission
- November 15-16 Christmas Boutique at the Mill, Graue Mill, Oak Park, 10AM-4PM, shop from local artists, jewelry, stained glass, Christmas decorations, trees will be decorated, carolers will be strolling, Santa visit 11AM-1PM, free admission
- November 15-16 Annual Holiday Bazaar, Illinois Holocaust Museum, 10AM-5PM, items from local artists, fair trade items, gorgeous jewelry, purses, books for adults and children, one-of-a-kind Judaica, museum admission not necessary to visit bazaar
- November 15 America Recycles Day, Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie, Glenview, 10AM-2PM, tour the Evelyn Pease Interpretive Center and see what recycled materials were used in its construction, participate in family activities, free!
- November 15 How I Became a Pirate, Northbrook Theatre, 10AM or 1PM, enjoy a swashbuckling musical!, tickets are $12 pp, order online
- November 15 The Great Thanksgiving Escape, storytime at participating Barnes & Noble's, free and may include activities based on stores, check with local store
- November 15 Kids Yoga Class, Viva-Ki Yoga, Arlington Heights, 11:30AM-12:30PM, $10 per child, packages available (check schedule before leaving in case of cancellation)
- November 15 Santa and Reindeer Visit, Knupper's Nursery, Palatine, 2PM-5PM (reindeer, Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker characters 2PM-4PM), free event--bring your cameras!
- November 15 Santa's Wonderland Preview Night, Bass Pro Shops, Gurnee, 5PM, unveiling of Wonderland, Santa arrives, FREE Santa pictures 6:00PM-8:00PM, FREE craft with back pack clip 6:00PM-8:00PM, FREE cookies and hot cocoa, Wonderland runs through December 24 so check schedule for other dates!
Sunday, November 16
- November 16 Geocaching 101, River Trail Nature Center, 12PM-2PM, learn how to geocache and find treasures in the forest, supplies limited, anytime between 12PM and 2PM, free!