Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup: {Launching into the Holidays}


WOOHOO! Thanksgiving weekend is here! I know you need to keep those kiddos busy! Here are our picks for this weekend:
Ongoing:
  • November 20-January 2 Illumination at the Morton Arboretum, daily 5PM-9:30PM (last entry 8:30PM) EXCEPT Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the following Mondays: November 23, November 30, December 7, and December 14, amazing interactive light experience in the trees and woven in nature, ticket prices vary upon day, see website for more information, one of our favorite events of the year!
  • November 27-January 3 Wonderland Express, Chicago Botanic Garden, Nov 27-Dec 17 10AM-5PM, Dec 18-Jan 3 10AM-7PM, tickets adults $10 members/$12 non, Seniors $8/$10, kids $8/$10, under 3 are free, Tuesdays are half price, parking is $20 per car (purchase online in advance), check schedule for special events and when the exhibit is closed to public
Wednesday, November 25
  • November 25 Tree lighting and Christkindlmarket, Village Hall & Keystone Plaza, Mount Prospect, 4PM-7PM (lighting at 5PM), hot cocoa & cookies, local vendor market, free admission

Friday, November 27
  • November 27-29 Holiday Store at The Grove, Glenview,  10AM-5PM, gift and craft fair, free admission, sale of items benefits The Grove
  • November 27 Babyface Nelson Shootout Reenactment, Barrington, 3PM, Langendorf Park, free
  • November 27 Treelighting Ceremony, North School Park, Arlington Heights, 4:30PM-5:45PM, light display, tree will also be lit for the season, free
  • November 27-29 Gingerbread Festival, Downers Grove, tree lighting Friday at 4:30PM, storytime before, Gingerbread Houses for contest to view all weekend, Santa in Gingerbread House 1PM-4PM Sat and Sun, Gingerbread Hunt contest, complimentary carriage rides Sunday 1PM-4PM, check website for more details, free admission
  • November 27-29 Naper Lights, Naperville, 5PM-9PM, walk through light show in Naper Settlement, free admission, free hot cocoa Fri & Sat, donations welcome
  • November 27 Festival of Lights Parade, Crystal Lake, 7PM, free
Saturday, November 28
  • November 28-29 Spring Valley Holiday Bazaar, Schaumburg, 10AM-4PM, holiday gift shop with many vendors, free admission
  • November 28 Big Run Wolf Ranch Open House, Lockport, 10AM-4PM, $6 pp, Santa is visiting, visit with animals wolves, cougar, coyotes, bear and more, music, gifts and fun!
  • November 28 Holiday in the Park and Parade, Glenview, 4PM, Glenview Rd between Waukegan and Leigh
  • November 28 Fox Lake Illuminated Parade, 4PM-8PM, free, Santa, hot cocoa and caroling, reindeer
  • November 28 Level 257 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Level 257, Schaumburg, see Pac Man himself turn the lights on a specially made tree, tree lighting at 5PM, first 50 guests starting at 4:30PM receive a free Pac Man Santa Hat, complimentary drinks, games, gifts and prizes
  • Also, The Grove Holiday Store, Gingerbread Festival and Naper Lights from above.
Sunday, November 29
  • November 29 Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride, Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, 11AM-3PM, $3 pp
  • November 29 Animal Homes, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn where wildlife hideout in cold months, spot some wildlife homes on nature walk
  • November 29 Parade of Lights, Naperville, 5PM, free (while you are there check out Naper Lights!)
  • Also, The Grove Holiday Store, Gingerbread Festival and Naper Lights from above.
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