Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Wind Up: {Reindeer, Trains, Talons and More!}


Reindeer holiday fun this weekend in Chicago suburbs

Have you been enjoying the flurry of activities so far this season? There is a ton of fun set for this weekend and a lot of it is free! Check it out!

Road Trip: Kenosha HarborHoliday - International Market & Festival - This new combination Kenosha HarborHoliday event on December 3 sounds like a complete day of holiday sparkle in the making. The Civil War Museum hosts a Victorian Christmas showing what Christmas would have been like during the war. The engaging affair includes an encampment, period games and even a Civil War Santa! The Kenosha Public Museum will host an International Holiday Faire where visitors will find gifts from all over the world and enjoy traditional performances. Linnea Bakery will have a Nordic Corral with reindeer. The day will also feature the Winter HarborMarket with artisan cheeses, baked goods, locally made crafts and more.


Ongoing:
  • November 18 - January 2 Illumination at Morton Arboretum, a light show in the trees, interactive displays and more, check website for more description on prices and times, purchase tickets in advance
  • November 25-December 24 Christkindlmarket Naper Settlement, Naperville; Thursdays - Sundays November 25-December 18; every day December 19-24; free admission; also check out Naper Lights at Naper Settlement
  • November 25-December 27 It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Metropolis, Arlington Heights, $30 per person, $15 per student, see website for more info
  • November 25-December 30 Festival of Lights Cosley Zoo Wheaton; 3PM-9PM, 20,000 twinkling lights transform the zoo with displays; Christmas tree sale as well; free; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas
  • November 25-January 2 Wonderland Express, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ticket Price Member/Nonmember: Adults:  $11/$13 Seniors 62+: $8/$10 Children 3 - 12: $8/$10 Children 2 and under are free. Tuesdays are half-price  Half-price Tuesdays are sponsored by Grainger. Parking $25. Check website for more info, closed dates, buying tickets and more
Thursday, December 1:
Friday, December 2:
  • December 2-4 Make Your Own Glass Ornament or Window Sparkler, Patterson Glass Works, Mundelein, 10AM-4PM, first come, first serve basis, $25 pp 
  • December 2-3 Deerfield Winter Celebration, Downtown Deerfield & Deerfield Square, Friday 5PM-9PM, Saturday 9AM-3PM, horse drawn carriage rides, roasting chestnuts, more fun on Saturday including holiday games, gingerbread house decorating, Santa visits and more, free
  • December 2 Roasting Chestnuts, Des Plaines, Metropolitan Square, 4:30PM-6:30PM, chestnut roasting, tree lighting,free
  • December 2 Holiday Happenings, Harmony Park, Arlington Heights, 5pm-8pm, live music, petting zoo, reindeer, Santa, sleigh rides, free
  • December 2 Santa Christmas Walk Geneva; 6:00PM-9:30PM; arrival of Santa Lucia who will distribute Swedish cookies; Santa visits; tree lighting; chestnuts roasting; live nativity; free
  • Holiday Shop and Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Arts and Craft Fair from above.
Saturday, December 3:
  • December 3 Snow Much Fun Barrington  10AM-6:30PM; holiday events throughout the village, free
  • December 3-4 Winter Wonderland, Frisbie Senior Center, Des Plaines, 10AM-4PM, entertainment, characters, Santa, magic show, crafts, model train displays and more, free
  • December 3 Talons and Claus, Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn, 10AM-3PM, meet Santa, meet some raptors, go on a hayride, shop wildlife inspired gifts, free admission; photos with Santa are $10
  • December 3 Winter Wonderland, Downtown Elgin, 12PM-7PM, pictures with Santa, live reindeer, holiday market, police open house, hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, tree lighting, crafts and more, free admission, check schedule
  • December 3-4 Christmas in the Valley, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg, 12PM-4PM, see how German-American farm families celebrated the holidays, meet a traditional St. Nicholas, crafts for kids and more, $3 pp, $12 per family
  • December 3 Mistletoe Market and Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival at Cantigny Park in Wheaton; Mistletoe Market will run from 1PM-7PM and give you an opportunity to shop from local makers; Celebrate the Season runs 4PM-7PM and will include sleigh rides, live reindeer, crafts, story time and more; some small fees may apply; parking $5 per car.
  • December 3-4 Holiday Express, Blackberry Farm, Aurora, 2PM-6PM, Christmas songs, holiday storytelling, hay wagon rides, Santa visits, adventure playground, train ride around the lake, $5 pp, can purchase tickets online
  • Holiday Shop, Deerfield Winter Celebration, Make Your Own Glass Ornament and Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Arts and Craft Fair from above.
Sunday, December 4:
  • Holiday Shop, Make Your Own Glass Ornament, Christmas in the Valley, Holiday Express, Winter Wonderland and Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Arts and Craft Fair from above.
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