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 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, November 24:
November 24 Turkey Trot, Palatine, 2 mile 8AM, 5 mile 9AM, Drumstick Dash 10AM, $30 pp, $6 pp for drumstick dash, see website
November 25-27 Gingerbread Festival, Downer's Grove, tree lighting November 25, carriage rides, Gingerbread hunt and more, see website for times
November 25 Tree Lighting, North School Park, Arlington Heights, 4PM-9PM, live music & entertainment, tree lighting, free trolley 4PM-8PM to museum to see Festival of Wreaths, complimentary glow sticks, free
November 26 Stroll on State, Rockford, 3PM-9PM, The Saturday after Thanksgiving in Rockford is the perfect way to warm up for the holidays with Stroll on State. The official tree lighting, a light show on the Rock River, ice sculpting, s'mores, parade, fire works and more will make a new holiday memory.
Also, Glass Ornament, Holiday Shop and Gingerbread Festival from above.
Sunday, November 27:
November 27 Feeder Watching, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook,at 10:00AM and 1:30PM, enjoy watching birds from inside, beginners welcome, free
Also, Glass Ornament, Holiday Shop, Holiday Sweets, Holiday Bazaar and Gingerbread Festival from above.