Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Here Comes Christmas!}

Chicago suburban Christmas events

Ongoing holiday events will be ending soon because it is CHRISTMAS! So, be sure to visit them this weekend if you have a chance. Here are my picks this weekend for family fun:
Ongoing:
  • November 30-January 8 Christmas on the Farm and Life by Lamplight Farm House Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, Thursdays-Mondays, see times. The farm house will be decorated for the holidays and full of aromas of holiday treats baked in a wood stove. Learn the origins of holiday traditions and more. Free.
  • Ongoing: Illumination at Morton Arboretum in Lisle; November 17-January 1; a light show in the trees, interactive displays and more, check website for more description on prices and times, purchase tickets in advance
  • Ongoing: Dickens Holiday Village and Kringle's Christmas Village Tour in Antioch November 4-December 25; over 50 handcrafted Dickens character will be featured around town, free walking tour available, special events select Saturdays, Kringle's Christmas Village shadowboxes also decorate the town
  • Ongoing: Festival of Lights Cosley Zoo Wheaton; November 24-December 31 3PM-9PM, 20,000 twinkling lights transform the zoo with displays; Christmas tree sale as well; free; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas; check website for specific times (closed days), free but donations appreciated
  • Ongoing: Holiday Festival of Lights, Phillip's Park Zoo, Aurora, drive-thru display, November 24-December 26, Sun-Thurs 5PM-9PM, Fri-Sat 5PM-10PM, free!
  • Ongoing: Holiday Lights Lilacia Park, Lombard, December 2-28, check for special events like train rides, etc., lighting ceremony is Dec 2 5:30PM, Dec 4-18 6PM-8PM, Santa visits on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Ongoing: North School Park, Arlington Heights, November 24-early January (per Village), free!
  • Ongoing: Naper Lights, Naper Settlement, November 24-December 23, Thursdays-Sundays, 4:30PM-7PM, Thursday, 4:30PM-9PM Friday&Saturday, 4:30PM-6PM Sundays, December 18-21 every day 5PM-8PM, free!
  • Ongoing: Rosemont Holiday Lights: Holiday Light Displays including 80,000 lights in Rosemont, November 24-January 4, daily, free, plus enjoy free ice skating (fee for rental)
  • Ongoing: Carol Stream Holiday Light Contest, judged on December 18, follow map to see lights
Thursday, December 21:
  • December 21-December 23 The Grove Holiday Store, The Grove, 10AM-5PM, shop for holiday crafts in the Kennicott House, free admission
Friday, December 22:
Saturday, December 23:
  • December 23 Christmas at the Catlow, Barrington, 10AM, 1 hour traditional English, Norwegian and German holiday songs & Barb Sorensen's own songs, concert opens viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, tickets go fast, $7 pp
  • December 23 Cookie Decorating, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 11AM & 1PM, free but must sign up, no card required
  • December 23 Tractor Rides, Long Grove, 12PM-5PM, free but must sign up at Visitor's Center
  • December 23 Solstice Celebration, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, hot cocoa, celebrate the sun around a campfire, $1 pp donation, must register: 847-381-6592

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