A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: 29 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs December 11-13, 2020

Weekend Windup: 29 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs December 11-13, 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020

29 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs December 11-13, 2020

29 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs December 11-13, 2020

This week's list of Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs is a great mix of holiday, nature, virtual and outdoor! Take a peek at my picks for the weekend:


Fairy Quest at The Grove in Glenview, download The Grove app and use it to search for fairy homes at The Grove!

Festival of Lights Cosley Zoo Wheaton; November 27-December 30 (closed Christmas Day), fresh Christmas trees and garland for sale, the event will be different than past years to keep everyone safe but just as festive, see website for more info, event is free and donations are very much appreciated.

December 5-31 Elgin Festival of Lights

Holiday Festival of Lights, Phillip's Park Zoo, Aurora, Northern Illinois' largest drive-thru display, November 27 - December 26 free but donations accepted.

North School Park, Arlington Heights, November 24-early January, free!

Holiday Tree Trail St. Charles November 28 - December 24 (at least), come and see trees decorated by community members, November 28 also includes the window decorating contest, holiday events in St. Charles are different than in years past.

Holiday Lights Lilacia Park, Lombard, December 5-January 3, magical array of musical lights, check website for more details AND how the park district will be keeping visitors safe while having fun.

Naper Lights -- downtown Naperville 4PM-9PM through January 9 (already on)

Willow Creek Wonderland Walk, South Barrington, 10 miles of lights on 55 structures, free but you must register to maintain safe numbers, December 1-24

Santa's Rock N Lights, Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, drive through light show of nearly 1000 elements, November 20 - January 3; 4:45PM-11PM, see website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Lake Forest Lights Up the Parks, parks in Lake Forest, November 27-January 10, free

Mooseheart Lights, Mooseheart, November 27-December 31, 5PM-9PM, 1.8 miles drive thru, $20 per car suggested donation, no exchange of money, see website for more info and verify that event is still happening, there is a special day where you can ride your horse on November 24 for $20 per rider and horse -- must RSVP -- see website

Holiday Festival of Lights, Phillip's Park Zoo, Aurora, Northern Illinois' largest drive-thru display, November 27 - December 26 free but donations accepted.

Holiday Magic, Brookfield Zoo will delight visitors in its 39th year of Holiday Magic with more than one million lights, a gnome hunt and more, November 27-29, December 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 26-31, see website for more info on ticketing, times and prices, must reserve tickets.

Dickens Holiday Village throughout downtown Antioch, through January 1, 2021, see life-sized Dickens characters and scenes around town, a downloadable brochure shows you where to find the scenes, also Kringle Christmas Village has been located to a showroom should you want to see the shadowboxes full of holiday cheer

Firefly Family Theatre Presents: A Tiny Spark, Arlington Heights Memorial Library YouTube Channel, December 12-19, a firefly is having difficulty finding her light, she travels through the forest looking for it, check website for more info and access to info for printable firefly puppet

For more holiday lights, check 2020 Holiday Light Shows in the Chicago Suburbs Including Large Scale and Awesome Home Displays **Please note some ticketed displays may be sold out or sold out on certain days.**

Friday, December 11

December 11-13 December Nights at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Cantigny grounds are open until 7PM so you can enjoy an evening stroll with the lights! Bring an unwrapped new toy for donation and parking fee will be waived! (Normally $5.)

December 11-13 Kohlights, Kohl's Children's Museum, Glenview, December 11-13, 18-23, 26-31, Jan 1-3, preview Dec 4-6, no touch interactive outdoor display, $25 per person, $22 per person for preview, $5 off for members, must purchase timed entry tickets

Saturday, December 12

December 12 Finding Frozen Phantom, 10AM, virtual walk in Phantom Prairie via Zoom with Crabtree Nature Center, free but must register, for those 12 and up

December 12 Family Weekend, Virtual Frank Lloyd Wright Activity

December 12 - 13 Virtual Nutcracker via Glencoe Public Library, free but must register

December 12 - 13 Patterson Glassworks Open House: Make Ornaments or Icicles, Mundelein, $35, by appointment only

December 12 Christmas Drive-Through Celebration, Oswego, 4:30PM-8:30PM, music, displays, guest appearances, drive through takes 10-15 minutes, at the future site of the Oswego Entertainment Venue on Station Road

December 12 Royal's Virtual Adventure "Snowed in for the Season," 6PM, live action virtual experience by Royal Princess Parties, about 40 minutes run time, $20 per household, reserve tickets in advance

December 12 Road Rallye Christmas Lights Tour December 12 in Schaumburg; by the Wheels Rallye Team in Schaumburg, $20 per car, pre-register, course will take you through some of the best home and municipal light displays in the suburbs, cars head out at 7PM *cars can be in sightseeing mode!*

December 12 "Light Up Those Jeeps" Toy Drive for Bike Bald, 6:40PM, decorated and brilliant jeeps will be driving by the children Bike Bald supports in Oswego, free to join -- must register if you are intending to drive a jeep in the parade; Bike Bald is a fantastic organization supporting children facing cancer and other life threatening illnesses and their families.

Sunday, December 13

December 13 Pioneer Living: Cooking Edition Facebook Live, 1:30PM, presentation by Sand Ridge Nature Center, virtual pioneer cooking demo and learn how to cook 1800's holiday favorites over an open fire

December 13 Chanukah Party Drive-In Movie and Candle Lighting, Loft 21, 4PM-6:30PM, Lincolnshire, Back to the Future, $20 per person, reserve tickets in advance, vendors

December 13 The Glencoe Chanukah Drive-in Celebration, 4PM, parking lot of North Shore Congregational Israel, Glencoe, Giant Menorah, fire show, Dreidel Man and more, registration required, donation suggested

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