Weekend Windup: {Family Fun and Holiday in Cheer in the Chicago Suburbs December 2-5, 2021}

Thursday, December 2, 2021


Family Fun and Holiday in Cheer in the Chicago Suburbs December 2-5, 2021


Ongoing:

Ongoing Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, stunning natural sculptures to help connect people with trees, the exhibition includes 5 incredible sculptures, included with normal admission

October 13 - January 2, 2022 Par Excellence Redux: The Back 9, Elmhurst Art Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience an interactive exhibit created by local artists. In honor of the original Par Excellence exhibit at The School of the Art Institute, local artists have created 9 unique mini golf holes that you can actually play! To enjoy this exhibit, you do have to reserve a tee time. Please see website for more information and how to book your time.

November 4-15 Lake County Film Festival in-person viewings, November 18-29 with online viewings, Waukegan and Lake Forest

Through January 2 Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden November 12-January 2; Lightscape returns to Chicago Botanic Garden fusing old favorites, reimagined displays and new show stoppers! The gentle amble through stunning designs. Tickets are on sale now, but will go fast. So, purchase them soon!

Through January 9 Let It Shine Drive Thru Light Show in Northbrook, Schaumburg and Aurora, November 12-January 9; light installations synchronized to music, $29.99-$39.99; fast pass can be added on for $20; see website for more information and tickets. Tickets are only available online.

Throeugh January 2 Santa's Rock N Lights, Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, drive through light show of nearly 1000 elements, November 19 - January 2; 5PM-9:30PM see website for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online only

Through January  2 Winter Magic, Will Hills Golf Course, Northbrook, drive-through light event, November 20-January 2

Through New Year Holiday Lights in  North School Park, Arlington Heights

Ongoing  - December 19 Edith Farnsworth Holiday House Tour, Aurora, enjoy a 1955 holiday adventure, tickets are $25 pp, register online, tix do sell out

Festival of Lights Cosley Zoo Wheaton; November 26 -December 30 (closed Christmas Day), fresh Christmas trees and garland for sale, light displays will decorate the zoo, see website for more info, event is free and donations are very much appreciated.

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

Check out my piece on Holiday Lights in the Suburbs Including Home Displays

Thursday, December 2:

Historic Holiday Window Walk & Visit with Santa: The Kennicott House at The Grove in Glenview will give you a peek into Christmas past with a live window event. The charming event runs December 2, 3 and 4. Guests must register for time slots. Admission is $12 per resident or $14 per nonresident. There will be a gift for all!

Friday, December 3:

December 3 and 10 Oswego Christmas Walk and Holiday Drive Through, illuminated decorations, live music and more

December 3 Dickens in Dundee, 5:45PM-9PM, tree lighting, living windows, carolers and more

Saturday, December 4:

December 4 Dickens in Dundee Parade 10AM

December 4 & 5 Make Glass Ornaments or Icicles at Patterson Glassworks, Mundelein, 10AM-4PM, $35-$65, reservation suggested

December 4 Elf Invasion 5k Rum, Walk and Stoll  and Elf Invasion Pub Crawl -- see more:  https://www.alittletimeandakeyboard.com/2021/11/elf-invasion-highwood.html

December 4  Annual Holiday Festival, Barrington, 10AM-6PM, trolley stops 10AM-2PM, carriage rides, holiday windows, crafts, Santa visits, tours of The White House and more, most events 10AM-2PM but the tree lighting is at 5PM. See schedule.

December 4 Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival, Cantigny, Wheaton, 1PM-7PM, decorated for the holidays, horse drawn sleigh rides ($2 pp), Santa visits, Lego Train Show, strolling snowman and more, $5 parking

December 4 Holiday Light Celebration, Downtown Evanston, 5PM-7:30PM, tree lighting, Santa visits, carolers, actors, snacks

Sunday, December 5:

December 5 Bird Feeding, River Trail Nature Center, 11AM-2PM, learn the basics of bird feeding and take home a pine cone craft, free

December 5 Winter Ramble, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, 1,4 mile hike to explore nature in winter, free

December 5 Holiday Hoopla, Wheeling , 1PM-3PM, face painting, Santa, performance, free

December 5 Drive Up Hanukkah Concert with Ben Tatar, 3PM-5PM, 'Z' Frank Apachi in Northbrook, slots at 3PM or 4:15 PM, free

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