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Troll Hunt
Now - Dec. 31, 2018

The Morton Arboretum | 4100 Illinois Route 53 | Lisle, IL 60532 | 630-968-0074
Go on a quest to find the hidden gaurdians of the forest - six giant sculpters made of reclaimed wood and natural materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Daily admission. Event Type: Nature.
 
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
Now - Dec. 31, 2018

Marriott Theatre | 10 Marriott Dr. | Lincolnshire, IL 60069 | 8476340200.000000
rving Berlin's Holiday Inn tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-outloud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. $50-$60. Event Type: Holiday, Theatre.
 
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Nov. 16, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

The Morton Arboretum | 4100 Route 53 | Lisle, IL 60532 | 630-968-0074
Experience the wonder of a spectable that lights up the winter in the woods. You'll be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, interactive lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Recreation.
 
Mokena Christmas Fest
Nov. 17, 2018 - Nov. 17, 2018

Downtown Mokena | 11120 Front Street | Mokena, IL 60448 | 708-609-6238
Children's workshop, lunch & pictures with Santa, Magician, lighted parade and family dance. Christmas Fest sponsored by the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. All day family fun! Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Think Flyod USA at RocHaus
Nov. 17, 2018 - Nov. 17, 2018

RocHaus | 96 W. Main Street | West Dundee, IL 60118 | 815-482-2870
Think Floyd USA celebrates the music of Pink Floyd with a full-production tribute performance that showcases an energetic and phenomenally gifted cast alongside mesmerizing lights and video. Featuring nine passionate musicians and vocalists, Think Floyd USA includes several dedicated founding members who began the journey together in 2004. $18/$33. For more information visit our website.
 
A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens
Nov. 17, 2018 - Nov. 18, 2018

Hemmens Cultural Center | 45 Symphony Way | Elgin, IL 60120 | 847-214-7152
The famous tale with a twist from the Magic Tree House series.  $12 adults/$10 students & seniors. For more information visit our website.
 
46th Annual Settler's Day
Nov. 18, 2018 - Nov. 18, 2018

Sand Ridge Nature Center | 15891 Paxton Avenue | South Holland, IL 60473 | 708-868-0606
Step back into America’s past with costumed living-history demonstrators, history hikes, crafts, an imaginary wagon train adventure and more! Admission is free, though donations of nonperishable food or money to benefit a local food depository will be gratefully accepted. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Home for the Holidays
Nov. 19, 2018 - Dec. 20, 2018

Rialto Square Theatre | 15 E. Van Buren St. | Joliet, IL 60432 | 815.726.7171
Home for the Holidays has something for everyone! The festivities begin on Monday, November 19th with events and activities through Saturday, December 20th. It includes entertainment options for the whole family with holiday shows, concerts, social gatherings, movies and special events throughout the holiday season. Prices Vary. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday.
 
Turkey Testical Festival
Nov. 21, 2018 - Nov. 21, 2018

Parkside Pub | 11721 E Main St | Huntley, IL 60142 | 847-669-8496
The Turkey Testicle Festival has been going on since 1983, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. While some may be put off by the bluntly-put name and nature of the event, we can assure you that it’s well worth the trip. The event gets a large turnout time and again, and the turkey testicles are always in high demand. Doors open at 11 am and goes till Midnight. Band lineup includes Back Country Roads, 7th Heaven, Modern Day Romeos and Bella Cain Must be 21 years old, check website. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival.
 
Festival of Lights Parade
Nov. 23, 2018 - Nov. 23, 2018

Downtown Crystal Lake | 25 W Crystal Lake Ave | Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815-479-0835
The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the season when Santa Claus comes to town! The evening is filled with lights, music, pageantry, and a little magic! The parade ends at the corner of Williams & Crystal Lake Avenue, when Santa throws his magic dust to light the 40-foot Community Christmas Tree! Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival.
 
Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade
Nov. 23, 2018 - Nov. 23, 2018

Downtown Joliet | 116 N. Chicago St., Suite 101 | Joliet, IL 60432 | 815-774-6066
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 10:00 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Gji’s Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-n-Spice, Chevere Latin Cafe, JJC City Center Campus and more. The Rialto Square Theatre’s annual holiday festivities also add to the holiday spirit in Downtown Joliet! Free to Attend. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday Festival.
 
Lighting of the Square
Nov. 23, 2018 - Nov. 23, 2018

Historic Woodstock Square | 121 W Van Buren St | Woodstock, IL 60098 | 815-893-6280
Whether just getting off the train or driving to the historic Woodstock Square, come be part of the tradition! At 7:00 PM, the flip of a giant switch will illuminate thousands of festive lights on the charming Woodstock Square, heralding the true beginning of Victorian Christmas and holiday celebrations in Woodstock. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Culture.
 
Christmas Tree Farm Opeining Day
Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 23, 2018

Richardson Farm | 9407 Richardson Rd | Spring Grove, IL 60081 | 815-675-9729
Choose and harvest your own Christmas Tree, and you'll know it's FRESH! Our farm provides a great opportunity to renew the tradition of going out into the woods, choosing the perfect tree, and harvesting it for your family Christmas tree. We have over 50,000 trees of many varieties and sizes spread over 75 acres. Our spacious, heated sales barn has indoor restrooms and friendly people to assist you. All trees $68. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Farms.
 
Christkindlmarket Naperville
Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 24, 2018

Naper Settlement | 523 S. Webster Street | Naperville, IL 60540 | 630.420.6010
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is excited to host a suburban location of the Christkindlmarket you have come to know and love at Naper Settlement! Visit us and find a selection of gifts and beverages and holiday cheer. Free. For more information visit our website.
 
Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 30, 2018

Cosley Zoo | 1356 North Gary Ave | Wheaton, IL 60187 | 630.665.5534
A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a family tradition for many. Make it one of yours! Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts.  Free. Donations greatly appreciated. For more information visit our website.
 
Holiday in the Park
Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

Six Flags Great America | 1 Great America Pkwy. | Gurnee, IL 60031 | 8472491776.000000
Six Flags Great America will deck the halls with nearly two million lights illuminating the park for its first ever season. Visit one of the many shows, ride your favorite rides and stay warm by the fire. Various Admission. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday, Theme Park.
 
Wonderland Express
Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook Rd. | Glencoe, | (847) 835-5440

Join the Chicago Botanic Garden for Wonderland Express, an annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers.

Adults: $11/$13 Seniors 62+: $8/$10 Children 3 – 12: $8/$10 Children 2 and under are free. . For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival/Special Events.
 
Northwestern University Football vs. Illinois
Nov. 24, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2018

Ryan Field | 1501 Central St. | Evanston, IL | 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775)

Northwestern Wildcats hosts Illinois! The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 12 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference.

Prices Vary. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Sports.
 
Small Business Saturday
Nov. 24, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2018

| Geneva, IL 60134 | 630.232.7494
Many of the small businesses in Geneva will participate in Small Business Saturday with special events and promotions in their stores. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is a great day to Shop Small for the holidays. Free. For more information visit our website.
 
Happy Holiday Railway
Nov. 24, 2018 - Dec. 23, 2018

Illinois Railway Museum | 7000 Olson Rd | Union, IL 60180 | 815-923-4391
Embark on a magical 40 minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus himself! Enjoy caroling, treats on the train, gifts for the kids, and a holiday lights display. Start a new Christmas tradition this year for your family on the Happy Holiday Railway! $18 per person. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Special Event.
 
Ladies Nite Out
Nov. 29, 2018 - Nov. 29, 2018

Historic Woodstock Square | 121 W Van Buren St | Woodstock, IL 60098 | 815-893-6280
Ladies Night Out is the most happenin' event of the year on the Woodstock Square. Hundreds of women from near and far come out to the shops and restaurants in this popular holiday outing. Traffic is pretty busy, easy to get to by train and shoppers are looking for unique finds and a place to stop for a break with friends. It's so much fun! Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Shopping.
 
Transworld Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Nov. 29, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | 1551 Thoreau Dr. | Schaumburg, IL 60173 | 800-323-5462
TransWorld Exhibits is one of the largest independent tradeshow producers in the United States and has been successfully serving buyers and sellers since 1966. Five times a year, in one of the most vital and vibrant markets in the country, we bring you a bustling shopping environment with hundreds of vendors of apparel, accessories and excitement. We solve your business needs and meet your personal fashion preferences. And we always balance great fashion finds with budget-conscious selections. 10.0000. For more information visit our website.
 
A Christmas Carol
Nov. 29, 2018 - Dec. 24, 2018

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | 111 W. Campbell St. | Arlington Heights, IL 60005 | 847-577-2121
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge’s only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn’t even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew’s invitation to join his family for Christmas Dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him. 30.0000. For more information visit our website.
 
It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
Nov. 29, 2018 - Dec. 30, 2018

Oil Lamp Theater | 1723 Glenview Road | Glenview, IL | (847) 834-0738

Oil Lamp Theater invites you to kick off the holiday season with their presentation of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play. This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It’s December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It’s a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, Bailey, compassionate yet disheartened, is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story’s message is profound and remains relevant for today’s audiences.

$20-$35 (plus service fee) Includes cookies and corkage fee! . For more information visit our website. Event Type: Performing Arts.
 
Dickens Holiday Village/Kringles Christmas Village
Nov. 29, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

Downtown Antioch | Downtown Antioch | Antioch, IL 60002 | 8473952233.000000
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delight streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday.
 
Holiday Happenings
Nov. 30, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Oak Park Avenue Metra Train Station | 17375 Oak Park Avenue | Tinley Park, IL 60477 | 708-444-5678
Come out and celebrate the holidays. Events include holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, carriage rides, ice-carving, parades and so much more. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Holiday Happenings
Nov. 30, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Throughout Thornton | Downtown Thornton | Thornton, IL 60476 | 708-877-6137
Visit with Santa; kids' arts & crafts; living nativity; village tree lighting; vendor & craft show; seasonal music & caroling; holiday bake sale. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Chris Kringle Market
Nov. 30, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Downtown Ottawa | 101 E Lafayette St | Ottawa, IL | 815-434-2737
Unique Hometown Holiday Market with Activities for the whole family to enjoy at this very special time of the year. Visits from Santa, Carolers, Chris Kringle Market vendors Free to attend. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Shopping.
 
The Nutcracker
Nov. 30, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts | 201 Schaumburg Ct. | Schaumburg, IL 60193 | 847-895-3600
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s annual production of the Nutcracker continues to delight audiences of all ages. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, with the help of an enchanting toymaker, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with grand sets and vibrant costumes, this Nutcracker is not to be missed. 28.0000. For more information visit our website.
 
Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 1, 2018

Cantigny Park | 1S151 Winfield Road | Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630.668.5161
Families and children of all ages are invited to Cantigny Park for the “Celebrate the Season” holiday festival from 1 – 7 pm. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and an assortment of activities and offerings are planned to kick off the season in style. Families and children of all ages are invited to Cantigny Park for the “Celebrate the Season” holiday festival from 1 – 7 pm. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and an assortment of activities and offerings are planned to kick off the season in style. Sleigh Rides | Live Reindeer | Craft | Face Painting | Storytime with Mrs. Claus | Santa Parking: $5 per car. For more information visit our website.
 
Dickens of a Holiday
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 1, 2018

MainStreet Libertyville | MainStreet Libertyville | Libertyville, IL 60048 | 8476800336.000000
The holiday-themed event will allow children to take photos with Sants in picturesque Cook Park, shop for their families with the help of Santa's elves and more whilst adults sip Victorian Tea and peruse the beautiful shops of downtown Libertyville. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday, Shopping.
 
Holiday Rock on the Fox
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 1, 2018

Riverfront Park | 201 N Harrison St | Algonquin, IL 60102 | 815-893-6280
Celebrate the holiday season with your family and neighbors at the Holiday Rock on the Fox! We will have plenty of free family activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities will kick off with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Riverfront Park. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival.
 
Lights of Lisle
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 1, 2018

Downtown Lisle | 925 Burlington Ave | Lisle, IL 60532 | 630-271-4100
The glow from thousands of luminarias, twinkling tree lights and storefront decorations will transform Downtown Lisle into a truly magical place. Activities include the Lisle Santa Light Parade at 4:30pm working its way through downtown Lisle, enjoy delicious cookies, hot chocolate, food trucks, festive holiday music and performances at Village Hall. Take a trolley ride through the downtown to view thousands of luminarias lining the streets and PrairieWalk Pond. Visit your favorite Downtown Lisle shops to find unique gifts, special offers, treats and more at the Merry on Main Holiday Walk. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival.
 
WeishFest
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 1, 2018

115 Bourbon Street | 3359 West 115th Street | Merrionette Park, IL 60803 | 708-489-2255
Line up includes: Third Eye, Sean and Charlie, American Grizzly, Trippin' Billies, Suburban Cowboys. The inspiration of our amazing beneficiaries is what drives our mission. To date The Andrew Weishar Foundation has aided 65 families burdened by cancer; granting out over $400,000 in financial assistance. We are in the process of adding all of the incredible stories behind the families that you support, stay tuned. $40-$125. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Dickens in Dundee
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Downtown West Dundee | 102 S. Second Street | West Dundee, IL 60118 | 847-551-3800
The weekend kicks off each year on the first Friday in December, with tree lighting ceremonies in both East and West Dundee. Residents and visitors stroll through downtown East and West Dundee to see local merchant's windows "come alive" during Living Windows. FREE. For more information visit our website.
 
Marengo Union Holiday Housewalk Craft Show
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Downtown Marengo | 21422 W Coral Rd | Marengo, IL 60152 | 815-529-8454
A yearly craft fair held on the first full weekend of December. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival.
 
Once Upon a Christmas
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

The Museums at Lisle Station Park | 925 School Street | Lisle , IL 60532 | 630-964-3410
This free event has become a holiday tradition in Lisle featuring old-fashioned holiday fun for the entire family! Stop by to see blacksmith, ice carving and baking demonstrations; visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the historic Lisle Depot; and visit live reindeer on Sunday! Join us for these, and even more exciting activities as we celebrate Christmas in Lisle! Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Museum.
 
The Nutcracker with the Chicago Ballet Conservatory
Dec. 1, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Hemmens Cultural Center | 45 Symphony Way | Elgin, IL 60120 | 847-931-5900
Chicago Ballet Conservatory presents the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" featuring the Elgin Symphony Orchestra led by Stephen Squires, Resident Conductor, and professional dancers and actors from around the world. Prepare to be captivated by this re-imagined holiday classic, filled with all of the traditional elements you've come to love embellished with delightful surprises that are sure to enchant. Chicago Ballet Conservatory brings "dreaming in color" to Elgin this holiday season! Cash bar available (no atm on site). $25/$50. For more information visit our website.
 
Lisle Santa Train
Dec. 2, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018

Lisle Metra Train | 1000 Front Street | Lisle, IL 60532 | 630-769-1000
Lisle Santa Train is a popular event based on the Caldicott award winning children’s book “Polar Express”. This fun and exciting event features a 75 minute Metra train ride from the Lisle Metra Station to Union Station in Downtown Chicago and return trip. On the train children of all ages will meet Santa, visit with costumed characters and most importantly enjoy a family train ride. $18 per person. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Kids & Family.
 
Christmas in the Commons (Saturdays & Sundays)
Dec. 2, 2018 - Dec. 23, 2018

Village Commons | 101 Veterans Parkway | New Lenox, IL 60451 | 815-462-6400
Christmas in the Commons features a holiday market, a skating rink, visits from Santa, and a light display that is second to none! Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
The Jones House Holiday Tours
Dec. 2, 2018 - Jan. 31, 2019

The Jones House | 314 East Madison St. | Pontiac, IL 61764 | (815) 844-5847
Holiday tour of the historic Jones house - all decked out for the holiday! This unique, pre-Civil War house features a steep roof with gables and pointed second story windows that classify it as Gothic Revival in style. Free - donations accepted. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Historic.
 
Geneva Christmas Walk
Dec. 7, 2018 - Dec. 7, 2018

| 100 S. Third St. | Geneva, IL 60134 | 630.232.6060
On Friday evening Santa Lucia arrives and Santa makes his Geneva debut brought by horse-drawn carriage to open his Gingerbread House. Enjoy carolers, the Great Tree lighting, roasted chestnuts, Swedish cookies, an old-fashioned candy cane pull, and holiday shopping. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday.
 
Geneva Holiday House Tour
Dec. 7, 2018 - Dec. 8, 2018

| Various Homes in Geneva | Geneva, IL 60134 | 630.232.6060
On Friday & Saturday, five distinctive homes festively decorated for the holidays by local decorators open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours. This is a ticketed event ($35) and may sell out. Tickets on sale mid-October. Ticket required $35. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday.
 
Midnight in Morris
Dec. 7, 2018 - Dec. 8, 2018

Downtown Morris | 105 E. Main Street, Suite 201 | Morris, IL 60450 | 630-947-4411 
Celebrate the season and shop in beautiful Downtown Morris. Downtown retailers stay open until midnight and offer great specials throughout the night. Take in all the spectacular lights and decorations as you stroll the streets of Morris-it's a great way to start the holiday season. Free to attend. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Shopping.
 
Crete Country Christmas
Dec. 7, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Downtown Crete | Main & Exchange Streets | Crete, IL 60417 | 708-672-9216
Crete Country Christmas - 2 days of various activities in Downtown Crete. Lighted Parade Saturday at 6:30. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Sanfilippo Foundation Christmas Concerts
Dec. 7, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Sanfilippo's Place de la Musique | Barrington | Barrington, IL 60010 | 815-893-6280
This estate is a sensory immersion experience unlike anything you've ever seen or heard. Come hear the story of the family and Collection, demonstrations of a variety of music machines, a Winter concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer and a the history of the items in the carousel pavilion. Tickets must be purchased in advance, address provided at purchase For more information visit our website. Event Type: Culture.
 
Christmas on the Farm
Dec. 8, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Kline Creek Farm | 1N600 County Farm Road | West Chicago, IL 60185 | 630.876.5900
Learn the history of popular traditions, take a photo with Santa in his sleigh, sing carols around the warming fire, enjoy cookies and hot apple cider, and go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride (weather permitting). Free. $5 sleigh rides. For more information visit our website.
 
Elgin Symphony Orchestra Sounds of the Season
Dec. 8, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Hemmens Cultural Center | 45 Symphony Way | Elgin, IL 60120 | 847-888-4000
Bring the entire family and create joyful holiday memories together at ESO Sounds of the Season. The concerts, led by resident conductor Stephen Squires, feature soprano Catalina Cuervo and the Elgin Master Chorale performing familiar holiday favorites. The program includes a sing-along and an appearance by a special visitor from the North Pole. Concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 25 minute intermission. $35/$45/$55. For more information visit our website.
 
Holiday Art and Craft Market
Dec. 8, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Mayslake Peabody Estate | 1717 31st Street | Oak Brook, IL 60523 | 630.206.9566
Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends. Part of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of Mayslake Hall. Free. For more information visit our website.
 
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Dec. 9, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

Genesee Theatre | 203 N. Genesee St. | Waukegan, IL 60085 | 8009822787.000000
Celebrate the season with world renowned performers at A Magical Cirque Christmas. The performance will feature incredilbe displays of singing, costume changes and unbelievable acrobatic feats. $43-$103. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday, Theatre.
 
Steeple Walk
Dec. 9, 2018 - Dec. 9, 2018

| Four churches in Geneva | Geneva, IL 60134 | 630.938.4530
Listen to beautiful holiday music in the setting of four of Geneva’s historic churches. You will be treated to a variety of folk songs, instrumentals and Christmas classics. Each of the Steeple Walk performances lasts about 20 minutes. The event will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in mid-November. $15/person. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday.
 
Quentin Road Christmas Musical
Dec. 13, 2018 - Dec. 16, 2018

Quentin Road Church | 60 Quentin Rd. | Lake Zurich, IL 60047 | 8474384494.000000
Take a special journey with Quentin Road this Christmas as we unlock secrets from Christmas Past. With a 300-voice children-and-adult choir, dramatic lighting, and live animals (including an 8ft camel), we will present what really happened on that first Christmas night long ago. With original songs and orchestration by David Clydesdale, this spectacular Christmas performance will be an instant classic you will want to relive year after year. See for yourself why thousands in the Greater Chicagoland area make this event a part of their annual Christmas celebration. $0-$35. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Holiday, Theatre.
 
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 2018 - Dec. 16, 2018

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | 9501 Skokie Blvd. | Skokie, IL | 847-673-6300

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production that first delighted audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today. The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tickets start as low as $20.

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$20 | $32.50 | $42.50 . For more information visit our website. Event Type: Performing Arts.
 
The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 2018 - Dec. 16, 2018

College of DuPage - McAninch Arts Center | 425 Fawell Blvd. | Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 | 630.942.4000
The gorgeous holiday classic returns for four magical performances featuring a growing Christmas tree, a battle between mice and soldiers, a journey through the land of whirling snowflakes, a joyous visit to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy and accompaniment by New Philharmonic orchestra. It’s a rare opportunity to see this magnificent ballet set to live music. One of our favorite holiday traditions, The Nutcracker delights with a magical full-scale production. Pre-show opportunities to meet Santa and take photos in the lobby with our life-size nutcracker. This holiday favorite fairytale is perfect for the entire family. Be sure to get your tickets early and avoid hearing “SOLD OUT.” Admission Fee. For more information visit our website.
 
The Nutcracker presented by Berkshire Ballet Theatre
Dec. 15, 2018 - Dec. 16, 2018

Raue Center | 26 N Williams | Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815-356-9212
A joyful holiday tradition for the whole family! Audience members will be invited on a whirlwind adventure with Clara and her Godfather Drosselmeyer. Battling with a life-sized Mouse Queen and her horde of mice, and a snowball fight through the land of ice and snow. Fly on a crystal sleigh to the Land of Sweets with acrobatic Russian dancers, sweet gingersnaps, a colorful kaleidoscopic Waltz of the Flowers and the enchanting dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, performed by professional dancers. Laugh, dance and cheer Clara on in her wondrous adventure with the Berkshire Ballet Theatre and students from Summers Academy of Dance. Starting at $28. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Culture.
 
Christmas at the Brewery
Dec. 16, 2018 - Dec. 16, 2018

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery | 1035 Sterling Avenue | Flossmoor, IL 60422 | 708-957-2739
We offer free horse-drawn carriage rides for our diners through charming downtown Flossmoor all decked out with holiday lights. Santa and his trusty side kick Jingles will pose for pictures with children and listen to their secret wishes. The night will be cozy, musical and full of holiday magic! Join us for our most treasured tradition. Reservations required. Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festivals/Special Event.
 
Happy Holly Days
Dec. 17, 2018 - Dec. 18, 2018

Downtown McHenry | 333 S Green Street | McHenry, IL 60050 | 815-893-6280
Enjoy Holiday Magic Market in Veterans Park, which features local food and craft vendors who bring the joy of the season in the form of unique gifts. At dusk, the magic of Christmas comes to light with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. On Sunday, the streets of Downtown McHenry come to life with the annual Christmas Walk. Sample and play the afternoon away with specials in most stores, character appearances, games and treats. Free trolly rides are available throughout the day and the big man makes his appereance as well at the Santa House Free. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival.
 
American Girl Live: An All New Musical
Dec. 21, 2018 - Dec. 23, 2018

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | 9501 Skokie Blvd. | Skokie, IL | 847-673-6300

Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming this holiday season to the North Shore Center in Skokie! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship. VIP Package Options are available.

Varies. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Performing Arts.
 
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods
Dec. 22, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium | 600 Emerson Street | Evanston, IL | (847) 920-5360

Everybody’s favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for. A Tony Award-winning musical (and hit movie in 2014), performed with a full orchestra and these songs: Children Will Listen, I Know Things Now, No One Is Alone and It Takes Two. Ages 8 and older.
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Varies; Ages 25 and younger are 1/2 price. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Performing Arts.
 
First Night Evanston
Dec. 31, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

Various Locations in Evanston | 1427 Chicago Avenue | Evanston, IL | (224) 305-6607

What\'s First Night? It\'s a New Year\'s Eve celebration that brings together a great community. You\'ll experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world\'s finest artists, many of whom live right here in Evanston. It\'s a family friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to families and young children as well as a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston\'s classic houses of worship.

Varies. For more information visit our website. Event Type: Festival/Special Events.
 

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