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Breakfast with Santa - Morton Arboretum

Lisle, Ill.

Enjoy a special breakfast buffet in The Morton Arboretum's scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa! Children can interact with Santa and his helpers and leave with some sweet treats to take home.

When: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 21-23
Cost: $41, $35 kids 3-12

Brunch with Santa

Wheaton, Ill.

Enjoy a special holiday buffet and meet Mr. Claus. Young guests can have their picture taken with Santa, be entertained by a balloon artist and have their faces painted.

When: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $29, $26 kids 4-10, free kids 2 and under

Christmas in the Valley

Schaumburg, Ill.


See how German-American farm families in 19th century Schaumburg celebrated Christmas with traditional foods, simple homemade gifts and a continuation of their daily farm chores. Meet a traditional St. Nicholas and enjoy a cup of soup by the fireplace at the log cabin. The day will include refreshments, holiday treats, cookie decorating for the kids and craft activities.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $8 family, $2 person, kids 3 and under free

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley Park

Tinley Park, Ill.


Featuring live entertainment, specialty vendors, kids' crafts and activities, and food. Enjoy tree lighting ceremony, parades, carriage rides, movies and carnival rides. Visit website for schedule of events.

When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 3; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 4, 2016
Cost: Free

Holiday Express

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

See Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa. And don’t miss Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village. Special Needs Night: Dec. 2.

When: 5-8 p.m. Fridays; 2-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Cost: $5

Hibernation Happens!

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Listen to a hibernation story as you curl up in a toasty warm den and discover what makes a true hibernator, then go outside to explore.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Dance-Along Nutcracker

Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, Ill.


Before the show, Ballet Chicago teaches basic ballet positions and movements. Then audience members are encouraged to wear their tutus and dance alongside professional dancers from Ballet Chicago.

When: Noon and 3. Lessons at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cost: Free


Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration | Chicago, Ill.

Visit the Children’s Museum for crafts, games and a special visit from Santa. Includes a kaffestuga, Lucia processions and folk dancers.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
Cost: $2

Christmas Choral & Cookie Fest

Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum | Lemont, Ill.


Event features area choirs, refreshments, homemade cookies for sale and a visit from Santa Claus.

When: 1:30-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Christmas Workshop

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Children will make and glaze unique Christmas projects using wet clay, clay tools, cookie cutters and stamps.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 per child

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