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TILT the Season

360 CHICAGO | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy sky-high views of the city lights and frosty lakefront from the 360 CHICAGO floor. Then, say hello to Santa, who will help spread holiday cheer every weekend and Christmas Eve (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Photos with Santa will be complimentary for 360 CHICAGO guests. Other special gifts will include a complimentary one-day Child pass to the Shedd Aquarium and kids will TILT for free every Wednesday.

When: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: Free with 360 CHICAGO admission

Selfies with Santa

Skydeck Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Dressed in his signature red suit, Santa will roam around Skydeck Chicago so visitors can take pictures with him.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with Skydeck admission

Winter Break Clay Camps

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Kids make and glaze clay projects and break for lunch. Pick one or more days. Registration required. Call or email to register.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 22, 23, 29
Cost: $45

Charles Dickens Brunch

Drake Bros. | Chicago, Ill.

Visit The Drake to see carolers and whisper holiday wishes into Santa's ear at The Charles Dickens Brunch. Menu includes soup, salad and appetizer, a carving station and desserts. Kids enjoy a la carte selections such as grilled cheese, beef sliders and cheese pizza.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 20-23
Cost: $89, $44 kids

Gingerbread House Making Class

Sweet Cakes Bakery | Chicago, Ill.

Kids are invited to come out and get in the spirit as they construct the gingerbread house of their dreams with help from pros. Kids work to craft a spectacular gingerbread house, first "building" the house with handmade gingerbread pieces and icing and then decorating with an edible array of colorful candies and treats. With the guidance of the pastry chef and staff, kids will have fun and make memories as they work together to create a personalized, picture-perfect centerpiece for holiday celebrations at home.

When: Noon-1 p.m.
Cost: Call for price

Boy’s Brigade Break Time

Oak Forest Park District | Oak Forest, Ill.

Enjoy fun games and different sports in the gym, obstacle course and Wii competition.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $26, $20 resident

Girls Only Pajama Party

Oak Forest Park District | Oak Forest, Ill.

Girls polish their nails, make a snack and watch a movie. Bring a sack lunch. Wear your comfy pj's and slippers.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $32, $26 resident

The Nutcracker Workshop

Baby Take a Bow dance studio | Chicago, Ill.

Learn part of the Clara solo, the Nutcracker Story, and make a fun holiday craft. The day camp will culminate with a short performance for parents before pick-up time.

When: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Check website

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Chicago, Ill.

This Chicago tradition began in 1942. The museum's 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago's ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy falling "snow" and savor  performances on the stage. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends. In 2014, the theme highlights temporary exhibit Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. Explore new artifacts and experiences in this exhibit, including a section on the making of animated film Frozen and costumes from films such as The Santa Clause and Maleficent.

Cost: Free with admission

Plant Hunters

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The new library exhibit highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum and brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history. Artifacts rare photographs of turn-of-the-century China taken by renowned plant collector, Ernest Henry Wilson. Visitors can explore modern plant hunting by getting a close look at instruments used in the field and during scientific study. The exhibit also features interactive elements, challenging visitors to identify various plant species while they learn about the state of threatened trees and plants as well as the conservation efforts of scientists at The Morton Arboretum.

Cost: Free with admission

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