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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

Breakfast with Santa at Soldier Field

Chicago, Ill.

Families can feast on a fantastic holiday breakfast and visit with Santa to share some of their wishes. Plus, decorate holiday cookies, check out the "pocket-carnival" group and a train display from yesteryear, and bring a hand-made ornament to enter in the contest and place on the Stadium Holiday Tree. All hand-made ornaments will be judged by members of the Payton family. Bring an unwrapped gift for the Walter & Connie Peyton Foundation toy drive.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: $50, $25 kids kids 4-12, free kids 4 and under

Gingerbread Tea Party

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enjoy a cup of tea and sweet treats as we celebrate the holidays with a tea party. Discover which parts of trees and plants make the best teas, make your own tea bag, and decorate a gingerbread cookie to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $29

Christmas Concert

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Celebrate the holidays with a Christmas concert and Wonderland Express exhibition viewing.

When: 2 and 4 p.m.
Cost: $20, $17 in advance

Family Basket Weaving

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The Chicago Weaving School shares the basics of weaving, beginning with twining, an essential basket weaving technique. Apply this new skill and create a small, expressive basket using natural rattan reed and various materials from Lurie Garden. Registration required.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Bookbinding

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Learn basic bookbinding techniques to get started in the book arts. Discover the materials, tools, and methods used for making variations of pamphlets, stab bindings, and other common non-adhesive bindings. Participants will walk away with up to five different books at the end of the session. Registration required.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
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

Christmas on the Farm

Kline Creek Farm | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate a Victorian Christmas. Visit the animals in winter, enjoy hot spiced cider and carols by a warming fire, and admire the farmhouse decked in garlands and greens. Stop in the visitor center to take your picture with Santa in his sleigh. Celebrate a Victorian Christmas. Visit the animals in winter, enjoy hot spiced cider and carols by a warming fire, and admire the farmhouse decked in garlands and greens. Stop in the visitor center to take your picture with Santa in his sleigh.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Gingerbread Jubilee

Historic Wagner Farm | Glenview, Ill.

Decorate a unique gingerbread barn while listening to festive music, sipping hot chocolate, and enjoying cookies. Pre-assembled gingerbread barns, icing and candy trimmings provided. Up to six family members may decorate one barn.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $62.50 family; $50 resident family

Historical Holidays

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

FREE  
Transport yourself back in time and visit the 1854 restored Greek Revival, Powers-Walker house where volunteers in historical attire will be preparing for winter and the holidays as families did in the mid-19th century. Enjoy the scents of cooking on the wood stove and see the fresh tree decorated with homemade and natural trimmings. Listen to traditional stories, witness a woodworker making toys for his children and immerse yourself in the beauty of the season as it was in simpler times.
Stop by the Lost Valley Visitor Center to make a gift or an ornament using traditional materials and methods. String your own popcorn and cranberry garlands; make your own ornaments from wood, punched tin, or other assorted natural materials. You can also enjoy a cup of hot cider while recordings of old fashioned holiday songs fill the air or venture outdoors and experience the nostalgia of a horse drawn wagon ride in the brisk winter air.

Transport yourself back in time and visit the 1854 restored Greek Revival, Powers-Walker house where volunteers in historical attire will be preparing for winter and the holidays as families did in the mid-19th century. Enjoy the scents of cooking on the wood stove and see the fresh tree decorated with homemade and natural trimmings. Listen to traditional stories and immerse yourself in the beauty of the season as it was in simpler times.

 

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
 










 
 
 
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