See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26-Jan. 6
A display of over 20 trees decorated by groups in the community, plus live animal presentations and tours on Saturday.Cost: Free with admission
Includes Gingerbread Story-time, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Gingerbread Man Hunt, Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House, Small Business Saturday, Gingerbread Boy and Girl perusing town, and Complimentary Carriage Rides. For more information, visit www.downtowndg.org or call (630) 725-0991.When: to
The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence during the late 19 th century, and the family spent every holiday season in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire, and more.When: Tours begin every Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs through entire 2012.When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Build a snowman out of biodegradable and natural items to win. Fill out an entry form at the main office.Cost: Free
Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances
Musical that chronicles the sociological effects upon youth from
fatherless homes and how they manage to uplift themselves in spite
of it. Kwanzaa week holiday performances are Dec. 26, 27, 28.
Regular run is Jan. 12-June 1, 2013.
Santa hires the highly ambitious New Elf who promises a faster, more efficient Christmas. When Santa and the North Polians can't seem to keep up with these new ideas, New Elf creates a clone of Santa to help out. But this corporate savvy 'Santa Deux' begins automating and downsizing the entire town and threatens the very essence of Christmas. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday from Dec. 8-30. Also performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. For more information visit lilbudstheatre.org.
Cost: $18, $12 kids