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Life in a Wigwam

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Learn more about the Metis people of the 18th century at this fun-filled active program. Perform role-playing games, activities, and crafts to learn more about the lives of this fascinating Native American and fur trader mixed culture.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Mr. and Mrs. Claus Holiday Photos

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Families can visit the Family Pavilion Stage for a professional photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

When: Check website for times
Cost: Call for cost

Build a Kinetic Sculpture

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Design and build a sculpture that moves in the wind, learning about balance, friction and air to put art in motion.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 pair, $20 member pair

Happy Holidays

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

Vivaldi Strings perform holiday songs and museum staff share pieces from the museum's collection with a holiday theme.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert

Raue Center for the Arts | Crystal Lake, Ill.

A Raue Center holiday tradition, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra returns once again with their holiday concer.!

When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $43-$49

Friday Night Jr. High Night

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

DJ, games and activities at Birchwood Recreation Center.

When: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $8, $5 pre-registered

Shhhhhh...opping Highland Park

Downtown Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.


Kick-off the holiday shopping season and shop local. The streets of Downtown Highland Park are transformed into a winter wonderland, with 'real' snow, live reindeer, horse drawn sleigh rides, holiday dancers, singers and performers, s'more making in the great outdoors, food and drink, and more.

When: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 7; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8
Cost: Free

Dinner with Santa

Eugene Field Park | Chicago, Ill.

Join Santa for dinner, entertainment, a craft project and more.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $10

Holiday Lights Display

Mooseheart Child City & School | Mooseheart, Ill.

One of the Chicago area's largest and most spectacular holiday light displays, encompassing a 1.8-mile drive-through course. Features larger-than-life holiday characters, children-oriented figures, and mythical creatures, plus architectural lighting. A special visit from Santa takes place on Dec. 7-9, 15-16 and 21-23.

When: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per car (plus an additional $1/pair for 3-D glasses); discounts on website

Holiday Lights in Homewood

Homewood Flossmoor Park District | Homewood, Ill.


Enjoy music, hot chocolate, a bonfire and visits from winter characters while waiting for the arrival of Santa. Downtown Homewood businesses offer specials all night with musical trolley rides around town and Independence Park transforms into a winter "Funland."

When: 7 p.m. tree lighting
Cost: Free

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