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Lakeview Christmas Market

Chicago, Ill.

Features music/entertainment, carolers, holiday craft vendors, food, a craft beer area, seasonal libations, a Kids' Corner with art activities and more. Held under a heated tent.

When: 2:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 7, noon-10:30 p.m. Dec. 8, noon-8 p.m. Dec. 9
Cost: $5

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

Dinner with Santa

Eugene Field Park | Chicago, Ill.

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

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $10

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

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

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