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The World’s Longest Sugar Cane

Geneva’s Great Tree Lighting and Christmas Walk | Geneva, Ill.


Chef Alain Roby goes for a three-peat as he obtains his third Guinness World Record. The "World's Longest Sugar Cane" will stretch 40 ft., beginning at the Geneva Courthouse and stretching to the intersection in front of the All Chocolate Kitchen at 33 South Third Street.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wildlife Holiday

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve | Hammond, Ind.


Make popcorn garlands, peanut butter pinecones and many other edible ornaments to hang on the trees and shrubs. to decorate the trees and shrubs outside the wildlife viewing area at Gibson Woods. Afterward stay and watch the wildlife discover the tasty treats.

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

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

Doll Tea and Tour

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Includes tea with finger sandwiches and sweets (dolls are welcome to attend) and a tour of doll and dollhouse exhibits.

When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

Fancy Nancy Tea

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Follow Fancy Nancy's lead and wear your spiffiest, most frilly outfit for an afternoon filled with tea, punch, cookies and entertainment. Register at

When: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Cost: $20

Family Fun Days

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio | Oak Park, Ill.


Junior interpreters guide families through the home during 30-minute tours, telling stories about how the Wright family celebrated the winter holidays at the turn of the last century. The entire home will be decorated as it was when the Wright family lived in the home during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Froebel blocks - the toys Wright played with as a child to learn about shapes and design - will be available for children to enjoy. Free hot chocolate served outside.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Family Fun days

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio | Oak Park, Ill.


Free family tours offered during Fun Days at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. The free event will take place 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Junior interpreters, trained by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, will guide families through the home during the 30-minute tours. During the Victorian Christmas celebration, the entire home will be decorated as it was when the Wright family lived in the home during the late 1800s and early 1900s. For more information, visit

When: Dec. 8 and 15
Cost: Free

Snow Flake Skate

Deep River Waterpark | Merrillville, Ind.

Ice skating party for girls 6 and up. Girls are encouraged, but not required, to bring a doll or stuffed animal. Event includes skating, a photo, making a souvenir to take home, and lunch. Purchase tickets by calling (219) 769 PARK, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30p.m. or from the Lake County Parks business office, 8411 E. Lincoln Highway, 4 ½ miles east of I-65 on Route 30, just west of Deep River Waterpark. Tickets are also available at the Waterpark when the ice skating plaza is open.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15, $12 adults

Children’s Holiday Choir at American Girl

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.


Sudents from the British School of Chicago Children's Choir sing a selection of holiday favorites.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

It's Time to Play

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra demonstrate how orchestras capture the beauty, drama, energy and excitement of music. The concert uses magnification technology to give the audience and up-close look at all the instruments and musicians.

When: 11 a.m. or 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Call for cost

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