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The World’s Longest Sugar Cane

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

FREE  

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

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

Wildlife Holiday

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve | Hammond, Ind.

FREE  

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

Make Your Own Wooden Toys

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn how to make your own wooden toys. The wood being used comes from a non-native, invasive plant called European Buckthorn. Learn about this invasive plant and why we work so hard to remove it from our natural areas.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $3, 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

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 ahpd.org.

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

The Polar Express

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Chris Van Allsberg's best-selling book comes alive, including a visit from Santa and a small present for all aboard. Trains board from the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve picnic grove, on Route 31. Advance purchase of tickets (www.foxtrolley.org/reservations.html)  required. Copies of the book "The Polar Express" can be purchased for $18. Nov. 24, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16.

Cost: TBA

Family Fun Days

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

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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  

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 GoWright.org/FamilyFunDays.

When: Dec. 8 and 15
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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