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Snow Day

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Act out skits and play theater/improv games - all with a snow theme.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $37, $25 resident

Elves at the North Pole

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Join other elves in an interactive, creative drama event where elfin games are played as all the elves prepare for the "big day"  with imagination, costumes and music. Registration required.

When: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $24, $16 resident

Christmas Crafts

Wheaton Park District Northside Girl Scout Cabin | Wheaton, Ill.

Bring the outdoors in using items gathered from nature to make ornaments and decorations. All material provided. Adult must attend with children.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $13, $10 resident

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

Heritage Matters: Family Meals

Trickster Gallery | Schaumburg, Ill.

A special program to learn about and taste the Chinese-American, American Indian, and Swedish-American family dishes.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $25 family of three or more

Holiday Showcase

Hale Park | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy lunch, arts and crafts, games and more.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $10 kids, $6 adults

A Charlie Brown Christmas Play

Sheil Park | Chicago, Ill.

An adaptation of the classic cartoon. Join the director and cast after each performance for a discussion.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids

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

Breakfast with Santa

Deer Park Town Center | Deer Park, Ill.

Hot breakfast buffet with Santa. Reservations at Biaggi's beginning at 8 a.m., call (847) 438-1850. Donations benefit Women in Need Growing Stronger (W.I.N.G.S).

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: $5 donation adults, $3 donation kids 10 and under.

Breakfast with Santa

The Glen Town Center | Glenview, Ill.


Enjoy a breakfast catered by Eggsperience Restaurant with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free; children's gift donations are encouraged

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