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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

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

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

Children’s Holiday Choir at American Girl

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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

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

Shhhhhh...opping Highland Park

Downtown Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

FREE  

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

Breakfast with Santa

The Glen Town Center | Glenview, Ill.

FREE  

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

Winter Flower and Train Show

Lincoln Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Model trains will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of poinsettias. The village is made entirely of natural materials and features a variety of Chicago-style homes and famous buildings such as the neighborhood bungalow, Chicago Theatre and Chicago Water Tower Place. Nov. 26-Jan. 8.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers and Cracker Jack.

Cost: Free

Gingerbread Festival

Downtown Downers Grove | Downers Grove, Ill.

FREE  

Includes Gingerbread Story-time, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Gingerbread Man Hunt, Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House, Small Business Saturday, Gingerbread Boy and Girl perusing town, and Complimentary Carriage Rides. For more information, visit www.downtowndg.org or call (630) 725-0991.

When: to
Cost: Free

Snowman Contest

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

FREE  

Build a snowman out of biodegradable and natural items to win. Fill out an entry form at the main office.

Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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