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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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Silo Exhibit

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and metal and much more.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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