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
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.
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
Copies of the book "The Polar Express" can be purchased for $18.
Nov. 24, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16.
Bring the outdoors in using items gathered from nature to make
ornaments and decorations. All material provided. Adult must attend
Enjoy lunch, arts and crafts, games and more.
An adaptation of the classic cartoon. Join the director
and cast after each performance for a discussion.
A special program to learn about and taste the Chinese-American,
American Indian, and Swedish-American family dishes.
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.
Bring your kids to visit with Santa and enjoy doughnuts, milk
and orange juice. Get in the spirit with songs, face painting and a
special gift from Santa. Digital pictures with Santa are available
at hfparks.com following the event.
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).