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

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

Arthur Christmas

North Riverside Mall Theatre | North Riverside, Ill.

FREE  

Holiday film is presented on the theatre's new state-of-the-art digital projection and sound technology. Before the screening, enjoy fun and games in the mall, including a visit with Santa Claus.

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

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

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

How People Make Things

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

A new traveling exhibit created by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that links familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology. Inspired by the factory tour segments from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the exhibit offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects including crayons, a baseball bat and a matchbox car, just to name a few.

Cost: Free with admission

TRAINS – All Aboard Art!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train."  Plus, enjoy specially designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.

 

Cost: Free with admission

A Century of Girls Leading the Way

Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest | Oak Park, Ill.

A special exhibit on the history of Girl Scouting, with special focus on Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Cost: Free with admission
 



 
 
 
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