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.
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
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.
Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens. View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.Cost: Free with admission
A special extra exhibit which encompasses the classic Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. Stroll through a mid-1800s street to learn how Dickens influenced the look and feel of the holiday season, and view a private collection of vintage cards and calendars.Cost: Free with admission
Full-length holiday classic features eight guest artists, in feature and solo performances; plus more than a dozen company dancers from Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Clara's Christmas Tea Parties at 1:30 p.m. prior to the show for an additional fee. Performances at 3 p.m. Dec. 8-9.Cost: $27, $15 children 12 and under. Tickets to the pre-show Clara's Christmas Tea Parties are $18 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under.