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Shhhhhh...opping Highland Park

Downtown Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.


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

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.

The Nutcracker

Elgin Community College Visual & Performing Arts Center | Elgin, Ill.

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.

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