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Family Night Out: Sleigh Rides & Cookie Decorating

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

An evening of festive fun, indoors and out.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $2 parking

Holiday Flower Show

Wilder Park Conservatory | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Come and view the Holiday Flower Show in the newly restored conservatory.

When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Battle of the Bulge LEGO Display

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

See the key moments of the epic World War II battle recreated in LEGO bricks.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Mondays
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Features both teams’ historical development and details, statistical information, photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs and other materials. In addition, several video presentations—two of which are designed like the classic Cubs’ and White Sox’s scoreboards—offer compelling testimonials from some players, fans and local sports broadcasters. The exhibit also features a playful component which includes interactive “Color Your Mascot” and “Create a Cartoon” coloring sheets, as well as vintage cartoons following the  “up and down” seasons of both teams.

Cost: Free

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Features 2,200 square-feet of interactive learning centers right out of the pages of well-known fairytales. Hands-on elements will immerse children in fantasy stories and promote literacy by fostering a love of books, reading and storytelling. A key element of the exhibit focuses on imagination and role playing, which helps children learn about people and events on other sides of the world and ponder the future. Activities include woodworking in Geppetto’s workshop, climbing up Rapunzel’s tower, building houses with the three little pigs, mining for diamonds with Snow White’s dwarves, creating Hansel and Gretel’s candy house, and sitting in Cinderella’s carriage. The exhibit also highlights the morals and lessons of each story.

Cost: Free

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Discover a traditional centuries-old holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago. Christkindlmarket features German and international vendors who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. School groups, professional singers and dance groups perform. Special events include appearances by the Christkind and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, which celebrates St. Martin’s Day. Nov. 21-Dec. 24.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Cost: Free

Christkindlmarket Oakbrook

Oak Brook, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy a special suburban edition of the Chicago German-American Holiday Market. Includes hot beverages, German food, and gift shopping – just like at Daley Plaza.

When: Thursday-Sunday Nov. 28-Dec. 14; daily Dec. 18-24
Cost: Free

Daley Plaza Annual Tree Lighting and Santa House

City of Chicago Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and UL Santa House | Chicago, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

Watch the Daley Plaza tree light, along with live performances and holiday music. Visit Santa's House from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.

When: Performances: 4:30 p.m.; Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. Nov. 25; Santa House: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 25; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday Nov. 28-Dec. 21; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Dec. 22-23; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24. Visit website to confirm dates and times
Cost: Free

Discover Holiday Traditions in the Chicago Loop

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Presenting the best holiday magic, including beloved attractions, world-class shopping and dining, and a variety of family-friendly activities

Cost: Free

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Symphony In Lights

Bolingbrook, Ill.

FREE  

A day of activities culminates in the annual tree lighting ceremony and first Symphony In Lights show of 2014 at dusk.  Activities during the day include carriage rides Santa tent, kids' holiday crafts, ice sculpture demonstration, costumed character appearances, a live Nativity scene and more

When: 3-6 p.m. Nov. 15; 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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