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DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


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. 18-Dec. 24.

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

Christkindlmarket Naperville

Naperville, Ill.


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: Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, 2016. See website for times.
Cost: Free

City of Chicago Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa House

Chicago, Ill.


The City of Chicago’s 103rd Christmas Tree will move this holiday season to Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. Santa Claus will also set up shop for visits in the park during the holiday season as well as ice skating and Caroling at Cloud Gate.

When: Tree lighting: 5:30-6 p.m. Nov. 22; Santa: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24, noon–3 p.m. Nov. 26, noon-6 p.m. weekends through Dec. 20
Cost: Free

#UnwrapTheLoop with Chicago Loop Alliance

#UnwrapTheLoop with Chicago Loop Alliance | Chicago, Ill.


Downtown Chicago is a beloved holiday destination, and this year vistors are encouraged to #UnwrapTheLoop! The website includes a map of iconic holiday destinations in the Loop, videos exploring festive attractions, and a series of curated family iteneraries and more. Guests who visit iconic Loop destinations during the holidays and tag their social media posts with #UnwrapTheLoop are automatically entered to win prizes from participating restaurants and cultural attractions.

When: Hours and locations vary with performances and activities.
Cost: Free

Aurora Festival of Lights

Aurora, Ill.


Aurora Festival of Lights: Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club & the City of Aurora, is now in its's 10th year. Drive-through more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays, many of which are animated and are illuminated by tens of thousands of bulbs. This year's display features a 10-foot tall singing Christmas tree.

When: 5-9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 2016
Cost: Free; donations accepted

Naperville Park District Santa House

Naperville, Ill.


Santa's little house on the Naperville Riverwalk will be occupied by Santa and kids can visit and have their photo taken. Runs Dec. 2-23.

When: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 2-4; 9-11; 14-23
Cost: Free, photos $8 or two for $15

Festival of Lights

Cosley Zoo | Wheaton, Ill.


20,000 twinkling lights and hand-decorated trees transform Cosley Zoo into a fairy tale winter wonderland. Visit the animals and purchase a cup of hot chocolate, your tree, wreath, and holiday gifts. Runs daily Nov. 25-Dec. 30.


When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Christmas in the Commons

New Lenox Community Park District | New Lenox, Ill.


The annual Christmas in the Commons celebration will kick off with Mayor Tim Baldermann officially lighting the Village tree. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy popular holiday traditions like a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, along with their two reindeer. Additionally, guests can partake in a horse-drawn carriage ride, ice skating and go on a tour of the variety of interactive, life-sized lighting displays. Hundreds of new lights will be featured along the Village’s Commons, including the largest lit Santa Claus statue in the United States. The Santa Claus statue, standing at nearly 40 feet tall with 18,500 LED lights, will be equipped with his mail box to the North Pole below his feet.

When: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

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