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Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

See Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa. And don’t miss Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village. Special Needs Night: Dec. 2.

When: 5-8 p.m. Fridays; 2-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Cost: $5

Little Explorers: All About Evergreens

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Walk amongst the evergreens to learn first hand about their needles and cones. Program includes a 'piney' craft project.

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $6

Winter Holiday Hayride

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Ride on a decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols then return to the Nature Center to enjoy food, crafts and other activities.

When: 7-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Electric Toys and Magnets

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Make electric circuits that light bulbs, run a motor, or play music. You can also play with toys powered by batteries and take a turn as engineer with our O-scale electric railroad. We will peek inside some of the battery-powered toys to figure out how they work.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Around The World In One Night

Elgin Public Museum | Elgin, Ill.

Enjoy an evening of winter holiday traditions. Kids and adults can enjoy the stories, crafts, games and foods of the diverse winter holidays highlighted in this interactive program.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $2, free members

Milk & Cookies with Santa

Sod Room | Chicago, Ill.

A jolly playdate includes an evening of pizza, playtime, milk and cookies and pics with Santa by TK Photography.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 adult/child pair, $20 extra sibling, $7 extra adult

Souper Sundae Social

Ginger and Soul Catering | Yorkville , Ill.

Features an all-you-can-eat soup bar with organic produce from Fox Valley Farms, fresh baked artisan breads and an ice cream sundae.

When: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11
Cost: $15, $5 kids


Li'l Buds Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy the holiday hijinks when an overly ambitious new head elf decides two Santas must be better than one, so she clones Santa. A new business tycoon Santa Deux arrives on the scene with big plans to make The North Pole Great again. Don't miss the catchy original songs like "The Santa Blues," "Three Piece Suit" and "Batteries Not Included."

When: 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 6 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $15, $10 kids

Parent & Me Holiday Reindeer

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Each participant stuffs his or her own reindeer, adds a star to make a wish, decorates a holiday T-shirt and creates a rhinestone collar. Birth certificates also are provided. Three to five-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: $60, $40 resident

Music Fun with Wendy Morgan

Wilmette Public Library | Wilmette, Ill.


Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.

When: 10:30-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

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