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Christmas Walk:Presented by AMITA Health

Christmas Walk: Presented by AMITA Health | Hinsdale, Ill.


The 51st Annual Hinsdale Christmas Walk, presented by AMITA Health, will feature a "Cookies Carousel." Take a ride on the 30-foot carousel along with "Cookies Trackless Train." Santa will arrive by fire truck at 5 p.m. for the tree lighting at Village Hall. There also will be animated holiday characters, ice carvers, live reindeer, and giveaways.

When: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Geneva’s Great Tree Lighting and Christmas Walk

Geneva, Ill.


Santa Lucia arrives by horse-drawn carriage and Santa arrives to open the Gingerbread House. Enjoy carolers, the Great Tree lighting, old fashioned candy cane pull, roasted chestnuts, Swedish cookies and shopping. Call for Santa hours and complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride times/date.



When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley Park

Tinley Park, Ill.


Featuring live entertainment, specialty vendors, kids' crafts and activities, and food. Enjoy tree lighting ceremony, parades, carriage rides, movies and carnival rides. Visit website for schedule of events.

When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 3; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 4, 2016
Cost: Free


Chicago, Ill.


Includes an outdoor ice skating rink, fresh wreaths and trees, photos with Santa, Snowflake Cafe and hot cocoa bar (plus winter cocktails) and the Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair.

When: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 3; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
Cost: Free

Holiday Express

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

Family Night Out: Stars, Stories And S’mores

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy an evening in the Forest Preserves with a cozy fire, s’mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes, natural material building and other nature-based activities.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Animals in Winter

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Find out how wild animals survive winter's cold. Meet some live bugs and worms that spend the winter deep in the soil and help pretend animals find places that protect them from winter winds and snow. Then help plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles find safe places to spend the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit. You can also touch real mammal furs and bird feathers and make bird and mammal tracks on the play-dough table.

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

Jolly Old St. Nicholas Concert

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.


Celebrate Elmhurst’s German heritage and the holiday season with an appearance by Jolly Old St. Nicholas and traditional German carols performed by Elmhurst’s Damenchor (Women’s Chorus). Warm up with a delicious hot cocoa bar, and holiday goodies will be provided to help fill the little ones’ boots. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas.

When: 7-8:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

Holiday Open House - Ornament Making, Cookies, Cocoa

Aurora Regional Fire Museum | Aurora, Ill.


Stop on in and visit both the North and South Poles - fire poles. Check out the museum decorated for the holidays, create your own holiday ornament, and sip on cocoa and cookies while supplies last. Enter an ornament into our holiday ornament contest for $5 for a chance to win prizes.

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

Holly Days

Warrenville Park District | Warrenville, Ill.


Enjoy Santa's Arrival Parade (6 p.m.), followed by Mayor Brummel lighting the city Holiday Tree, horse-drawn carriage rides, fire pits, holiday performances and free hot chocolate and cookies. Pizza, pop and water available for purchase.

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

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