Watch the Daley Plaza tree light, along with live performances
and holiday music. Visit Santa's House from Thanksgiving to
Weeklong holiday fest features display of holiday trees, wreaths
and decorations; numerous special events such as concerts,
holiday classic films, performance of the Nutcracker and the Teddy
Bear Tea. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.
There will be family activities at several locations including a
tree lighting ceremony, parade, museum free day, ice carving, craft
activities and musical performances. Visit website for a
complete list of events.
The traditional ceremony of wreathing the Art Institute's lions
takes place on the steps at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, visit a
drop-in workshop to create small golden embossed relief sculptures
inspired by Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British
Museum and the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and a
hoilday wreath. Include a live performance by the
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, complimentary hot chocolate, and an
appearance by Artie the Lion.
The City of Elgin kicks off the holiday season with the
annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mayor David Kaptain, City
Council Members, and Santa Claus will turn on the holiday tree
lights at 5 p.m. Other activities include Winter
Wonderland hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association and free
skating at City-Skate from noon-9 p.m. The Salvation Army will be
giving out free hot chocolate and accepting non-perishable food
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.
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Walk
features live-action store window displays, horse-drawn sleigh
rides, a marshmallow roast, face painting, refreshments, and
Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, a visit with Santa and live
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.
Kickoff the holiday season with the annual tree lighting and
late night shopping on Saturday Dec. 7. Enjoy kids' activities on
Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring trolley, choirs and Santa.