From Suburban Family Magazine: WEEKEND+ for Thursday 12/15 to Wednesday 12/21.

THIS WEEK: Holiday Happenings | Holiday On Stage Performances | Holiday Family Fun Guide |  Fitness Events | Chicagoland Events | Senior Focus | Dining Out

GO TO: Suburban Family’s November + December 2022 issue

The Official “Holiday Family Fun Guide”

(For this week…12/15 to 12/21)

We understand how important holidays can be, so we’ve gathered these wonderful events and attractions of places to go and things to do to add to your ‘must do’ celebrations. Enjoy!

Here’s the full Holiday Family Guide article

Sonny Acres Farm
Santa’s Workshop has moved from the North Pole to West Chicago! Sonny Acres Farm is open for their annual Winter Wonderland  through December 18. Fun for all ages, holiday happenings include a light show experience, photos with Santa, fresh cut Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, hot cocoa creations & more. Located at 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events, hours and activities, visit  LEARN MORE

Bensenville Park District
The Bensenville Park District offers many family activities to make your holiday season merry and bright. Adopt a snowman to decorate and display at Fischer Farm during the month of December or enjoy ice sculptures and holiday crafts before warming up around a bonfire with hot chocolate and treats taking a photo with Santa, and listening to festive music at Fischer Farm. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at White Pines Golf Club Saturday or Sunday, December 17-18. Learn more about these activities and more at  LEARN MORE

Celebrate the Holidays in Tinley Park
Tinley Park is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays!  Learn more at  

Volo Museum
For over 60 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, modern muscle cars and Hollywood vehicles, Jurassic Gardens indoor dinosaur experience, a hand-carved 1928 carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney display and one of the largest antique malls in the midwest. There’s no place like Volo Museum in the world! Open daily 10 am to 5pm. Visit 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.  LEARN MORE

Ottawa, IL – Pick Us!
Nestled along the Illinois and Fox Rivers is a picturesque town with snow covered trees and hundreds of sparkling Christmas lights, Ottawa, Illinois.

  • Chris Kringle Market –   Dec 16, 17, 18

Spend a day wandering through the charming downtown with store fronts beckoning you to come inside.  Déjà vu and Heartland by Hand offer colorful décor and unique gifts, while Jeremiah Joe’s will warm you with a delicious hot cocoa.  Enjoy the murals and art interspersed throughout downtown, as you make your way to The Beach House for dinner. We look forward to seeing you!  LEARN MORE

Lighting Up Lemont
Come brighten up your holiday season and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.”  Your holiday photo spot from Now to Jan. 31. Our dazzling holiday displays are nestled throughout our family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and brewery. It’s the perfect place to capture your holiday photos and magical moments. We can’t wait to see you in Lemont Downtown this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by our Main Event Sponsor Citgo, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont. | @lemontdowntown |  LEARN MORE

Visit Kenosha
Planning at getaway to the Kenosha Area? Visit Kenosha is excited to offer universal gift cards for use at many of our partner locations. Powered by Yiftee and processes as a Master Card, these digital gift cards are easy to use and can be printed or conveniently accessed on your mobile device. Enjoy the fabulous shops, restaurants, and attractions in the Kenosha Area with a Visit Kenosha gift card. Purchase gift cards and see accepting venues at:  LEARN MORE

Make Arlington Heights Your Holiday Destination!
Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season!  For more information, please visit  and Facebook.

Abbey Farms
Abbey Farms has everything you want for the holidays! Purchase a Pre-Cut tree, or cut your own! We have garland, swag and a host of greenery as well. Bring home an old-fashioned treat from our bakery – choose from pies, apple crisp or our award-winning donuts. Reserve a time to visit Santa, then stay to dine in The Emporium Cafe, either inside or on our patio by the fire! Or shop a wide range of gifts in our 6,000-square-foot farm store – from incredibly tasty specialty food items to unique home goods to one-of-a-kind vintage items and crafts. We’re dog-friendly, so bring ‘em along! Visit for all the details!  LEARN MORE

Golf Center Des Plaines
Golf Center Des Plaines, ranked one of the Top 50 Ranges in the country, is Chicagoland’s premier year-round practice facility. Golfers of all levels enjoy lighted and heated hitting stations with automatic ball tee-up; a fully-lighted 9-hole course; 1-1/2 acre short-game area; restaurant, pro shop, and PGA level lessons by GolfTEC. For every golfer a Gift Certificate is the perfect option. For the serious golfer, our Unlimited Driving Range Membership is this year’s most popular gift. Located at 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016. 847-803-GOLF (4653)  LEARN MORE

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.  LEARN MORE

Winter Lights at Central Park
Enjoy a 1/2 mile walk through the beautifully lit Central Park! Discover dancing trees, inspirational signs, colorful rainbow arches, cascading snowflakes, and musical hearts throughout this scenic walk. This walk is FREE to the community. The Winter Lights at Central Park will take place through January 8, 2023, every evening from 4:30-9:30 PM.  Oak Brook Park District.  LEARN MORE

Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo
An amazing opportunity to make Christmas memories! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with Santa’s entire sleigh team of live reindeer. Visit with Santa Claus (times available on website). Kids will earn an official stable elf diploma! Reindeer flight school training sessions. Lots of magical photo opportunities! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop. Visit the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop for ALL of your Christmas shopping needs! Admission is $15 per person. 3088 Flora Rd.  Belvidere, IL.  Visit for more information and tickets!  LEARN MORE

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and sleigh ride winter wonderland! Enjoy great comfort food touched by the magic of apples at the Red Barn Restaurant, Bakery Café, Cider Bar and Farm Store. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is the ideal rustic wedding venue located between Chicago and Milwaukee, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit for further information.  LEARN MORE

WhirlyBall Naperville – Eat. Drink. Game ON!
Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or a holiday party, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800,     ENJOY NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE FAMILY AT WHIRLY BALL NAPERVILLE

Spend your Holiday in Naperville
Holidays are meant for gathering, celebrating, and connecting over great meals.  Whether you want intimate fine dining or an outing with a group, make this holiday season memorable by dining in Naperville!  With over 300 restaurants to choose from, Naperville has options for a fun and festive holiday gathering suited for family, friends, kids or a work group.  For more ideas, get your free Naperville Dining Guide, go to, or reach us at 866-996-2737.  LEARN MORE

Trails Entertainment Centers
Trails Entertainment Centers offers three amazing venues – Enchanted Castle Family Entertainment Center in Lombard, which is an all-indoor facility, and Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Centers located in Burbank and Joliet, which feature both indoor and outdoor attractions. Each location offers a unique variety of games, miniature golf, go-karts, amusement rides and other special attractions. Special discounted rates are available for birthday parties, group outings and corporate picnics & events. For more information visit  LEARN MORE

Celebrate with Funtopia!
Our parties make you move! The most Fun & Active Birthday Party experience guaranteed!

“Jingle all the way to Downtown Wheaton” this holiday season!
The festivities begin November 25th with Nights of Lights in Adams Park followed by the Downtown Wheaton Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fun continues through December with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers, family movie night, a festive trolley, and more! And don’t miss the 25 Days of Christ-mas, featuring exclusive deals from your favorite shops. Visit for more de-tails.”  LEARN MORE

Forest Preserve District of Kane County ~ Explore galore!
Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out!

The next time you stop-in for a visit, Creek Bend Nature Center will look a little different as a new tallgrass prairie exhibit has been installed! Crawl through the new fox den. Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface. View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore!

Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Mon. – Thurs. 10AM. – 4PM. Sat. – Sun. Noon – 4PM. Mark your calendar: Maple Sugaring Days – March 4-5 from noon – 3PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 630-444-3190.  LEARN MORE

Kidzmax is Chicago’s newest one-stop shop for quality, recycled products your kids and teens will love to wear year-round. At, you’ll find an amazing selection of clothing, outerwear, footwear, equipment, and much more, at up to 80% of retail prices. Original tags are on over 80% of the products, and the prices can’t be beat. Go to today, and see why Chicago moms have given a 4.9-star Google rating.  LEARN MORE

Holly Days in Westmont
For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit or by calling (630)963-5252.  LEARN MORE

Downtown Elgin
Downtown Elgin kicks off the holiday shopping season with a Holiday Cheers beverage crawl at 20+ locations around downtown Elgin on November 26. Shop on Small Business Saturday while enjoying holiday-themed beverages in a custom, insulated cup. We will also have a limited-edition hand-created mug from Downtown Elgin business, Steep N Clay. Enjoy Hot Cocoa, Warm Apple Cider, Ponche Navideño, Mint Mochas, and more! Also, look for 15 beautifully decorated windows featuring holiday artwork in downtown storefronts. Roaming entertainment, Santa, Holiday Pop Up Markets (December 16), and more are also in the works!  LEARN MORE

Scene 75 Entertainment Center
Scene75 is Chicagoland’s brand new indoor amusement park and entertainment center! Located at 460 South Weber Road, Romeoville, IL, and offers fun for all ages. With 14 outstanding attractions, 150+ arcade games, an eatery and sweetshop, Scene75 is your go-to venue for a memorable day out with the family or birthday celebration! Boasting a massive 135,000 sq ft of fun, Scene75 Chicagoland is now the largest indoor entertainment center in the state of Illinois!  LEARN MORE

Fleetwood Roller Rink – Summit
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300.  LEARN MORE

Naperville Garden Club
Visit the Club’s website:

Here’s the full Holiday Family Guide article

Holiday Happenings…

(For this week…12/15 to 12/21)

  • Pre-K Outdoor Play – 12/15. 1-2PM. Engage your little ones in outdoor adventure, stories, songs, movement, and games. Ages 2-4 with adult. Register. Fullersburg Woods.
  • Flashlight Candy Cane Hike – 12/16. Explore the woods and prairie to solve a puzzle and receive a goody bag. Head to Hickory Knolls for warm beverages and a craft. St. Charles.
  • Pizza with Santa – 12/16. Pizza, soda, craft, games, bounce house. Children of all ages with an adult. Register by 12/10. 6-7PM. Darien.
  • Family Holiday Party – 12/17. Families will make pinatas and papel picados inspired by Hispanic customs. 2PM visit from Santa. Cookies and cocoa in the McCormick House. 1-4PM. Elmhurst.
  • Parkie’s Reindeer Games – 12/17. Swimming in a pool with melted snowmen and pics with Parkie. Arts, crafts and games. Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park. 9-11:30AM.
  • Breakfast with Santa – 12/17-18. Enjoy Breakfast Buffet, Photo with Santa, Crafts and Activities. White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. 10AM – 1PM. Register
  • Breakfast with Santa – 12/17-18.  Addison Community Recreation Center. Register. 9:30-11:30AM. Addison.
  • Breakfast with Santa – 12/18. 8:30AM. Starved Rock Lodge. Breakfast followed by a magic show and a treat. Utica, IL
  • Family Holiday Concert – 12/18. Enjoy a fresh take on the Nutcracker Suite with fun Christmas movie songs peppered in. All ages. 2:00 and 4:00 PM. Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville.
  • Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt – 12/19. Ages 1-14 years. Bundle up, grab a flashlight and search for a dozen candy canes, some with a special note to exchange for a prize. All will leave with a small goody bad. 6-6:30PM. Itasca.
  • Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike – 12/21. 6:45-7:45AM. A hike atop Mount Hoy early in the morning to experience the solstice sunrise and learn about wildlife. Ages 12+. Register. Blackwell.

Here’s the full season of Holiday Happenings 

Holiday On Stage Performances…

(For this week…12/15 to 12/21)

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

  • Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s, The Nutcracker … Dec 17 @ 1 and 5 pm

Tickets available online at; by phone at 847-543-2300 or at the JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. LEARN MORE

“The Sound of Music” at Paramount Theatre

  • The Sound of Music … Now to January 15, 2023

Tickets start at just $28. Get your tickets today at  LEARN MORE

The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan
‘Tis the season for great family entertainment!

  • The Magic of the “Nutcracker … Dec 21 and 22 @ 6:30 pm

The Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL. Online: Box office: (847) 263-6300. LEARN MORE

Rialto Square Theatre

Visit to learn more about their lineup. 

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts

For tickets and additional information, visit or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg. 

Celebrate the Holidays at Drury Lane
Where the most wonderful time of year ‘dazzles’

  • “Elf – The Musical … Now to Jan 8, 202
  • A Christmas Carol … Now to Dec 30

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The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University

  • Air Play April 22 @ 2 pm

Tickets are available at or at (708) 235-2222.  LEARNMORE


The Dancing Horses Theatre
Enjoy the spectacular Christmas show

Costumes, music, and lights all grace the stage of this 90-minute performance. It’s all about magic and family entertainment. It is a “must see” if you are looking for a unique destination!

Located at 5065 Highway 50 in Delavan, Wisconsin. For more information and tickets call 262-728-8200 or visit our website at LEARN MORE

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents …

  • Miracle on 34th Street … Now to Dec 17
  • The Wizard of OZ … Jan 20, 2023 to Feb 4, 2023
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” … Mar 10, 2023 to Apr 1, 2023
  • Singin’ in the Rain … July 7, 2023 to July 29, 2023

Tickets $14 to $22. Call 630-634-2100. Playing at 900 Foster Ave, Medinah, IL 60157 LEARN MORE

Go to the full On Stage article

Fitness / Race Events

(For this week…12/15 to 12/21)


  • Tom-A-Hawk Turkey Trot 5K. Aurora.
  • USOLE Trail Challenge. Palos.


  • Jingle Bell Run. Wheaton.
  • Turkey Trot 5K/10K. Lincolnwood.

Here’s the full list of Fitness Events for Nov + Dec

Special Section: Senior Focus





More Chicagoland Events…

(For this week…12/15 to 12/21)


  • ART 3D Art Takes Center Stage – 11/18-12/30. The Art Center Highland Park features the work of three talented artists/designers in 3 galleries. Highland Park.
  • EXHIBIT Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond – Join Nature Cat and his friends on their outdoor adventures. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview.


  • CRAFTS Art and Market Aurora ~ Sat. 11/19 | Dec 10 and17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Society 57 featuring a special Sugar Skull City market on Nov 5. Aurora.

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