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!
Winter Wonders – Boerner Bigger and Brighter
Carrying on the Holiday tradition, Boerner Botanical Gardens is enhancing the 2021 Holiday Light Show with new effects, bigger displays and new technology tricks that highlight the beauty and majesty of Wisconsin’s most beautiful botanical park and surroundings. This year’s event runs from November 19th thru January 2nd, every night including all the holidays. Hours are from 5:00PM till 10:00PM. The first cars can start lining up at 4:30PM. This year as an added attraction, Santa will be on site in a specially designed habitat to allow all the cars driving past to share his holiday wishes. Tickets for full carloads are $25.00 and there are also limited nightly skip the line tickets for $35.00. Tickets should be purchased in advance at www.winterwonders.org. All carloads will get a free gift bag with coupons, ornament, and other items on certain nights. Winter Wonders follows all Covid 19 safety guidelines.
Head north and enjoy Kenosha, Wisconsin this winter. From snow tubing and downhill skiing at Wilmot Mountain, to other outdoor adventures like fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and sledding at area parks, you can make the most of a snow day here. Or, warm up at one of our world-class museums, charming diners, or DIY art studios for more family fun. In fact, you may want to make plans for a weekend getaway with so much fun waiting to be discovered. 600 52nd Street Suite 140 Kenosha, WI 53140. 262-654-7307. www.VisitKenosha.com
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. www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com
Holidays in Naperville
It’s the time of year for gathering with friends and family, and Naperville is the city for the season! It’s easy to find accommodation with 17 amazing hotels to choose from. You’ll never be hungry thanks to 300 restaurants. From American to Asian, to Italian, to ice cream, any craving can be met. To find the best spots to celebrate with family and friends, go to www.VisitNaperville.com and www.DineNaperville.com!
Water Street Naperville
NaperLights will make the season bright along Water Street and the Riverwalk in Downtown Naperville from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Lights are synced to music for walking or drive-through. The display, from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, features 150,000 lights. Santa holds socially distanced chats with children by the Great Tree on most Friday and Saturday evenings. While they last, holographic glasses for kids on weekends. Donations for Sunrise Rotary charities are welcomed. www.naperlights.com
Village of Arlington Heights
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family. It all starts with our grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 26th. Great events continue with Small Business Saturday on November 27th. Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown. And the Rotary Santa Run returns on December 4th. This iconic 5K race features hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets. With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit www.DiscoverArlington.com!
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 AbbeyFarms.org for all the details!
Creek Bend Nature Center Explore Galore!
Visit Creek Bend Nature Center for fun, interactive exhibits. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface. View bison in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore! Admission is always free. We’re open: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. www.kaneforest.com 630-444-3190.
The Volo Museum is SO much more than cars! The roars of our dinosaurs at Jurassic Gardens, the sweet sounds of the happiest music on earth in our carousel room and the “oohs and ahhs” of our Disney and Movie Car displays – to just name a few! Don’t Miss Out on the Fun! Open daily 10a to 5p. And, treat your family to a ‘Christmas Vacation’ they won’t forget ! National Lampoon’s film tribute on view Dec. 4 to Jan. 2, 2022. Visit us at www.volocars.com for more information. Volo Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.
Whether you’re planning your next family fun day, work outing, or 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, www.WhirlyBall.com/Naperville
Holly Days in Westmont
Westmont’s annual Holly Days is back! The holiday fun begins December 4, and will include our Holly Days Food Drive, Holly Days Giving Tree, Frosty & Friends Parade, Business Decorating Contests, Letters to Santa, and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit www.hollydaysfestival.com or by calling 630.963.5252.
Holiday Special Events with the Lombard Park District
Enjoy Lombard Park District’s annual holiday lights display in Lilacia Park! Charming holiday displays illuminate the park from 4:30-10pm each night with magical light shows, tree decorations, a gingerbread house and so much more. December 2021. www.lombardparks.com/holiday
Naper Settlement, Holly Jolly Days
December 10, 17, 20, 21, 22 & 23. 1 to 7 PM
Naper Settlement invites you to join us for Holly Jolly Days. Enjoy a relaxing time with family and friends at the museum. Guests can visit the Blacksmith Shop for Reindeer Shoes – a special holiday story told by our blacksmith while making reindeer shoes at the forge. Listen to Christmas stories in the Schoolhouse and write a letter to Santa! 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville. Tickets are $5/person, free for children under 4. For tickets and more information, visit. www.napersettlement.org/HollyJollyDays
Downtown Elgin Holly Days
Downtown Elgin kicks off the holiday shopping season with a Holiday Cheers beverage crawl at 20 locations around the downtown on November 27. Shop on Small Business Saturday while enjoying holiday-themed beverages in a custom, insulated cup. 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 and more are also in the works! Visit www.DowntownElgin.com/HollyDays.
Visit Lake County
Nothing’s more “holiday” than enjoying the sights (and tastes) in Lake County, Illinois! Take a nearby “road trip” to Antioch’s FREE Kringle’s Christmas Village, an indoor holiday display of themed oversized shadowboxes (think Marshall Field’s window displays with a unique spin), to a brisk hike on the miles of trails throughout the county at the Lake County Forest Preserves. Cross-country skiing is available at select locations. Top it off with all-things “chocolate” at The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee, delectable dishes infused with cocoa (not to mention the best hot chocolate!). Download a visitor map guide at visitlakecounty.org. 847-662-2700.
A Magical Winter in Downtown Aurora
Have a ball in downtown Aurora this winter. It’s A Magical Winter with “Cinderella” at Paramount Theatre starting Nov. 10. Other magical events include Winter Lights festivities on Nov. 19 and Holiday Art and Market from 9 a.m. to noon at Society 57 on Nov. 13 & 20 and Dec. 11 & 18. Join us on Dec. 3 at First Fridays for the annual Cocoa Crawl at participating businesses. Santa will visit Millennium Plaza for free photos at the gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m. the first three Saturdays in December. Aurora Downtown on Facebook. www.auroradowntown.org
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm offering pick your own apples, peaches, and pears. Visit the Red Barn Cafe and Cider Bar, bakery, and gift shop. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, orchard and farm tours, school field trips, hayrides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www.appleholler.com, for further information.
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 Experience beginning November 22 through December 19. Fun for all ages, holiday happenings include a lights experience, horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, fresh Christmas trees, gifts, sweets, handmade custom wreaths and more. Located at 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events, hours and activities, visit www.sonnyacres.com.
Downers Grove Park District
Celebrate the holidays with Downers Grove Park District! On Nov. 20, “It’s Thanksgiving, Downers Grove” kids can watch a Thanksgiving special, visit with a special character, enjoy snacks and create festive crafts. On Dec. 11, get in the holiday spirit with Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas at the Downers Grove Museum. Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, visit with Santa, stroll a luminary walk and warm up around a campfire. Advance registration is required. Learn more at www.dgparks.org.
Christ Community Church
It’s a season of great joy. And at Christ Community Church, there are so many ways to celebrate: 1) In-person Christmas Eve services on December 23 & 24 at campuses in Aurora, Dekalb, Huntley, St. Charles, and Streamwood. 2) Online services broadcast Dec 23, 24 & 25. 3) The Christ Community Church Christmas Eve special on CBS Channel 2! In Streamwood or DeKalb? Don’t miss some fun Christmas concerts. Learn more at www.ccclife.org/christmas.
Naperville Garden Club’s
2021 Cup of Cheer™
The Cup of Cheer™ House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea is the Naperville Garden Club’s major fundraiser. The proceeds fund scholarships and Club programs. Tickets allow entry to four area homes decorated for the holidays and a holiday market and tea located at the Naperville VFW. Tickets are $55 for December 2nd and $40 for December 3rd. More information and ticket sales through the Club’s website: www.napervillegardenclub.org. Or call Barbara at 630-650-4405.
Lighting Up Lemont
Come brighten up your holiday season in Lemont and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.” Our dazzling illuminating holiday displays are nestled throughout our quaint, 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 this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by our Main Event Sponsor Citgo, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont. www.lemont.il.us/Holiday | @lemontdowntown | www.lemontdowntown.com
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
People of all ages enjoy this exceptional Museum dedicated to sharing the beauty of cut and polished stone, promoting lapidary artists and understanding rocks and minerals. Featuring a world-class collection of Chinese jade and hard stone carvings from around the world. Exhibits include stone mosaics, cameos, animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils, meteorites and hands-on displays. Unique Museum Shop, ADA accessible and open year-round. 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Ph. 630-833-1616, firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.lizzadromuseum.org
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