Family-Friendly December Events 2020

Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Organizations in the western suburbs have gone above and beyond to ensure safety guidelines are being followed as you spend quality time with your family this holiday season. Of course, things may change, so be sure to check in closer to the event date!

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December 2020 Events

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Please note that MOST of these events require registration in advance. If an event interests you, check it out now to make sure you get a spot!

Weekly Events

Santa’s Wonderland (Bass Pro Shop, Bolingbrook)
November 7 – December 24, 2020 | times vary
Reservation required.

Holiday Lights Show (Promenade, Bolingbrook)
November 8 – December 31, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Lightscape (Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe)
November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm with extended hours select Fridays and Saturdays
Must buy tickets in advance.

Let It Shine Light Show (Northbrook Court)
November 16, 2020 – January 9, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm on weekdays, 4:30pm – 11:00pm on weekends
Tickets are sold per vehicle, and must be purchased in advance.

Photos with Santa at The Lawn (Oak Brook Center)
November 20 – December 23, 2020 |Monday – Saturday from 11:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Reservation are required. Additional Special Hours on Christmas Eve.

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | times to be announced
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Nights of Lights (Wheaton)
November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021 | dusk – 10:00pm

ZooLights (Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago)
November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Festival of Lights (Phillips Park, Aurora)
November 27 – December 27, 2020 | Mondays through Thursdays from 5:00pm – 9:00pm and Fridays through Sundays 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Holiday Lights (Mooseheart)
November 27 – December 31, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Holiday Magic (Brookfield Zoo)
Select days from November 27 – December 31, 2020 | all day

Festival of Lights (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
November 27 – December 30, 2020 | times vary

Holiday in the Park Lights (Great America, Gurnee)
Select days from November 27 – December 27, 2020 | times vary

Christmas Walk Weekends (Geneva)
Weekends in December before Christmas times vary

Santa’s Naperville Workshop
December 2 – 23, 2020 | 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Visit with Santa (Geneva Visitor Center)
Saturdays and Sundays from December 5 – 20, 2020 | 10:30am – 3:30pm

Pet Photos with Santa (Yorktown Center, Lombard)
December 7, 8, 14, 15 and 17, 2020 | 11:00am – 8:00pm
Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Week of December 1, 2020

Tree Lighting Ceremony (Hodgkins)
December 1, 2020 | 6:30pm

No Drama Discipline: Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain at via College of DuPage/Glenbard Parent Series (Virtual)
December 1, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Free Parking Wednesday (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
December 2, 2020 | all day

Music Together® Jingle Jam! at Mattix Music Studio (Western Springs)
December 2, 2020 | 9:00am – 9:30am (in-person), 9:45am – 10:15am (in-person) or 4:45pm – 5:15pm (virtual)
Register in advance for the 3-week session.

Open Nature Play (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
December 2, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Registration is required.

Special Kids Day Holiday Celebration (Elmhurst)
December 2, 2020 | 3:30pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Rhythm Kids® Jingle Jam! at Mattix Music Studio (Western Springs)
December 2, 2020 | 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm (virtual)
Register in advance for the 3-week session.

Santa Paws (Hinsdale Humane Society)
December 2, 2020 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Reserved timeslots are full, but walk-ins are welcome

Daddy/Daughter: Holiday Gift Night (Naperville)
December 2, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Advance registration is required.

Drive Thru Holiday Party (Westchester)
December 2, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Glitzy Girls Daddy/Daughter Holiday Gift Class (Carol Stream)
December 2, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Register in advance.

Find Your Future at College Night: Dr. Raquel Wilson & Distinguished Panel via College of DuPage and The Glenbard Parent Series (Virtual)
December 2, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Holiday Tree Trimming (River Forest)
December 3, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:45pm
Register for your 30-minute timeslot.

Tree Lighting in Wilder Park (Elmhurst, Virtual)
December 3, 2020 | 6:00pm

Holiday Pajama Party (Darien)
December 3, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Must register in advance.

Drive Thru Holiday Party (Westchester)
December 3, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Family Cinnamon Stick Craft Night (North Riverside)
December 3, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Pre-registration is required.

Shopping at Santa’s Workshop (Elmhurst)
December 4, 2020 | 3:00pm, 4:00pm or 5:00pm

Santa’s Dinner Dash (St. Charles)
December 4, 2020 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Advance registration required.

Stroll to the North Pole (Lemont)
December 4, 2020 | 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Register in advance.

Young Rembrandts Ice Magic Characters (Naperville)
December 4, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Operation Santa Clause (Bartlett)
December 4, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Christmas Walk – A Stroll Down Main Street (Oswego)
December 4, 2020 | 5:00pm – 8:30pm

First Fridays (Downtown Aurora)
December 4, 2020 | 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Tree Lighting and Santa Visit (Willow Springs)
December 4, 2020 | 5:30pm
Must register in advance if you want Santa’s gift. Open to Willow Springs residents only.

Holly Days Drive-Thru (Warrenville)
December 4, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Super Smash Bros Tournament (Carol Stream)
December 4, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
December 4, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Must register in advance.

Parent & Me Holiday Reindeer (Naperville)
December 4, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance.

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Flashlight Candy Cane Search (St. Charles)
December 4, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:00pm or 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Donuts with Santa (Glen Ellyn)
December 5, 2020 | 8:00am – 9:00am, 9:30am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 12:00pm
Advance registration required.

Snapshots with Santa (Batavia)
December 5, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm
Register for your 30-minute session.

Zoom Calls with Santa (Warrenville)
December 5, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Must schedule in advance.

Holly Jolly Home Visit (Bloomingdale Residents Only)
December 5, 2020 | 8:30am – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Holiday Pet Pictures (West Chicago)
December 5, 2020 | starts at 9:00am
Register for your 15-minute session.

Shopping at Santa’s Workshop (Elmhurst)
December 5, 2020 | 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am or 12:00pm

Social Distancing Pictures with Santa (Hinsdale)
December 5, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

Drive-Thru Santa & Christmas Wonderland (Joliet)
December 5, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Event is sold out, but check back for additional times or waitlist opportunities.

Santa’s Drive Thru (River Forest)
December 5, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance, for River Forest residents only.

Santa Paws (Hinsdale Humane Society)
December 5, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Reserved timeslots are full, but walk-ins are welcome

Amazing Ornaments (Lombard)
December 5, 2020 | 9:15am – 10:15am

Little Sprouts Gardening (Downers Grove)
December 5, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Must register in advance.

The Polar Express Storytime Train (Geneva)
December 5, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:00pm or 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Advance registration is required. This event is sold out, but you can add yourself to the waitlist.

Holiday Wreaths (Carol Stream)
December 5, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Register in advance.

Annual Oswego Cookie Walk
December 5, 2020 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Winter Wonderland Workshop (Northlake)
December 5, 2020 | 10:30am – 11:15am
Must register in advance.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party (Lombard)
December 5, 2020 | 10:45am – 11:45am

Young Rembrandts Ice Magic Characters (Naperville)
December 5, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Socially Distant Photos with Santa (Western Springs)
December 5, 2020 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Reservations are required.

Winter Crafts (DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton)
December 5, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
December 5, 2020 | 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Walk Through Old Town (Bloomingdale)
December 5, 2020 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting (Brookfield)
December 5, 2020 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Westmont Virtual Holiday Celebration
December 5, 2020 | 4:00pm

Strollin’ to the Stable (Grace Point Church, Naperville)
December 5, 2020 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Guests are asked to register in advance.

Celebrate the Season in Downtown Lisle
December 5, 2020 | caravan starts at 4:30pm

Holiday Drop & Shop (North Riverside)
December 5, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required.

Celebrate the Season Tree Lighting Ceremony (Downtown Lisle)
December 5, 2020 | 6:00pm

Emergency Vehicle Silent Light Parade (Oswego)
December 5, 2020 | starting at 6:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (La Grange)
December 6, 2020 | 8:30am – 10:00am
Advance registration is required.

Holly Jolly Home Visit (Bloomingdale Residents Only)
December 6, 2020 | 8:30am – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Social Distancing Pictures with Santa (Hinsdale)
December 6, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

The Polar Express Storytime Train (Geneva)
December 6, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:00pm or 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Advance registration is required. This event is sold out, but you can add yourself to the waitlist.

Visits with Santa (Oak Park)
December 6, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Register for your 1-hour session.

Shopping at Santa’s Workshop (Elmhurst)
December 6, 2020 | 11:00am, 12:00pm or 1:00pm

Socially Distant Photos with Santa (Western Springs)
December 6, 2020 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Reservations are required.

Gingerbread House Creations (St. Charles)
December 6, 2020 | 12:30pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance for a 1-hour session.

Week of December 7, 2020

Holiday Ornament Making (Carol Stream)
December 7, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Register in advance.

Santa’s Workshop (St. Charles)
December 7, 2020 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Must register in advance.

Holiday Gifts (Glendale Heights)
December 7, 2020 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Register in advance. Delivery and online options also available.

Cookie Decorating (Glendale Heights)
December 7, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Must register in advance. Virtual options also available.

Grinch Goo-Tastic Slime Lab (Downers Grove)
December 7, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Socially Distance Photos with Santa (La Grange Park)
December 7, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Victorian Christmas (Glendale Heights)
December 7, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Register in advance.

Phone Calls from Santa (Westmont)
December 8, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Must register in advance.

Holiday Tree Lighting (La Grange)
December 8, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Santa’s Hotline (Naperville)
December 8, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

The Thrills & Chills of Winter Ice Cream ((West Chicago)
December 8, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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December 8, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Santa’s Hotline (Naperville)
December 9, 2020 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus (Wood Dale)
December 9, 2020 | 5:00pm – 8:15pm
Register in advance for a 45-minute session.

Sensory Sensitive Treats with Santa (Oak Park)
December 9, 2020 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance for your 1-hour session.

Daddy/Daughter: Holiday Gift Night (Naperville)
December 9, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Advance registration is required.

Daddy Daughter Date Night – To Go! (Lombard)
December 10, 2020 | 8:30am – 7:00pm
Register in advance. Pick up your goodies before your date night at home!

Oswego Holiday Express
December 10, 2020 | 4:00pm – 7:20pm
Register for your 10-minute timeslot

The Thrills and Chills of Winter Ice Cream (Glen Ellyn)
December 10, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Must register in advance.

Grinch Goo-Tastic Slime Lab (Glen Ellyn)
December 10, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Must register in advance.

Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Mansion (Elmhurst)
December 10, 2020 | starts at 4:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Santa Special Deliveries (Carol Stream Residents Only)
December 10, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Event full, but add your family to the waitlist!

Parent/Child Holiday Gift Class
December 10, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance.

Santa’s Hotline (Naperville)
December 10, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Mary’s Candy Cane Party (Winfield)
December 11, 2020 | Starts at 9:30am
Must register in advance.

Oswego Holiday Express
December 11, 2020 | 4:00pm – 7:50pm
Register for your 10-minute timeslot

Drive Thru Santa (Wheaton)
December 11, 2020 | 5:15pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance.

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Santa Special Deliveries (Carol Stream Residents Only)
December 11, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Event full, but add your family to the waitlist!

Santa Drive-Thru (Burr Ridge)
December 11, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration required.

Rockin’ Santa (Bloomingdale)
December 11, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance.

Carriage Rides (Bloomingdale)
December 11, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Christmas Drive-Thru Celebration (Oswego)
December 12, 2020 | time tbd

Spruce Shuffle 5K (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 12, 2020 | 7:00am – 3:00pm
Participants must register in advance. Racers can run at the Arboretum, or virtually.

Holiday Train (La Grange)
December 12, 2020 | 8:45am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Mansion (Elmhurst)
December 12, 2020 | starts at 9:00am
Advance registration is required.

Breakfast with Santa (The Community House, Hinsdale)
December 12, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:15am
Must register in advance.

Restoration Workdays (Glen Ellyn)
December 12, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Creative Cooking (Oak Park)
December 12, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Drive-Thru Pancakes & Pics with Santa at Heritage Center (Oakbrook Terrace)
December 12, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Cost is per vehicle. Families must register before December 5, 2020.

Candy Cane Hunt (Lisle)
December 12, 2020 | starts at 10:00am sharp

Candy Cane Hunt (Berwyn)
December 12, 2020 | starts at 10:00am sharp

Woodland Family Hike (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 12, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus (Lisle, Virtual)
December 12, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:30pm
Must register in advance.

Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Event (Northlake)
December 12, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Basketball Skills Competition (Carol Stream)
December 12, 2020 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Register for your grade-level session.

Holly Jolly Express (Lombard)
December 12, 2020 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

Family Weekend: Frank Lloyd Wright Holiday Activity (Elmhurst Art Museum)
December 12, 2020 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Register in advance.

Socially Distant Photos with Santa (Western Springs)
December 12, 2020 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Reservations are required.

Creative Cooking (Oak Park)
December 12, 2020 | 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Register in advance.

Cookies and Canvas (The Community House, Hinsdale)
December 12, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Register in advance.

Carols in the Tent (Geneva)
December 12, 2020 | 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Reserve a tent in advance online.

Polar Express Pajama Party with Santa (Glen Ellyn)
December 12, 2020 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm or 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Advance registration is required.

Oswego Holiday Express
December 12, 2020 | 2:00pm – 7:20pm
Register for your 10-minute timeslot

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (Roselle)
December 12, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Register in advance. This event has changed to a grab and go.

Santa’s Dinner Dash (St. Charles)
December 12, 2020 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Advance registration required.

Meet & Greet Belle (Bloomingdale)
December 12, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Register in advance.

Carriage Rides (Bloomingdale)
December 12, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Drop N’ Shop (Oswego)
December 13, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Reserve your spot by December 10.

Winter Wonderland (Lombard)
December 13, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration is required.

Visits with Santa (Oak Park)
December 13, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Register for your 1-hour session.

Daddy Daughter Zumba (Carol Stream)
December 13, 2020 | 10:45am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Woodland Family Hike (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 13, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Mansion (Elmhurst)
December 13, 2020 | starts at 12:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Socially Distant Photos with Santa (Western Springs)
December 13, 2020 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Reservations are required.

Carols in the Tent (Geneva)
December 13, 2020 | 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Reserve a tent in advance online.

Make Reindeer Food (Bloomingdale)
December 13, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Polar Express Pajama Party with Santa (Glen Ellyn)
December 13, 2020 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm or 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Advance registration is required.

Oswego Holiday Express
December 13, 2020 | 2:00pm – 7:20pm
Register for your 10-minute timeslot

Polar Express Train (Warrenville)
December 13, 2020 | 4:20pm – 5:20pm or 5:35pm – 6:35pm
Must register in advance.

Week of December 14, 2020

Wild Woods Tree Tales (Downers Grove)
December 14, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:00am
Register in advance.

Holiday Boredom Buster Bag (Warrenville)
December 14, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Must register in advance.

Santa’s Workshop for Tykes – Craft Pickup (Wheaton)
December 14, 2020 | 10:00am – 10:30am
Register in advance for a to-go kit.

Holiday Crafts (Bloomingdale)
December 14, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Register in advance.

Museum Field Trip Mondays (Downers Grove)
December 14, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Must register in advance.

Amazing Ornaments (Lombard)
December 14, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Grinch Goo-Tastic Slime Lab (Burr Ridge)
December 14, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Parent & Me Adorable Holiday Puppies (Naperville)
December 14, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Advance registration is required.

Holiday Sing-along (Glen Ellyn)
December 15, 2020 | 9:45am – 10:25am
Must register in advance.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party (Lombard)
December 15, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Hand Sewing (Glen Ellyn)
December 15, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Register in advance.

Santa Visits (La Grange Residents Only)
December 15, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Hello Santa (Geneva, Virtual)
December 15, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Must register in advance.

Gingerbread Houses (Burr Ridge)
December 15, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

A Community Conversation About Suicide: Student Voices, Resources and Hope with Dr. Jonathan Singer via College of DuPage and The Glenbard Parent Series (Virtual)
December 15, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Brave Way Self-Defense (Carol Stream)
December 15, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Open Nature Play (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
December 16, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Registration is required.

Holiday Candy Workshop (Lombard)
December 16, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Sensory Sensitive Treats with Santa (Oak Park)
December 16, 2020 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance for your 30-minute session.

Santa Visits (La Grange Residents Only)
December 16, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Decorate a Gingerbread House (Darien)
December 16, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Must register in advance.

Santa on the Line (Oswego)
December 16, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Little Saplings: Let it Snow (Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles)
December 17, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Registration is required.

Holiday Open House at Cheney (Cheney Mansion, Oak Park)
December 17, 2020 | 3:00pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance for your 30-minute session.

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Holiday Crafts (Lombard)
December 17, 2020 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Register in advance.

Art on a Cart (Lisle)
December 17, 2020 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Rockin’ With Rudolph (Lombard)
December 17, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Holiday Express (Oak Brook)
December 17, 2020 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
This event is sold out, but check back for additional information.

Magic (Naperville)
December 17, 2020 | 5:00pm – 5:55pm
Must register in advance.

Santa Visits (La Grange Residents Only)
December 17, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Holiday Card Decorating (Bloomingdale)
December 17, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Santa Paws & Pictures (Roselle)
December 17, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance. This event has become a grab and go.

Rockin’ Santa (Bloomingdale)
December 17, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Register in advance.

Nature Tot Workshop (Downers Grove)
December 18, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:45am
Must register in advance.

Holiday Train Ride in a Box (Villa Park)
December 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:30pm
Registration is required.

Candy Cane Hunt (Glen Ellyn)
December 18, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm or 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Register in advance.

Santa Zoom Call (Bensenville)
December 18, 2020 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Deck the Halls (Roselle)
December 18, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance. This event has changed to a grab and go.

Santa’s Calling (North Berwyn)
December 18, 2020 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Must register in advance.

Live Nativity Drive Thru (Compass Church, Naperville)
December 18, 2020 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Holiday Drop & Shop (North Riverside)
December 18, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required.

Daddy/Daughter: Holiday Gift Night (Naperville)
December 18, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Advance registration is required.

KFN Movie Night: Elf (Bloomingdale)
December 18, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:45pm
Register in advance.

Carriage Rides (Bloomingdale)
December 18, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Santa Claus is Coming to You (St. Charles, Virtual)
December 19, 2020 | times vary

Grinchmas Breakfast (Carol Stream)
December 19, 2020 | 8:00am – 8:45am or 9:30am – 10:15am
Registration is required.

Breakfast from Santa (Glendale Heights)
December 19, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:30am

Parkie’s Reindeer Games (Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park, Bolingbrook)
December 19, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Advance registration is required.

Breakfast and Santa (Lombard)
December 19, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Registration is required.

A Personalized Visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus (Lisle)
December 19, 2020 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Must register in advance. Lisle residents only.

P.I.G. Competition (Carol Stream)
December 19, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:30pm
Register for the specific grade level session.

Visits from Mr. & Mrs. Claus (Lemont)
December 19, 2020 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Must register in advance. For Lemont residents only.

Friends of the Forest: Jr. Naturalists (Downers Grove)
December 19, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Friends of the Forest: Ranger Club (Downers Grove)
December 19, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Safe Sitter (Oak Park)
December 19, 2020 | 9:30am – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Adorable Christmas Puppies (Carol Stream)
December 19, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Little Helpers Workshop (Oak Park)
December 19, 2020 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Register in advance.

Woodland Family Hike (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 19, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Event (Melrose Park)
December 19, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Samantha’s Victorian Christmas (Downers Grove)
December 19, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Must register in advance.

Zoom to the North Pole (West Chicago)
December 19, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Participants must register before December 10, 2020.

Train Saturdays (DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton)
December 19, 2020 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Virtual Holiday Singalong at Mattix Music Studio (Western Springs)
December 19, 2020 | 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Reindeer Droppings (St. Charles)
December 19, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Porch Visits with Santa (Villa Park Residents Only)
December 19, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Register in advance.

Cookie Decorating with D’s Treats
December 19, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Live Nativity Drive Thru (Compass Church, Naperville)
December 19, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Wild Night Out (Downers Grove)
December 19, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Must register in advance.

Date Night (Oswego)
December 19, 2020 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Must register in advance.

Carriage Rides (Bloomingdale)
December 19, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Woodland Family Hike (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 20, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Santa & His Reindeer Visit Blackhawk Park! (Indian Head Park)
December 20, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Winter Solstice Across the World (Oak Park)
December 20, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

A Very Vintage Holiday- Pine Cone and Pipe Cleaner Elves (Oak Park)
December 20, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Grinch Meet & Greet (Bloomingdale)
December 20, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:20pm
Register in advance.

Santa on the Stoop (Glen Ellyn Residents Only)
December 20, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Mr. & Mrs. Claus at Burr Ridge Village Center
December 20, 2020 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Virtual Holiday Singalong at Mattix Music Studio (Western Springs)
December 20, 2020 | 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Week of December 21, 2020

Phone Calls from Santa (Glendale Heights)
December 21, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Play in a Day: Elf! (Carol Stream)
December 21, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:30pm
Must register in advance.

Middle School Movie Night (Bloomingdale)
December 21, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:45pm
Register in advance.

Virtual Bedtime Story with Santa (Oak Park, Virtual)
December 22, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Pizza With Grinch (Bartlett)
December 23, 2020 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Advance registration is required.

Storytime with Santa (St. Charles, Virtual)
December 23, 2020 | 7:00pm

Week of December 28, 2020

Princess Dance Party (Carol Stream)
December 28, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

New Year’s Eve in a Box (Batavia)
December 28, 2020 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Winter Decorating (Glendale Heights)
December 28, 2020 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Must register in advance. Virtual options also available.

Glowing Silhouette Luminary (Oak Park)
December 28, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Take It Tuesday! (Clarendon Hills Public Library)
December 29, 2020 | all day
Until supplies last.

JoJo’s Dance Party (Carol Stream)
December 29, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am
Register in advance.

Princess Mini Dance Camp (St. Charles)
December 29, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball (Carol Stream)
December 29, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

A Very Vintage Holiday- Mini Shadowbox Scenes (Oak Park)
December 29, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Trolls Dance Party (Carol Stream)
December 30, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am

Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball (Carol Stream)
December 30, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Middle School NYE Mingle (Carol Stream)
December 30, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Must register in advance.

New Years Countdown PJ Dance Party (St. Charles)
December 30, 2020 | 11:15am – 1:30pm
Register in advance.

Happy Noon Year’s Eve (Oswego)
December 31, 2020 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

NOON Year’s Eve (Sci-Tech Museum, Aurora)
December 31, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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