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Drive or Walk Through Holiday Lights

December 5
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 9, 2022

Various Locations IL United States

You can find all of the best Christmas lights in the suburbs with addresses, photos and a map on our Where to Find the Best Christmas Lights Guide. Take a drive or walk through the beautiful light displays!

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Stroll Through Holiday Walks

December 5
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until December 31, 2021

Various Locations IL United States

‘Tis the season to get outside and celebrate the holidays. Store-front windows filled with snowmen, reindeer lining the streets, elves hidden in downtown shops, and rows of beautifully-decorated trees fill your neighborhood parks. Find all the details at in our Stroll Through These 2021 Winter and Holiday Walks list.

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Explore Immersive Experiences and Special Exhibits

December 5
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 31, 2022

Various Locations IL United States

There are a lot of fun and interesting new exhibits open to enjoy! We rounded up each new temporary exhibit and immersive experience at several museums, zoos, and more so you can see what they have to offer… all in our New Exhibits and Immersive Experiences at Local Attractions list

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Enjoy a Live Theater Performance

December 5
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 31, 2022

Various Locations IL United States

We’re thrilled to share all of the upcoming kid-friendly productions happening in Chicagoland this fall and winter season in our Kid-Friendly Theater Guide. Wanting to find seats for a special holiday performance? Head to our 2021 Guide to Nutcracker and Holiday Theater!

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8:00 am

Frigid 5K

December 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Centennial Park (Lemont), 16028 127th St
Lemont, IL 60439 United States
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$35

Enjoy this chilly run through Centennial Park in Lemont for the 13th annual Frigid 5K at the Lemont Park District! Wear your best ugly sweaters & fun holiday gear! Stick around for the fun after party with a hot chocolate bar, DJ & refreshments. Awards are given to top 3 runners in each standard age...

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9:00 am

Holiday Express Train – CANCELED

December 5, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hinsdale Train Station, Chestnut and Washington
Hinsdale, IL United States
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$40

Hinsdale Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to cancel this event in 2021. They'll be hosting a Winter Wonderland event in its place.

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Donuts with Santa

December 5, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
La Grange Recreation Center, 536 East Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525 United States
$15

Make your list and check it twice because Santa knows you've been good this year! Join us for donuts, hot chocolate and a take home craft. Each child will have an opportunity to see Santa and share their list with him. You must pre-register and space is limited so don't delay. *Registration deadline is November...

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Winter Wonderland

December 5, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S County Line Rd
Hinsdale, IL 60521 United States
$15 – $20

This event will feature professional photos with Santa, Frankie Ace’s magic show, and holiday hayrides. Activity tents along the trail will include holiday crafts; visits with all of your favorite Frozen characters (including Sven in real-life!); and a hot chocolate bar & treats station. Hay rides will pick up/drop off from the front lot and...

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Breakfast with Santa

December 5, 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 20, 2021

One event on December 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
$34 – $48

Make lasting memories and holiday traditions this season! Share the excitement with your family as Santa makes his way to The Morton Arboretum. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant. All children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the memories!...

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Christmas Village

December 5, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
One Line Church (Wheaton), 1300 S President Street
Wheaton, IL 60189 United States

Train Rides | Sleigh Rides | Santa | Family Christmas Portraits | Cookie Decorating | Ornament Making | Games | One Line Grill | Jingle Jam Family Christmas Service at 9am   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Places to See Santa.

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9:15 am

Santa Trolley

December 5, 9:15 am - 1:45 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States
$22 – $27

All aboard and a welcome return of the Park District's Santa Trolley! This event starts and ends at the Oak Park Conservatory where you can play elvish games and activities or tour the beautiful showrooms while you wait to board the "North Pole" bound Trolley. While enroute, your Head Elf will help get you in...

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9:30 am

The Polar Express Storytime Train

December 5, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until December 5, 2021

Geneva Train Station, 328 Crescent Place
Geneva, IL 60134 United States
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$22 – $40

Travel to the “North Pole” to pick up Santa and his friends. They will travel back with us to Geneva and have lunch or dinner at Aurelio’s Pizza. After we eat, every child will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, give him their wish list, and have a picture taken. PLEASE NOTE: Families are...

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10:00 am

Woodland Santa’s Holiday Workshop

December 5, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Rd
St. Charles, IL United States
$10 – $15

Here comes Santa Claus- with his team of sled dogs! Watch Santa arrive pulled by his dashing huskies, and then spend some time helping him get ready for his Big Day. - Write a letter to Santa - Make an ornament - Have your picture taken with the Big Guy himself! Breakfast snacks included. Advance...

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Rummage Round-Up

December 5, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Westchester Community Center, 10201 Bond Street
Westchester, IL 60154 United States
$5 – $10

Do you need to regain some storage space in your home? Looking to purge before the holiday toys take over?  It's the perfect opportunity to engage your children in letting go of unwanted or unused toys from their rooms with the potential of earning money for their effort. 

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10:30 am

Visits with Santa

December 5, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 19, 2021

One event on December 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Downtown Geneva IL United States + Google Map
$10

Santa arrives from the North Pole on December 3. Watch for him to arrive on top of Geneva History Museum. After greeting the crowd from the stage, he will be escorted to his Winter Wonderland home at Geneva Visitor Center, 10 S. Third Street. He will visit with children until 9:30 that evening. He will...

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11:00 am

Santa Brunch

December 5, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fogo de Chao, 1824 Abriter Court
Naperville, IL 60563 United States
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$43

Join us on Sunday, December 5th for Brunch with Santa! We will be offering two reservations times - 11AM & 1:00PM. Reservations are required with limited seating, so please call as soon as possible to ensure you are able to join us! Groups of all sizes and ages are welcome. Times will be filled on...

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Dancing Holiday Magic

December 5, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lyons Township HS South Campus, 4900 Willow Springs Rd,
Western Springs, IL 60558 United States
$15

Our Twinkle Star Holiday Show is back! Come see our Twinkle Dancers shine! Special guests, @josminiensemble @footworkelitedanceteam @mattix.music and more! Tickets are sold only at the studio. No tickets will be sold at the show. See you there!

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12:00 pm

Santa’s Naperville Workshop

December 5, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 23, 2021

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 23, 2021

Naperville Riverwalk, 175 W Jackson
Naperville, IL 60540
$10

Santa is Coming to Town To Work in One of His Remote Workshops and you’re Invited to Visit! Registration is required. Cost is per family.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Places to See Santa.

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Santa Paws

December 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sedgwick Park, 47th Street and 10th Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525 United States
$10

Dress up your pooch for a holiday photo shoot with Santa! His elves will take a picture of him with your pup. Don't forget your camera to take a few pictures of your own. Pre-registration is required. You will receive your photo shoot time slot the week before the event. Fee includes refreshements for you,...

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Holiday Cookie Walk

December 5, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Downtown Naperville, 55 South Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540 United States

Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, Downtown Naperville’s annual Holiday Sweets & Treats Walk on Sunday, December 5 from 12noon to 5pm. Attendees with receive a commemorative souvenir Sweets Tin along with a map touring many Downtown Naperville shops and restaurants. You’ll end the afternoon with a tin full of custom made (pre-wrapped) holiday cookies,...

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Winter Wonderland and Photos with Santa

December 5, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 12, 2021

Western Springs Tower Green, 914 Hillgrove Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558 United States

The WSBA’s Winter Wonderland is back again this year on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00 – 5:00pm! Make your way to the Tower Green by 12:30pm to see Santa arrive at the firetruck! This event will also feature photos with Santa, holiday music, hayrides around the Tower Green, a petting zoo and the village tree...

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Popup Holiday Selfie Station

December 5, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until December 5, 2021

Two Bostons Pet Boutique, 103 W. Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60564 United States

Grab your family and snap an adorable holiday photo at our free selfie stations.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Pet Photos with Santa.

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12:30 pm

Gingerbread Barn Raising

December 5, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road
Geneva, IL 60134 United States
$72 – $92

Get your own gingerbread barn and start decorating! Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday music, while you and the family decorate your gingerbread barn to take home. Start a new holiday tradition! Registration includes your very own gingerbread barn, plus frosting, assorted candies and cookies for decorating! One registration covers the whole family (up to six...

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1:00 pm

Open Mic Night

December 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL 60103 United States
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$3

Longing for a chance to stand in the spotlight, sharing your musical gifts? Join us for Open Mic Night in our theater. Professional lights, sound system and theater seating await you. Singers and musicians are welcome. All ages can participate in this family-friendly night out. Due to space and set up time, no bands please...

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Toys for Tots Toy Drive with Characters

December 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 Saint Charles Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 United States

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots and to meet and take photos with your favorite superheroes and princesses! The Toys for Tots Toy Drive with Character, offered in partnership with The Alliance of Legends, will return to Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road, on Sunday, December 5...

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Santa Pictures

December 5, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Park District of La Grange Park, 1501 Barnsdale Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States
$5

Make some holiday memories with snacks, games and a special visit from Santa Claus. Bring your own camera and take a picture with Santa Claus at the Community Park district of La Grange Park. No registration required. This event is sponsored by the LGP Parks and Recreation Foundation. $5 donation requested.   For information on...

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Santa’s Alley Workshop

December 5, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 17, 2021

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 19, 2021

Whisper Me Home, 48 S. La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525 United States
$240

Christmas is right around the corner and Jolly Old Saint Nick is gearing up for some fun right here in the heart of La Grange! The North Pole may be central command but Santa’s decided to “love local” with a merry pop-up workshop at The Alley Shop (16 W Harris Ave, La Grange) and he's...

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1:30 pm

Christmas Choral Concert and Holiday Cookie Sale

December 5, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Lemont Historical Society Museum, 306 Lemont Street
Lemont, IL 60439 United States
Free

Lemont Historical Society, 306 Lemont Street. Enjoy the music of the Christmas Season by Montessori School of Lemont Choir from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Bring the kids for a visit and photo with Santa after the concert. For more information please call 630-257-2972 or visit www.lemonthistory.org.   For information on more events like this, check...

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2:00 pm

Holiday Express

December 5, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 19, 2021

An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 19, 2021

Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road
Aurora, IL 60504 United States
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$8

The magic is on for Holiday Express 2021! Join us each week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 19. Bring the family for a magical and memorable experience – just like visiting the North Pole! Blackberry Farm is a winter wonderland amid thousands of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and happy holiday music....

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Holiday Family Photos

December 5, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W Briarcliff Rd
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
Free

Our popular Holiday Family Photos event is back! Join us to take free family photos you can use on cards or share with your friends and family on social media. NEW THIS YEAR: We will have two scenes set up for photos (winter mountain top and Christmas morning). You will have the opportunity to take...

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3:00 pm

December Birthday Party

December 5, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 60561 United States
Free

Celebrate your birthday at the library! All kids having a birthday this month are invited. We will have storytime, make birthday crafts, and of course, sing to each other loudly! Participants are encouraged to dress in their party best. This program is held indoors. Please review the library's COVID-19 policy at https://ippl.info/covid19 prior to attending....

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Blankets for Babies

December 5, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10

Brighten the hospital rooms of babies and toddlers with cozy blankets that will help them feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar place.

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Western Suburbs Hanukkah Party

December 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hinsdale Hinsdale, IL United States

Family-friendly Hanukkah party for Jewish families in the Western Suburbs. RSVPs *required* at bit.ly/3CSnbUd. Oak Park Temple and Congregation Etz Chaim are co-sponsoring this year's party. Come for fun Hanukkah activities, mask-friendly "face" painting (hands, foreheads, etc.), and lighting the menorah. Take-away snacks to enjoy on the way out! You don't have to belong to...

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4:00 pm

Drive Through Christmas Nativity

December 5, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Batavia), 950 Hart Road
Batavia, IL 60510 United States

Add Immanuel to your holiday lights and sights list! Stop by the parking lot to drive through our nativity scenes featuring live actors. As you navigate each of the 5 nativity stations, listen to our narrator on your phone or on CD (provided) as he tells the true story of Christmas! Drive through with narration...

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5:00 pm

Tree Lighting and Festival of Trees

December 5, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N River Street
Montgomery, IL 60538 United States
Free

The Village of Montgomery and the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Tree Lighting in front of the Village Hall on the first Sunday in December. The event features Santa Claus's prompt arrival at 5P by the Montgomery-Countryside Fire District fire engine, musical performances by area school children and local singers, strolling...

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6:00 pm

Stories with Santa

December 5, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 West North Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302 United States
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$10 – $15

Enjoy stories read by Santa, photo opportunities, festive activities, send a postcard to Santa and take home a hot cocoa kit!   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Places to See Santa.

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7:00 pm

Holiday Lights

December 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mraz Park (Berwyn), 2301 Grove Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402 United States
Free

Enjoy this holiday season with your family and neighbors as we celebrate our community with the lighting of this beautiful park! Be sure to stop by and enjoy treats, hot chocolate and cider while you're there!

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