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Drive or Walk Through Holiday Lights

December 9
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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 9
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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 9
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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 9
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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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9:30 am

Cookies and Cocoa

December 9, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Impact Dance Studio, 6475 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525 United States
Free

Join us at our Countryside studio for music, dancing, holiday treats, and photos with Santa!   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Places to See Santa.

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11:00 am

Free Day at The Art Institute of Chicago

December 9, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Monday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 18, 2021

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603 United States
Free

Admission will be free for Illinois residents on weekdays (Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays) November 29–December 17, 2021, and January 3–March 17, 2022. To receive free admission tickets, Illinois residents must reserve them online in advance. Resident status will be verified using the zip code associated with the billing address provided.

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5:00 pm

Holiday Express

December 9, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 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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Santa’s Naperville Workshop

December 9, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 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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6:00 pm

Santa Paws Pictures

December 9, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IL United States
$15 – $20

Dress up your pooch for a picture-perfect photo shoot! Santa will be dressed in red from head to toe, and his jolly elves will take a picture of you and your pup on his lap. Don't forget your camera to snap a few pictures to keep for yourself. Registration is required. You will receive a...

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Holiday Wagon Ride

December 9, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lake Katherine, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463 United States
$12

Get in the holiday spirit by enjoying a wagon ride to look at the neighborhood lights and decorations. Finish off your evening with a craft & a hot beverage.

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