christmas

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Join us for intermittent story time and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as Elf Cow. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be with us from 9:00-11:00am to tell us some stories and take pictures.


Santa Open Gym

All ages are invited to come meet Santa at Flying High’s annual Santa Open Gym on Saturday, December 14th from 12-2pm. In addition to Open Gym time and meeting Santa, kids will write a letter to Santa, make reindeer food, make an ornament for the tree, and more! Don’t forget a camera to take pictures.


An Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is one of our family’s favorite places to go, and winter doesn’t stop us. Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo is a great way to see your favorite animals and experience the excitement of the holiday season! With beautiful light displays, Christmas trees decorated by local organizations, and a stop to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday…


Santa’s Workshop at Wilder Mansion

A holiday store just for kids! Santa’s Secret Workshop is a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love, including mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends and pets! Items are kid-priced and kid-friendly.


Tree Lighting in Wilder Park

Join the Elmhurst Park District as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting in Wilder Park! Meet with a special visitor from the North Pole, enjoy holiday entertainment and participate in children’s activities. The evening will get you ready for the season! Sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health.


Gingerbread Festival Downtown Downers Grove

Downtown Downers Grove kicks-off the Holiday Season with the annual Gingerbread Festival Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019. The Gingerbread Festival offers something for all ages to enjoy: Gingerbread Story-time, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Gingerbread Man Hunt, vote for your favorite Gingerbread House, visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House, Small Business Saturday, take a picture with the Gingerbread Boy and Girl perusing…


Review and Giveaway: Beauty and the Beast at Paramount Theatre, Aurora

We were invited to the opening performance of Beauty and the Beast and were excited to make it a girls night. The Paramount Theatre has such high quality performances, talent, and sets and this time was no exception! Don’t miss the About Paramount Theatre section where you will find helpful information, such as where to park, why you should get…


Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2019

As we prepare for cookie exchanges, holiday parties, and photos with Santa, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. My children love looking at our nativity scene at home, talking to me about Jesus and being excited for his birthday. These live nativity services are the perfect way to bring the miracle of Christmas…


Santa’s Mailbox

The Tinley Park-Park District is again helping with the mail delivery to the North Pole! “Santa’s Mailbox” will be located in the Bettenhausen Recreation Center during office hours from November 1 through November 24. Children mail their letter to Santa and receive a personal letter from him! Don’t forget to include your address for Santa! Santa will be busy packing…


Calls from Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Park District has made arrangements for children ages 4-10 to receive a call from Santa Claus! Calls are made from December 3 to December 14 between 3:00 and 7:00 pm at Santa’s convenience. Register Nov 1 through Nov 30 by completing one of Santa’s special calling forms at the Recreation Center. Santa will make one phone…


Christmas in July – Disney Ticket Giveaway

Sharing Connections is a local non-profit that helps people transitioning from homelessness furnish their homes with donated furniture, clothing, baby gear, and household items. However, in December we transform our furniture warehouse into a Wonder Wonderland where parents who are living at or below the poverty line get to pick out toys for their children. We register OVER 1,400 children located…


Holiday Toy Drive and Kids Party

Come join us this Sunday(December 16) from 2p-4p at 200 Washington, Lagrange for the Lagrange Police Department Toy Drive and Kids Party. This is a great event for kids and it is free!