Family-Friendly Weekend Events: December 6–8

Fun fact: the word “Santa” appears in this article 56 times. (Whoops, now it’s 57.) Whether we’re ready or not, the Christmas season is in full swing this weekend! You’ll find live nativity events, local winter festivals, and more.

On Friday night, the SciTech Museum in Aurora is hosting a Ginger-neering Workshop, putting a STEM spin on a classic holiday activity. You should also definitely stop by the Paramount School of the Arts Open House! There will be prizes, sample classes, crafts, snacks, tours, live music, caroling, pictures with Santa… all for FREE!

On Saturday morning, Santa’s magic will have him joining local kids for breakfast all across the suburbs. Our handy Eat With Santa 2019 Guide rounds up all the options, but look below for the meals coming up this weekend. Be sure to call in advance! Winter Wonderland in Western Springs is on Saturday from 2-7pm. More info below! The Santa spots sold out for Saturday, so they added another day… There are three spots left for Sunday.

I’ll be heading to the new Yuletide Festival & Fair on Sunday. It was big news that Christkindlmarket isn’t returning to Naper Settlement this year; here’s hoping the replacement is a tad less crowded, but with just as much cheer (and chocolate).


Winter Wonderland and Christmas Marketplace (Western Springs)
December 7, 2019 | 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Tower Green, along Hillgrove Avenue

The WSBA Winter Wonderland and Christmas Marketplace is back featuring food, drinks, holiday music, shopping and a visit with Santa! Vendors will open at 2pm with jewelry, toys, clothing, accessories and more! Stop by the WSBA table and purchase your luminaria kit to ‘Light up Western Springs’ on Tuesday, December 24th. Kits can also be pre-purchased online at a discounted price for pick-up at Winter Wonderland.

Santa will arrive at the Tower Green via Fire Engine at 2:30 pm with visiting hours between 2:45 – 7:00 pm. Visit www.westernspringsbusiness.com to make a reservation with Santa. The official lighting of the Village Christmas Tree will take place at 5pm. Other activities include hayrides, a petting zoo, food, drinks and crafts. A big thank you to our Winter Wonderland & Christmas Marketplace Headline Sponsor RE/MAX Properties!


Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend

All of the event titles, dates, times, and towns are listed. If you would like more information, simply click on the the event title.

Friday

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales at Cosley Zoo (Wheaton)
December 6, 2019, 9:00am – 9:00pm

Kiddo Concerts with Sarah Jayne Lane (Wheaton)
December 6, 2019, 9:30am

Photos With Santa at Yorktown Center (Lombard)
December 6, 2019, 10:00am – 9:00pm

Photos with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
December 6, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Nature and Science and Art at Wonder Works (Oak Park)
December 6, 2019, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Arbor Reading Adventures at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
December 6, 2019, 11:00am – 11:45am

Yuletide Festival & Fair (Naperville)
December 6, 2019, 2:00pm – 10:00pm

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (Bolingbrook)
December 6, 2019, 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Santas North Pole Express (Orland Park)
December 6, 2019, 3:30pm – 7:30pm

Holiday Designer Pop Up Shop (Elmhurst)
December 6, 2019, 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Santa House (Naperville)
December 6, 2019, 4:30pm – 8:00 pm

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
December 6, 2019, 4:30pm – 8:30pm

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago)
December 6, 2019, 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Celebration Slime New Years’ Experience (West Chicago)
December 6, 2019, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Festival of Lights Light Show (Bolingbrook)
December 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

First Fridays in Downtown Aurora (Aurora)
December 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Holiday Lights (Mooseheart)
December 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Pet Pictures with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
December 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Festival of Lights (Aurora)
December 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Christmas Walk (Oswego)
December 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Pizza with Santa (Wheaton)
December 6, 2019, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Living Nativity Event (Lombard)
December 6, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Festival of Lights (Bloomingdale)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Christmas Walk (Geneva)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm

Winter Wonderland and Hope for the Holidays (Romeoville)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sundaes with Santa (Addison)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Christmas Walk (Clarendon Hills)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows (Forest Park)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Caroling at Cloud Gate (Chicago)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Christmas Walk (Clarendon Hills)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Ginger-neering Workshop at SciTech Museum (Aurora)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Family Christmas Movie Night (Geneva)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Holiday Market (Tinley Park)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony (Tinley Park)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (La Grange Park)
December 6, 2019, 6:00pm

Daddy Daughter Holiday Dance (Lombard)
December 6, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Winter Wonderland (Lombard)
December 6, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Pizza with Santa (Darien)
December 6, 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Tiny Tim’s Christmas (Geneva)
December 6, 2019, 7:00pm

Saturday

Holiday Magic (Brookfield)
December 7, 2019, 12:00am

Kids Club at Michaels (Various Locations)
December 7, 2019

Wisconsin Tree Lighting (Mooseheart)
December 7, 2019, 12:00am

Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Lisle (Lisle)
December 7, 2019, 12:00am

Living Wheaton Christmas Festival (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 12:00am

Photos With Santa at Yorktown Center (Lombard)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 10:00pm

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (Bolingbrook)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 8:00pm

Festival of Lights (Bloomingdale)
December 7, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Pancake Breakfast With Santa (Willowbrook)
December 7, 2019, 8:00am – 11:30am

Pancakes at the North Pole (Glen Ellyn)
December 7, 2019, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Bolingbrook)
December 7, 2019, 8:00am – 10:00am

Polar Express Storytime Train (Berwyn)
December 7, 2019, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Reindeer Run (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 8:30am – 11:00am

Breakfast with Santa (Batavia)
December 7, 2019, 8:30am – 10:00am

Breakfast with Santa (Oswego)
December 7, 2019, 8:30am – 11:00am

Breakfast with Santa (Lisle)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am

Hometown Holiday Family Fun Day (Elmhurst)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 9:00pm

Santas Pit Stop (Orland Park)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Breakfast, Lunch and Tea with Santa (Oak Park)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Hinsdale)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 10:00am

One Day Camps (Naperville)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Kids Workshop – Christmas Countdown Calendar at Home Depot (Various Locations)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Downers Grove)
December 7, 2019, 9:00am – 11:00am

Amazing Ornaments (Lombard)
December 7, 2019, 9:15am – 10:15am

Breakfast with Santa (Forest Park)
December 7, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am

Santas Holiday Bash (Hodgkins)
December 7, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am

Hometown Holiday Family Fun Day (Elmhurst)
December 7, 2019, 9:30am – 1:00pm

Photos with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
December 6, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Santas Craft Corner (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Holiday Train Ride (Villa Park)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Movie with Santa (Woodridge)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Explore Elmhurst Holly Trolley (Elmhurst)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 10:00pm

Winter Craft Workshop (Naperville)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am

Candy Cane Hunt (Lisle)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am

Dadurdays (Darien)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Polar Express Storytime Train (Lafox)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 1:30pm

Little Miss Ann at the DuPage Children’s Museum (Naperville)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 10:30am

Winter Market (Tinley Park)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Frozen II Cookie Party at Williams-Sonoma (Various Locations)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am

Cookie Walk (Oswego)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Bensenville)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Meet and Greet w/ your favorite Snowman (Glen Ellyn)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 11:00am

Storytown Improv (Clarendon Hills)
December 7, 2019, 10:00am

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party (Lombard)
December 7, 2019, 10:30am – 11:30am

Children’s Christmas Party (Countryside)
December 7, 2019, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Santas North Pole Express (Orland Park)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Santas North Pole Express (Orland Park)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm

JuiceBox Concerts (Chicago)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Cookies With Mrs. Claus (Lisle)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 12:30pm

The Holly Days Storytime Train (Westmont)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am

Yuletide Festival & Fair (Naperville)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 10:00pm

Melikin Puppets (Orland Park)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Brunch with the Grinch (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Winter Fest (Northlake)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Santa Comes to Woodridge (Woodridge)
December 7, 2019, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Tinley Toyland Parade (Tinley Park)
December 7, 2019, 11:45am

Skating with Santa (Bolingbrook)
December 7, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker (Aurora)
December 7, 2019, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Holiday Market (Tinley Park)
December 7, 2019, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Pet Photos with Santa (Hinsdale)
December 7, 2019, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Pet Pictures with Santa (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Christmas Decorations – Victorian Style (Oswego)
December 7, 2019, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Santa House (Naperville)
December 7, 2019, 12:30pm – 6:00pm

Visit with Santa (Downers Grove)
December 7, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Journey of Joy – Live Nativity (Tinley Park)
December 7, 2019, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Santa’s Workshop at Wilder Mansion (Elmhurst)
December 7, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival (Wheaton)
December 7, 2019, 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Candy Cane Hunt (Winfield)
December 7, 2019, 1:00pm

Polar Express Storytime Train (Berwyn)
December 7, 2019, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Christmas on the Farm (West Chicago)
December 7, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Annual Holiday Celebration Saturday (Brookfield)
December 7, 2019, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Meet the Dragon from Dragon Love Tacos (Downers Grove)
December 7, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Western Springs Winter Wonderland 2019 (Western Springs)
December 7, 2019, 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Farmside Christmas (Bensenville)
December 7, 2019, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Santa Train Ride (Bensenville)
December 7, 2019, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Winter Fest (Oak Park)
December 7, 2019, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

The La Grange Holiday Walk (La Grange)
December 7, 2019, 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Once Upon A Christmas (Lisle)
December 7, 2019, 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Tiny Tim’s Christmas (Geneva)
December 7, 2019, 3:00pm

Sing along with Santa (Bolingbrook)
December 7, 2019, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Gingerbread and Candlelight A Holiday Celebration for the Entire Family (Glen Ellyn)
December 7, 2019, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Polar Express Storytime Train (Lafox)
December 7, 2019, 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
December 7, 2019, 4:30pm – 8:30pm

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago)
December 7, 2019, 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Festival of Lights Light Show (Bolingbrook)
December 7, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Holiday Lights (Mooseheart)
December 7, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Pet Pictures with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
December 7, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Festival of Lights (Aurora)
December 7, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Pilgrimage to the Manger (Palos Park)
December 7, 2019, 5:30pm

Christmas Walk (Geneva)
December 7, 2019, 6:00pm

Joyful Traditions (Villa Park)
December 7, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt (Bolingbrook)
December 7, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Tiny Tim’s Christmas (Geneva)
December 7, 2019, 7:00pm

Sunday

Breakfast with Santa (La Grange)
December 8, 2019, 8:30am – 10:00am

Breakfast with Santa at The Morton Arboretum’s Gingko Restaurant (Lisle)
December 8, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales (Wheaton)
December 8, 2019, 9:00am – 9:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Downers Grove)
December 8, 2019, 9:00am – 10:00am

Dance-Along Nutcracker® (Chicago)
December 8, 2019, 9:00am – 11:00am

Breakfast with Santa (Downers Grove)
December 8, 2019, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Santa Express (Wheaton)
December 8, 2019, 9:15am – 5:00pm

Brunch With Santa at Wheatstack (Lisle)
December 8, 2019, 9:30am – 3:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Bensenville)
December 8, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Photos with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
December 8, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm and 3:45pm – 6:00pm

Polar Express (Tinley Park)
December 8, 2019, 11:00am – 12:45pm

Once Upon A Christmas (Lisle)
December 8, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Yuletide Festival & Fair (Naperville)
December 8, 2019, 11:00am – 10:00pm

Gingerbread House Decorating at Williams-Sonoma (Various Locations)
December 8, 2019, 11:00am

Dance-Along Nutcracker® (Chicago)
December 8, 2019, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Polar Express Storytime Train (Lafox)
December 8, 2019, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Concerts for Kids at Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
December 8, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Holiday Market (Tinley Park)
December 8, 2019, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Santa House (Naperville)
December 7, 2019, 12:30pm – 6:00pm

Visit with Santa (Downers Grove)
December 8, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Journey of Joy – Live Nativity (Tinley Park)
December 8, 2019, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Lunch with Santa (Clarendon Hills)
December 8, 2019, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Christmas Wonder Live Nativity (New Lenox)
December 8, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Christmas on the Farm (Yorkville)
December 8, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Christmas on the Farm (West Chicago)
December 8, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Make a Snake Ornament Drop-In Family Activity (Glen Ellyn)
December 8, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Children’s Holiday Party (Darien)
December 8, 2019, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tiny Tim’s Christmas (Geneva)
December 8, 2019, 3:00pm

Christmas Train (South Elgin)
December 8, 2019, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
December 8, 2019, 4:30pm – 8:30pm

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago)
December 8, 2019, 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Festival of Lights Light Show (Bolingbrook)
December 8, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Holiday Lights (Mooseheart)
December 8, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Pet Pictures with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
December 8, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Parade of Lights (Tinley Park)
December 8, 2019, 5:00pm

Festival of Lights (Aurora)
December 8, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Christmas City Express (South Elgin)
December 8, 2019, 5:15pm

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park (Lombard)
December 8, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

You might also be interested in…

Kids’ Activities for Each Age Group

Local Kids Classes and Teams

The 2019 Kidlist Holiday Fun Guide

Kids Birthday Party Places, Entertainment, and Rentals

Preschool and Daycare Guide

Recommended Family Photographers

Your Local Guide to Kids Eat Free

Indoor Play Guide with Photos and Descriptions

We hope you found some family-friendly fun in our list of weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago! This list is updated every week and sent out in the Kidlist emails. (Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.)

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We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all of us to enjoy. If you are hosting an event or know of an event that should be on our list, click here to submit it to the Kidlist calendar!

We strive to be the most comprehensive source for family fun, which is why you’ll always see so many weekend events listed instead of just picking what our family likes or only including what sponsors want us to. It would definitely be easier to just list the details for a few events and call them “the best weekend events for families”, but we recognize that everyone has different interests. Not to mention, sometimes I’m in the mood to go to a huge festival and sometimes I’d rather go to a low key storytime at the library. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. That’s why we work hard and spend a lot of time to find everything going on in our area so you don’t have to! We hope you find it helpful and we are open to suggestions. The Kidlist Team always talks about how we can improve and evolve to meet your needs, so let us know!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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