We have you covered for all of your holiday fun, including Christmas events and activities, Hanukkah events, celebrating New Year’s Eve with your kids before your adult celebration at midnight, and even events and activities when you need a break from the holidays in middle of all the busyness. Scroll through the list of holiday family fun and find great activities and events near you!
Winter Holiday Family Fun Guide for Families in the West Suburbs
The Giant Kidlist Holiday Bucket List for December 2020
We put together day by day itineraries for family fun with local events and activities! There is also a printable bucket list that you can do any day of the week.
The Best Hanukkah Events in Chicagoland
Check out Kidlist’s guide to all things Hanukkah for some of the best family events in Chicagoland celebrating the Festival of Lights.
Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)
Driving to the lot, sawing down a tree, drinking cocoa together: cutting your own Christmas tree is a family adventure! Or go with pre-cut and skip the saw.
Where to Find the Best Christmas Lights and Our 2020 Map
All of the best Christmas lights in the suburbs with addresses, photos and a map. Take a drive or walk through the beautiful light displays!
Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa
Santa sightings in the western suburbs of Chicago! A comprehensive list of where to see Santa, including dates, times and calendar listings with more info.
2020 Drive-In, Virtual, and Live Holiday Theater for Kids
Holiday theater for kids makes for a magical memory! Theaters are adapting this year to offer safe, festive options.
Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun
Places to find a horse drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley ride in the western suburbs.
Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas
Find a live nativity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. There are many local options so you can find one near you!
Free Photos with Santa
All the opportunities to take free photos with Santa for families in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago!
Pet Photos with Santa
Find places that welcome dogs, cats, and other pets in this list of pet photos with Santa to capture memories with your pets this holiday season.
Holiday Gift Guide for Kids of All Ages: Experience Gifts in Chicago’s Suburbs
Tons of ideas for experience gifts to enjoy time with each other and experiences your kids will remember.
Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores Offering Curbside Pickup and Delivery
At these locally owned bookstores and toy stores, you will find the perfect gift for those on your holiday shopping list. The level of passion and knowledge that these shop owners have is what makes the shopping experience special!
Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley
Polar express train rides, holiday express, santa train, and santa trolley rides in the Chicago suburbs. While many options have been cancelled this year, a couple are still planning on running.
Volunteering with Kids
Volunteering with kids is such a worthwhile way to connect as a family. These organizations offer opportunities to help them better our community.
Toy Drives and Donations
Toy drives in Chicago’s western suburbs for unopened toys, plus where to donate gently used toys. Get in the holiday spirit of giving!
Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks
‘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.
How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids
You don’t have to wait until midnight to celebrate the new year… these local places have fun ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids during the day!
Family-Friendly December 2020 Events
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.
Insider’s Guides and Reviews
At Kidlist we are all about holiday family fun. We scope out all of the top events and activities to give you the low down with tips and inside info on the best features of each location!
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Get the inside scoop on what you will find at Holiday Magic. The best zoo lights, entertainment, free exhibits, parking, light up necklaces, and more.
Manual Cinema’s “A Christmas Carol” Adds a 2020 Spin to the Classic Tale
Manual Cinema created this retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol just for this year. Widowed and grumpy Aunt Trudy needs to recreate beloved Uncle Joe’s Christmas Carol puppet show. Over a family Zoom call that includes a little Christmas ghost magic she pulls off the show, ad libs a few new lines, and has her own transformation through holiday memories.
For more winter fun, check out our Winter Activities Guide!