Holiday happenings

Lights and Lagers

Dec. 6

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St.

Stroll along pathways illuminated with more than one million LED lights and sample a wide selection of beers while enjoying music and visits with animal ambassadors. All ticket holders must be 21 or older with valid photo ID. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $45. RR, MD

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 7

KLM Lodge

5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale

(630) 789-7090

Santa is making a last-minute stop by the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge to see who has been naughty and nice. Bring a camera to take pictures with Santa and enjoy an expanded continental breakfast. Time: 9 to 10 a.m. Cost: $23. RR

‘Escape to ... A Winter Wonderland’

Dec. 7

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(708) 484-3797

Join Acappellago, an a cappella choir, on this musical journey of songs to celebrate the season. The concert is for ages 12 and up; those under 18 must be with an adult. Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$17.

Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival

Dec. 7

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 668-5161

Families and children of all ages will enjoy the park’s ninth annual holiday festival. Attractions include Mistletoe Market, horse-drawn “sleigh rides,” face-painting, a live reindeer display and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A small fee applies to some activities. Time: 1 to 7 p.m. Admission: Free, parking $5 or a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines Toys for Tots drive. Time: 1 to 7 p.m.

CarolFest Christmas Concert

Dec. 8

Christ Church of Oak Brook

501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook

This holiday tradition is a fabulous ode to the Christmas season. Enjoy a magnificent family friendly multimedia concert, conducted by Noelle Combs, presented by a 140-voice Festival Choir, 100-voice Chancel Choir, 40-piece professional orchestra and phenomenal professional soloists. The Kids of Kingdom Choir performs a short portion of the 3 p.m. concert. Between concerts enjoy a lovely Christmas cookie and cider reception in Fellowship Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Child care is provided for children 4 and younger. Times: 3 and 6 p.m.


Dec. 9

Clarendon Hills Library

7 N. Prospect Ave.

(630) 323-8188

Enjoy a lively evening of holiday songs from this eight-member vocal ensemble led by vocalist and voice teacher Patricia Deckert and former Prospect School music teacher Connie Riemer. Time: 7 p.m. RR

Kitchen Tech: Holiday Cookies

Dec. 11

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Just in time for holiday cookie baking! Learn about the technology behind baking the perfect cookie. From mixing, to pressing, to baking, participants will be well prepared to fill their tins this holiday season. Cookies will be served. Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. RR

‘Holiday Magic’ Concert

Dec. 11

First Congregational Church

1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs

The Western Springs Music Club will present this program of holiday music. Time: 12:45 p.m.

‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 14-15

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

Salt Creek Ballet’s production of this holiday classic makes its debut at the MAC, accompanied by the New Philharmonic. Photo opportunities will be available with Santa one hour before each matinée. Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets: $44, $42 for seniors, $34 for youth 18 and younger.

Holiday Art and Craft Market

Dec. 14-15

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook

(630) 206-9566

Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the restoration of Mayslake Hall. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


RR - registration required

MD - member discount