Holiday happenings

Next Chapter Social Club: Interactive ‘Elf’ screening

Dec. 12

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Next Chapter Social Club is a series of programs specially designed for teens 16 and older and adults with disabilities. Each attendee will receive a bag of props and treats to be used at certain times throughout the movie “Elf.” Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. RR

Holly Jolly Trolley

Dec. 13

Immanuel Hall

302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale

(630) 789-2600

View the best-lit homes of Hinsdale on this 20-minute tour sponsored by the Hinsdale Hitorical Society Women’s Board. Tickets include live music, sweet treats, kid crafts and warm beverages (adult and child friendly). Time: tours leave every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 8:30. Cost: $25 a seat. RR

‘A Christmas Carol: In Concert’

Dec. 13-15

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

(630) 323-7500

Make the second annual staged reading of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic — performed by friends and neighbors — part of the holiday tradition. Times: 7:30 Dec. 13 & 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets: $18. RR

Historic Holidays in Hinsdale

Dec. 14

Burlington Park

30 E. Chicago Ave.

Meet Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride before exploring the unique boutiques and delicious restaurants in town. Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brunch with the Grinch

Dec. 14

Cantigny Golf

27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton

(630) 260-8188

Feast on a Grinch-themed buffet, enjoy a viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and meet the Grinch. Time: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings. Cost: $38, $33 for ages 4-10, $5 for kids 3 and younger. RR

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 14-15

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St.

(708) 688-8355

Bring the family to the zoo for an enjoyable all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and then stroll around the park to see favorite animals. Bring a camera for photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Animal costumed characters and musical entertainment will add to the festivities. Time: 9 and 11 a.m. seatings. Cost: $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 3 to 11, free for children 2 and younger. RR

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.

‘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 under the baton of maestro Kirk Muspratt. 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 Afternoon Tea

Dec. 14, 21 & 28

Lucille Restaurant at Drury Lane

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-8300

Indulge in holiday afternoon tea while a live pianist plays favorite carols. Keep warm with seasonal teas, enjoy unlimited champagne and choose from enticing desserts. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: $40, $30 for children under 12.


Dec. 15

Hinsdale Central High School

55th and Grant streets

(630) 887-7464

The West Suburban Symphony Orchestra and Singers, conducted by Peter Lipari, will present their annual holiday concert featuring Suites 1 and 2 of “Many Moods of Christmas,” popular medleys of carols created in 1963 by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett, Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music plus holiday tunes from the movies and other seasonal favorites. Santa has promised to drop in at intermission with treats for children. The concert is perfect for all generations. Time: 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $23 for seniors, $5 for teens, free for children 12 and younger. RR

Dinner with Santa

Dec. 15

Il Poggiolo

8 E. First St.

(630) 734-9400

Enjoy a delicious dinner, meet Santa and receive a special gift. A special children’s menu will be available in addition to standard offerings. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. RR

Brunch with Santa

Dec. 15

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St.

(708) 688-8355

Bring your appetite for a delectable all-you-can-eat holiday brunch at Bocaditos. Enjoy an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and costumed characters, all of whom will be available for photos. Time: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings. Cost: $44.95 for adults, $43.95 for children ages 3-11, free for children 2 and younger. RR

Hinsdale’s 12 Days of Holiday Cheer

Through Dec. 17

For 12 weekdays this holiday season, ornaments will be hidden throughout Hinsdale that contain a special prize from a local business. The daily clues will be posted on social media. Find an ornament and stop by village hall at 19 E. Chicago Ave. to claim a prize. Follow @hinsdaleparks on Instagram and Facebook to join the fun. The event is presented by the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation and Economic Development departments.

‘Lights and Miracles’

Dec. 19

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

The Sounds Good! choir will perform eight holiday songs under the direction of Jonathan Miller and accompanied by Richard Sladek. Sounds Good! is a choir of older adults who, regardless of experience or ability, seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Time: 7 p.m.

Supper with St. Nick

Dec. 20-23

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 275-2066

Make the holiday season special by enjoying an decadent buffet dinner in the historic Thornhill Mansion. Then head over to the Founder’s Room for a special visit with Santa in front of the fireplace. After dinner, enjoy Illumination, which is included in the ticket price. Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $95, $80 for young adults 13-20, $65 for kids 3-12, free for children younger than 3. RR, MD

Holiday concert

Dec. 21

Amita Adventist Medical Center

120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale

Bill and Caroline Johnson, a husband-and-wife singing duo, will give a free Christmas concert in the hospital’s lobby, featuring piano, guitar, and vocals.

‘A Christmas Carol’ Radio Show

Dec. 21

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 260-8162

Enjoy Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story presented inside historic Freedom Hall as an old-time radio show on WGN, then one of Robert McCormick’s media properties. Times: 3 and 5 p.m. Admission: free with $5 parking. RR

Brunch with Santa

Dec. 22

Le Jardin

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

(630) 260-8188

Enjoy a special holiday buffet, meet and take a photo with Mr. C. and enjoy a balloon artist and face painters. Time: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings. Cost: $38 for adults, $33 for kids ages 4-12, $5 for children 3 and younger. RR

‘A Christmas Carol’

Through Dec. 23

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

This adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is sure to delight audience members of all ages. The performance lasts 60 minutes with no intermission. Breakfast with Santa is offered in conjunction with the show Saturdays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. Dinner with Santa is available Dec. 3 and 18. Show times: See website for a complete list. Tickets: $20 for the show, additional cost for meals.

Characters on Ice

Sundays through Dec. 29

Parkway Bank Park

5501 Park Place, Rosemont

Join the fun every Sunday in December and ice skate with favorite characters on the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink. Skate with Batman and Catwoman Dec. 15, Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 22 and Peter Pan and Captain Hook Dec. 29. Bring skates or rent them at the rink. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $8 skate rental.

Holiday Magic

Weekends through Dec. 22 & Dec. 26-31

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St.

(708) 688-8000

Sing to the animals and enjoy professional ice-carving demonstrations, magic shows, a 41-foot talking tree and special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Dec. 22). A full schedule of music and live entertainment is available on the website listed above. The Chicago Wolves skating rink is also open. Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Admission: $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older, free for children 2 and younger plus $14 for parking. MD

New Year’s Eve concerts

Dec. 31

McAninch Arts Center

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, rings in the New Year with guest artist and Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center sensation Annie Rosen, mezzo-soprano. Following each performance, audience members will have the opportunity to join Muspratt and the performers in the lobby for a “Cookies with Kirk” reception. Rosen will be featured in “Mon Coeur” from Camille Saint-Saens’ “Samson and Delilah,” “Doing What Comes Naturally” from Irving Berlin’s popular musical “Annie Get Your Gun” and more. The program also includes music by Johan Strauss Sr., Strauss II, Hellmesberger, Richard Rodgers, John Williams and a few special surprises. Times: 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $67.

Illumination: Tree Lights

Through Jan. 5

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 725-2066

Illumination highlights the many gifts of trees: natural beauty, increased feelings of peace and calm, homes for wildlife and the air we breathe. This year’s event has a new route with a more spacious pathway. Stop along the way to warm up by the fire pit, enjoy special concessions and more. Tickets are available for specific times. Time: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $23 for adults, $15 for children ages 2-17, free for kids under 2. RR, MD

Farmhouse Museum Tours: Christmas Memories

Through Jan. 6

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

(630) 876-5900

Discover Victorian holiday traditions and explore the lifestyle of a successful farm family during a tour of the farmhouse museum. Tours offered on the hour Thursdays to Mondays. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


RR - registration required

MD - member discount