Holiday happenings

Shop Hinsdale for the Holidays


To encourage people to shop locally, a secret Santa will surprise shoppers in Hinsdale stores with a $25 gift card valid at any Hinsdale retailer, spa or restaurant.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Dec. 11

The Hinsdale Central Drama Group presents a virtual streaming production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” The show was filmed in-person at school following all health and safety guidelines. Audiences also can hear the radio play as they did in the golden days on Dec. 12, when it will be streamed all day on WHSD 88.5 Radio Central. Tickets: $18.95 for family, $13.95 for individual

Holiday Pop Up

Dec. 11-13

Fuller House

35 E. First St., Hinsdale

The Fields of Michigan, a glamping destination opened in 2019 by Hinsdale native Irene Wood, will bring its signature, whimsical brand of experiential luxury to the Fuller House patio for a weekend-long, outdoor holiday collaboration created with current mitigation and safety protocol in mind. Enjoy festive holiday treats and drinks, provide festive fun for families and create luxe holiday décor that celebrates The Fields’ stunning natural surroundings of South Haven Michigan. S’mores kits, cocktails, nuts, cookie decorating kids and holiday wreath kits will be available for sale. Prices: $5 to $45. Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11, noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 12-13.

Holiday Sing-along with the Symphony

Dec. 12-13

(630) 942-3008

Make a batch of cookies, gather your family and join in this livestreamed holiday spectacular featuring festive carols, a Hanukkah medley and orchestral seasonal favorites, Maestro Kirk Muspratt and the New Philharmonic will spark the sing-along spirit. All ticket purchasers will receive a downloadable file of lyrics to ensure they don’t miss a beat. Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Tickets: $40 per household. RR

Winter Wonderland Hike

Dec. 12-13 & 19-20

Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

(630) 968-0074

Families with children age 4 and older will discover the sounds of the winter landscape and then warm up with s’mores, hot chocolate and a winter-themed musical play-along. Hikes are one-half to 1 mile long and will stay on chipped, paved or mowed trails. Time: 11 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m. Cost: $17 a person.

Family Gingerbread Houses

Dec. 15

Hinsdale Public Library

20 E. Maple St.

(630) 986-1976

Families can register and then stop by the library to pick up their very own “dream” gingerbread house kit starting Dec. 15. Limit one per Hinsdale family. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Saturday for curbside. RR

Santa’s Mailbox

Through Dec. 15

(630) 789-7090

Write a letter to Santa, drop it in the mailbox at village hall, 19 E. Chicago Ave., and receive a personal letter back i four to six business days. Be sure to include the parent form available on the website listed above under Special Events > Santa’s Mailbox. Questions? Call the number listed above or send an email to [email protected].

‘A Million Dollar Christmas’

Dec. 19

(630) 942-3008

Rock around the Christmas tree in the comfort of home with this livestreamed concert. Enjoy the catalog of classic rock ’n’ roll hits from Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, plus a special selection of heartwarming holiday tunes, all done up in that unmistakable rockabilly style. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50.

Virtual Santa Visits

Through Dec. 19

Holiday traditions may look a little different this year, but children can still share in the excitement of Christmas by having a virtual visit with Santa (the very same Santa that has been at our “Breakfast with Santa” events the last few years!). Although Santa is in quarantine right now (so that he can make sure he is healthy and ready for all of his work around the holidays) families can experience the joys of talking to him with a private meet and greet on Zoom, beamed directly from the North Pole. Times vary; see website listed above for full schedule. Cost: $25 RR, MD

‘Great Russian Nutcracker’

Dec. 19-Jan. 1

(630) 942-3008

This pre-recorded digital performance by the Moscow Ballet delivers quintessential Russian artisty in the form of America’s favorite family Christmas tradition replete with magical toys, falling snow and growing Christmas trees. The performance begins streaming Dec 19 and will be available through Jan. 1. Sales end Dec. 29. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $24.99.

Virtual New Year’s Eve Concert

Dec. 31

(630) 942-3008

Conductor Kirk Muspratt and the New Philharmonic will help viewers ring in the new year with favorite Strauss waltzes and polkas, arias, light classical, pop tunes and movie music. A duet of “Bless This House” sung by soprano, Alisa Jordheim and tenor Jesse Donner reflects on the year past while the “Power of Love” propels all into the new year. And of course, secret surprises will be part of the fun as well. Time: 2, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $50 per household. RR

Tower Chorale Virtual Christmas Concert

Through Dec. 31

The Tower Chorale will kick off this holiday season with a performance of uplifting Christmas music in its first virtual concert. Singers will perform five favorites: “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “Hope for Resolution,” all sung by the 50-plus voice choir. The YouTube concert is accessible through a link on the website listed above. Tickets: Free, donations appreciated.

Holiday Magic

Through Dec. 31

Brookfield Zoo

3400 31st St.

(630) 688-8400

Brookfield Zoo is offering an expanded schedule for its 39th annual Holiday Magic, with 10 evenings added and expanded hours to allow zoogoers to enjoy the holiday lights before the zoo temporarily closes to the public Jan. 1-Feb. 28, with plans to reopen on March 1, within state restrictions. Visitors will enjoy more than 1 million twinkling LED lights, a 600-foot-long tunnel featuring lights synchronized to music, a 41-foot tree and more. Families can take a photo next to a cut-out of Santa Claus and enjoy seasonal outdoor food stands selling funnel cakes, cinnamon sugar pretzels, pizza, burgers, spiced wine, hot chocolate, beer and more. Tickets must be reserved online. Times: 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays to Sundays, Nov. 27-29, Wednesdays to Sundays, Dec. 2-20, and Saturday to Thursday, Dec 26-31. Admission: $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for ages 3-11, $19.95 for seniors 65 and older plus $15 parking. RR, MD

Holiday Ice Skating

Through Jan. 5

Parkway Bank Park

5501 Park Place, Rosemont

The entertainment district has kicked off the holiday season with the return of the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink. In order to ensure social distancing this year, the outdoor ice rink will limit capacities and advance ice skating reservations are required. Skaters temperatures will be checked and face masks are required while entering the skating tent. Skaters are encouraged to continue wearing their masks while skating. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22. Check website for holiday hours. Cost: free admission, $8 skate rental, $8 no show fee