Holiday happenings

n Electric Illumination

Dec. 22 & 29

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 725-2066

Electric Illumination is a late-night experience for adults 18 and older, featuring a curated mix of trance and progressive house music, synchronized to the breathtaking light displays. An ’80s night on Dec. 29 will feature songs like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen.” A special temperature-activated color-changing ceramic mug will be available for purchase. Time: 9:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets: $31-$35, with member discounts.

n Two Piano Christmas Concert

Dec. 23

Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church

201 N. Oak St.

Justin Gjata and Victor Moreno will entertain guests at this special holiday concert. A free will offering will be collection. Time: 6 p.m.

n Christmas at Cantigny

Through Dec. 23


1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Visitors to this inaugural event are in for a special holiday treat, including McCormick House walk-throughs, ice skating and dazzling light installations. Hundreds of fresh poinsettias from Cantigny’s own greenhouse will be on display throughout the home. Outside, a 100-by-40-foot ice rink will add some wintery magic to the scene. Skaters can rent blades or bring their own. Spectators and skaters taking a break can enjoy a warm holiday treat in the heated hospitality tent overlooking the rink. Visitors can also reserve a private “Cocoa Cabana,” perfect for families and friend groups. Enjoy creative lighting displays, pop-up activities and more. Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on weekends and for ice skating. Admission: $15, $5 for kids 4-15, free for 3 and younger plus $10 parking.

n ‘A Christmas Carol’

Through Dec. 30

Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(630) 530-0111

Continue a tradition or start a new one by gathering the whole family for this heartwarming 30th anniversary production of Dickens’ Christmas classic. Complete with falling snow, magical illusions and special effects, the play is a visually-stunning experience, and at one hour long, perfect for children of all ages. On select performance dates, families will have the opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus in Drury Lane’s elegantly decorated dining room. Time: 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. performances offered on various dates.

n New Year’s Eve concerts

Dec. 31

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

421 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

(630) 942-4000

New Philharmonic, under the direction of Kirk Muspratt, will perform three concerts to welcome 2024. All three performances will feature guest bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba and include a highly entertaining program of waltzes, marches, polkas and light classical music, plus a champagne toast, party favors and more. Times: 1:30, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $70-$80.

n Holiday Magic

Through Dec. 31

Brookfield Zoo

3400 31st St.

(630) 688-8400

Bright lights and magical nights await guests at the 42nd annual event. Visitors will enjoy more than 2 million twinkling LED lights, a 41-foot tall tree choreographed to seasonal tunes, photo opportunities in the ever-popular 20-foot-tall orb and 3D 16-foot-tall gingerbread house, a 600-foot-long “Tunnel of Lights” and more. Many of the zoo’s animal buildings will be open as well restaurants and gift shops offering an array of unique items. View more than 600 decorated community and corporate trees along the malls and around Roosevelt Fountain. Advanced registration and tickets are required. Times: 3 to 9 p.m. on weekends and other dates. Admission: $29.95 for adults, $20.95 for ages 3-11, $24.95 for seniors 65 and older plus $15 parking. RR, MD

n Winter Holidays in the 1890s

Through Dec. 31

Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

Enjoy a guided tour of the 1890s farmhouse focusing on winter holiday traditions. Learn how farm families decorated the tree, exchanged gifts, and prepared food for the holidays. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Admission: Free, suggested donation of $5 per person ages 3 and up to enter the farm.

n Sparkle Light Festival

Through Dec. 31

Impact Field

Balmoral Avenue and Pearl Street, Rosemont

Guests will stroll through five illuminated villages, visit Santa Claus, ice skate with friends, enjoy free train rides on the Holly Trolly train and go tubing down the Alpine Slide. Festive food and beverage options will also be available. See full schedule at website listed above. Admission: $24, $18 for kids 2012, with premium tickets and add-on experiences available, plus $5 parking.

n Illumination

Through Jan. 6

Morton Arboretum

4100 Route 53, Lisle

(630) 725-2066

Celebrate the holidays and marvel at how light transforms a magnificent landscape at the arboretum’s 11th annual tree lights display. Journey along a 1-mile paved walking path amid festive music and lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Visitors can enjoy s’mores or stop in one of the concession tents for a snack and beverage. Choose the price, date and time to attend; the earlier the purchase, the cheaper the admission. Time: visit the website for availability. Tickets: $16-$41.75, with member discounts.