Thursday, December 1, 2011

Want Holiday Cheer? Holiday Family Events to Enjoy Together!

'Tis the season to spend special time with your family and friends, and you're looking for something special to do.

Here are some great ideas for this weekend:


Friday                 2

Stunning Outdoor Holiday Arrangements, all ages, costs vary per item, 10 a.m. -4 p.m., Arbor Court, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074. Special holiday cheer on your front door! Stunning outdoor holiday arrangements from The Morton Arboretum are now available. Unique hand-assembled displays of holiday greenery make the perfect accent to your home. Coordinating wreaths, container arrangements and garland created by the talented botanical arrangers are also available. Available December 2nd through December 4th.

Winter Wonderfest, all ages, free admission but must pay for wristbands for activities, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 595-7437. This spectacular festival provides a breathtaking experience for guests of all ages, with stunning d├ęcor, new attractions and popular favorites that are sure to make every visit a magical experience! Dozens of rides, games, music, and live entertainment for all to enjoy! Event runs December 5th through December 8th.

Santa House, all ages, free admission, Friday 5 p.m. -8 p.m., Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster St., Naperville, (630) 848-5000. Take a magical trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk. Admission is free. Photos can be purchased for $8 each or two for $15. Cash or checks only please.

Friday Night Lights, all ages, $16, 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. -8 p.m., Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, (312) 742-2000. Find out how chinstrap penguins, rockhopper penguins and other awesome South-Pole animals are suited for life in ice-cold waters. We'll practice moving and communicating like a penguin and dive into some engaging art. Join us for this "cool" party and then head out to explore ZooLights with your family!

Saturday            3

Breakfast with Santa, all ages, 8 a.m. -10 a.m., Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square, Orland Park. Join Radio Disney and the Simon Kidgits Club for the kick off to the holiday season with Breakfast with Santa. Holiday crafts, festive activities, a special breakfast visit from Santa, and more!

Breakfast with Santa at Treetime Christmas Creations, all ages, $18 for adults and $12 for children, 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Treetime Christmas Creations, 22N102 Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington, (847) 527-8880. Highlights include a picture with Santa in a keepsake ornament, storytelling, goodie bags, and a delicious buffet breakfast including scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage French toast, donuts, bagels, coffee and juice. This is a one time event. Limited seating, by reservation only!

Breakfast with Santa, all ages, $12 per person, 9 a.m., Aurelio's Restaurant, 310 W. Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort, (708) 390-2401. Santa and his friends are sure to bring a smile to adults and children alike. Fee includes plated breakfast, entertainment and a special gift. Children age 6 and under must accompanied by an adult. All attendees must be pre-registered through the Mokena Park District. Registration deadline is November 28th. Registration will not be accepted at the restaurant. Groups are limited to a maximum of 8. No refunds for this event. Non-residents of the Park District will pay an additional fee. Special thanks for Mokena Kiwanis

Sunday                4

Santa House, all ages, free admission, Sunday 12 p.m. -6 p.m., Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster St., Naperville, (630) 848-5000. Take a magical trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk. Admission is free. Photos can be purchased for $8 each or two for $15. Cash or checks only please.
Junie B. Jones at Emerald City Theatre
Junie B. Jones - Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, all ages, $10.50-$11.50, Sunday, December 4th at 1 p.m., Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park, (708) 235-2222. In Junie B. Jones' world, things are very clear - Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and her schoolmate May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going so well, until Junie B. pulls May as her Secret Santa. With Santa watching her like a hawk, what will Junie B. do?
Free Holiday Movie,1 p.m., Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, (847) 825-5800. The holiday season is fast approaching, so mark your calendars to attend the showing of "It's a Wonderful Life". Families and individuals of all ages are invited to attend this joyous holiday event at the historic Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge. Admission is free but donations to the Park Ridge Community Fund are gratefully accepted.
Santa's Workshopall ages, free event, 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m., Joliet Public Library - Main Library, (815) 740-2662. Santa will read seasonal stories, and children will have the opportunity to meet him, so bring your camera! There will also be crafts and other activities for families to do together. No registration, but seating is

The Donnie & Marie Christmas show starts next week, but the coupon is only good through tomorrow. 

Broadway In Chicago
*Valid wherever tickets are sold. Not valid on premium seating. Not valid on upper balcony seating. Offer ends Friday, December 2 at 11:59pm. Subject to availability. Not valid with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Normal ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.

December 6-24
For Tickets,
Call 800-775-2000

Visit any Broadway In Chicago Box Office or Ticketmaster Retail Location 

24 W. Randolph, Chicago

For groups of 15+, call 312.977.1710

For more family fun for December, visit the Family Time Magazine Calendar on our website. Sign up for our newsletter too! 

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