Celebrate the holidays with special events in DuPage County – Shaw Local | Whuff News

Grab those mittens and head out to enjoy the season’s fun and lots of fun. Enjoy the spectacular lights, visit with Santa and don’t miss the fun of shopping in your hometown.


5 to 9 pm Friday, December 2. Addison Christmas Tree Lighting in Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza. The community tree lighting continues. Before the lights go out at 8 p.m., enjoy the Holiday Craft Fair, visits with Santa in the Gazebo and holiday music by the Vagabond Singers and school groups.

4:30 pm Saturday, December 3. Addison Christmas Parade. Catch Santa as he makes his way through the neighborhood on a fire truck. See the website for directions and links to check out the parade. Visit ithappensinaddison.com for details.


5 to 8 pm Friday, Dec. Enjoy carriage rides, cookies and a DJ spinning holiday music. Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy holiday music from the South Elgin High School choir. Visit bartlettil.gov for details.


3:30 to 8:30 pm Friday, December 2. Festival of Lights at Old Town Park Pavilion, 108 S. Bloomingdale Road. Visit with Santa, ride the wagons and shop the Kris Kringle Market. Be sure to see the tree lighting at 7 p.m. The fun and shopping continues through December 23. Visit bloomingdaleparks.org for details.

Carol River

6 to 8 pm Friday, Dec. Visit the Fountain View Recreation Center for snacks, holiday activities and a dance performance.

Downers Grove

4:30 pm Friday, Nov. 25. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Downtown Railroad Center in Downers Grove. After the event save time to stroll through the business district.


5:30 pm Thursday, Dec. Visit epd.org for details.

4 and 7 pm Friday, Dec. The 7 pm broadcast will be broadcast. Visit Elmhurst.edu for details.

Glen Ellyn

6:30 pm Friday, Nov. 25. Holiday Walk in downtown Glen Ellyn on Main Street and Crescent Avenue. Watch as the lights begin to twinkle and holiday shopping begins in the downtown business district. Come early and catch Santa walking from the firehouse. After the tree lighting, visit the firehouse with Santa for pictures. Visit glenellynchamber.com/holiday for more information.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. “Elf” at the Glen Art Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Visit glenellynchamber.com/holiday for more information.

Nov. 25-Feb. 20: Polar Plaza Ice Skating Rink, Crescent parking lot, west of Main Street. Grab your skates and enjoy a chance to skate in the temporary outdoor rink. The rink will be open for ice skating and curling. Visit gepark.org/polar-plaza for times, rules and the Glen Ellyn Park District Hotline, which is updated when the rink is closed due to weather. Rink is free. There are no skid lists available.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3. “Polar Express” at Glen Art Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn. See glenellynchamber.com/holiday for more information.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10. “Arthur Christmas” at Glen Art Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Visit glenellynchamber.com/holiday for details.

10:30 am Saturday, December 17. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” at Glen Art Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Visit glenellynchamber.com/holiday for more information.

Hanover Park

5:30 to 8 pm Friday, December 2. Holiday Tree Lighting at Ontarioville Plaza, 1931 Ontarioville Road. Join in the fun with carols, meet some deer, enjoy games and activities. See hpil.org for details.


5 to 7 pm Friday, December 2. Hinsdale Christmas Walk in downtown Hinsdale. The holiday tradition continues with the holiday tree lighting ceremony. Meet Santa, ride the carousel and trackless train and visit vendors for rides and games. Visit hinsdalechamber.com/christmas-walk/ for details.


4 to 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 27. Winter Wonderland Holiday Lighting at Usher Park, 203 S. Walnut St. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Itasca to greet families. Enjoy holiday music and entertainers and see the 32-foot holiday tree lit up with lights. Enjoy the lights and a walk in Winter Wonderland through January 15. Visit itascaparkdistrict.com for more information.


4 to 8 pm Saturday, December 3. Once Upon a Christmas at The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. It includes a Santa parade, tree lighting, hot chocolate and apple pie, as well as food trucks and items available for purchase. Visit museumsatlislestation.org for more information.

3pm Sunday, December 11. Take Note Holiday Concert at Lisle Senior High School Auditorium, 1800 Short St. The Take Note vocal group performs seasonal hits and classics, and there will also be a few audience sing-alongs. Tickets are $10 per person and are available online through the Lisle Park District at lisleparkdistrict.org

Illumination: Trees at the Morton Arboretum, every day until January 7. Walk the paths of trees surrounded by lights, colors and sounds including new designs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this festival. See the website to reserve tickets. Prices range from $11 to $27 per person. Visit Mortonarb.org for details.


5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 3. Jingles Belle Jubilee at several locations around downtown Lombard. In addition to the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at Lilacia Park, enjoy music concerts, crafts and activities and food trucks. The Lombard Historical Society will offer tours of Victorian cottages and there will be concerts at Lombard Bible Church and Maple Street Chapel. See website for locations and times. Lombardparks.com/jubilee

Daily through Dec. 31. Holiday Lights at Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave. Enjoy the lights and decorations in the park. Santa will be available for visits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Visit Lombardparks.com for details.


12:30 to 2 pm Saturday, December 3. Winter Fest at the Roselle Public Library District, 40 S. Park St. Visit with Santa and enjoy live music with children’s musician Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats.

2 to 5 pm Saturday, December 3. Winter Festival at the Roselle Town Center. Enjoy the Winter Fest with sleigh rides, food trucks, ice sculptures and much more. Visit rparks.org for details.

West Chicago

4 to 7 pm Saturday, December 3. Frosty Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown West Chicago. Enjoy food, music and activities while welcoming special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus. westchicago.org


5 to 8 pm Friday, December 2. Snow Much Fun at Veterans Memorial Park, 75 E. Richmond St. Enjoy an evening of fun and a chance to capture yourself in Santa’s sleigh or in a giant snow globe. Even when there is no snow, visitors can slide down an inflatable slide for a nominal fee. There will be sleigh rides around the park and a visit from the Green Valley Dog Sled Drivers and their rescue team. Admission is free with additional fees for activities. Visit hollydaysfestival.com for details.

9 to 3 pm Saturday, December 3. The Westmont High School Band Art Show at Westmont High School, 909 Oakwood Drive. This craft fair is back for its 32nd year with over 100 stalls of vendors offering arts and crafts. Admission and parking are free. See hollydaysfestival.com for details.

5 to 7 pm Saturday, Dec. Watch the parade through the streets of Westmont and after the celebration enjoy live entertainment, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and tricks. hollydaysfestival.com.


6 to 8 pm Friday, Nov. 25. The annual Wheaton Christmas in downtown Wheaton. This local tradition returns and is followed by the Christmas lights at 7pm until December enjoy the town’s events from live music on visits with Santa. See the full lineup at downtownwheaton.com.

Nov. 25-Jan. 8. Night of Light. Visit Adams Park in Wheaton for its holiday light display, which features more than 55,000 bulbs. It’s free. downtownwheaton.com

December 1-Jan. 8: Christmas Tree Walk in downtown Wheaton. Check out the 50 Christmas tree display. Vote for your favorite tree. Find polls and maps at downtownwheaton.com.

6 pm Thursday, December 22. Movie “The Polar Express” at The Moments on Main, 122 N. Main St. Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and sit down with friends to watch a holiday movie. downtownwheaton.com

Importance of Load

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo. Select dates through December 31. The event runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Marking its 41st year, the return of the holiday lights celebration features the singing animals, photo opportunities and millions of lights, as well as holiday displays. There is skating in the zoo for an additional $7 per skater. A limited number of subscriptions are available. Zoo admission for Holiday magic is $17.95 to $24.95 and park admission is $13.40. Reservations required to park in the North Gate lot. Information: czs.org.

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