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Starting in November

20 - 22 Christmas at the Mill, Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook: Nov. 20-22. Wine-and-cheese preview party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, followed by sale and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission $8 for preview, free Saturday and Sunday. (630) 920-9720 or grauemill.org.

20 Fall Family Fun Night, Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Free. DJ, games, crafts. Day-of registration available if space is open. (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com.

20 Elk Grove Family Christmas Party, Avalon Banquets, 1905 Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village: Registration deadline Friday, Nov. 20; event is 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6. Elk Grove Village Italian Sister City organization is throwing a party; Santa will distribute gifts that guests bring for their children. $30 for adults, $15 for children 3-8, children under 3 free. For tickets, (847) 734-9800.

20 Multiple Choice Holiday Bazaar, Crowne Plaza Chicago Mundelein, 510 E. Route 83, Mundelein: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Friday, Nov. 20. A wide variety of vendors, including representatives from Avon, Creative Memories, Discovery Toys, Lia Sophia, PartyLite Candles, Tastefully Simple, and Usborne Books. Free admission. Call Barb Antonoff, at (847) 436-5637.

20 Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Tickets: $69-$149. (847) 649-2222; searscentre.com.

20 Illinois Brass Band holiday concert, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. $30. Traditional carols, holiday classics and jazzy updates of Christmas favorites. (847) 577-2121; metropolisarts.com.

20 - 21 Holidays on the Town, downtown Palatine: Open house hosted by Downtown Palatine Business Association. From 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, adult-oriented evening with Wine and Taste Walk where patrons browse, shop, eat and drink. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 21, activities are family-focused. Downtownpalatine.org.

20 - Dec. 7 Winter Container Garden workshop, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine: Make an outdoor winter container garden, 2 p.m. Nov. 20, 23 and Dec. 5; 10 a.m. Nov. 21, Dec. 5; or 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 7. All materials provided, bring gloves and pruners. $45. (847) 359-1080.

21 Almost a Winter Day, along Water Street, South Elgin: Petting zoo, Fox River Trolley Lines trolley rides with reading of Polar Express, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a cookie decorating and activity area, tree lighting and the arrival of Santa on a fire engine from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. At 5 p.m., Santa's tree lighting at the Footprints in Time Plaza. (847) 622-0003 or southelgin.com.

21 Hoffman Estates Friendship tree lighting, Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Entertainment, refreshments, and a special visitor. (847) 882-9100.

21 Meet Santa's reindeer, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Free. Children feed and pet live reindeer, learn about their fur and antlers, how they stay warm, what they eat. (847) 359-1080.

21 "Nutcracker Ballet - Condensed," Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg: 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Schaumburg Park District Dance Troupe does one-hour version of the classic ballet. $6. (847) 490-7015; parkfun.com.

21 Palatine tree lighting, Towne Square Park, Smith Street at Palatine Road, Palatine: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Santa, entertainment, refreshments. Palatine.il.us.

21 - 22 Festival of Arts and Crafts, DuPage Expo Center, 4050 E. Main St., St. Charles: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22. Over 170 booths of handcrafted original arts and crafts, including watercolor paintings, calligraphy, jewelry, clothing, home decorations and outdoor yard accents. $2; children under 12 free. www.stepbystepcraftshows.com or dupageexpo.com.

21 - 22 HeART and Hand Holiday Show, North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Art show featuring jewelry, clothes, pottery and other one-of-a kind gifts by local artisans. Also, silent auction including restaurants, museums, theater companies and more. Free admission. (847) 234-2460.

21 - 22 Holiday Extravaganza, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 135 S. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Over 40 vendors. Cash and carry items available; orders taken with guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Includes a raffle, food and Santa's Secret Workshop for the kids. (847) 356-7915 or princeofpeacelv.org.

22 Wheeling "Lighting of the Lights," Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Blvd.: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the Wheeling High School Madrigals and village trustees for hot chocolate, cookies and a kickoff to the season. (847) 459-2600 or www.vi.wheeling.il.us.

23 Love Light Tree, Sherman Hospital, 934 Center St., Elgin. Love Light Tree Ceremony featuring the Elgin Choral Union at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Free.

25 Turkey Testicle Festival, Parkside Pub, 11721 Main St., Huntley: Doors open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 with Traveling Cowboys, Dead Cat Bounce, Hey Jimmy, Modern Day Romeos, Libido Funk Circus performing. $10; adults, age 21 and older only. Proceeds go to charity. huntleyturkeytesticlefestival.com.

26 Addison Park District Turkey Trot, Community Park and Recreation Center, 120 E. Oak St., Addison: Thursday, Nov. 26. Event starts at 9:45 a.m. for ages 12 and younger, 10 a.m. for everyone else. Participants predict finish time for the 1 to 5 mile run/walk; whoever comes closest wins a turkey. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration costs $10 per individual or $20 for a family of four in advance; $15-$25 the day of the event. (630) 833-0100 or addisonparkdistrict.org.

27 Arlington Heights tree lighting, North School Park, Arlington Heights Road at Eastman Street: 4:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Food, music and the lighting of the North School Park sculptures as well as the tree. (847) 577-3003, ext. 1 or ahpd.org.

27 Carol Stream holiday tree lighting, Ross Ferraro Town Center, Gary Avenue and Lies Road, Carol Stream: Friday, Nov. 27. The Jay Stream Middle School choir sings carols at 6:20 p.m. Santa arrives to light the tree at 6:30 p.m. Families receive a free photo with Santa and a holiday ornament, while supplies last. Donations of nonperishable food items and new or gently used toys will be collected. (630) 665-7050 or carolstream.org.

27 Christmas Walk, Downtown Antioch: Friday, Nov. 27. Christmas Walk followed by a Holiday Parade at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of the village hall. Call (847) 395-2160 for details.

27 Festival of Lights Parade, Downtown Crystal Lake: Santa arrives from the North Pole along with decorated floats, marchers and music at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Parade steps off from the Alexander commuter parking lot, corner of Woodstock Street and Walkup Avenue, east on Woodstock Street, south on Williams Street, west on Franklin Street, north on Walkup Avenue and back to the parking lot. (815) 479-0835 or downtowncl.org.

27 Dickens of a Christmas, various locations, Wheaton: Opens Friday, Nov. 27 with tree lighting, Christmas parade, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. (630) 682-0633 or www.downtownwheaton.com.

27 Downers Grove holiday tree-lighting, Downers Grove Main Street Train Station, 5001 Main Street, Downers Grove: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27.

27 Elk Grove Village tree lighting, Elk Grove Village Green on Wellington Avenue: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Music from Elk Grove and Conant high school choirs; Santa and his elves; more than 250,000 lights will be lit; fireworks. Free. (847) 357-4030; elkgrove.org.

27 Fox Lake Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony, Millennium Park, Grand and Rollins, Fox Lake: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. (847) 587-2151 or foxlake.org.

27 Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk, Main Street and Crescent Boulevard, Glen Ellyn: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Tree-lighting ceremony, holiday-themed characters, activities, shopping at downtown shops and more. (630) 469-0907 or glenellynchamber.com.

27 Grayslake Tree Lighting Ceremony, Center Street and Seymour Avenue, downtown Grayslake: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas caroling, crafts, a holiday market and refreshments. Carriage rides from 6-8 p.m. Free. (847) 223-6888 or grayslakechamber.com.

27 Holiday Magic, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora: Tree Lighting ceremony with Santa, Miss Merry Christmas, Jack Frost and holiday characters at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. (630) 844-4731.

27 Libertyville Holiday Walk, Downtown Libertyville: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. The village tree lighting ceremony is followed by choral performances and a visit from Santa. Downtown stores will have special treats and a preview of holiday decorations. Free. Mainstreetlibertyville.org.

27 Polar Express, downtown Des Plaines commuter station: Register by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 for one of two trips on Dec. 6. Ride the Polar Express to the North Pole (Harvard), with stories, songs, games, chocolate milk, cookies and entertainment. Register at (847) 391-5700; desplainespark.org.

27 Round Lake Beach tree-lighting ceremony, Round Lake Beach Village Hall, 1937 N. Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Children's crafts, carolers and Santa Claus visits. Free (847) 201-9032, or rlbciviccenter.org.

27 Schaumburg tree lighting, Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Santa arrives via fire truck to light the tree and stays to pose for photos. Jaycees also have face painting, temporary tattoos, refreshments. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org.

27 "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg: 7-8 p.m. Nov. 27-29. What does the director of the church Christmas pageant do when the worst kids in town try out for the show? $11 adults; $6 youth. (847) 490-7015; parkfun.com.

27 - 28 Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade, Main Street, St. Charles: Lighting of the lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 in Lincoln Park; electric Christmas parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Family concert, holiday movie, carolers, sleigh rides and visits with Santa throughout the day Saturday. Free. (630) 513-5386 or stcholidayhomecoming.com.

27 - Dec. 28 Festival of Lights, Phillips Park, 615 S. Smith Blvd., Aurora. Fundraiser by Rotary Club of Aurora, in partnership with the City of Aurora, begins Friday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 28. Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday. aurorafestivaloflights.com

27 - Dec. 31 Festival of Lights and Trees, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Nov. 27-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30; 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 24 and 31; closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. See lighted displays, visit the animals, purchase holiday gifts and greenery and more. (630) 665-5534 or wheatonparkdistrict.com/cosleyzoo.

27 - Dec. 31 Hometown Holidays, downtown Naperville: Begins with the Friends of Little Friends Electric Light Parade at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. The Grand Illumination ceremony follows at 5:30 p.m. with the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Carolers, performers, trolley rides and merchant specials through the weekend of Nov. 28 and 29; festivities continue every weekend through Dec. 31. (630) 544-3372 or downtownnaperville.com.

27 - Jan. 2 Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show, Cuneo Museum and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 27 to Jan. 2. $5 per car Monday through Thursday. $10 per car Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (847) 362-3042 or cuneomuseum.org.

27 - Jan. 3 Holiday Railroad, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle: Annual holiday display runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. General arboretum admission is $5-11. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

28 Glendale Heights holiday tree lighting, Glendale Heights Village Hall, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Includes musical entertainment and a visit from Santa. (630) 260-6000 or glendaleheights.org.

28 Korpan's Christmas Parade and Children's Party, Grant High School, 285 E. Grand Ave, Fox Lake: Lineup at 10 a.m., steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Parade runs west along Grand Avenue to Millennium Park at the corner of Grand and Rollins. Children's Party immediately follows the parade, at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Drive, Fox Lake. Visit foxlake.org or call (847) 587-2151.

28 Lake Villa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, starts at Palombi Middle School, 133 McKinley Ave., ends at the Metra station downtown on Cedar Avenue, Lake Villa: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. A tree lighting follows immediately at Lehmann Park which is just across the street from the Metra station. Call Betty Burns, (847) 356-1076 or see lake-villa.org/event_schedule.html.

28 Native Arts Market, Trickster Gallery, 190 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg: Nov. 28-29. Holiday market, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment. Suggested donation $5 adults; $3 students, seniors, and under 12. (847) 301-2090.

28 Prospect Heights tree lighting, in front of City Hall, 8 N. Elmhurst Road: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28; hosted by Prospect Heights Garden Club.

28 Tree lighting ceremony, Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Hot chocolate, cookies and cider. Santa will attend. Free. (847) 680-9310.

28 Winter Wonderland Light Parade, Steps off from Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., and proceeds to Village Hall, Glendale Heights: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. The village's holiday tree-lighting follows at 6:30 p.m. (630) 909-5302 or glendaleheights.org.

28-Dec. 19 Carriage Rides, Downtown Antioch: 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28 to Dec. 19. A horse-drawn carriage will be waiting near Santa's Enchanted Castle on Toft Street. Rides are free for the family with $25 or more of sales receipts from an Antioch business dated within one week. (847) 395-2233, info@antiochchamber.org or antiochchamber.org.

29 Celebration of Lights Festival, Batavia Riverwalk, downtown Batavia: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Free hayrides with food or $1 cash donation for Batavia Food Pantry; community singalong; arrival of Santa at 6 p.m.; tree lighting, holiday stories from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; and more. Free. (630) 879-5235 or bataviaparks.org.

29 Santa Parade, downtown Downers Grove: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Activities after the parade include a cookie walk, carriage rides, Santa visits until 4 p.m., merchant specials, free gift wrap and more. downersgrove.com.

Starting in December

1 Caroling and Caring, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, 77 N. Airlite, Elgin. Bring a donation of clothes before caroling at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

1 - 27 Long Grove Countryside Christmas, Long Grove Historic Village on Old McHenry Road: Dec. 1-27. Family-friendly activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa visits, live reindeer, entertainment, and the Chimes of Long Grove. Admission, parking free. longgroveonline.com.

3 Holiday Floral Extravaganza, McHenry High School West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road: Hosted by the McHenry Garden Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. Live and on-stage floral arrangers from local florists will prepare holiday arrangements. Drawings for audience to take home arrangements. $8 or $10 at the door. gardencentral.org/illinois/mchenry.

3 Multi-chamber holiday boutique, Sedgebrook Retirement Community, 800 Audubon Way, Lincolnshire: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling-Prospect Heights chambers host boutique in the Sedgebrook Café. Toys and nonperishable food will be collected for local charities. (847) 793-2409 or ericksonliving.com/ourcommunities/sed/.

3 Rolling Meadows tree lighting, outside McDonald's, 3140 Kirchoff Road: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. There will be caroling, hot chocolate, cookies, Santa. (847) 670-0780.

3 - 20 "A Christmas Carol," Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 3-17; 8 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 20-Dec. 18; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 21-Dec. 19; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 22-Dec. 20. $25; $23 students/seniors. (630) 587-8521 or SteelBeamTheatre.com.

3 - 31 Teddy Bear Christmas: McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union: Beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, view holiday displays of "Teddy Bear Christmas" from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays. Free. Closed Dec. 24-25 and 31. Holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. A Teddy bear Christmas and Barry Valentine of Marengo will demonstrate the art of making a gingerbread house. (815) 923-2267 or www.mchsonline.org.

4 Addison's holiday tree-lighting, Addison Municipal Complex, Friendship Plaza and Kennedy Drive, Addison: Friday, Dec. 4. (630) 543-4100 or addisonadvantage.org.

4 Bartlett tree lighting, Bartlett Park, Oak at North avenues: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the gazebo. Caroling with Bartlett High School Chorus; Santa visits. Downtown Bartlett Business Group hosts "Holiday Splendor" activities 5-10 p.m.; hat, mitten, glove drive begins, shops open and carolers stroll downtown. Bartlett Chamber of Commerce, (630) 830-0324; bartlettchamber.com.

4 A Christmas Carol, Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Production by Theatreworks USA at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. $25-$19. rauecenter.org or (815) 356-9212.

4 Des Plaines holiday lighting: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in Metropolitan Square, behind the Des Plaines Theater between Lee and Pearson. Maine West Warrior Band; selections from "Scrooge" by Footlighters Theater; the park district's dance troupe and the Des Plaines Singing Librarians. Des Plaines History Center will roast chestnuts. Local merchants will participate in open house fashion.

4 Elburn Christmas Stroll, downtown Elburn: Begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 with the arrival of Santa Claus for tree lighting. Featuring nativity displays, petting zoo, photos with Santa, life-sized Kandyland, Santa train ride and more. Free shuttle buses. elburn.com.

4 Hanover Park tree lighting, Hanover Park municipal complex, 2121 W. Lake St.: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Entertainment, refreshments and a special guest flips the switch. (630) 372-4200; hanoverparkillinois.org.

4 Holiday on the Farm, Yesterday's Farm Museum, 850 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Craft fair, raffle, children's activities and more. Free. Ann at (630) 766-4216 or Judi at (630) 595-0360.

4 Holly Days, Warrenville City Hall, 3S258 Manning Ave., Warrenville: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Includes holiday tree-lighting ceremony, Santa's Arrival Parade, musical entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Free. (630) 393-9427 or warrenville.il.us.

4 Mount Prospect Historical Society Holiday Housewalk: 3:30-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Highlighting the historic first blocks of North Pine and North Wille streets; visit the interiors of seven private homes, notable for historic flavor, decorating or renovation work. $20 through Dec. 3, check mtphist.org for sale locations. Day-of tickets are $22. (847) 392-9006 or mtphist.org.

4 Mundelein tree-lighting ceremony, Kracklauer Park, Seymour and Courtland, Mundelein: 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Free. (847) 949-3200.

4 Pictures with Santa Claus, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Bring a camera to take as many pictures as you like. (847) 359-1080.

4 Streamwood tree and luminaria lighting, Streamwood Village Hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road, Streamwood: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at Veterans's Memorial. Volunteers, civic organizations and families line Park Boulevard, the Veteran's Memorial, Village Hall and other areas around town with luminaria. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before lighting. (630) 837-0200.

4 Lake Zurich High School's BARE Voices holiday concert, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich: 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Free, registration required. (847) 438-3433 or eapl.org.

4 Tree lighting and Santa's arrival, Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., Geneva: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 as part of Geneva Christmas Walk. genevachamber.com.

4 - 5 Candle Light Christmas Tour, Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake: "Welcome Home Soldiers: Christmas 1863," features tours, re-enactment, music, food and more from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 to Saturday, Dec. 5. $5 adults; $3 children 12 and under and seniors. Tickets are timed; purchase in advance at cl-hs.org or (815) 455-1151.

4-5 Geneva Christmas House Tour, Geneva: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Self-guided tour of five homes decorated for the holidays. Also a traditional tea and more. $28 in advance, $30 after Dec. 3. (630) 232-6060 or genevachamber.com.

4 - 5 Geneva Christmas Walk, around Third and State streets, Geneva: Santa Lucia, the Swedish symbol of the season, and her attendants arrive at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 with Santa lighting the tree at 6:30 p.m. Five decorated homes open for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Traditional tea at Congregational Church in Geneva. Advance tickets are $28 or $30 at the door. (630) 232-6060 or genevachamber.com.

4 - 6 Dickens in Dundee, downtown West Dundee: Friday, Dec. 4 starts with tree lighting and caroling at 6 p.m., living windows from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fezziwig's Family Festivities at 7:30 p.m. Spirit of Christmas Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 with reading of "A Christmas Carol" at 1:30 p.m. and caroling and pasta dinner at 7 p.m., as well as crafts, petting zoo, music and food. Enjoy Christmas carol singalong at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. dickensindundee.org

4 - 6 Lambs Farm Holiday Art & Craft Show, Arlington Park racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Admission and parking $6 each. Fine art and craftwork from more than 600 vendors. lambsfarm.org; arlingtonpark.com.

4 - 12 Christmastime at the Fine Line, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 6N158 Crane Road, St. Charles: Variety of handmade items for purchase. Opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Continues through Saturday, Dec. 12. Closed Sundays. (630) 584-9443 or finelineca.org.

4 - 12 "Scrooge, The Musical," Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines: Dec. 4-12, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, presented by Des Plaines Park District Footlighters Theatre Company. Tickets: (847) 391-5700; desplainespark.org.

4 - 13 "The Nutcracker," Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg: Dec. 4-13, 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays. Schaumburg Dance Ensemble's production pairs young local dancers with professionals from top Chicago troupes. $26; $18 students, seniors. (847) 895-3600; prairiecenter.org.

4 - 14 Santa House, Naperville Riverwalk, Main and Jackson streets, Naperville: Sponsored by the Naperville Park District, open for general public Dec. 4-20. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Dec. 14-17; noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Special needs days from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2; pet day Dec. 3. (630) 848-5000 or napervilleparks.org.

5 Chilly Chili, Schaumburg Golf Course, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg: A 5K run and warmup afterward with a chili lunch, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 5. Preregistration $31; day-of $35. (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com.

5 Barrington tree lighting, Cook and Main streets: 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Barrington High School Madrigals Singers will perform. Free carriage rides downtown starting at 2 p.m.

5 Breakfast with Santa, North Aurora Community Center, 1 N. Lincolnway, North Aurora: North Aurora Lions Club host pancake breakfast with Santa from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Admission is $6 for ages 9 and older; $4 for ages 3-8. Photos with Santa for $4. (630) 589-6938.

5 Breakfast with Santa, White Pines Banquet Hall, 500 Jefferson St., Bensenville: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Hot breakfast with Santa, pictures, gifts. $15 residents; $20 non residents. Register at Bensenville Park District, (630) 766-7015.

5 Cane Hunt, Barn Recreation Center, 421 W. Martin Ave., Naperville: For ages 3-5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. $14 Naperville Park District residents, $21 nonresidents. (630) 848-5000.

5 Celebrating with Santa, Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. For children ages 2 and up. Games, crafts, storytelling. Each child receives a gift and photo with Santa. $8 children, $9 adults for residents of Fox Valley Park District; $11 children, $12 adults for nonresidents. (630) 966-4551 or foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

5 Christmas Walk, Downtown Antioch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Browse among Antioch's business district and pick up an entry form for a chance to win prizes. As part of the Christmas Walk, Antioch's Holiday Outdoor Market will take place outside the Orchard Plaza on the sidewalks under the overhang. Call the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, (847) 395-2233.

5 Combined Church Choir of Itasca Family Christmas Concert, Hanmee Presbyterian Church, 1149 Bloomingdale Road, Itasca: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Performances from the Combined Church Choir, the Combined Handbell Choir of Itasca and the Salt Creek Sinfonietta. Tickets at the Itasca Community Library and at the door. $9 adults; $5 children 3-12; free for children 2-younger. Proceeds to benefit DuPage PADS, the Itasca Food Pantry and the Itasca Council of Churches' Assistance Fund. Call Karen Smith-Michael at (630) 285-1960.

5 Cookie Walk, Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, Palatine: Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec, 5; sale begins at 9:30 a.m. Cookies and gently used Christmas decorations for sale. All proceeds go to mission projects. (847) 358-4650; forministry.com/60067pcop.

5 Elgin Tree lighting, Civic Center Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin: Starting at noon, make handmade decorations for the tree. Santa arrives with Elgin Children's Chorus at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. From 3-8 p.m., Salvation Army will be serving hot chocolate at City Skate. Food pantry donations accepted. elginhomefortheholidays.com

5 Festival of Trees, Lake in the Hills Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate: Watch for Santa's arrival at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Vote for your favorite tree by placing a nonperishable food item or household item at base of tree. All donations will benefit Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry and the Grafton Township Food Pantry. (847) 960-7400 or lith.org.

5 Frosty Fest, Main Street, West Chicago: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Tree lighting, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Victorian carolers, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer and more. Free. (630) 293-2200 or westchicago.org.

5 Holiday Cookie Walk, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Fill a bakery box with homemade cookies for $10. (847) 299-5561.

5 Holiday in the Grove, Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St.: Ride a horse-drawn sleigh through the streets of Sugar Grove from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Local farmer George Alexander brings his Clydesdale horses into town for the sleigh ride. Also features used book sale, silent auction, bake sale and more. sgparks.org.

5 Holiday in the Hollow, Sabatino Park, Winmoor Drive and Willow Lane, Sleepy Hollow: The Sleepy Hollow Service Club hosts illumination of the flagpole and the circle-of-cheer Christmas trees from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Enjoy hot cocoa and a visit from Santa. Bring a nonperishable food item for the FISH food pantry. (847) 426-6700 or sleepy-hollow.il.us.

5 Holiday Open House, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Hot cider, cookies and holiday cheer, with live musical entertainment and a special visitor. Mppd.org.

5 "Home for the Holidays", Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., St. Charles: Fox Valley Concert Band at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Free. For tickets, reservations@fvcb.org or call (847) 695-7096.

5 "It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre," Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Other holiday activities will take place outside the lobby on the Civic Plaza between shows. $30-$10. (847) 931-5900 or hemmens.org.

5 Jinglebell Jubilee, Lombard: 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 in the downtown area. A variety of holiday activities, including the lighting of the village's tree. Free; visit the Web site for a full schedule. (630) 620-8063 or lombardtowncentre.org.

5 Joyful Traditions, Rugaard Gazebo on the Illinois Prairie Path, Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard, Villa Park: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Santa lights the village tree at 6:15 p.m. Event also includes trolley rides to the Villa Park Historical Museum; musical entertainment; Christmas karaoke; snowman-building contest; free photos with Santa; prizes; food and more. Donations of nonperishable food items accepted. (630) 834-8970 or vprd.org.

5 Lakeside Singers Christmas Concert, Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. $35-$29. rauecenter.org or (815) 356-9212.

5 The Night Before Christmas Carol, Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab, Pine Street, Batavia: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. An entertaining and historically accurate work that gives the audience glimpses into the life of the real Charles Dickens explaining his inspirations. $18; $9 for ages 18 and under. (630) 840-2787 or fnal.gov/culture.

5 - 6 Candlelight at the Inn and Homespun Holiday Market, Garfield Farm Museum, off Route 38, Campton Hills: Candlelight reception with costumed interpreters, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. Donations accepted. Holiday market from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6, including handmade craft items, bake sale and more. (630) 584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org.

5 - 6 "Frosty Frolics," Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. After performances children visit with Santa, Frosty and Rudolph; Mrs. Claus will have her kitchen open for cookie purchases. $8 adults; $4 youth. (Groups of 10 or more get $2 discount). (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com.

5 - 20 Happy Holiday Railway, Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union: Run every hour from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5-19 and Sundays Dec. 6-20. Take a magical train ride through spectacular holiday light displays and visit with Santa Claus and his elves at the Toy Workshop. $12. No passes honored. (800) 244-7245 or irm.org.

5 - 31 Touching on Traditions, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 12 - 13 and 19-31, (except noon-3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) at the Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin: Authentic, culturally inclusive winter holiday exhibit, featuring displays and objects of traditional holiday significance from more than 40 countries. Closed Dec. 25. $2 adults; $1 ages 3-11. (847) 741-6655 or elginpublicmuseum.org.

5 - 6 Lake Wonderland, at Lake Park, Lee Street between Howard and Touhy, Des Plaines: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6. Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the tree-lit park, live reindeer, decorated trees, arts and crafts, face painting, winter games, music, entertainment, ice carving, free pictures with Santa, clowns. (847) 391-5700 or desplainespark.org.

5 Make a gingerbread house, Sunny Place Church of God, 901 E. Oak St., Addison: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. All ages welcome. (630) 530-1830.

5 Santa Sleigh 5K Run, South Middle School, 400 S. Highland Ave., Arlington Heights: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Arlington Heights. Put on a Santa suit and run a 5K or walk 1 mile. $30 over age 13; $20 for 12 and under. Day-of registration is $5 more. Rotaryah.org.

5 Teddy Bear Walk, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Children and their teddy bears entertained at library, then walk with Ted E. Bear to Village Hall to visit with Santa. Light refreshments. (847) 253-5675; mppl.org.

5 "The Nutcracker," Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora: Performed by the Salt Creek Ballet at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: $29.50 adults, $23.50 for children under 12, free for children under 2. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com.

5 - 6 Living History - Battle of the Bulge, Arlington Heights Historical Museum and Heritage Gallery, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6. See re-enactment of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division's defense of the south sector of the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg 1944. Free. (847) 255-1225 or ahmuseum.org.

5 - 12 Dickens of a Holiday, Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5 and 12. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand. Carriage rides, the children's holiday shoppe and a tour of Cook Mansion are among the highlights. A Victorian Tea is planned for 11 a.m. both days at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville. Space is limited and reservations are required, at (847) 680-0336.

5 - 6 Christmas in the Valley, Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Experience the holiday season as it was in 1880s Schaumburg. Crafts for children and adults, hayrides, traditional holiday treats, barn chores and a visit from Father Christmas. $2 per person; $8 per family, 3-younger free (847) 985-2100; parkfun.com.

5 - 6 Lights of Lisle, Downtown Lisle: Santa Parade through downtown Lisle at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. outside Village Hall at 925 Burlington Ave. and 2,000 luminaria light up the town. An old-fashioned Once Upon a Christmas celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Museums of Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. (630) 968-3330.

5 - 13 Lollipop Lane, at Chamber Park, 251 N. Wolf Road, Wheeling: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-13. Meet Santa and take pictures for free. Sponsored by the Wheeling Historical Society. Call Elaine Simpson, (847) 541-8692.

5 - 13 Polar Express, Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5-13. Visit with Santa at the Early Streets Museum and see the big holiday toy train layout. A storyteller will read the book, "The Polar Express," throughout the evening. Admission is $3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents. (630) 892-1550 or foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

5 - 27 It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Pheasant Run Theater, 4051 E. Main, St. Charles. NFT Performing Arts Academy production at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5-27. $15. (630) 584-6342.

6 Celtic Midwinter Celebration, Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine: 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Traveler's Dream presents Celtic songs to celebrate the winter season, Christmas and New Year. Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson tell how each song relates to the ancient traditions and holiday customs of Ireland, Wales, England and Brittany. $12 adults, $10 children & seniors. (847) 202-5222; palatineparks.org/boxoffice.htm.

6 Christmas Carol Sing, St. James Episcopal Church, 516 Washington St., West Dundee: Part of the Dickens in Dundee Celebration, concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 includes handbells, instrumental music and brass along with organ and piano accompaniment for the carols. (847) 426-5612.

6 Christmas Open House at Long Grove Confectionery, 333 Lexington Drive, Buffalo Grove: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Free chocolate factory tour; coloring contest, face painting, chestnuts, carolers, apple cider & doughnuts, chocolate samples. (888) 459-3100; longgrove.com.

6 "Christmastide Carols," Blizzard Theatre in Elgin Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive: Presented by the Elgin Children's Chorus at 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. $12; $10 for seniors; $8 for students. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts.

6 Festival Chorus Christmas concert, Performing Arts Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Pieces include Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and "Christmas Fantasia." General admission $15; $10 seniors, Harper students, faculty, staff; $12 other students; under 12, free. (847) 925-6100; harpercollege.edu.

6 Gilberts Tree Lighting, Waitcus Park, off Route 72, Gilberts. 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. villageofgilberts.com

6 Arlington Heights Concert Band holiday program, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Arlington Heights Community Concert Band performs holiday favorites and music selected by members. Free, but seating limited. Tickets: (847) 718-7702; arlingtonheightsband.org.

6 "Holiday in Harmony," First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin: Fox Valley Men of Harmony, a children's choir and several barbershop quartets perform holiday choral music at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Organist Mark Johnson will play the recently rebuilt pipe organ, Santa will stop by. $7, or $3 for students; children under 5 are free. (630) 837-1417.

6 Merry Cary, West Main Street and Jandus Avenue, Cary: Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 and heads down West Main Street into the downtown area, turning at Jandus Road. The parade ends at Jandus and Cary Street. Stay downtown and enjoy the holiday activities until 4 p.m. Carygrovechamber.com.

6 Rosemont tree lighting, Stephens Park, Scott Street and Higgins Road, Rosemont: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Holiday lights are turned on all over the village. Rosemontparkdistrict.com.

6 Santa's Flight to Schaumburg, Schaumburg Regional Airport, 905 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Santa arrives by helicopter; buffet breakfast at Pilot Pete's. $18 for residents; $27 nonresidents. Register by Dec. 3; day-of registration $5 more. (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com.

6 Chicago Bronze holiday concert, English handbell choir, at Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Sacred, secular, classical, jazz and old favorites. Free, registration required. (847) 438-3433; eapl.org.

6 Holiday Magic, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Fox Valley Philharmonic at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. $20-$15. fvyso.org or (800) 838-3006.

6 Steeple Walk, Downtown Geneva: Concerts at four area churchs from 2 to 4:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. $12. genevarts.org.

7 Lakeside Singers holiday concert, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Traditional carols, hymns, modern-day tunes. $35, seniors and students $25. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

7 Victorian Christmas, Glendale Heights Historic House, 311 Windy Point Drive, Glendale Heights: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Experience a 19th century Christmas. Free. or glendaleheights.org.

8 - 12 A Glimpse of Christmas Past, Cuneo Museum and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8-12. The museum will be open and adorned in holiday flowers and decorations. Cost is $8 per person, free for children under 15. (847) 362-3042 or cuneomuseum.org.

9 Village of Itasca's Night with Santa, Itasca Municipal Center, 550 W. Irving Park Avenue, Itasca: 5:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. Trolley rides, sleigh rides, holiday crafts, musical entertainment, tree lighting, a visit from Santa and more. Every family that attends will receive a commemorative ornament while supplies last. The Itasca Police Department also will collect new, unwrapped toys, hats and mittens for local needy families. Free. (630) 773-0835 or itasca.com.

9 - 23 Opera in Focus Christmas Offering, Rolling Meadows Park District, 3000 Central Road, Rolling Meadows: Opera in Focus puppet opera performs Act I "Love Duet" and "O souve fanciulla" and Act III (complete) from "La Boheme." Plus, "White Christmas Interlude" featuring three Christmas carols. 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 9-23. General admission, $12; over 60, $11; under 12, $7. (847) 818-3220, ext. 186; operainfocus.com.

10 Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Will happen rain, snow or shine, so dress appropriately. Bring a flashlight and container for the canes. $2 residents; $4 nonresidents. (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com.

10 South Barrington Garden Club holiday luncheon, The Seville, 700 Barrington Road, Streamwood: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. South Barrington Garden Club's annual holiday luncheon and program, with prizes, raffles and a floral demonstration by Kaleidoscope Designs. $35. Anita, (847) 277-7151.

10 Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds concert, Performing Arts Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. $7 Harper students, faculty, staff and seniors; $8 other students; $10 general admission; children 12 and under free. (847) 925-6100 or harpercollege.edu.

10 and 12 Crèche Luncheon, Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva: Lunch and holiday singalong at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 12. $55; $440 for table of 8. (630) 232-4951.

11 Concert Choir and Camerata Singers, Performing Arts Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. $7 Harper students, faculty, staff and seniors; $8 other students; $10 general admission; children 12 and under free. (847) 925-6100 or harpercollege.edu.

11 Holiday Pops, Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. $46-$40. rauecenter.org or (815) 356-9212.

11 Living Christmas tree, Community Presbyterian Church, 407 N. Main St., Mount Prospect: 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 11-13. Special performance for residents of nursing and retirement homes 1:30 p.m. Dec 11. A 30-foot tower with thousands of shimmering lights and carolers faces as ornaments, with traditional as well as contemporary music. Free, but free will offering taken. (847) 392-3111.

11 - 13 "It's a Wonderful Life" radio drama, Round Lake Beach Village Hall, 1937 N. Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach: 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12; and 2 p.m. Dec. 13. For ticket prices and information, call (847) 201-9032, or visit rlbciviccenter.org.

11 - 20 "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave.: Albright Theatre Company presents a stage adaptation of the beloved book about when the meanest kids in school take over a Christmas pageant; Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 20. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $10-$13. (630) 406-8838 or albrighttheatre.com.

11 - 30 The Second City: Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, Pheasant Run Theater, 4051 E. Main, St. Charles. 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 11-18; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 30. $39. (800) 474-3272.

12 Breakfast or Lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows: Two seatings, 10 a.m. or noon, Saturday, Dec. 12. $7 adults; $5 for children for Rolling Meadows residents. $9/$7 for nonresidents. Registration required. RMParks.org or RMParks.org.

12 Breakfast with Santa, Glendale Heights Sports Hub, 250 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Pancake breakfast, puppet show, pictures with Santa and more. $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and younger with a paid adult admission. Photos with Santa cost $2. (630) 260-6060 or glendaleheights.org/parksrecreation.

12 Breakfast with Santa, First United Methodist/First Congregational Church, 643 E. Washington St., West Chicago: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Includes a silent auction and photos with Santa for $5. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children and $15 per family of two adults and two children. Proceeds benefit Moms in School, a not-for-profit day care facility run by the church for children of teen parents who are working to finish high school. (630) 231-3344.

12 Breakfast with Santa, Viking Park, Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee: 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Pancakes, Canadian bacon and sausage will be on the menu, with a last-minute chance for children to tell their wishes to Santa. Each child will receive a gift to bring home. $7 for Gurnee residents, $9 for nonresidents in the community center. (847) 623-7788 or gurneeparkdistrict.com.

12 Breakfast with Santa, Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville: Buffet from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. $14 for Naperville Park District residents ages 14 and up, $12 ages 13 and under; $21, $18 nonresidents. (630) 848-3613.

12 Brunch with Santa, Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora: 11 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. $8 children, $9 ages 15 and up for Fox Valley Park District residents; $10-$11 for nonresidents. (630) 859-8606 or foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

12 Polar Express, sponsored by Elk Grove Park District at Itasca train station, Irving Park Road and Maple Street, Itasca: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Stories, snacks, visit from Santa as train heads for Elgin and back. (847) 437-9494; elkgroveparks.org.

12 Holiday Dogs on Parade, downtown Antioch: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Dogs can dress in costumes or holiday finery. Lineup begins outside on the sidewalk of Orchard Plaza under the overhang. Competing dogs will be judged, then trot off on a "Doggy Parade" around downtown Antioch. Treats and special fun will be held along the route. Call the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, (847) 395-2233.

12 Holiday Tea with Dolls, Arlington Heights Historical Museum and Heritage Gallery, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Banta House. Music and tea for ages 6 and over. $19 for Arlington Heights residents, $24 for nonresidents. Children must be accompanied by paid adult. Reservations required. Ahpd.org or ahmuseum.org.

12 Holiday Wonderland Festival, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Games, entertainment, crafts, caroling, kiddie train rides and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Preregistration $6 per child; $8 day-of. Parents, children under 2 free. (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com.

12 Home for the Holidays Home Tour, Downtown Elgin: North East Neighborhood Association home tour from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. elginhomefortheholidays.com

12 Oakbrook Terrace holiday tree lighting, Fik Point, 16th Street and Patton Avenue, Oakbrook Terrace: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Free. (630) 941-8300 or oakbrookterrace.net.

12 Remembrance Tree Ceremony, Cosman Cultural Center, 12015 Mill St., Huntley: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Santa will make a special appearance at 11:30 a.m. Free. huntleyparks.org.

12 Santa's Luncheon, Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Hawley St., Mundelein: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Bake sale, children's raffle, craft sale and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Each child receives a handmade ornament. $3.50. Reservations required. Call Megan, at (847) 949-1664 or kirkofthelakes.org.

12 Window Wonderland, Downtown Elgin, at Douglas Avenue, Elgin: Enjoy live reindeer, free pictures with Santa, a live Nativity, trolley rides, dog sledding demonstrations, chestnut roasting and more while judging the decorated windows of downtown businesses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. (847) 488-1456 or downtownelgin.com.

12 - 13 Home for the Holidays, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin: Fill your holiday with timeless music by Elgin Symphony Orchestra, 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. (847) 931-5900 or hemmens.org.

12 & 20 Candlelight Concerts, Heartland Voices "Home Is Where the Heart Is," at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at First United Methodist Church, Elgin; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at St. Marcelline Catholic Church, Schaumburg. Joined by Elgin Children's Chorus Intermezzo Choir and Clare Woods Academy Children's Choir. $5-$18. heartlandvoices.org.

13 Harper Symphony Orchestra concert, 'Tis the Season, Performing Arts Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. $7 Harper students, faculty, staff and seniors; $8 other students; $10 general admission; children 12-under free. (847) 925-6100 or harpercollege.edu.

13 Living Nativity, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 150 Lions Drive, Elk Grove Village: Performances 4 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Actors, musicians, live animals; refreshments, and a tent to protect visitors and performers from weather. (847) 437-5897.

13 Sing-Along Messiah, Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Voices in Harmony at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. $18. rauecenter.org or (815) 356-9212.

13 Swim with Santa, Jack A. Claes Pavilion at Elk Grove Park District, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Santa visits children as they swim, play games and make a holiday craft. Registration deadline Dec. 10. (847) 437-9494.

14 Michael Ingersoll and the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. $40, stage tables $45. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

14 Voices of Christmas holiday concert, St. Thomas United Methodist Church, 2S511 Route 53, Glen Ellyn: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Features the Village Vocal Chords. Suggested donation $10. (630) 469-1214.

15 Metropolis Youth Symphony holiday concert, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

18 Pet Pictures with Santa, Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Each pet will receive a photo and a special treat from Santa. All pets must be leashed and/or contained in a cage. Participants will be given a time slot upon registration at 6 p.m. $5 per pet. Bensenville Park District, (630) 766-7015.

19 Christmas Craft Fair, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Local crafters, artists, vendors. Free admission. (847) 359-1080.

19 Schaumburg Youth Symphony "Presto!" holiday concert, Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. $24; $15 students & seniors. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org.

19 Skate with Santa, Hoffman Estates Community Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Open skate with Santa and friends; Santa will be on the ice at 10 a.m. and available for pictures in the party room 10:40-11:40 a.m. Free. (847) 781-3642.

19 "Winter Tales," Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine: Roscoe the Elf and a magical reindeer dance in a culturally diverse blend of old and new folk tales. Kids get up on stage to help tell holiday stories including "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "The Hanukkah Tree," and "Celebrating Kwanzaa with Umoja (Unity)." 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. $5, $4 for 20 or more. (847) 202-5222 or palatineparks.org/boxoffice.htm.

19 Polar Express, Bensenville train station: Hear the story of the Polar Express, visit with Santa. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Registration closes Nov. 23; no late registration taken. Arrive at the station by 10:45 a.m. For children up to 10 years old. $12 residents; $15 non residents. Register at Bensenville Park District, (630) 766-7015.

19 - 20 "A Manger Suite," Immanuel Lutheran Church, 200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; 9:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Musical, with narrators, choirs, handbells and an orchestra. (847) 359-1936.

19 - 20 "A Proper English Christmas," Elgin Community College Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin: Presented by Elgin Choral Union at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The chorus will be joined by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy timeless English carols. $22; $17 for seniors; $25 for students (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts.

19 - 20 "The Nutcracker," Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles: Presented by State Street Dance Studio at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. $25 adults; $20 children 12 and under. (630) 584-7200, ext. 10.

19 - 20 Nutcracker Ballet, Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Berkshire Ballet Theatre's production at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. $25-$19. rauecenter.org or (815) 356-9212.

24 Christmas Eve Dinner, Oscar Swan Bed and Breakfast, 1800 W. State St., Geneva: Dinner and live music at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. $57 adults. RSVP. (630) 232-0173 or oscarswan.com.

24 Yuletide Treasures, DuPage Art League Gallery & School, 218 W. Front Street, Wheaton: Through Thursday, Dec. 24. Shop for a variety of gifts made by local artists, including ornaments, homemade soaps, pottery, glass, jewelry, cards and more. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with evening hours until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Open 9 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve. (630) 653-7090.

30 Mount Prospect New Year's Eve Family Bash, Blues Bar, 2 W. Busse Ave., Mount Prospect: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30. For preschool-5th grade with an adult. $8. Tickets at Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Food, soda, ice cream sundae bar, magician, DJ, countdown to "New Year's Eve" and balloon drop. (847) 259-8600 or blues-bar.com.

31 Family New Year's Eve Party, Robert W. Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31. Climbing walls, giant inflatables, sports, games, lunch. $10 ages 3-12, $5 ages 13 and up, free for 2 and under. Registration required. (630) 907-9600.

31 Gamin' Eve Bash, GameWorks, 601 Martingale Road, Streets of Woodfield, Schaumburg: 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Register by 5 p.m., Dec. 22. $30 to register until Dec. 6; $35 Dec. 7-22. For ages 11-15; unlimited play on 220 interactive and virtual games; snack food; DJ, music, dancing. (847) 490-7020; parkfun.com or gameworks.com.

31 New Year's Eve Gala 2010, Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora: Evening includes a three-course gourmet dinner, open bar, live band, dancing, raffle prizes and silent auction to benefit the Paramount "Dreams do Come True" program at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. $150. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com.

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