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Christmas in DuPage

Nov 08, 2018 12:10PM ● By Hannah Ott

It is time to start planning your holiday schedule.  DuPage County area offers a wide variety of holiday activities for all ages.  Most of the activities listed here are within 30 minutes of your Darien home, starting with the tree lighting at the Darien Historical Society.


Darien’s Tree Lighting celebration and visit from Santa

Sunday, November 4, 1:00-3:00 PM is “Open House” at Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum with eye-catching exhibits. 7422 Cass Avenue, Darien

Then, on Sunday, December 2, the Darien Historical Society welcomes in the 2018 holiday season with its annual Tree Lighting celebration. Activities start at 4:00 PM and include hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa. The Eisenhower Junior High School chorus will be there spreading holiday cheer with carols. The Tree Lighting festivities take place on the corner of 75th and Cass Avenue, by the Old Lace School home to the Historical Society. For additional information contact Alice Brennan


Holly Days offers a full season up of events, Westmont

The Holly Days festival in Westmont runs from the Saturday after Thanksgiving to December 31 with a variety of events including: The Rotary Club’s Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk, Frosty and Friends Parade and a lighted Tree Walk. For a complete schedule of events, dates and times visit


A Light Parade in Lisle

The annual Lisle Santa Light Parade, featuring the official arrival of Santa, starts at 4:30 PM on Saturday, December 1. The parade starts from Ogden Avenue and Main Street and works its way south through downtown Lisle; turning east on Burlington Avenue and ending at the Lisle Village Hall. Santa’s final destination is the Museums at Lisle Station Park where there will be a photo opportunity as Santa will take requests from good little boys and girls.


Holly and Hope Holiday Luncheon at Cantigny, Winfield

Enjoy a nice lunch, silent auction and raffle in support of the People’s Resource Center. The luncheon will be on November 28 and will also include a champagne reception and program. The event is from 11:30 AM-2:00 PM at Le Jardin Restaurant in Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Tickets are $80 each or $750 for a table of 10. Register by November 16 at

Brunch with Santa at Cantigny

Treat your little ones to a brunch they won’t forget, as Santa takes a trip from the North Pole to visit Le Jardin Restaurant on Sunday, December 2 at Cantigny 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton.

There will be two seatings: 10 AM and 12:30 AM.  Reservations are required and must be made online.  If you are registering as a family please select “I am registering as part of a group” on the first page of the registration form. Your family will enjoy a fantastic brunch spread. A face painter, balloon artists, and of course a family picture with the big man himself are all part of the experience. Price: age 3 and under, $5; ages 4-11, $33; ages 11 and up, $38. Price includes all non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. 630-260-8188.

Trees come alive with lights at The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination, Lisle

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, promises another spectacular walking tour and light show at their annual “Illumination” presentation of lights starting November 16 and running through January 1. You'll be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, interactive lighting designs and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.

This year offers fresh twists on favorite experiences and surprising new sights, including art from HYBYCOZO–amazing treelike sculptures that spread intricate designs of light. Hug a tree to see how it responds, let starlike lights wash over you in a grove of trees and watch multicolored lights dance to symphonic music. Opening night, November 16, will feature their new “IllumiBrew” event with samplings beer from more than a dozen top local breweries stationed along the path. Ages 21+ only.

Illumination is closed on Mondays, except for December 31. It is also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are available for specific times beginning at 4:30 PM. Admission ends at 8:30 PM, Lights out at 9:30 PM.

Weekend prices (Friday/Saturday/Sunday): adult, $23.00; child (2 to 17 years old), $15.00. Weekday prices (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/December 31): adult, $18.00; child (2 to 17 years old): $12.00. Children under two are admitted for free. No ticket necessary.

All Illumination tickets are for a specific date and time. Ticket purchases are nonrefundable. You may be able to exchange your tickets in advance depending upon event capacity. Same-day exchanges cannot be accommodated. There will be an exchange fee of $5 per transaction and, if necessary, an upgrade in ticket price to match the cost of for your new day and time. If the Arboretum cancels a night of Illumination (in whole or part), they will accommodate ticket holders according to the cancellation policy. 630-725-2066,


Holiday Art and Craft Market Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oakbrook Terrace

The Holiday Art and Craft Market takes place Saturday, December 8, 11AM-6PM and Sunday, December 9, 10AM-4PM at Mayslake Peabody Estate. Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends.

In 1919 Francis Stuyvesant Peabody commissioned renowned Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall to design the Tudor Revival-style mansion known today as Mayslake Hall. The style reaches back to England’s Tudor period as a revival of the timber-frame buildings popular at that time.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is working to restore Mayslake Hall, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hall currently serves as a venue for architectural tours, lectures, nature related art classes and performances throughout the year. Part of the proceeds of the Holiday Art and Craft Market will benefit the restoration.  Free admission. No registration. 630-206-9566.


MAC Center at COD presents A Christmas Carol, Wheaton

Adapted for the College Theater department in a family-friendly 70-minute show by William J. Norris, A Christmas Carol is the beloved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns both that change is always possible and there’s great joy in caring for those less fortunate. With an exuberant cast of 50 people from the community, this marks the 15th time College Theater has presented this classic tale to usher in the holiday. Show dates are Friday, November 23 at 7 PM (with pre-show discussion with director and designers); Saturday, November 24 at 3 PM or 7 PM (with post-show discussion around 8:30 PM); Sunday, November 25 at 3 PM or 7 PM. 630-942-4000 


Salt Creek Ballet presents The Nutcracker, Hinsdale

Come see Salt Creek Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Hinsdale Central Auditorium, 5500 S. Grant St. On November 24 and 25, the traditional holiday classic comes to life with a variety of colorful characters and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score played by the Chicago West Chamber Orchestra. Showings are Saturday at 1 PM or 5 PM and on Sunday at 1 PM. Sunday’s performance includes admission to meet characters, step on stage and later enjoy refreshments in a winter wonderland. Tickets range from $22-$48 depending on age, seat and date. 800-514-3849, 


David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown, Naperville

On December 1, David Benoit, a Grammy-nominated artist, shares his love of jazz with songs from Vince Guaraldi’s timeless holiday album at North Central College, Wentz Hall, Naperville. The show will include special guest, Sara Gazarek, winner of the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation. The show starts at 8 PM. Ticket prices range from $40-$55. 630-637-7469,


Beauty and the Beast  at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial life, a young and intelligent beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle of enchanted misfits and a terrifying beast. Beauty and the Beast is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and older. Check website for specific show dates and times. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-530-0111,


Popular Christkindlemarket returns to Naper Settlement, Naperville

The hugely popular Christkindlmarket returns to Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St, Naperville. The market will be open on select days and times from Friday, November 23 through December 24.  The unique market offers a selection of gifts and beverages and holiday cheer with an emphasis on German traditions. Admission is free.


A Celtic Christmas featuring Gavin Coyle, Glen Ellyn

Gavin Coyle performs traditional holiday favorites from America and Ireland on Friday, December 14 from 8-10 PM, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.  Tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit People’s Resource Center, a local nonprofit serving 9,000 DuPage families each year.  People’s Resource Center (PRC) provides food, clothing and other emergency assistance for neighbors in need.  PRC provides job assistance, computer access and training, literacy tutoring and art enrichment to help break the cycle of poverty.