Christmas Tree Lighting…Where?

What a great day, the sun is shining, family is home. 
Looking for something to do? 
How about a tree lighting ceremony, or a parade. 
Get out and Enjoy! 
Click on website link for local & surrounding area 
activities for this weekend! 
Let the Holidays Begin! 
Happy Holidays Everyone! 

Naperville: TODAY Starts 4:30PM

Hometown Holidays Kickoff
Fri, November 25, 12am – Sat, November 26, 12am
Holiday Events
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Come to downtown Naperville for the Friends of Friends Electric Lights Parade & Grand Illumination, featuring a spectacular collaboration of lights, festive floats and Santa’s arrival in preparation for the busy holiday season. Following the parade, Santa will flip the switch and light more than 400,000 holiday lights, transforming downtown Naperville into a Winter Wonderland! Jumpstart your holiday shopping with ‘surprising holiday offers’. The Holly Trolley will be circling downtown Naperville during the Hometown Holiday weekend to help you with your holiday shopping from 11am – 3pm. Friday, November 25 Parade kickoff at 4:30 pm from Centennial Beach

Chicago Click for other surrounding areas too!

Caroling at Cloud Gate-Millennium Park

| Chicago



Hear a variety of choral groups and join them in a holiday sing-along at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.


Where: Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe streets. – Chicago
When: 6 p.m.
Ages: Family/All Ages
Cost: Free

Christkindlmarket Chicago 

| Chicago



Traditional German winter holiday market features holiday decorations, vendors in stalls and cottages selling German gift items and foods, entertainment and activities for all ages. Check the website for a detailed schedule of hours and events.


Where: Daley Plaza – Chicago
When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 24 and Dec. 24.
Ages: Family/All Ages
Cost: Free

Christmas in Shipshewana

| Shipshewana


Various activities held throughout the holiday season including light parade and lighting ceremony, entertainment, demonstrations and giveaways.


Where: – Shipshewana
When: Various events held Nov. 12, 2011-January 2012; check the website for complete schedule of events.
Ages: Family/All Ages

Daley Plaza Santa House

| Chicago



Visit Santa Claus and his friends at Santa’s interactive house on Daley Plaza. Families should plan to come mid-afternoon to avoid crowds.


Where: Daley Plaza – Chicago
When: Santa House: Nov. 23-27, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18 and Dec. 19-24. Visit website to confirm dates and times
Ages: Family/All Ages
Cost: Free

Festival of Trees

| Joliet


Weeklong holiday fest features display of holiday trees, wreaths and decorations; numerous special events such as concerts, performance of the Nutcraker and the Teddy Bear Tea. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.


Where: Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet
When: Visit the website for a complete schedule of events. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Ages: Family/All Ages
Cost: General Admission: $7, $5 kids and seniors, free kids 2 and under. Visit website for early bird discount information.

Light Up the Holidays Festival

| Joliet



There will be family activities at several locations including a tree lighting ceremony, parade and other events throughout the day. Visit website for a complete list of events.


Where: Downtown Joliet – Joliet
When: Visit website for schedule of events
Ages: Family/All Ages

Long Grove Holiday Festivities

| Long Grove


Featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and entertainment. Check website for detailed schedule. Weekends from Nov. 13-Dec. 31, 2010.


Where: Routes 83 and 53, just north of Lake Cook Road – Long Grove
When: Visit website for information
Ages: Family/All Ages

Santa’s Winter Wonderland

| Chicago


Indoor winter festival features the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train. Santa visits on Saturday-Sunday and there are special activities each weekend.


Where: John Hancock Observatory – Chicago
When: Open daily Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2011. Santa visits noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Visit website for additional weekend activities schedule.
Ages: Family/All Ages

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

| Milwaukee



The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Pere Marquette park. Featuring live music, fireworks and the ceremonial lighting of the downtown lights. The light festival continues from Nov. 17-Jan. 1 and features thousands of lights and holiday displays.


Where: various locations, downtown streets and parks – Milwaukee
When: Nov. 17-Jan. 1. Festival Kick-off:6 p.m. Nov. 17. Visit website for Jingle Bus schedule.
Ages: Family/All Ages
Cost: Free. $1 for Jingle Bus

Wreathing of the Lions

| Chicago


The traditional ceremony of wreathing the Art Institute’s lions takes place on the steps at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, visit a drop-in workshop to create a wreath inspired by your favorite Art Institute treasures. And, meet Artie the lion.


Where: 111 South Michigan Ave. – Chicago
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free, regular admission for inside activities


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