December 2017 holiday activities in Chicagoland for older adults
Chicagoland — always a hub of activity, for young and old alike — is all the more so during the holiday season. Our current, unseasonably warm weather makes for a great opportunity to travel around Chicago and its suburbs to enjoy some of the holiday fun that takes place outside as well as inside. Check out these great holiday activities this December that older adults in particular can really enjoy!
Now playing until the end of December, the Goodman Theatre’s rendition of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic. Now in its 38th season at the Goodman, the well-known story of Scrooge and how he learns to love Christmas never gets old. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 312-443-3800 or go to the Goodman Theatre website: www.goodmantheatre.org.
Also now open until Christmas Eve is the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. German food — including Gluehwein (a heated German wine), sausages, German beer, and hot chocolate — along with handmade German crafts and carolers will be on hand. You can reserve a table in advance for your group of family and friends. Don’t forget to pick up this year’s mug! Admission to the event is FREE. For more information, call 312-494-2175 or visit the Christkindlmarket website:
On December 13, the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove will present the holiday film classic White Christmas. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, the movie is the story of two World War II vets, who, upon becoming a song-and-dance act along with two beautiful and talented sisters, learn that their former commander also owns the lodge where they will be performing that Christmas. Plan on coming early, as the film will be preceded by a holiday sing-a-long, with accompaniment by the Tivoli’s Wurlitzer Theatre pipe organ! Cost is just $5 a person. For show times and more information, call 630-968-0219 or visit:
On Thursday, December 7, starting at 5:30, Elmhurst holds its Christmas tree lighting in Wilder Park. Indulge in free hot chocolate and cookies, see Santa and his real live reindeer, and hear festive choir performances of your Christmas favorites. This annual tradition is a FREE event! For more information about the tree lighting, call 630-993-8900 or visit:
On Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, Geneva presents its annual Holiday House Tour. On the tour, you’ll find five lovely, architecturally interesting houses, all decorated for the holidays. These homes — filled with Christmas spirit — can be the inspiration for your own home’s decor this season. Geneva also hosts complimentary carriage rides around the city on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. Tickets for the tour are $35. For more information about the Holiday House Tour and to purchase tickets, call 630-232-6060 or visit:
From now until January 7, the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden features model trains that travel around a miniature winter version of the city of Chicago, complete with all its legendary landmarks. Beautifully intricate ice carvings are also on display, as carolers serenade the visitors. To find out more, call 847-835-5440 or visit:
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