By Lauren Banas, Contributing Writer
The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s still so much to do: shopping for those last-minute gifts, spending hours wrestling with wrapping paper, and cooking for the entire family. But be sure to make some time for some Christmas fun this December, because as busy as the holidays typically get, they still are the most wonderful time of the year.
Looking for that perfect Christmas present? Stop by the Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop for the 23rd annual Christkindlmarket. You will have the pleasure of browsing through baked goods, assorted beverages, toys, ornaments, crafts, and much more on your quest to check off everyone on your nice list. If you can’t make it to the Plaza, that’s OK; the Market has two other locations at the Naper Settlement in Naperville and Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville. Runs until Monday, Dec. 24. For more information, click HERE.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., take a walk up and down Spring Road to view various ice sculptures featured by a variety of businesses. Enjoy a classic sleigh ride — or wagon ride, if there isn’t any snow — meet with Santa Claus himself, and enjoy the holiday meal of champions: cookies and hot chocolate in the Prairie Path Gazebo. Be sure to dress for the weather and plan accordingly. For more information, click HERE.
If you are out in the western suburbs, stop by the Geneva courthouse square on Friday, Dec. 7, for the annual Christmas Walk. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the first candy cane of the season, lighting of the great tree, and Santa Claus. Then they will continue with roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers and a live nativity. For more information, click HERE.
On Friday, Dec. 7, the Women’s Club at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church invites you to their annual Christmas Celebration. This year the evening will be held at North Shore Country Club, starting at 7 p.m., and will feature a dinner buffet, live music, and the opportunity to spend the evening in a state of Christmas cheer! There will be an open bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the price of tickets are $85 per person plus a small convenience fee if you register online. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
If you’re still looking for ways to further celebrate the holidays, you can join the village of Wood Dale for their annual Tree Lighting. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., stop by Wood Dale City Hall for a variety of Christmas activities: music, hayrides, stories, fireworks, food, and much more to get you excited for the holidays. As a bonus, this event’s theme is “Super Hero Fun” — kids can come dressed as their favorite superhero and even get to meet some of their favorites. For more information, click HERE.
Whether it’s fun in the soon-to-be-falling snow or snuggling up with a mug of hot chocolate, make this holiday season one to remember for years to come.