December 2019 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Lights

While it seems like winter came sooner rather than later in Chicagoland, that’s no reason to abandon all the great Holiday activities and events coming up. Care & Comfort at Home has taken the time to specifically find ones that will make this time of year more joyful for seniors. So check out our list of December 2019 Chicagoland activities for older adults — and Happy Holidays to you all!



From now until Sunday, Dec. 29, The House Theatre of Chicago proudly presents for its tenth year The Nutcracker! The House’s version of this Christmas holiday classic has no ballet and, instead, includes performances by both live actors and puppets. This year, the show will be appearing at the Chopin Theatre, located at 1543 W Division St. in Chicago. The production promises to touch your heart with the story of Clara’s fight to save Christmas despite the loss of her older brother. Bring the whole family! For exact showtimes and ticket information, please click HERE.


On Thursday, Dec. 5, be sure to catch the annual tree lighting ceremony in Wilder Park as the Elmhurst Park District kicks off the holidays! A sing-along starts the festivities at 5:30 p.m., and then Santa will arrive for the tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. If you’d like, you can even get the whole family together to decorate one of the 60 holiday trees around the park. The cost is $60 per tree for residents and $68 per tree for non-residents. You can warm up inside Wilder Mansion, where, at 6:15 p.m., the Hawthorne Children’s Choir will perform on stage. For more information about the event, please click HERE. If you’d like more information on reserving a tree to decorate, you can also call the Elmhurst Park District at 630-993-8900.

Villa Park

On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., enjoy the sights of the holidays via the 21st annual Joyful Traditions Free Family Fun Festival at the Rugaard Gazebo. There you can enjoy free trolley rides and horse-pulled wagon rides, too! Santa, of course, will be on hand and available for photographs with the kids. There will be a tree lighting as well to start the celebration! Carolers will be strolling by to provide entertainment. There will be a “tasting tent” so that you can get a bite to eat. And while you are there enjoying all the festivities, be sure to see the world’s largest Christmas stocking! For more information, just click HERE.

Oak Brook

On Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., come see and hear the soulful jazz sounds of Typhanie Monique and Neal Alger at the Mayslake Peabody Estate’s “Music at Mayslake” holiday concert, sponsored by jazz radio station WDCB. All concert proceeds will benefit the restoration of Mayslake Hall. For more information and to register for the event, please click HERE.


Every weekend evening from Saturday, Nov. 30 until Sunday, Dec. 22, and also Thursday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Brookfield Zoo presents it’s long-time running lights festival, “Holiday Magic.” Now in its 38th year, Holiday Magic is Chicagoland’s largest lights festival, and sparkles with more than a million LED lights. There will be special activities and events happening every night of the festival. Holiday magic is free for zoo members; if you aren’t a zoo member, you must pay for admission. Be sure to dress for the weather and enjoy the beauty! For ticket prices and more information, please click HERE.