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With over 800 Festivals & Events running year round, concerts that include the top touring musical acts, countless farmers markets and car shows in the Chicago Southland, the hard part isn’t deciding IF you should come but rather which event you ARE going to attend.

Whether it is Snow Day Festival at the Plum Creek Nature Center in January, Irish Fest at Chicago’s Gaelic Park in May, any of our year round farmers markets or Lansing Autumn Fest in October, you won’t have to travel far to find family friendly activities for any age.

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Agricultural / Food / Harvest
Cultural Events
 
Displays / Arts & Crafts
 
Expo / Consumer Show
Fairs / Carnivals
 
Holiday Celebrations
 
Outdoor Activities
Parades
 
Sports Events
 
Workshops / Seminars



Below are the next 30 upcoming Holiday events in the Chicago Southland. Use the form above to search for specific events.

Wheelchair Accessible
d Displays/Arts/Crafts
ag Agricultural/Food/Harvest
c Cultural Event
w Workshop/Seminar
$ Admission Fee
h Holiday Celebration
o Outdoor Activity
s Sports Event/Recreational
f Fair, Carnival
e Expo/Consumer Show
p Parade


THE GREAT PUMPKIN PARTY Sep 29, 2018
Cultural Center
14760 Park Lane, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Gather the family and head out to Centennial Park to join us for a fun-filled day. You’ll enjoy a variety of fall activities.
1-5PM
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ODYSSEY FUN FARM Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Odyssey Fun World
19111 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-429-3800
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is fun for all ages! It is a 110 acre farm! We boast a 13 acre pumpkin patch that you will be able to walk through to find the perfect pumpkin for your family. Our exclusive corn maze is 15 acres! It is shaped to say Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park and displays our mascot Chipper! We also have a 5 acre courtyard full of family friendly activities: The Odyssey Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, corn cannons, pig races, a cow train, hay rides and pony rides! (Pony Rides only available on Saturday and Sunday. Max weight of 90lbs.) Smoking and alcohol are strictly not permitted within The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Smoking is only permitted within the front parking lot. No outside food or beverages allowed on the Farm! Sept. 23-Oct. 31
10AM-6PM
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BENGTSON'S PUMPKIN FARM Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
13341 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL
708-301-3276
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HALLOWEEN HOLLOW Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Main Park
10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Spend a spook-tacular day at Halloween Hollow! Carnival, Ghoulish Goodies Food Court, contests, horse rides, hayrides, free stage entertainment, Scarecrow Laboratory, Free Kid’s Straw Maze, face painting, Free Ghost Town Games, and the Free Pumpkin Painting area. Some activities require a fee and are offered for a limited time. Visit our website for a complete schedule of activities and entertainment.
F 5-9PM; Sa 1-9PM
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TRICK-OR-TREAT IN THE WOODS Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Plum Creek Nature Center
Forest Preserve District of Will County, 27064 South Dutton Road, Beecher, IL
708-946-2216
Experience the woods like you never have before! Come dressed in costume and hike at night along a glowing trail. Keep an eye out for hidden treats, but beware of those tricks! Listen to a spooky story under the stars that will be sure to give you goosebumps. Enjoy a crackling fire, while roasting hot dogs and s’mores. The hike will be less than 1 mile on uneven, natural terrain. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration required by Tuesday, October 9 $3/person
6-9PM
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NIGHTMARE AT THE TERRACE Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
Worth Park District Terrace Centre
11500 South Beloit Avenue, Worth, IL
708-448-7080
Nightmare at the Terrace is a 12+ room Haunted House. Each room is filled with more terrors then the previous. Can you survive the nightmare? $10 per person
F-Su 7-10PM
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BOO! AT THE ZOO Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy!
Sa & Su
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BIG BAD PUMPKIN PARTY Oct 14, 2018
Walker Country Estates Park
799 Lenox Street, New Lenox, IL
815-485-3584
There will be a variety of games and activities for the whole family, including hayrides! Concessions will be available, too!
9:30AM-12PM
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MONSTER MASH DANCE Oct 19, 2018
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Join us for a family friendly Halloween Dance. There will be a DJ, a haunted house inflatable, a photo area, games and more! $1 resident; $2 nonresident
6:30-8:30PM
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HALLOWEEN PARADE & PARTY Oct 25, 2018
Palos Park Recreation Center
8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL
708-671-3760
Boys and ghouls of all ages are welcome to join us on the Village Green for our annual outdoor, judged costume parade. We will move into the gym following the parade for a night for fun games, surprises, crafts, and more. Admission $3-5
6PM Check in for Parade; 6:15 Parade begins; 6:30 Games and crafts
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139 ARTISTS WAY HAUNTED HOUSE Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Village Hall
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-2005
Come support a good cause and visit our Haunted House. Every year has a different twist to it. Haunts Against Hunger collects canned goods and funds to donate to the local Rich and Monee Township Food Pantries. Tickets will be $6 with canned goods; $8 without canned goods; and $50 for a group of 10 or more ($5 per person), with or without canned goods. Pick a day or two, bring your entire family, friends and enjoy. Early ticket sales will start October 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest (Rec & Parks Counter, 1st Floor/Lobby), 9a-5p. After 5p, the day of the Haunted House, ticket sales will be one hour prior to start and 15 minutes prior to closing, in the Lobby of Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Questions, call 708.748.2005 or 708.283.5621. Sponsored by: Haunts Against Hunger, Park Forest Police and Economic Development & Planning Department.
F 7-10PM; Sa 6:30-10PM; Su 6:30-9PM; Halloween 6-9PM
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25TH ANNUAL COSTUME BASH Oct 27, 2018
Orland Hills Community Center
16553 South Haven Avenue, Orland Hills, IL
708-349-7211
Join us for our Annual Halloween Costume Bash at the Orland Hills Community Center. Costume judging for children and adults will begin promptly at 10:00am. Festivities include games, prizes, treats and jack-o-lantern decorating contest.
10AM
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DOWNTOWN TINLEY BOO BASH Oct 28, 2018
Oak Park Avenue Train Station
174th & Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL
708-444-5678
The annual Boo Bash includes spooky hayrides, games, crafts, DJ entertainment, costume contest, and much more. Food and beverages are available.
12-3PM
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HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS Oct 31, 2018
Homewood-Flossmoor Sports Complex
18211 Aberdeen Street, Homewood, IL
708-957-0300
All Ghosts and Goblins, Pirates, Princesses, Monsters and more are welcome to spend a safe Halloween at the Park District’s Sports Complex. Enjoy our interactive DJ who will be playing Halloween themed games with the audience such as the Mummy Wrap, the Limbo, Freeze Dance and a Hula Hoop Contest. Want more? Take a chance to win candy or prizes at Pumpkin Shot, Monster Buckets, the Wheel of Witches, Brew Toss or jump around inside Dracula’s Bounce Castle. Guess how many candies are in the spooktacular candy jar and don’t forget to be part of the FREE costume parade at 7:30 pm. Ages 13 and under.
6-8PM
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DOWNTOWN PARK FOREST CANDY WALK Oct 31, 2018
Village Hall
350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL
708-748-2005
Join us for a candy walk in DownTown Park Forest with the businesses until exhausted. We will also have a costume contest for the little ones starting at 4:15pm. We will start at the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.
3PM
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TURKEY SHOOT BASKETBALL COMPETITION Nov 3, 2018
Central Park Building
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-7270
Gobble, gobble! Join us for our annual Turkey Shoot free-throw contest for adult and child teams. The best of 20 free-throws (10 free-throws for each of you) wins a turkey. Limit one turkey per family. Age groups are as follows: 4-5 yrs., 6-8 yrs., 9-11 yrs., 12-14 yrs. with adult.
6:30-8:15PM
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RISE ABOVE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TRAVELING EXHIBIT Nov 8, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018
4455 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL
708-481-8950
Unique, interactive RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit tells story of Tuskegee Airmen to audiences across country. Films showcase Airmen's story. Special exhibit in gym too. With VIP night.
9AM-5PM
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25TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW Nov 10, 2018
Founders Community Center
140 Oak Street, Frankfort, IL
815-469-9400
Craft items include; doll clothes, kitchen items, Holiday decorations, blankets, note cards / tags, personalized photos, handmade jewelry, hair accessories, hand painted glassware and much more! Vendors included; Tastefully Simple, LuLa Roe, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Perfectly Posh, Young Living Essential Oils, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, Usborne Books, Pure Haven Essentials, Real Time Pain Relief, Paparazzi Jewelry and much more!
9AM-3PM
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SMILE WITH SANTA Nov 10, 2018
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 West 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL
708-342-4200
Don’t miss the chance to visit with Santa and have your picture taken with him!
10AM-1PM
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VETERAN'S DAY SERVICE Nov 10, 2018
Thornton Township Senior Center
1420 Huntington Drive, Calumet City, IL
708-596-6040
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VETERAN'S DAY PARADE Nov 10, 2018
Southland College Prep Charter School
4601 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL
708-753-8800
This parade brings together Elected Officials, residents, businesses, organizations, schools, bands and our neighboring communities to celebrate and to show our heartfelt appreciation to our veterans and active duty military for their sacrifices and protection.
10AM
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STOCKINGS FOR OUR TROOPS Nov 12, 2018
The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center
10847 West LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Make this holiday season a memorable one for you and our troops! Join us to decorate holiday stockings for our troops overseas. Everything to decorate a stocking is supplied. Donations of stocking stuffer items will be accepted. Call for a list of suggested items.
9AM-12PM
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RISE ABOVE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TRAVELING EXHIBIT Nov 13, 2018 - Nov 14, 2018
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
708-709-3567
Unique, interactive RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit tells story of Tuskegee Airmen to audiences across country. Films showcase Airmen's story. Special exhibit in gym too. With VIP night.
9AM-5PM
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MOKENA CHRISTMAS FEST Nov 17, 2018
Downtown Mokena & Various Locations
Mokena, IL
708-609-6238
Children's workshop, lunch & pictures with Santa, Magician, lighted parade and family dance. Christmas Fest sponsored by the Mokena Chamber of Commerce. All day family fun!
11AM-11PM
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COMMUNITY TREE TRIM Nov 17, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018
Brookfield Zoo
First Avenue & 31st Street, Brookfield, IL
708-688-8000
Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing up for our Holiday Magic celebration by participating in Community Tree Trim. Sponsoring a tree is a beautiful way to support the zoo and celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Holiday Magic! Visit www.czs.org/events for more information. Questions? Please email Tree.Trim@CZS.org
10AM-4:30PM
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PICTURES WITH SANTA Nov 18, 2018
The Oaks Recreation Center
10847 West LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Santa is making a special appearance at Mokena Park District. Our professional photographer will be there to take your child's picture with the jolly old elf! Appointments are recommended. Fee of $8 per 5x 7 professional photo. Additional packages are available for purchase. Personal cameras/camera phones are not allowed. Call 708-390-2401 to reserve your time.
12-3PM
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46TH ANNUAL SETTLER'S DAY Nov 18, 2018
Sand Ridge Nature Center
Forest Preserves of Cook County, 15891 Paxton Avenue, South Holland, IL
708-868-0606
Step back into America’s past with costumed living-history demonstrators, history hikes, crafts, an imaginary wagon train adventure and more! Admission is free, though donations of nonperishable food or money to benefit a local food depository will be gratefully accepted.
10AM-3PM
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PET PICTURES WITH SANTA Nov 18, 2018
Recreation Program Center
10925 West La Porte Road, Mokena, IL
708-390-2401
Santa can't wait to see your furry family members! Beautiful, professional pictures that will capture your holiday memories. Fee of $8 per 5”x7” picture. Many options and picture packages are available. Other great gifts are available such as ornaments, blankets, mugs, and more! No personal cameras/camera phones allowed. Appointments are recommended. Call to reserve your spot.
3-5PM
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TURKEY SHOOT FREE-THROW CONTEST Nov 18, 2018
Orland Park Sportsplex
11351 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL
708-403-7275
Win a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner at our Annual Turkey Shoot. Teams will consist of one parent and one child and will be grouped according to age. All ages are welcome. Mini basketballs and mini hoops will be used for the younger age levels.
2-4PM
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THANKSGIVING DINNER Nov 22, 2018
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
708-687-9323
Thanksgiving Classic Carvery – Reservations required - Adults $26.00, Children aged 4 to 12 - $12.00
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