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Holiday Events in Chicago Southland

Ongoing Events


Thursday, Dec. 1 - Saturday, Dec. 31
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTSLansing tree lighting
Lansing Historical Museum (Lower Level of Lansing Public Library)
2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing
708-474-7497
The Lansing Historical Society will display more than 30 Christmas trees, nativity scenes, recipes and other displays representing holiday customs around the world.
M-Tu 6-8PM; W 3-5PM; Sa 11AM-1PM

Thursday, Dec. 1 - Saturday, Dec. 31
STEP BACK INTO A 1950s CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT
1950s Park Forest House Museum
227 Monee Road, Park Forest
708-481-4252
Dec.orated in vintage Christmas including Christmas Gurley Candles. Visit for a nostalgic look at Christmas-Past. Adults $5; 12 and under free.
W & Sa 1-3:30PM or by appointment

Sunday, Dec. 4 - Saturday, Dec. 31
CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMONSnew lenox christmas on commons
Village Commons
101 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox
815-462-6400
Visit New Lenox to see a dazzling light display featuring the largest lighted Santa in the country! Christmas in the Commons will now encompass festivities throughout the month of December, including our new holiday lights and ice skating. These events will begin with our Kick-off Celebration on December 4. This celebration will feature visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday performances, a coloring contest for children, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more. The afternoon on December 4th will end with the presentation of the Village's new holiday light display and official Christmas tree.
Sun Kick Off 1-5PM

Every Saturday and Sunday in Dec.ember (Except Dec.. 24 - 25) and Monday, Dec. 26 - Saturday, Dec. 31
HOLIDAY MAGICHoliday-Magic-2
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield
708-688-8000
Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show! Many of the indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including the newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances.
4-9PM

 

 

 

 

The Week of December 18th - 25th


Sunday, Dec. 18 - Friday, Dec. 23 lunch with grinch
LUNCH WITH THE GRINCH

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe
6501 West 79th Street, Burbank
708-229-8700
The classic animated version of the Grinch all day and of course bring your cameras because the Grinch is surprisingly photogenic! Reservations are highly suggested, as they will fill up fast! It’s their busiest event of the year!
M-Th 2-7PM; F 12-5PM; Su 1-5PM

Thursday, Dec. 22
POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA MOVIE NIGHT

Founders Community Center
140 Oak Street, Frankfort
815-469-9400
Dress in your pajamas and slippers and enjoy an evening of holiday fun. The elves are planning some reindeer games and holiday crafts along with the Polar Express movie. There will also be a very special guest in attendance for photos! A bedtime snack of cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. Registration Deadline: December 19. Fee: $5 per child
6-8PM

 

 

New Year's Eve


Saturday, Dec. 31s Eve_Balloon Drop at Noon
NOON YEAR'S EVE

Homewood Auditorium
2010 Chestnut Road, Homewood
708-798-3000
Bring the family out to ring in the New Year with a countdown and balloon drop at the stroke of noon! Enjoy treats and activities! Free
10:30AM-1PM

Saturday, Dec. 31
MASQUERADE BALLmasquerade ball
Dolphin Lake Clubhouse
2700 West 183rd Street, Homewood
708-957-0300
The biggest New Year's Eve Party in town! Come dressed to impress at this formal masquerade ball. DJ, appetizers and open bar. Tickets can be purchased at the Goldberg Center, Irwin Center or call 708.957.0300. Ages 21+, $80 per person.
8PM-1:30AM

Saturday, Dec. 31
NEW YEAR'S EVE KIDS' COUNTDOWN & SKATE

Ice Arena
9320 South Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn
708-857-5173
Music provided by our DJ services. Admission: $9
11AM-1:30PM

Saturday, Dec. 31
NEW YEAR'S AT NOONnew years eve at noon3
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Alsip
5000 West 127th Street, Alsip
708-389-1003
SPECIAL CELEBRATION FOR SENIORS! Luncheon followed by a Champagne Toast and festive party favors at noon, dancing and live entertainment with all the classic hits! $45
11AM-3PM

 

 

 

 

 





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